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Report Connects Food Insecurity to Health Issues, Including Diabetes

A new report issued by Feeding America lends new insight into the breadth of hunger issues across the U.S., and how close hunger comes to many Americans. The report indicates one in seven Americans currently turns to a food bank for help, and of those who go to a food bank, about 40 percent have education beyond high school while one in 10 is a student working toward a higher education certification.

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Walmart’s First-Ever “Made in the USA” Open Call for Suppliers is Underway

More than 500 suppliers pitching products that support American jobs; very likely some products to be signed on the spot 

For the first time ever, Walmart is opening its doors to more than 500 manufacturers at its world headquarters during the company’s first-ever “Made in the USA” open call. During the event, suppliers will meet with the company’s senior leaders and merchants to pitch their products for stores, clubs and online.

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Suniva Powers VA Medical Center in Arkansas

Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks Gets Powered by Suniva®

Suniva, Inc., a metro-Atlanta based manufacturer of high-quality, high-efficiency crystalline silicon solar cells and modules, announces its high-powered modules power the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks, in Fayetteville, Arkansas. This healthcare services unit joins a large and growing list of solar powered Veteran’s Administration facilities throughout the United States in Suniva’s public sector projects portfolio.

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EPA Awards over $591,000 to Arkansas to Help Eliminate Air Pollution

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded $591,247 to the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ). The funds will be used to administer the state’s air monitoring network for fine particulate matter (PM) which aims to identify precursor pollutants and eliminate air pollution. The funds will also be used to administer the state’s PM 2.5 data analyses.

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USDA Provides Assistance to Agricultural Producers to Improve Water Quality

Priority Watersheds Including Chesapeake, Great Lakes, Gulf of Mexico and Mississippi Targeted

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that $33 million in assistance will be provided to farmers and ranchers to make conservation improvements that will improve water quality in 174 watersheds. The announcement was made on the Secretary's behalf by Deputy Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment Ann Mills during a Hypoxia Task Force meeting, held this week in Little Rock, Ark.

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EPA Selects Pine Bluff, AR, Site for New Brownfield Investment Grant to Boost Local Economy, Leverage Job Creation

171 communities nationwide receive funding for cleaning and redeveloping contaminated sites

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the city of Pine Bluff, AR, will receive $200,000 to clean up a downtown site. Nationwide, 171 communities will receive 264 grants totaling $67 million in brownfields funding to clean and redevelop contaminated properties, boost local economies and leverage jobs while protecting public health and the environment.

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