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Iowa Senator Pushes for More Federal Dollars for Wind Energy

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Kyle Feldscher for the Washington Examiner:Sen. Chuck Grassley wants more funding for wind energy research put into next year’s energy and water spending bill.The Iowa Republican took to the Senate floor Monday afternoon to push an amendment that would fund wind energy research at the same level in fiscal 2017 as it is for the current fiscal year, $95.4 million. The current bill on the Senate floor contains $80 million for wind energy research funding.Grassley said increasing wind energy research funding would require no new funding and instead would shift $15.4 million from the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy to wind energy research.“It does not raise overall spending levels,” he said. “It simply redirects $15.4 million from other renewable energy and efficiency programs to wind energy research.”Wind energy is important in Iowa. Grassley noted that 30 percent of the state’s electricity comes from wind energy and the industry supported 88,000 jobs there in 2015.Grassley said he believes funding for wind energy needs to stay level, if not increased, given the amount of tax breaks given to other energy sectors. He pointed to fossil fuels and nuclear energy in particular.“They argue that we shouldn’t pick winners or that wind is a mature industry,” Grassley said. “Don’t kid yourself. Wind, while nearly mature, is just an infant compared to the federal dollars and incentives provided to fossil and nuclear energy.”Full article: Grassley pushes for more money for wind energy research Iowa Senator Pushes for More Federal Dollars for Wind Energylast_img read more

Department of Human Services Kicks Off Supporting Families Initiative by Awarding Regional Grants

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Department of Human Services Kicks Off Supporting Families Initiative by Awarding Regional Grants Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Human Services,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – The Department of Human Services (DHS) today kicks off its Supporting Families Initiative by awarding $5,000 grants to 19 regional collaboratives committed to encouraging families of individuals with intellectual disabilities or autism to have high expectations of full and purposeful lives.“The goal of the grants is for communities to acknowledge the opportunity for everyone, including individuals with a disability and their families, to live well-rounded lives that include: meaningful jobs in the community, friendships, health and safety, and social and spiritual opportunities,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “We invited counties to submit proposals about how they would create partnerships and collaborations to better support local families throughout their lifespans. People living in each area know their region’s strengths, diversity, and needs best.”The collaboratives will partner with a variety of local stakeholders and resources: faith communities, businesses, schools, child care facilities, civic organizations, social media, and other families acting as mentors. Regional collaboratives can be individual counties or a number of counties whose communities naturally blend together.Family is the primary source of support for most people throughout every stage of life. Nationally, 75 percent of people with intellectual disabilities live in their communities without any formal disability services. Of the 25 percent who are receiving services, most live with their families.“As DHS provides services and supports to more individuals to live, work, and thrive in their own communities, we want to recognize and support the strengths of families so those family members with intellectual disabilities or autism can live the everyday lives they envision for themselves,” DHS Secretary Ted Dallas said. “As part of this initiative, families will begin to use various tools to help them create their vision for their family members and realize the importance of experiences and opportunities at every life stage.”Three specific strategies that emphasize collaboration between communities and the systems that provide services to individuals with disabilities include: making it easier for families to find information about the disability and resources at every life stage, providing connections for peer support and networking with other families, and identifying appropriate services and supports.The collaboratives are being encouraged to discover opportunities both within and outside the formal disability service systems that can support the concept of everyday lives for all citizens in the community.In February 2016, Pennsylvania was accepted into the National Community of Practice: Supporting Families throughout the Lifespan, which provides leadership, training and technical assistance to develop a statewide strategic plan to support families of individuals with intellectual disabilities or autism. Pennsylvania is one of 18 states taking part in this Community of Practice, where states can learn from one another using the same principles and framework, but unique approaches to supporting families.In addition to the grants, DHS will offer the regional collaboratives an ongoing schedule of technical support and learning opportunities.“People with disabilities want to have a good life, to live and work in the community, like everyone else, and we are creating opportunities and initiatives to help do that,” Dallas said.The 19 collaboratives include:Central Region:Blair CountyCentre, Clinton, Lycoming, and Northumberland countiesCumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, and Perry countiesFranklin and Fulton countiesNortheast Region:Bradford, Sullivan, and Tioga countiesCarbon, Monroe, and Pike countiesLackawanna and Susquehanna countiesLehigh CountyNorthampton CountySchuylkill CountyWayne CountySoutheast Region:Bucks CountyChester CountyDelaware CountyMontgomery CountyWestern Region:Allegheny CountyArmstrong, Beaver, Butler, Indiana, and Lawrence countiesCameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Elk, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, McKean, Potter, and Warren countiesMercer and Venango counties January 04, 2017last_img read more

FL man snips off and flees with penis of wife’s lover

first_imgA Florida man allegedly used scissors to cut off the penis of a man he suspected of sleeping with his wife.The Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office arrested 49-year-old Alex Bonilla Sunday for allegedly breaking into the victim’s house, holding him at gunpoint and tying him up before mutilating him.The unnamed victim was transported to a hospital in stable condition.He told deputies Bonilla fled the scene with his severed penis.Bonilla was arrested a couple of hours, and authorities did not specify whether the victim’s penis was recovered.He is being held on a $1.25 million bond.last_img