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Gutierrez Expresses Continued Support for Free Trade

Washington (Jan. 13)—U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez issued the following statement on the release of the November 2008 U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services report by the Department’s U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Today’s report shows that U.S. exports increased by 14.1 percent to $1.7 trillion year-to-date (through November) over 2007.Imports also increased 9.3 percent to $2.3 trillion and the trade deficit narrowed 1.8 percent during the same time period. (More) (Fact Sheet)

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NOAA Gives Navy Marine Mammal Protection Measures for Sonar Training off Hawaii

Washington (Jan. 12)—The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Fisheries Service has issued regulations and a letter of authorization to the U.S. Navy to impact marine mammals while conducting training exercises around the main Hawaiian Islands. The Navy requested authorization under the Marine Mammal Protection Act because the mid-frequency sound generated by tactical active sonar, and the sound and pressure generated by detonating explosives, may affect the behavior of some marine mammals or cause a temporary loss of their hearing. (More)

From left to right: Dennis Johnson (director of the U.S. Census Bureau's Kansas City Regional Office), U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-Mo.), St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and  Arnold Jackson (Census Bureau's associate director for the decennial census). Click here for larger image.

Census Bureau Opens Local Office in St. Louis

St. Louis, Mo. (Jan. 10)—U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-Mo.) and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay joined Census Bureau officials in officially opening the local census office in St. Louis. This office will employ about 1,000 during peak operations for the 2010 Census. The Census Bureau is expected to open about 500 local census offices across the country and hire approximately 1.4 million people for the 2010 Census. (More)