Washington, DC - Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the 21 public utility commissions that will receive technical assistance from the National Laboratories to help state regulators make decisions and develop innovative solutions to improve grid reliability and resiliency, enable the adoption of new technologies, promote energy and environmental justice, and develop strategies to decarbonize their electric grids.

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Budapest, Hungary - SantaCon – gatherings of youngsters dressed to one degree or another like Santa Claus – has become an annual tradition in many U.S. cities. In New York City, thousands of Kris Kringles walked the streets on December 11 this year, reports the Association of Mature American Citizens. 

Sacramento, California - Governor Gavin Newsom today announced four $50,000 rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators of unsolved murders in Fresno, San Pablo, Visalia and unincorporated Butte County.

Washington, DC - The Hong Kong Autonomy Act Report to Congress, released today, underscores the United States’ deep concerns about Beijing’s clear efforts to deprive Hong Kongers of a meaningful voice in the December 19 Legislative Council (LegCo) elections.  The United States is concerned by the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) continued efforts to undermine the democratic institutions in Hong Kong and erode Hong Kong’s autonomy in its judiciary, civil service, press, and academic institutions, among other areas that are key to a stable and prosperous Hong Kong.  Foreign financial institutions that knowingly conduct significant transactions with the individuals listed in today’s report are subject to sanctions. 

Washington, DC - The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is soliciting nominations for membership to the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI). USDA expects to appoint committee members in 2022.