On PR Newswire: Puerto Rico Power Restoration, Preterm Births on the Rise, Homebuyers Heading South
With thousands of press releases published each week, it can be difficult to keep up with everything on PR Newswire for Journalists. Here are some of this week’s most newsworthy releases you might have missed.
The nation’s rate of preterm birth — the largest contributor to infant death in the U.S. — increased again in 2016, after nearly a decade of decline, earning the nation a “C” grade on the latest March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card. The rate of preterm birth rose in states across the country for a second year in a row. More than 380,000 babies are born preterm in the U.S. each year, facing a greater likelihood of death before their first birthday, lifelong disabilities or chronic health conditions. An additional 8,000 babies were born prematurely in 2016 due to the increase in the preterm birth rate between 2015 and 2016, the March of Dimes said.
LendingTree has released the findings of its study on where residents in each state are looking to move, which discovered a southern tilt in preferences of out-of-state home buyers. LendingTree reviewed purchase mortgage loan requests for primary residences in all 50 states in the last year – from October 2016 through October 2017 – to find the percentage of all requests from residents looking to move outside of their current state. The results reveal the most popular new destination for each state along with the percentage of out-of-state requests for that location.
Whitefish Energy Holdings issued on Oct. 31 the following statement: “In response to Governor Rosselló’s request on Sunday, PREPA and Whitefish Energy have been in discussions on the most constructive way to wind-down our work in Puerto Rico under the terms of our agreement. The highest priority for all parties is that the work started by Whitefish Energy continue (current operations at facebook.com/whitefishenergy). Today, Whitefish Energy agreed that when our work currently underway has been completed, the work of our subcontractors who wish to remain on the island should certainly be allowed to continue under management by PREPA directly or any entity designated to manage and direct future work. Until that time, Whitefish Energy has agreed to manage the work during the wind-down process.”
The Smithsonian has announced plans to revitalize the National Air & Space Museum and transform its exhibitions. The project, which will take approximately seven years, will be done on a phased sequencing schedule that will keep many exhibitions open during the construction process. The building will undergo complete refacing of the exterior cladding, replacement of outdated mechanical systems and other repairs and improvements. The visitor experience will also change when all of the museum’s 23 galleries and presentation spaces are updated or completely redone.
According to the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), the national level of customer satisfaction fell in the second quarter of 2017, retreating 0.4% to a score of 76.7 (on a 0-100 scale). This is the first drop in ACSI since the fourth quarter of 2015. ACSI improved each quarter in 2016, and again during the first quarter of 2017, resulting in somewhat stronger consumer spending growth over the period. But deteriorating customer satisfaction, should the trend persist, will dampen spending – a troubling economic outlook.
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Larry Grady is online content manager at PR Newswire for Journalists. He has worked in business media for nearly 30 years and enjoys reality TV and daydreaming about travel and wine.