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Archive for January 20th, 2016

New Report: Governor Rauner Is Skipping Payments for Vital Public Services but Paying Banks $6 Million per Month for Toxic Swaps

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Governor Rauner Spends Millions on Bad Bank Deals While Cutting Social Services and College Grants

CHICAGO, IL – Even though the Rauner Administration is skipping payments that the State of Illinois is legally required to make to social service providers under federal law, the state nevertheless pays banks like Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase $6 million per month for interest rate swap deals. That is the conclusion of a new report by the ReFund America Project called Turned Around: How the Swaps that Were Supposed to Save Illinois Millions Became Toxic.


The report shows that the State of Illinois is embroiled in the same toxic swaps that have been blamed for the financial problems facing the City of Chicago and Chicago Public Schools. Illinois has spent $618 million on these swaps already, and the total cost to taxpayers could climb to $1.45 billion by the time these deals end in 2033. However, if the budget impasse continues and the state’s credit rating tumbles further, Illinois taxpayers could be hit with $124 million in termination penalties on some of its swaps as early as this November. The report recommends that the state should take legal action to get out of the deals without penalties and to recover past taxpayer losses.

“This report shows that these toxic swaps have been an unmitigated disaster for the state, failing in almost every way,” said Saqib Bhatti, Director of the ReFund America Project and one of the co-authors of the report. “If state officials knew then what we know now, it would have been financially irresponsible for them to have signed these deals. We believe the banks that pitched these deals to the state misrepresented the risks, and we are calling on the Governor to take legal action against them to get back our money so that we can properly fund services in Illinois.”

“This reports shows that toxic swaps have been draining money out of the state’s budget for years. That Illinois continues to pay the banks for these swap deals at a time when there is no state budget – and many vital social services are missing their funding – raises real questions about the state’s moral priorities,” said Carrie Sloan of Refund America Project, the report’s co-author. “Right now the state is choosing to keep paying bankers for possibly fraudulent deals, at the expense of children, domestic violence victims, the homeless, and college students, among others. Instead, we urge Illinois to take every action available to it to end the deals without paying penalties, recover monies, and enact a fair budget.”

“Every day in Brighton Park I see people seeking assistance for programs like LIHEAP; on the first day alone of the program, we were able to help 115 families. Teen Reach has served about 200 students in Brighton Park every year. We’ve offered programs for academic support, character development, enrichment, health and wellness, STEM-based, fine arts, service learning projects, and more. These programs also kept students off the streets and in a safe space to learn and grow. The budget impasse is putting all of these vital programs in jeopardy. During this time of crisis we should be protecting working families not bank profits,” stated Marcos Ceniceros with the Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, a member organization of Grassroots Collaborative.

Evan Cauble-Johnson, Chief Development Officer at Inspiration Corporation, an agency that provides job training and employment placement, supportive housing, and other services to Chicago’s homeless and low-income residents stated, “Having accumulated more than $100,000 in unpaid receivables from the State, our agency has been forced to access lines of credit to maintain services, and we are beginning to question how long we can continue to operate our housing program without a budget.  If we do not see payments for another month, we will almost certainly be forced to enact contingency plans that would immediately cut services to more than 80 households, many of them families with children.”

Key Findings from the Report:

  • Even though the State of Illinois has been skipping some legally-required payments to social service providers because of the budget stalemate, it has nevertheless made paid banks $6 million per month for interest rate swaps.

  • Illinois paid banks $618 million on these swap deals through the end of fiscal year 2015, and the State Comptroller’s office estimates the state will pay another $832 million over the remaining life of the deals, through October 2033, bringing the total taxpayer cost to $1.45 billion.

  • These swaps did not work as they were supposed to, and actually cost the state millions more than traditional fixed-rate bonds would have.

  • If Illinois’s credit rating continues to decline, which is likely given the ongoing budget stalemate, it could trigger termination clauses on some of the state’s swaps and force taxpayers to pay $124 million in penalties to the banks. This could happen as early as this November.

  • Illinois taxpayers could indirectly be on the hook for $636 million in swap termination penalties owed by the City of Chicago and Chicago Public Schools. At the same time the Emanuel Administration is paying these swap penalties, the Mayor is seeking $800 million in state assistance for the city, schools, and Chicago Transit Authority budgets.

  • The banks that marketed and sold interest rate swaps to cities and states typically misrepresented the risks associated with the deals, in violation of the federal fair dealing rule and the Illinois state law of fraudulent concealment. The state should take legal action to get out of the deals without penalties and to recover taxpayer losses. This would allow the state to stop paying banks $68 million a year, recover up to $618 million in past swap payments, and eliminate the threat of termination penalties as the state’s financial health continues to deteriorate.

The full report can be found at: http://www.refundproject.org/#turned-around

Grassroots Collaborative is Action Now, American Friends Service Committee – Great Lakes Region, Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, Chicago Teachers Union, Enlace Chicago, Illinois Hunger Coalition, Jane Addams Senior Caucus, ONE Northside, Service Employees International Union Healthcare Illinois Indiana

U.S. Department of Justice: The Clock Is Ticking on Police Crime in Chicago

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From: Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression
Stop Police Crimes Campaign

The United States Department of Justice has opened its investigation of the Chicago Police Department, focusing on “…CPD’s use of force, including racial, ethnic and other disparities in their use of force, and its systems of accountability…” DOJ investigators were even called to the crime scene of the blatant police murders of Quintonio LeGrier and Bettie Jones. The victims and survivors of police crimes in Chicago have been calling on the DOJ to intervene in our city, where there are no systems of accountability – only an ongoing culture of impunity. We eagerly await the DOJ’s findings but, by experience, have no illusions that change can come from any branch of government.

We at the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, alongside family members of victims of police murder, torture and abuse, originally made an urgent request for DOJ intervention in Chicago in August of 2014. We submitted a letter documenting unresolved complaints of CPD’s patterns of abuse, especially in poor and minority neighborhoods. This letter was signed by 66 members of families of victims. We presented these documents at the Chicago field office of the DOJ, with copies going to the Attorney General’s office in Washington, D.C. Our letter and these families were not acknowledged. One week later, U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon emphasized that there was no impending investigation of the Chicago police, whom he called “our front-line partner”.

Within two months of this inaction by the DOJ, both Ronnieman Johnson and Laquan McDonald lay dead. The video evidence was locked away and the cover-up was in high gear. And twenty more Black men were killed by CPD before the Laquan McDonald video was released by court order. Might some of them still be alive today had the DOJ acted in 2014?

On December 10, 2015 we came calling again. We submitted another letter at the Chicago office of the DOJ, together with more complaints signed by 90 family members, calling for DOJ intervention in Chicago to hold the police accountable pursuant to Civil Rights statutes and the U.S. Constitution. A crowd of 500 protesters joined us on the street below, as family members were herded into a small reception area and were not even extended the courtesy of a meeting where they could air their grievances. Again, copies of the letter were sent on to Washington.The letter and the attached complaints totaled 260 pages exposing damning evidence of racist police crimes in Chicago. The wait continued.

Then we heard that the DOJ had, indeed, decided to intervene in Chicago after weeks of protests and revelations of the cover-up surrounding the McDonald video. We delivered the letter again, with some revisions and an additional 10 complaints documenting police torture and murder in Chicago communities. These were all sent by registered mail. The final copy of the letter was sent on January 12, 2016 to Katelyn Smith, the Community Outreach Specialist tasked by the DOJ to coordinate the gathering of community complaints during the investigation of the CPD. She stated, “We believe that community involvement is going to be an essential component of our investigation.” Apparently, it wasn’t essential in 2014.

So, here come the Feds, and the clock is ticking. We won’t continue to wait. We don’t have another thirteen months. We demand that the CPD, its police board, IPRA, and the State’s Attorney’s office be fully investigated and the guilty be fired and prosecuted.

The DOJ investigation of the CPD provides an opportunity to redress the trail of tears left in the wake of past police violence in Chicago’s communities. But, what of the future? Whatever the outcome of this investigation, it will end, and the Feds will pull up stakes. What will they leave behind? Recommendations? Monitoring? Consent decrees? Ask Cleveland how that worked out. The DOJ has had to intervene there a second time. Whatever they found before, they will find again and again. This is because the DOJ and the Federal Government are not about creating new institutions to ensure police accountability. These new institutions can only be forged by the people themselves. The only lasting solution is community control over the police, and in Chicago that is an all elected Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC).

Tick…tick…tick…
www.StopPoliceCrimes.com

Financial Fraud: The Disney Resort That Never Was

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Thomas W. Lucas, Jr. was such an effective liar that he was able to convince hundreds of investors—even members of his own family—that he had inside information about a Disney resort to be built in Texas that would make the nearby scrubland worth a fortune for those who bought it ahead of time.

Of course, there was no “Frontier Disney,” as Lucas claimed, but using false documents, forged signatures, and phony presentations, he was able to pocket nearly $450,000 in real estate fees over a four-year period and cause investors to lose approximately $20 million.

“Thomas Lucas Jr. fooled savvy investors and very intelligent people,” said Special Agent Rick Velasquez, who investigated the case from the FBI’s Dallas Division. “He was a very believable guy.”

From 2006 to 2010, Lucas defrauded more than 250 investors. He claimed to have insider information regarding a Disney resort and theme park planned for a rural area about 50 miles north of Dallas. He was giving investors a chance to buy surrounding land outright, or to purchase options to buy the land near the supposed resort. The 65 investors who purchased options lost every cent they invested—more than $8 million. Some investors, including Lucas’ father and uncle in the family real estate business, purchased land outright, believing the Disney story.

“There was not one grain of truth in Lucas’ presentations,” Velasquez said, “but his pitch was very elaborate, and it fooled a lot of people. He duped his own family.”

Lucas claimed to have letters between Disney and a management firm saying that the company had acquired enough land to make the deal happen. He included the letters—complete with forged Disney officials’ signatures—in his presentations to investors, along with detailed maps, concept plans, and images that were later discovered to be lifted from the Internet, some from Disney websites.

According to Lucas, Disney planned to make the big announcement about the resort at a Dallas Cowboys football game on Thanksgiving in 2006. When that didn’t happen, he told investors there were delays. “Then the announcement was going to be Super Bowl 2007, 2008. Then it was Fourth of July at the Beijing Olympic games,” Velasquez said. “He was just trying to keep investors and potential investors on the hook.”

With each delay, Lucas would sweeten the pot with some new bogus e-mail from a Disney executive or other bit of tantalizing information meant to persuade people the project was still on track. Eventually, investors became suspicious, and one made a complaint to the FBI.

Velasquez, who specializes in financial fraud cases, says the scheme went on for so long because Lucas was believable—and also because investors could not resist the temptation of making large returns on their money.

When confronted by investigators about his claims, Lucas falsely blamed the supposed Disney information he received on a man he met at a methadone rehab clinic, who had since died. In 2014, Lucas was indicted by a federal grand jury on seven counts of wire fraud and one count of lying to the FBI.

Last September, after a jury trial in which Lucas maintained his innocence but was found guilty on all charges, a judge sentenced the 35-year-old to 17.5 years in prison. “That was a stiff sentence for a white-collar crime,” Velasquez noted, “but he defrauded a lot of people and showed no remorse.”

Source: FBI

Author Aims to Mend the Hole in Black America’s Purse

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Robert L. Gatewood, MBA, Author of Played In Full

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — If youve ever wondered why Black America, with its trillion dollars of spending power, cant hang on to its money, then you are in the company of Robert L. Gatewood, author of the provocative book, PLAYED IN FULL The Marketing Exploitation of Black America.
Gatewood, who is an MBA-degreed marketing consultant, and host of the acclaimed Marketing Pulpit Radio Show on Radio-Ones WOL in Washington, DC, considers himself the unlikely poster boy for Black overspending. He adds that, in the past, he too spent well beyond his means. According to Gatewood, If a smart guy like me has struggled over the years to hang onto his money, then perhaps theres more to this problem than basic math.
Gatewood adds, The forces at work ring familiar because they are some of the very same techniques used by experienced marketers that are designed to help business owners. Unfortunately those methods have been twisted and used nefariously. When the history of slavery and racism is embedded, the subjection becomes particularly acute for Blacks.
Gatewoods book, PLAYED IN FULL The Marketing Exploitation of Black America, suggests that the fight for Black dollars is a generational battle thats fought in the mind. On one side you have Black consumers who have been conditioned to spend rather than invest. And coalesced on the other side are the Players, people and institutions, who are possessed with a congenital zeal for extracting money from Blacks.
Its worse than shooting fish in a barrel, says Gatewood. Its as if the fish were trained to jump out of the barrel, gut themselves, leap into the frying pan, and then light the fire.
In the book, Gatewood exposes many sacred institutions that have wittingly or unwittingly contributed to the subterfuge; including but not limited to, the banks, the courts, the media, the schools, the military, the church, the state, the food industry, the politicians, and even Santa Claus himself.
In addition to highlighting the dilemma, Gatewood also provides a host of remedies for mending the sieve that is the pocketbook of Black America.
To learn more about the book or Robert Gatewood, visit www.playedinfull.com, www.robertgatewood.com, email gatewood@playedinfull.com or call 301-839-2836.

 

Photo Caption: Robert L. Gatewood, MBA, Author of “Played In Full”

Milwaukee Common Council Approves $5 Million Settlement of Body Cavity / Strip Search Suits

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The Milwaukee Common Council today approved a $5 million settlement that will be divided among 74 African American young men — including a 15-year-old boy and a wheelchair-bound paraplegic — who were subjected to illegal body cavity and strip searches by Milwaukee Police as part of a wide spread and racially discriminatory pattern and practice of the MPD.

Approval of this historic settlement demonstrates that the City of Milwaukee has at last accepted its responsibility for the blatantly unconstitutional conduct of its District 5 Unit of Power Shift police officers that was led by now-convicted felon Michael Vagnini.

Attorneys for the men and several of their clients will hold a press conference to discuss in detail the meaning and ramifications of this settlement after it is finalized by the approval of the Mayor and with the signatures of the aggrieved search victims.

For further comment today, please contact: Flint Taylor, 773-616-3736Flint.Taylor10@gmail.com; Robin Shellow, 414-263-4488robin@theshellowgroup.com; Jon Safran, 414-224-0400; Heather Donnell, 312-243-5900heather@loevy.com; or Alex Flynn 414 276-7400.

Voting Rights Restricted in Illinois

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Letters To Editors

From: Congresswoman Linda Sánchez

Su voto es su voz (Your vote is your voice).


Today, our right to vote is under attack.
Please join me and demand that Congress restores basic voting protections.

Before the Voting Rights Act was passed in 1965, literacy tests and poll taxes kept minorities from the polls.

For Latinos, the Voting Rights Act was key to gaining equality in the electoral process.

But after the Supreme Court overturned key pieces of the Voting Rights Act, Republican leaders have failed us and our democracy. They’ve intentionally brought us back to a dark time in our past.

Today, Republicans are using voter ID laws and eliminating early voting to deliberately restrict the rights of Latinos and minority groups across America.

They’re chipping away at the right to vote. It’s wrong. That’s why I’m asking you to join me and demand that Congress restores the right to vote.

If you believe all Americans should have the right to vote, sign on now.

I was born to immigrant parents from Mexico. My dad was a mechanic and my mom was an educator.

Only in America can someone like me, the daughter of immigrants, become a member of Congress.

But there’s no question that the Voting Rights Act empowered me to live the American dream.

Without it, myself and other Congressional members would not be here to represent our communities.

For the sake of democracy, this right must be restored and protected. I need your help to demand change.

Join me in support of voting rights protections by adding your name today.

I spent my day yesterday reflecting on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy.

Dr. King believed that there is no greater tool for change than the right to vote.

I’m asking you to join me and fight to restore that right for every American.

Thank you for your support,

Congresswoman Linda Sánchez

–Traducción–

Su voto es su voz.

Pero hoy en dia, nuestro derecho al voto está  bajo ataque. Les pido, por favor, unase conmigo y demanda que el Congreso restaura protecciones básicas de votacion antes de las elecciones de 2016.

Antes de que la ley del derecho al voto fue aprobada en 1965, impuestos del voto y pruebas de alfabetización nego el derecho a votar para las minorías en los Estados Unidos.

Para los Latinos, la ley del derecho al voto fue importante para obtener equidad en el processo del voto.

Pero después de que el Corte Suprema de justicia de los Estados Unidos revocó  piezas clave de la ley del derecho al voto, líderes republicanos han fallado a nosotros y nuestra democracia. Intencionalmente, ellos nos trajeron a una época oscura de nuestro pasado.

Hoy en día, republicanos estan aplicando leyes de identificación de votante innecesarios y eliminando la votación temprana para restringir los derechos de los Latinos y grupos minoritarios en todo los Estados Unidos.

Los estan quitando el derecho al voto poco por poco. Esto esta mal. Es por eso que te estoy pidiendo que exigen que el Congreso restablece el derecho al voto.

Si usted cree que todos los estadounidenses deberían tener derecho a votar, firme en este momento.

Yo nací de padres inmigrantes de México. Mi padre era mecánico y mi madre era un educador.

Sólo en los Estados Unidos puede alguien como yo, hija de inmigrantes, convertirse en un miembro del Congreso.

No hay duda que la ley del derecho al voto me dio el poder para vivir el sueño americano.

Sin esos derechos, yo y otros miembros del Congreso no estariamos aquí representando a nuestras comunidades.

Por el bien de la democracia, este derecho debe ser restaurado y protegido. Necesito su ayuda para exigir cambio.

Unase conmigo y apoya la proteccion de los derechos del voto.

Pasé mi día ayer reflexionando sobre el legado del Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. King creía que no hubo mas grande herramienta para el cambio que el derecho a votar.Les pido hoy que se unan conmigo y luchar para recuperar ese derecho para todos los estadounidenses.
Gracias por su apoyo,
Congresista Linda Sánchez

Latino Community Calls for Justice for the Castellanos Family

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Community Meeting will be held Wednesday January 20th.,, 6 p.m., at 1237 N. California Ave.

An ad hoc community group of pastors and community activist are demanding justice for the Castellanos family and all innocent victims of police shootings. The group is demanding that the federal government present its findings into the two-year-old investigation.

‘We are asking for the resignation of Anita Alvarez and that she be charged for the obstruction of justice in this investigation and that of Laquan McDonald and many others. We are seeking to join other communities across the city to demand justice for all.”

Esau Castellanos was fatally shot by two police officers who fired 13 shots in March 2013. The shooting has been under federal investigation for two years as the initial police reports fell apart.

Photo: Esau Castellanos

2016 Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship Program Now Open

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Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Through his leadership, skill and courage, Jackie Robinson broke barriers in sports, media and business – impacting our entire society and helping to set the stage for the modern civil rights movement. For 42 years, the Jackie Robinson Foundation has continued Robinsons commitment to equal opportunity.

The Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) Scholarship program is designed to address the financial needs of college students and provide comprehensive mentoring services through its 42 Strategies for Success Curriculum. Once chosen from a national, selective application process, Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars receive a generous four-year grant (up to $7,500) to attend the college or university of their choice and are enrolled in JRFs celebrated mentoring curriculum.

JRFs four-year curriculum enables students to effectively navigate the college environment, explore career options, develop leadership skills, and embrace a commitment to service. Throughout the four-year program, JRF also promotes the values and character traits embodied in the heroic life of its namesake.

The JRF scholarship is awarded to outstanding high school graduates who plan to earn a baccalaureate degree from an accredited, four-year college or university. Additional fellowships are given to JRF Scholars to pursue opportunities to work and study abroad and for post-graduate education.

For more details and/or to apply, visit:
www.scholarshipsonline.org/2012/03/jackie-robinson-foundation-scholarship.html
For hundreds of other 2016 scholarships, visit:
www.ScholarshipsOnline.org

FBI Director Comey Participates in MLK Memorial Ceremony

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FBI Director James Comey joined fellow FBI leaders and other government officials and community members on Washington, D.C.’s National Mall on Monday to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

With the 30-foot statue of the iconic leader as his backdrop, Comey provided remarks during a wreath-laying ceremony sponsored by The Memorial Foundation. Comey began his speech by highlighting the memorial as an important aspect of the training provided by the FBI Academy.

“Special agents and intelligence analysts now visit the memorial during their training, where they study Dr. King as part of their curriculum,” Comey said to ceremony attendees. “It serves as an example of constraint and oversight in the history of the FBI and Dr. King.”

The Director also took the opportunity in his speech to reference a current divide between police agencies and the communities they assist, particularly communities of color.

“I imagine two lines—one is law enforcement and the other is the communities we serve and protect,” Comey said. “Those lines are never together, and I feel them arcing apart in American life.”

One way to develop closer ties, Comey suggests, is for law enforcement personnel and communities to develop deeper consideration for one another.

“We have to understand that all of us—law enforcement and non-law enforcement—carry with us an implicit bias,” he said. “We react differently to a face that looks different than our own. We have to stare at that and own that.”

After speaking, Comey joined the ceremony procession in laying a wreath at the foot of King’s statue, which features text from the famed 1963 I Have a Dream speech.

“If Dr. King were alive today, he would tell us we have to get closer to each other, to open our hearts and our minds to see each other clearly,” Comey said as he closed his remarks.

Two Illinois Residents Test Positive For Zika Virus

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SPRINGFIELD, IL– The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is alerting the public of the potential of contracting Zika virus while traveling abroad. Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites, similar to West Nile virus or dengue fever. While illness is usually mild and severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon, there is a possible link between Zika virus infection in pregnant women and subsequent birth defects.

Two pregnant Illinois residents who recently traveled to countries where Zika virus is found have tested positive for the virus. Physicians are monitoring their health and pregnancies.

“There is virtually no risk to Illinois residents since you cannot contract Zika virus from another person, but only through the bite of an infected mosquito,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “But since this is a time of year when people travel to warmer climates and countries where Zika virus is found, we are urging residents, especially pregnant women, to take preventive measures when traveling in affected countries and check health travel advisories.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a travel alert (Level 2-Practice Enhanced Precautions) for people traveling to regions and certain countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing, including: Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Suriname, Venezuela, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

This alert follows reports in Brazil of microcephaly and other poor pregnancy outcomes in babies of mothers who were infected with Zika virus while pregnant. However, additional studies are needed to further characterize this relationship.

Until more is known, CDC recommends that pregnant women in any trimester should consider postponing travel to the areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing. Pregnant women, women trying to become pregnant, or women who are thinking about becoming pregnant and must travel to one of these areas should talk with their doctor or other health care provider first and strictly follow steps to avoid mosquito bites during the trip.

The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, or conjunctivitis (red eyes). Symptoms can last from several days to weeks. There is no vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat Zika virus infection.

When traveling to countries where Zika virus has been reported, all travelers should take steps to prevent mosquito bites, such as using use insect repellent, wearing long sleeves and pants, and staying in places with air conditioning or that use window and door screens. More information about Zika virus can be found on the CDC website. CDC has also developed interim Zika virus guidelines for health care providers in the United State caring for pregnant women.

 

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