From: Adrian Courtenay
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: 21 states receive $333.9 million in emergency relief for road repairs
Date: Mon Aug 11 12:11:43 MDT 2014
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August 11, 2014


21 states receive $333.9 million in emergency relief for road repairs


The Department of Transportation (DoT) Secretary Anthony Foxx announced the relief of $333.9 million in emergency funds from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to assist 21 states with repairs to roads and bridges damaged by storms, floods, and other unexpected events.

"We are making good on our promise to help residents in states affected by natural disasters and other emergencies," said Secretary Foxx. "These funds are part of our ongoing commitment to Americans all across the country to make sure that the damaged roads and bridges they depend on to get to work or deliver goods are restored as quickly as possible."  More 

The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced that Hyundai has agreed to pay a $17.35 million civil penalty and comply with NHTSA oversight requirements outlined in a Consent Order as a result of the manufacturer failing to report in a timely manner a safety-related defect affecting 2009-2012 Hyundai Genesis vehicles. The defect involves corrosion in critical brake system components that can result in reduced braking effectiveness and increase the risk of a crash.

"Safety is our top priority, and all automakers should understand that there is no excuse for failing to report a safety-related defect, as required by law," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. "This Administration will act aggressively and hold automakers accountable when they put the American public at risk."  More


U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agriculture specialists at the port of Baltimore have discovered that a shipment of rice from Pakistan was infested with Khapra Beetle larvae. The CBP agriculture specialists did not find any live larvae, but immediately collected specimens of the dead larvae and sealed the container.

The specimens were forwarded to a U.S. Department of Agriculture entomologist who confirmed them as Trogoderma granarium, commonly known as Khapra Beetle. The importer was issued an Emergency Action Notice requiring the 1,066 carton, 43,000 pound shipment of rice to be re-exported or destroyed. The importer chose to have the shipment re-exported. The Khapra Beetle is considered one of the world's most destructive insect pests of grains, cereals, and stored foods and remains the only insect in which CBP takes regulatory action against even while in a dead state.  More    

William Roof

Port Townsend, WA-based Intellicheck Mobilisa, a provider of identity solutions and wireless security systems, has appointed William H. Roof, Ph.D. to chief operating officer, a newly created position, effective August 11. Roof previously served as the company's senior vice president and chief scientist from May 2009 to April 2011.

In his new role as chief operating officer, Roof will be responsible for the sales, customer service, information technology, and enterprise wireless departments of the Company and will report directly to President and Chief Executive Officer Nelson Ludlow, Ph.D.  More 


Dallas, TX-based CyrusOne has announced that it plans to house the infrastructure and 911-dispatch center for Carrollton, Coppell, Farmers Branch, and Addison, TX. The communities are consolidating 911 services to form the North Texas Emergency Communications Center (NTECC). The partnership is expected to reduce costs and improve service in all four communities.

"Essentially, the dispatch center will operate within our Carrollton data center environment," said Dottie Spruce, executive vice president, sales, CyrusOne. "The recent consolidation will allow the cities to be much more efficient, improving response times and no doubt saving lives. We're thrilled to work with the NTECC, and we hope to serve as a model to other dispatch centers across the country."  More    

Oakdale, MN-based Imation Corp, a global data storage and information security company, has announced that its IronKey Secure USB devices are not vulnerable to BadUSB malware that was revealed at Black Hat. BadUSB is the first USB malware designed to attack the device itself instead of attacking the data on the device. IronKey's leadership in security, including its use of digital signatures in all controller firmware, makes its products immune to this new threat. To help reduce the impact of BadUSB, the company is offering a GoodUSB Trade-Up Program that provides discounts on its secure USB products.

As revealed at the Black Hat session on BadUSB, the attack changes the firmware that controls the behavior of the USB hardware, allowing the USB device to become a host that can subsequently infect other computers and USB devices.  More 

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