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Dale Earnhardt Jr. completes sweep at Pocono
USA Today
Dale Earnhardt Jr. fended off Kevin Harvick on a restart with three laps remaining Aug. 4, winning the GoBowling.com 400 and completing a Sprint Cup sweep at Pocono Raceway. With his third victory of the season and the 22nd of his career, Earnhardt earned his first season sweep at a track since Talladega Superspeedway in 2002. He became the first driver since Denny Hamlin in 2006 to notch a sweep of Pocono's two annual races in NASCAR's premier series.
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US Senate sends VA reform bill to Obama
The Arizona Republic
The U.S. Senate easily passed a $16.3 billion VA reform measure July 30, sending it to the White House for the president's signature and putting in motion changes to repair the embattled Department of Veterans Affairs. Senators voted against a last-minute procedural attempt to block the bill, clearing the way for resounding final approval on a 91-3 vote. The Senate's approval mirrored nearly unanimous approval by the House the previous day.
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Ohio National Guard activated for water emergency
WHIO-TV
In response to a state of emergency declared in Lucas County, Ohio, and the greater Toledo area, Gov. John Kasich has ordered a contingent of the Ohio National Guard to state active duty. A harmful algae bloom has affected the Toledo public water system. City officials have issued a "do not drink" notice in the affected areas. Early reports are that about 400,000 people in and around Ohio's fourth-largest city are affected.
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National Guard at border gets mixed reviews in Texas
USA Today
Soon, teams of camouflage-wearing, gun-toting troops will patrol small, peaceful Rio Grande City, Texas, flying helicopters overhead and monitoring the comings and goings of its people. That sits just fine with Mayor Ruben Villarreal. The specter of hundreds of Texas Army National Guard troops descending onto border towns such as this one has rankled many in the Rio Grande Valley since the plan was recently announced by Gov. Rick Perry. Critics say militarizing the border is not the answer and could lead to unlawful detentions or even deaths.
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GM, Raytheon team up to help Army vets get dealership jobs
The Detroit News
General Motors Co., Raytheon Co. and the U.S. Army are teaming up to help soldiers returning to civilian life get jobs at GM dealerships as service technicians. GM has the largest U.S. dealer network with 4,300 and in the coming years will need about 2,500 new technicians. Such qualified staff can be a struggle to find, while the unemployment rate among returning Army veterans is more than twice the national average. The push comes as the Army plans to reduce its size from 574,000 to 450,000.
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North Carolina bill would raise National Guard leadership criteria
Gaston Gazette
A new measure passed by the North Carolina Legislature will ensure that any future leader of the state National Guard meets increased criteria. The governor appoints the adjutant general of the North Carolina National Guard, but the measure that awaits Gov. Pat McCrory’s signature will set new guidelines, said Rep. Kelly Hastings, R-Gaston, who introduced the measure.
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University of Phoenix pushes back against California allegations
Inside Higher Ed
The University of Phoenix has pushed back against a finding from a May audit by the California State Approving Agency for Veterans Education about the for-profit chain's San Diego campus. And the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs backed Phoenix's claims Aug. 1. The controversy began after the Center for Investigative Reporting, a California-based news organization, obtained and released a report from the agency about its site visit to the campus.
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Ceremony recognizes new designation for Air National Guard unit
The Associated Press via Akron Beacon Journal
Air National Guard officials announced the official designation of the 178th Wing, formerly known as the 178th Fighter Wing, was recognized in a ceremony in western Ohio. The ceremony was Aug. 3 at the Springfield Air National Guard Base. Officials say the new designation took place administratively on July 1. The new designation reflects a mission change from operating fighter aircraft to conducting intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and support missions.
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