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The Main Squeeze’s Reuben Gingrich Releases Video For Song Featuring MonoNeon Off Debut Solo Album

first_imgReuben Gingrich, the drummer from The Main Squeeze, just released a brand-new solo album on Monday titled Blue Island, which also marks his debut as a solo artist. Across the album, Gingrich channels The Main Squeeze’s funk vibe, though he frequently twists it with more contemporary jazz stylings, creating a spacious and thrilling work of jazz-funk fusion. Blue Island is an exciting debut for the drummer, which features a bunch of other talented musicians and highlights the breadth of Gingrich’s sound.Watch The Main Squeeze Get Stuck In Traffic Jam, Set Up Drum Kit, And Rock Out On The HighwayTo coincide with Monday’s release, Gingrich has just released a music video for Blue Island’s newest single, “Emerald Flames.” The song also features the eccentric bass wizard MonoNeon, the last bassist for Prince before his untimely death last year. As Gingrich said of this latest release, “This is the third video from my album Blue Island. For this one, we recorded the initial sessions in Chicago at Rax Trax Studios and in LA at Reubotech Studios. A few weeks later, I sent to MonoNeon who absolutely crushed the bass and a solo on it!”Spafford, The Main Squeeze, Aqueous, And More To Play First Ever Canyon Jam At The MishawakaYou can listen to “Emerald Flames” below. If you like what you hear (and we think you will), you can also check out the rest of Reuben Gingrich’s debut solo work, Blue Island, on Amazon, Spotify, or Bandcamp. You can also learn more about Gingrich on his website here, or head over to The Main Squeeze’s website here to catch him on the road with the Chicago funk pioneers.[Photo: Phierce Photo] Reuben Gingrich’s Blue Island Track Listing: SunEmerald FlamesAwakenKokederaMystiqueGolden CastleSecret Of The ForestThis Comes To An EndMoon MachinesHopeBeyond The Futurelast_img read more

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Heart disease: A little exercise goes a long way

first_imgEven a small amount of exercise may significantly lower your risk of getting heart disease, according to a new study conducted at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). A team led by Jacob Sattelmair, who did the research while a doctoral student at HSPH, found that as little as 2.5 hours of exercise a week—just 150 minutes—can cut heart disease risk by 14%. What’s more, even those who exercise less than that can decrease their risk.Some physical activity is better than none, and more is better,” Sattelmair told HealthDay. He added, “The biggest bang for your buck is at the lower ends of physical activity. If you went from none to 2.5 hours a week, the relative benefit is more than if you went from, say, 5 to 7.5 hours a week.”For the study, published online August 1, 2011 in the journal Circulation, Sattelmair and his co-authors—including senior author I-Min Lee, HSPH associate professor of epidemiology, and colleagues from Stanford University and the University of Texas School of Public Health—conducted a meta-analysis of 33 studies from the past 15 years that investigated the relationship between physical activity and heart disease prevention. Read Full Storylast_img read more

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Snite showcases classic cars exhibit

first_imgThe Snite Museum of Art opened a new exhibition Aug. 17 that showcases rare classic cars from the Jack B. Smith Jr. Automobile Collection. Admission to the museum is free and open to the public.The exhibit contains four classic models: a 1923 Studebaker Big Six Speedster, a 1932 Packard Light Eight Roadster, a 1931 Cadillac Series 355A Fleetwood Dual Cowl Phaeton and an award-winning 1932 Auburn 8-100A Speedster.The Auburn Speedster is located in the main lobby while the rest of the exhibit is located toward the back right of the museum. Visitors are allowed to walk around the cars and enjoy a near 360-degree view. Plaques containing pertinent history and information are displayed on nearby walls. Photographs are allowed.Jack B. Smith Jr. is an entrepreneur and president of Gaska Tape, Inc., which is based in Elkhart, Indiana. Smith lent these four pieces of his collection to the museum after Chuck Loving, the director of the Snite Museum, approached him with an idea for the exhibition.“The University of Notre Dame as a whole has always had an interest in automobile design,” Loving said. “This exhibit brings in a different crowd to the museum than we are used to. Many fathers and sons are interested and visit the exhibit. Football weekends bring in many of these types of visitors.”Vivian LaVine, co-owner of LaVine Restorations, Inc., which works on both American and European classic cars, helped maintain Smith’s cars for approximately a year. La Vine’s company was involved in the maintenance and transportation of Smith’s collection. She said Smith’s cars, which were certified as classic by the Classic Car Club of America, were noticeable because of their “ornate” look.“These cars are very distinctive, not like today,” she said. “[When you were driving in that era], you knew very well what [type of] car it was that was coming at you.”Smith said he hopes visitors appreciate the beauty of these “sculptures on wheels.” He said he enjoyed the thought of having his cars on display for others to appreciate.“ND is a great institution,” he said. “I am flattered to have it in the Snite Museum. I’ve always loved cars … I didn’t find these cars, they found me.”According to the Notre Dame press release, Smith is a member of the DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts Advisory Council at the University of Notre Dame, where he and his wife Laura D. Arauz Smith fund the Laura and Jack Boyd Smith Jr. Endowment for Excellence in Performing Arts. The couple also supports the Notre Dame summer Shakespeare program and has previously supported a fellowship in the Mendoza School of Business, the Smith Library Collection in Business and teaching labs within the Jordan Hall of Science.The Snite Museum is open Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. The museum will showcase the classic car exhibit until Nov. 30.Tags: classic cars, Jack B. Smith Jr., LaVine, Snitelast_img read more

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Coronavirus Deals One-Two Financial Punch To State Budgets

first_imgMGN Stock Image.ALBANY – The coronavirus is pounding state governments with a financial one-two punch, costing them millions to try to contain the disease just as businesses are shutting down and tax revenue is collapsing. The sharp drop in revenue could jeopardize some states’ ability to provide basic services.States ranging from tiny Rhode Island to California, with the world’s fifth-largest economy, have warned that many programs are likely to face cuts or even elimination.“I am gravely concerned about our ability to deliver basic services over the next six months to a year given the drop in revenues, and that’s why I am encouraging the Legislature to be extremely fiscally prudent,” Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, said about building the budget for the coming fiscal year.Many states are blowing through the multi-billion dollar rainy day funds they built up after the end of the Great Recession. Without that cushion, government finance experts say, states would have been in much worse shape. Virginia expects to take a hit of up to $2 billion. The result: Lawmakers may rescind the 2% annual raises just promised to teachers.Christine Melendez, a high school Spanish teacher in Chesterfield County, said losing the raises would be a “slap in the face” to teachers who have endured years of stagnant pay. Like teachers across the country, they are improvising online lesson plans after schools were shuttered.Melendez predicted there would be fierce pushback if teacher pay is not improved.“We can only take so much,” she said.States will get help from the $2.2 trillion stimulus passed by Congress this week and signed Friday by President Donald Trump. State, local and Native American tribal governments are in line for $150 billion in direct aid to combat the virus and could get more through other parts of the legislation.How far that will go is unclear as the outbreak grows more severe in many states and shutdown measures are all but certain to be extended.New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, ripped the GOP-led Senate’s version of the coronavirus package as “terrible” for New York and said, based on preliminary reports, that it would send the state some $4 billion in direct aid. A Tax Foundation estimate shows the state government in line for nearly twice that much.New York, which has become the epicenter of the coronavirus fight in the U.S., could see revenue drop by $15 billion, or about 8%, in the coming fiscal year, budget officials said. Another $12 billion that was expected to arrive soon will be delayed for months because the state, like others, is extending the tax filing deadline from April to July.“The response to this virus has probably already cost us $1 billion. It will probably cost several billion dollars when we’re done,” Cuomo said. “I’m telling you, these numbers don’t work.”The gloomy financial outlook is a sudden and stark turnaround after years in which a strong economy sent streams of cash into state coffers. Governors and lawmakers across the country had plans for that money: teacher raises, pre-K expansions, Medicaid for immigrants who are in the country illegally.Those wish lists are now looking more like pipe dreams.California has a $20 billion reserve but also relies heavily on capital gains, which swell the budget when the stock market is soaring. Gov. Gavin Newsom this week warned agency heads that a drop in economic activity would put their ambitions for new or expanded programs on hold.In Ohio, Gov. Mike DeWine announced freezes on state-government hiring and new contract services. He also told cabinet members to look for immediate budget cuts of up to 20%.Only a month ago, Minnesota officials said the surplus for the fiscal year that goes through June would be $1.5 billion — $200 million more than previously expected. Now Gov. Tim Walz says most of the surplus would be set aside to deal with uncertainties brought by the virus.New Jersey announced this week that it would keep $920 million it had planned to spend between now and June to ensure cash flow. That’s more than 2% of the state’s current spending plan, but officials are warning that the budget impact could be deeper than that.In Tennessee, Gov. Bill Lee is now basing his budget plan for the fiscal year that starts July 1 on having an economy with no growth. Previously, he anticipated a growth rate of 3%.Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said the outbreak is projected to cause a drop of $353 million in state revenue through June. That represents about 6% of the state’s general fund budget.The U.S. has at least 100,000 confirmed infections of the new coronavirus, the most of any country. Across the globe, the virus has claimed at least 26,000 lives. Health authorities have said most people experience mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can be fatal; younger adults also have succumbed to the disease.Governors across the country have warned that the number of cases in their states is expected to spike in the coming weeks. While their shelter-in-place or shutdown orders have varied, schools and a wide array of businesses remain closed, dramatically reducing consumer spending and, in turn, government tax revenue.Some states are being hit especially hard, including those that rely on tourism.The Nevada Resort Association says taxes on tourism have paid for about 38% of the state’s general fund budget in recent years. The governor there has frozen state hiring and limited government purchases.Rhode Island loses about $1 million in state revenue for each day its two casinos are closed. Gov. Gina Raimondo is warning that the virus’ widening economic fallout could lead to government layoffs in a state that already was facing a $200 million shortfall. Rhode Island lawmakers also approved borrowing up to $300 million to help the state cover its bills.“Furloughs and layoffs are things you want to avoid at all costs,” Raimondo said. “They were considered in the last recession, but it all depends on how quick we get the economy back on track and how robust the federal government response is.” Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Follow the Odyssey of Hedwig, From Underground Club to B’way

first_imgLadies and gentlemen, whether you like it or not…Hedwig and the Angry Inch is back in New York City! How I Met Your Mother star and Tony host extraordinaire Neil Patrick Harris is stepping into the transgender rock star’s high-heeled boots, where he’ll be rocking out all summer long (without an understudy) at the Belasco Theatre. So put on some makeup, turn on the eight track, and read below to find out how Hedwig transformed from a late-night dive bar act into an internationally beloved rock musical. The world wigged out After the success of the film, productions of the musical popped up all over the globe, including Puerto Rico, Prague, Brazil, Korea and Japan. Hed-Heads (a term for Hedwig fans coined by Mitchell) declared their love by getting Hedwig’s signature tattoo, based on the love story from Plato’s Symposium. Hedwig “shadowcasts,” where actors perform along with a movie screening a la The Rocky Horror Picture Show, continue to play all over the United States. Hedwig and the Angry Inch See Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Belasco Theatre. View Comments The creators met on a plane The story of Hedwig begins at an altitude of 30,000 feet. John Cameron Mitchell, an actor who had appeared in Big River on Broadway, struck up a conversation with Stephen Trask, a rock musician, while on a flight from Los Angeles to New York in 1989. “We were united by a common aesthetic right from the beginning,” Trask told New York magazine. “John was the only other person on the plane who didn’t have his headset on, watching When Harry Met Sally.” Tommy Gnosis was the main character The pair became friends after touching down in New York City, and Mitchell went to see Trask and his band Cheater play at SqueezeBox, a punk-rock drag party at the SoHo club Don Hill’s. Mitchell approached Trask and asked if he would help him compose music for a character named Tommy Gnosis, the son of a general who, like Mitchell, was raised in a strict Catholic household. In 1994, Mitchell brought Tommy to life for the first time, accompanied by Trask and his band. The score is a rock collage As Trask developed Hedwig’s songs into a full-length musical, he was inspired by a variety of different rock musicians. “The Hedwig score is in many ways just one big Lou Reed mash-up,” the composer told Out magazine. The musical namechecks Reed, as well as David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Toni Tennille, Debbie Boone, Anne Murray and many more. The musical also draws inspiration from Plato’s Symposium—the lyrics to the song “Origin of Love” are loosely adapted from the philosophical text. Miss Hedwig became a movie star After the success of the off-Broadway production, Mitchell began working on a screenplay for a movie adaptation of Hedwig. Filmed with a $6 million budget, Mitchell directed the film and reprised the role of Hedwig, with Michael Pitt (Bully, Boardwalk Empire) as Tommy Gnosis. Mitchell and the band opted to record the film’s score live (over a decade before the Les Miserables movie did) to give the songs a grittier, rock concert sound. It paid off—Hedwig took home the Best Director and Audience Awards at the Sundance Film Festival, and Mitchell garnered a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor. Hedwig is based on a real woman The duo continued to play at SqueezeBox, and soon, a character based on Mitchell’s childhood babysitter, a woman named Helga, evolved. “She was a German army wife but also a prostitute,” Mitchell, an army brat whose father was a general, told the BBC. “She provided the visual inspiration for Hedwig.” In real life, Helga was a biological woman, but Mitchell’s Hedwig was an an East German rock singer with a botched sex-change operation and a wild hairdo made from toilet paper rolls wrapped around a synthetic wig. Hedwig quickly became a more popular character than Tommy, and was soon the focal point of the act at SqueezeBox.center_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015 Neil Patrick Harris Related Shows Stars flocked to the show Hedwig and the Angry Inch opened at the Jane Street Theatre on February 14, 1998, and it was both a critical success and a fan favorite. “Parker Posey has seen the show four times, Glenn Close twice,” New York magazine reported. “David Bowie blew off the Grammys for a night with Hedwig, an actress-model on each arm; Danny DeVito scaled six flights of stairs to meet the young phenomenon; Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson made out as Mitchell sang a love song (‘I took it as a compliment,’ he says).” It couldn’t find a theater Hedwig transferred to New York City’s Westbeth Theatre Center in 1997, and was billed as “part Ziggy Stardust concert and part Marlene Dietrich cabaret.” Mitchell, who was now an alum of Broadway’s The Secret Garden and Six Degrees of Separation, played the title role, featuring Trask as the show’s musical director Skszp and Miriam Shor (in drag) as Hedwig’s downtrodden husband Yitzhak. It shuttered after a short run. “We’ve always been sort of the ugly kid on the block,” Mitchell told New York magazine. After briefly considering a transfer to a steakhouse on Wall Street, Mitchell discovered the Hotel Riverview, a hotel with a ballroom that once housed the surviving crew of the Titanic. It was a perfect fit. Hello, New York! 14 years after its final off-Broadway performance, Hedwig is back in New York City, in a newly reimagined production directed by Michael Mayer, featuring Lena Hall as Yitzhak and starring How I Met Your Mother favorite Neil Patrick Harris in the title role. “[Hedwig] is such a left turn from what people have been seeing me do recently, which is an alpha-male womanizing dude on mainstream TV,” Harris told “Hedwig is such a complicated role in almost every way: Physically transformative, emotionally damaged, bizarrely funny and rock-and-roll in a way that I’ve never been. It’s challenging me on a bunch of different levels. And I like challenges.” Star Files Everyone wanted to take a stab Hedwig quickly became the toast of the off-Broadway theater scene, winning an Obie Award and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway musical before closing off-Broadway on April 9, 2000. When Mitchell left the production, actors couldn’t wait to try Hedwig’s inch on for size. Former off-Broadway Hedwigs include Michael Cerveris, Kevin Cahoon, Asa Somers, Donovan Leitch, Ally Sheedy and Matt McGrath. Anthony Rapp, Constantine Maroulis [pictured above] and Jinkx Monsoon also played the role regionally. (Fun fact: Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland once played a concert in full Hedwig drag!)last_img read more

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Honeymoon in Vegas Stars Rob McClure & Tony Danza Visit!

first_img Honeymoon in Vegas You know the old adage, “What happens at stays at” Well, we just can’t keep this news to ourselves! Honeymoon in Vegas stars Rob McClure and Tony Danza took a trip to’s New York City headquarters on October 1 to chat about the new musical by Jason Robert Brown and Andrew Bergman with the Group Sales team. Directed by Gary Griffin, the stage adaptation of the 1992 movie tells the story of Jack Singer (McClure), a regular guy with an extreme aversion to marriage who finally asks his girlfriend to marry him—but when smooth-talking gambler Tommy Korman (Danza) falls head over heels for Betsy, things get a little crazy. Honeymoon in Vegas begins performances November 18 at the Nederlander Theatre on Broadway! Star Files View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on April 5, 2015 Rob McClurelast_img read more

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Plays by Nick Payne & Nick Jones Tapped for MTC Off-Broadway Season

first_img View Comments The Manhattan Theatre Club’s 2015-16 off-Broadway season will feature new plays by Nick Payne and Nick Jones. This fall, the world premiere of Jones’ Important Hats of the Twentieth Century will play The Studio at Stage II at New York City center beginning November 10. The American premiere of Payne’s Icognito will kick off on May 3, 2016 at City Center—Stage I.Set in 1930s New York, Important Hats of the Twentieth Century follows Sam Greevy, an in-demand fashion designer who tries to wrap his head around his rival Paul Roms’ latest collection, featuring sweatshirts, tracksuits and skater pants. Their rivalry escalates as Greevy wraps his head around where—and when—these pieces come from. Opening night is set for November 23. Moritz von Stuelpnagel (Hand to God) will direct.Incognito marks the return of Payne to MTC following the recent Broadway production of Constellations. The new play weaves together three stories that explores the illusions of memory and identity—a pathologist who steals Einstein’s brain, a neuropsychologist and her first romance with another woman and a seizure patient who forgets everything in his life but his girlfriend. Opening night is set for May 24. Doug Hughes will direct.Further information for both productions, including casting and creative team, will be announced later. Show Closed This production ended its run on July 10, 2016 Related Shows Incognitolast_img read more

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Sunbelt Ag Expo

first_imgThe University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ outreach at the Sunbelt Agricultural Expo and the presence of university, college and UGA Cooperative Extension leaders at the event highlighted Georgia’s importance, and UGA’s role, in regional and national agriculture. Academic leaders were on hand at this week’s 38th annual Sunbelt Agricultural Expo to discuss potential agricultural careers with students. UGA Extension agents and specialists shared programming information. Overall, UGA’s contributions to agriculture were on display during the three-day event.“UGA has a profound impact on (the) Sunbelt (Agricultural Expo). It’s just another way for us to extend our educational reach. We do take it very seriously and implement it as part of our educational efforts,” said Joe West, assistant dean of the UGA Tifton Campus.UGA’s presence was bolstered on Tuesday, expo’s opening day, by a visit from UGA President Jere Morehead. “This visit has been outstanding. I have seen a lot, learned a lot and really enjoyed being around the people involved in the most important and largest industry in the state,” Morehead said. “I learn a little more about the important and strong relationship between UGA and the agriculture industry each year that I participate in this great event.”Part of a contingent that also included Jennifer Frum, UGA vice president for public service and outreach, Morehead visited with agricultural leaders from within CAES and across Georgia to learn more about agriculture, the state’s No. 1 industry.“I think that having the president here is important because it sends the signal to the industry that UGA is really interested, and recognizes how important agriculture is,” West said. “President Morehead has been here every year that he’s been president, and I think that’s significant in itself. On the flip side, it’s important for the president to be here to see what’s going on in Georgia agriculture because I think it cements in his mind just how significant an industry it is.”UGA CAES is one of the top land-grant colleges in the country. During the three-day expo this week, academic recruiters from the college’s three Georgia campuses—in Athens, Griffin and Tifton—interacted with high school and college students, informing them of the various careers that can come from a CAES degree.Breanna Coursey, admissions counselor for the UGA Tifton Campus, used the week to educate potential students about the campus’ availability.“Being part of the Sunbelt Agricultural Expo, we have the potential to talk about the many advantages and career opportunities that someone with a degree from UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences has,” said Coursey. “With this great event attracting students from all over the Southeast, the opportunities to educate students and their parents about our great college are endless.”Along with academic personnel, UGA Extension agents, specialists and researchers presented information to expo attendees on a host of agricultural topics. Poultry science experts gave presentations on layer flock production and backyard flock nutrition. Each day, the UGA Forage Group shared the latest research on the use of legumes in adding quality to forage. UGA animal scientists provided information on beef cattle production. UGA Extension dairy scientists answered questions and gave research presentations at the expo dairy exhibit. Walking is a big part of the Sunbelt Agricultural Expo, and UGA Extension representatives encouraged visitors to participate in UGA Extension’s Walk Georgia program, a free, online, fitness program that encourages Georgians to become physically active and live healthy lifestyles. For more on Walk Georgia, visit“UGA Cooperative Extension is the best in the country. What makes us great is the ability we have to form relationships with the public, educate them about the latest news in the agriculture industry and be a resource that people can count on. That’s what this week is all about,” said Laura Perry Johnson, associate dean for UGA Extension. “It’s great to showcase what UGA Extension is all about.”For more about UGA Extension, visit read more

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Premier Veterinary Emergency Center to extend hours

first_imgBurlington Emergency & Veterinary Specialists, popularly known to locals as BEVS, has added another 24 hour day, Friday, to its previous schedule. Local veterinarians and pet owners may now avail of services at Vermont’s premier veterinary emergency center 24 hours from Thursday 5pm to Tuesday 8am, as well as 5pm to 8am on Tuesday and Wednesday. The presence of specialists at BEVS’ 24/7 facility has prompted the extension of hours due to the transfer of critical cases during the day from local veterinarians throughout Vermont. In most cases, these pets will require monitoring and intensive treatment through the evening or weekend. The presence of an emergency doctor on Fridays will allow veterinarians and their clients the convenience of keeping their pets at the emergency facility after the specialist procedures are done. The emergency doctor will be present at all times to receive such cases from the specialists as well as from local veterinarians who may choose to send their patients before they close for the evening. This allows more time for referring veterinarians to communicate with the emergency doctor about the patients’ condition before or after sending them over, increasing the overall quality of patient care.About BEVS:BEVS, located at 200 Commerce Street in Williston, VT, has been serving Vermont’s veterinarians and pet lovers for three years, providing much needed emergency and critical care services in a state-of-the-art facility. The Emergency Service, headed by Dr. Tom Hecimovich, has doctors and staff whose advanced training in critical care medicine enable them to handle life-threatening conditions. BEVS’ medical director, Dr. Bryan Harnett, board-certified internal medicine specialist, sees appointments from 8am to 5 pm, Monday through Thursday. Dr. Harnett performs special procedures such as ultrasounds, echocardiography, endoscopy, laparoscopy, special feeding tubes placement and examinations of patients with complicated disease conditions referred to him by local veterinarians. More information on BEVS and the doctors will soon be available at is external).For emergencies, please call your local veterinarian. If they are not available, please call (802)863-2387 to reach BEVS.last_img read more

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CUNA expects MLA guidance within a week

first_imgThe Department of Defense (DOD) will release guidance in the coming weeks on changes to the Military Lending Act (MLA) that will become effective Oct. 3. CUNA, at the DOD’s request, sent potential revisions on the MLA changes, and has continued its push for guidance before the October compliance deadline.The DOD finalized changes to the MLA last year, adding new requirements to loans extended to covered military servicemembers. Covered loans to borrowers cannot exceed a 36% military annual percentage rate (MAPR), which will be calculated under new requirements outlined in the rule.CUNA is concerned that, with the implementation period for the rule 2 months away, credit unions have not been provided clarifications needed to assure they can continue to serve the military in a consumer-friendly way.CUNA has asked the DOD for months to provide compliance guidance for the changes, and asked for several substantive changes to the rule. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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