WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has announced $71.6 million in new funding to enhance safety in schools and improve student access to mental health resources. The U.S. Department of Education made the awards under four grant programs, which support recommendations identified in the final report issued by the Federal Commission on School Safety.

"Our nation's schools must be safe places to learn, where students feel connected and supported," said Secretary DeVos. "These grants allow local leaders to tailor their approach to school safety and mental health in ways that meet their students' individual needs and their particular school's unique challenges."

Federal Court issues temporary order against Zurixx, LLC and its executives

A federal court has entered a temporary restraining order against Utah-based Zurixx, LLC and affiliated companies, which the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Utah Division of Consumer Protection (DCP) allege have used deceptive promises of big profits to lure consumers into real estate seminars costing thousands of dollars.

The order prohibits Zurixx from making unsupported marketing claims and from interfering with consumers’ ability to review Zurixx and its products. The court has appointed a temporary monitor over Zurixx and instructed the companies to preserve their assets.

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) led a bipartisan letter today urging the Department of Defense (DoD) to expand and improve breast cancer screening coverage options for female servicemembers and veterans. Senators Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Susan M. Collins (R-ME), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) co-signed the letter.

In a letter to Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Thomas McCaffery, McSally requests that the DoD expand TRICARE’s coverage to include the most effective breast imaging option: Digital Breast Tomosynthesis, also known as DBT or 3D mammography. This additional coverage would ensure that women who have served or currently serve in the armed forces have access to the newest medical and technological advancements that have the best possible chance of detecting breast cancer early.

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Agricultural producers affected by natural disasters in 2018 and 2019 can apply through the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+). Sign-up for this U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program began Sept. 11.

“There is no doubt that extreme weather has greatly impacted Michigan’s agricultural producers over the last several years, and 2019 is no exception,” said Joel Johnson, executive director for Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Michigan. “With record amounts of crops prevented from planting nationwide and other devastation, more than $3 billion is available through this disaster relief package passed by Congress and signed by President Trump in early June.”

by Katie Bohn

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Cheese lovers, rejoice. Antioxidants naturally found in cheese may help protect blood vessels from damage from high levels of salt in the diet, according to a new Penn State study.

In a randomized, crossover design study, the researchers found that when adults consumed a high-sodium diet, they also experienced blood vessel dysfunction. But, when the same adults consumed four servings of cheese a day alongside the same high-sodium diet, they did not experience this effect.

Preparing for a Weather Emergency

Extreme weather and natural disasters can occur with little warning. Are you ready to leave your home at a moment’s notice?

Make a Plan

You can reduce your anxiety by making sure you are prepared if, and when, they happen. Here are some tips to help you get started.

Check your insurance. Find out if any of your home, health, or other insurance policies will pay for temporary shelter, replacement clothing, furniture, or other items if you are affected by extreme weather or a disaster.