The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has implemented a new paid parental leave program for its employees, providing six workweeks of paid leave per year for the birth, adoption, or foster placement of a new child. The program will be available to mothers and fathers equally, and to both parents if both are FDIC employees.

“We are proud to provide this important benefit to our employees to ease some of the burden and worry that new parents face. We recognize that many of our employees spend much of their time on the road and away from their family, and it is important that they feel supported,” said FDIC Chairman Jelena McWilliams.

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Grand Teton, Wyo. – Today, First Lady of the United States Melania Trump and U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt joined second and fourth graders in Grand Teton National Park for a field trip highlighting the importance of the Every Kid Outdoors Program.

“This trip highlighted some of the beautiful national parks, lands, and waters that make up our country,” said First Lady Melania Trump. “Spending time outdoors with children and learning more about our incredible and complex surroundings was a very meaningful experience for me. I want to thank the people of Wyoming for making me feel so welcomed. I also want to thank the many dedicated organizations including Jackson District Boy Scouts and the National Park Service for all they do in protecting and taking care of our national parks."

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AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar – U.S. Senators Martha McSally (R-AZ) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) returned from a trip to the Strait of Hormuz, Gulf of Oman, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, and multiple U.S. military bases throughout the Gulf States.

Senator McSally attends a briefing with Rear Admiral Michael Boyle.

“After multiple deployments to the Middle East, I know firsthand the complex regional security challenges that are increasing with Iran’s recent dangerous and escalating attacks,” said McSally. “It was great to be joined by Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia to see our military posture and meet many Arizonans who are currently deployed to the region.”

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Bath and beauty retailer to pay $1.76 million to settle Commission allegations

Miami Beach-based retailer Truly Organic Inc. (Truly Organic) and its founder and CEO, Maxx Harley Appelman, will pay $1.76 million to settle a Federal Trade Commission complaint alleging that their nationally marketed bath and beauty products are neither “100% organic” nor “certified organic” by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Truly Organic product photoTruly Organic also advertises their products as vegan, even though certain products contain non-vegan ingredients like honey and lactose, according to the complaint. The court order resolving the FTC complaint bars the defendants from making similar deceptive advertising claims.

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RIVERTON, Wyo. – The Bureau of Land Management and the Wyoming Honor Farm will partner September 13–14 in Riverton for an adoption of gentled wild horses and burros. For more than 30 years, the Honor Farm has shared the BLM’s commitment to place excess wild horses and burros into private care in order to maintain healthy animals on healthy, productive public rangelands.

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - On Sept. 20, the Bureau of Land Management Las Cruces District will auction (through an oral competitive bid) cattle only grazing units, ranging in use from 9 to 36 months, on the McGregor Range on the west side of Otero Mesa. Prior to the auction, on Sept. 13, the BLM will conduct a pre-bid, bidder’s tour of the grazing units.

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