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TOEFL iBT® Approved for Canada’s Student Direct Stream

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PRINCETON, N.J., May 30, 2023 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — ETS announced today that the TOEFL iBT test has been approved by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for use in Canada’s Student Direct Stream (SDS), an expedited study permit processing program for international students from 14 countries who plan to enroll in one of Canada’s postsecondary designated learning institutions.

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Previously, only one English-language testing option was authorized for the SDS route. The expansion to include TOEFL iBT is a welcome change for test takers who now have the option to select which test works best for them.

“We are thrilled to be unlocking more opportunities for students to access one of the world’s most desirable study abroad destinations,” said Rohit Sharma, Senior Vice President of Global Higher Education and Workskills at ETS. “Not only will the addition of TOEFL benefit the hundreds of thousands of students who take advantage of the SDS route each year, but institutions can feel confident knowing that they can access a wider pool of applicants who can demonstrate their skills with the premier test of English-language proficiency.”

Students can begin sending TOEFL iBT scores as part of their SDS application beginning August 10, 2023. This is available to legal residents in Antigua and Barbuda; Brazil; China; Colombia; Costa Rica; India; Morocco; Pakistan; Peru; Philippines; Senegal; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Trinidad and Tobago; and Vietnam.

The TOEFL iBT test is already accepted by 100% of Canadian universities and is also the world’s most widely accepted English-language test, used by more than 12,000 institutions in more than 160 countries worldwide.

Today’s announcement follows a recent announcement from ETS that it is enhancing the TOEFL iBT test beginning July 2023, in which test takers will experience a shortened test, a simplified registration process and increased score transparency.

To learn more about applying for SDS, including eligibility criteria, please visit the Government of Canada website. For more information on TOEFL iBT, including how to register, access to practice materials and more, visit

About the TOEFL iBT test

The TOEFL iBT test, created by ETS, is the most respected, accepted and preferred test of academic English-language proficiency, used for study, work and immigration. More than 12,000 institutions in more than 160 countries worldwide use TOEFL iBT scores to make high-stakes decisions. The test boasts 100% acceptance in popular English-speaking destinations including the United States, Canada, the U.K., Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. The test is backed by decades of research and has helped millions of learners on their study abroad journeys. It’s a crucial part of the TOEFL Family of Assessments, which houses a TOEFL test for each stage of English-language proficiency, starting with learners 8+. For more information, visit

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Ismael Cala, Gabriel Berrospi, Don Francisco y Giselle Blondet presentes en Latino Wall Street Awards (PRNewsfoto/Latino Wallstreet)

Don Francisco, Ismael Cala, Rashel Díaz, Giselle Blondet, Margarita Pasos, Luis “Baboon” Palomino, Camilo Montoya, Samar Yorde, will empower Latinos on June 3

MIAMI, May 29, 2023 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — @newconceptpr – The number 1 educational platform for Latinos to learn about finance and the stock market : “Latino Wallstreet” (@latinowallst) led by award-winning financier Gabriela Berrospi, will celebrate yet another year of success empowering the Latino community, with a conference show “Latino Wall Street Awards” (LWSA) that awards the Latino leaders who have impacted their communities this year, 2023.

Ismael Cala, Gabriel Berrospi, Don Francisco y Giselle Blondet presentes en Latino Wall Street Awards

The long-awaited event held in previous years both in Puerto Rico and in New York, will take place in the impressive facilities of the University of Miami (Grand Ballroom), June 3, 2023 from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM, with a Special tribute to Mario Kreutzberber  “Don Francisco“, for his career and positive impact, as well as the assistance of government authorities, our cultural leaders, celebrities, and the most influential people in the Latino community.

So far, leaders such as the renowned speaker Ismael Cala, the Fortune 500 motivational speaker Margarita Pasos, entrepreneur and life coach Rashel Díaz, Telemundo presenter Giselle Blondet, the multi-award-winning Carvajalino sisters, Samar Yorde @soysaludable, Padre Alberto, Carlos Mesber, Camilo Montoya, Luis “Baboon” Palomino, Chiquibaby, Carlos Anaya, among other leaders who will be traversing the red carpet from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM.

“I am very excited to celebrate the 4th anniversary of Latino Wall Street in Miami, a city that represents the prosperity and opportunities of the Latino community. We will be celebrating our achievements and recognizing leaders of our Latino community, who have inspired us with their example and shown that anything is possible. What makes this event special is that it only happens once a year, it is our celebration of continuing to educate and empower Latinos as our main mission”, commented the prominent entrepreneur who was named by Yahoo Finance among the 10 best women entrepreneurs and selected for the prestigious Forbes Finance Council.

The “LWS Award” is a testament to outstanding work and recognition of being a role model for the Latino community; recognizes exceptional leadership, which inspires others to improve their lives, and represents the realization of the American dream, where hard work, perseverance, and determination lead to great achievements.

With the eradication of poverty as the leader of LWS, Gabriela Berrospi’s main mission, the financial expert continues to promote education through Latino Wall Street, along with her partner, renowned investor Alan Burak, owner and director of the Manhattan-based hedge fund: Never Alone Capital, which manages hundreds of millions of dollars.

It is important to keep in mind that Gaby and the team of Latino Wall Street experts have educated and empowered thousands of Latinos to become successful investors, opening the doors to a more abundant, free and happy life with their families.

To attend the event you can find more information at:

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Date: Saturday June 3, 2023
Red Carpet: 2pm
Time: 3pm-7pm
Venue: University of Miami (Grand Ballroom)
1330 Miller Drive, Miami FL 33146
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Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone responds to Marin County District Attorney Decision in Serra Statue Case


SAN FRANCISCO, May 26, 2023 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Yesterday, the Marin County District Attorney’s office announced that they have reduced the charges against the vandals who desecrated and destroyed the statue of St. Junipero Serra on the property of St. Raphael parish from a felony to a misdemeanor.

This comes after the Archdiocese of San Francisco and Archbishop Cordileone have been left out of restorative justice conversations with the perpetrators.

On May 24, 2023, Archbishop Cordileone wrote a letter to the Marin County District Attorney and Deputy District Attorney objecting to the pending decision, raising questions about failure to include the Archdiocese in discussions, and the potential consequences of perpetuating discrimination and violence against the Catholic Church.

Responding to the action, Archbishop Cordileone said,

“It is clear to me that this course of action would not have been taken with anyone else. In fact, if the same kind of offense had been committed against another religious congregation or group, it would almost certainly have been prosecuted as a hate crime. There have been more than 100 attacks on Catholic Church property across the nation, including in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, one of which was someone firing a bullet into our Cathedral. Anti-Catholicism has a long and ugly history in this country. Now, with this decision, the Marin County District Attorney has given the signal that attacks on Catholic houses of worship and sacred objects may continue without serious legal consequence.”

The Serra statue on the property of St. Raphael parish was destroyed by vandals in October of 2020. Read more about the incident here.

Read Archbishop Cordileone’s letter in English and Spanish.

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Batteries Plus of Puerto Rico to Participate in Tax-Free Weekend


Puerto Rico Locations Offering Tax-Free Products from May 26 – 28 in Preparation for Upcoming Hurricane Season

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, May 25, 2023 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — As hurricane season looms for Puerto Ricans, Batteries Plus locations throughout Puerto Rico will be participating in a Tax-Free Weekend by providing consumers the opportunity to save money on essential items needed when preparing for storm season. In conjunction with the Puerto Rico Internal Revenue Code of 2011, hurricane preparation items are relieved of taxes allowing for a more affordable price during impending severe weather emergencies. The tax-free pricing will be in effect from Friday, May 26 until Sunday, May 28.

“During this economically challenging time, saving money means more than ever, but during a time of need such as hurricane season, it can be life-saving. We’re happy to help provide critical emergency items in any way we can for Puerto Rico residents,” said Jose Matos, a Batteries Plus franchisee in Puerto Rico. “As hurricane season begins, we want to ensure everyone is informed, supplied, and prepared for the season with access to more affordable power sources.”

Preparation items available at Batteries Plus that will receive the exemption include parts and products for portable generators whose sale price does not exceed $3,000 dollars, individual batteries or packs, battery-powered or alternative energy-operated lamps, lanterns, solar emergency equipment, smoke or carbon monoxide detectors, mobile phone batteries and chargers, portable radios, two-way radios, battery-operated fans, and much more. Further details on each safety preparation item Batteries Plus offers can be found here.

There is no limit on the number of qualifying items a single customer can purchase, both in one transaction and over the course of multiple transactions. No exemption certificate is necessary. Information on how to find the nearest Batteries Plus retailer store near you can be found here

Batteries Plus, founded in 1988 and headquartered in Hartland, WI, is a leading omnichannel retailer of batteries, specialty light bulbs and phone repair services for the direct-to-consumer and commercial channels. The retailer also offers key programming, replacement and cutting services. Through a nationwide network of stores, the company offers a differentiated value proposition of unrivaled product selection, in-stock availability and customer service. Batteries Plus is owned by Freeman Spogli, a private equity firm based in Los Angeles and New York City. To learn more about one of Forbes®’ Best Franchises to Buy in America, visit

MEDIA CONTACT: Danny Stewart, Fishman Public Relations, or 847.945.1300 ext. 266 

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Former California State Senator Isadore Hall III Featured in Print PSA Campaign

LOS ANGELES, May 25, 2023 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Grammy®-winning musician and stand-up comedian and actor George Lopez have joined Stand Up To Cancer® (SU2C) and Providence for a new series of public service announcements (PSAs) that raise awareness about colorectal cancer screenings, early detection and prevention, and focus on reaching medically underserved communities.

Also appearing in the PSA campaign is former California State Sen. Isadore Hall III. The campaign launched today and is in both English and Spanish. The PSAs featuring and George Lopez will be placed across print, broadcast, radio, digital and out-of-home outlets. Hall will be featured in the out-of-home campaign. In the broadcast and radio PSAs, and Lopez recite poetry written by two Los Angeles-based poets.

“So many of us have a personal connection to cancer, myself included,” said “The statistics don’t lie so I want to inspire others to spread the word, especially those in the Black community who need to increase participation in screening programs. Make good health, including getting screened, your top priority – do it for your husband or wife, your kids, your nieces and nephews, for everyone you love.”

“I’ve been a huge supporter of Stand Up To Cancer for many years, and I’m proud to be working with them and Providence on this important campaign,” Lopez said. “The more people who get screened, the more lives will be saved. To play even a small role in that is incredibly meaningful to me.”

The national PSA campaign supports a larger collaboration among SU2C, Providence Saint John’s Health Center and Exact Sciences to increase colorectal cancer screening rates to 80% within three Stand Up To Cancer Zones™: Greater Boston, Los Angeles and Great Plains Tribal Communities in South Dakota. These zones are regions of focus for the SU2C Colorectal Cancer Health Equity Dream Team as they include diverse and distinct communities that are medically underserved and have particularly low screening rates for colorectal cancer.

“In living our mission of outreach, we are driven to advocate in our communities of color to advance potentially life-saving colorectal cancer screenings, and help erase health inequalities,” said Michael Ricks, chief executive, Providence Saint John’s Health Center located in Santa Monica. “We are so thankful to Stand Up To Cancer’s celebrity ambassadors and George Lopez, as well as Isadore Hall III, for helping to shed light on the importance of colorectal cancer screening, which can truly save lives.”

Colorectal cancer occurs in the colon or rectum and is the second most common cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Black Americans are about 20% more likely to get colorectal cancer and about 40% more likely to die from it than most other groups. Screening rates for Americans 50-75 years old are 59% for Hispanic people, 66% for Black people and 69% for white people. Yet, screening can help detect colorectal cancer early, making it one of the most preventable types of cancer. When caught early, colon cancer is beatable in 91% of cases and rectal cancer is beatable in 90% of cases.

“This collaboration is critical to addressing the disparities and challenges of this disease. We’re incredibly grateful for Providence’s support as we work to increase screening and fund cutting-edge research to help save lives and avoid more cases of colorectal cancer,” said Russell Chew, president and CEO of Stand Up To Cancer. “We’re thrilled to have, George Lopez and Isadore Hall III bring attention to the importance of colorectal cancer prevention to further encourage the public to be proactive about their health.”

The broadcast PSA was directed by Monty Marsh and produced by Chris Pizzi. The print campaign was produced by Pentagram Design. The poem recited by George Lopez was written by Jessica Wilson; the poem recited by was written by Aiyana Sha‘niel.

To learn more about colorectal cancer screening options, visit To view the PSAs, visit

Stand Up To Cancer® (SU2C) raises funds to accelerate the pace of research to get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now. SU2C is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and was initially launched as a division of the Entertainment Industry Foundation. Established in 2008 by media and entertainment leaders, SU2C utilizes these communities’ resources to engage the public in supporting a new, collaborative model of cancer research, to increase awareness about cancer prevention, and to highlight progress being made in the fight against the disease. As of January 2022, more than 2,000 scientists representing more than 210 institutions are involved in SU2C-funded research projects.

Under the direction of our Scientific Advisory Committee, led by Nobel laureate Phillip A. Sharp, Ph.D., SU2C conducts rigorous competitive review processes to identify the best research proposals to recommend for funding, oversee grants administration, and ensure collaboration across research programs.

Current members of the SU2C Founders and Advisors Committee (FAC) include Katie Couric, Sherry Lansing, Kathleen Lobb, Lisa Paulsen, Rusty Robertson, Sue Schwartz, Pamela Oas Williams, and Ellen Ziffren. The late Laura Ziskin and the late Noreen Fraser are also co-founders. Russell Chew serves as SU2C’s president and CEO.

For more information, visit StandUpToCancer.orgInstagramTikTokTwitterFacebook, and YouTube.

Providence is a national, not-for-profit Catholic health system comprising a diverse family of organizations and driven by a belief that health is a human right. With 52 hospitals, over 1,000 physician clinics, senior services, supportive housing, and many other health and educational services, the health system and its partners employ more than 120,000 caregivers serving communities across seven states – Alaska, California, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, and Washington, with system offices in Renton, Wash., and Irvine, Calif. Learn about our vision of health for a better world at

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PLANO, Texas, May 25, 2023 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Luxury around every corner. The all-new Lexus GX will be revealed on June 8 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern. #LexusGX


Stay tuned for more and click here to check out the previous 2024 Lexus GX teasers.

About Lexus

Lexus’ passion for brave design, imaginative technology, and exhilarating performance enables the luxury lifestyle brand to create amazing experiences for its customers. Lexus began its journey in 1989 with two luxury sedans and a commitment to pursue perfection. Since then, Lexus has developed its lineup to meet the needs of global luxury customers in more than 90 countries. In the United States, Lexus vehicles are sold through 244 dealers offering a full lineup of luxury vehicles. With seven models incorporating Lexus Hybrid Drive, Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader. Lexus also offers eight F SPORT models, one F performance model and one F model. Lexus is committed to being a visionary brand that anticipates the future for luxury customers.

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Reclaimed Kentucky Coal Mine Sees the Sun Shining on New Solar Power Purchase Agreement with Toyota

Reclaimed Kentucky Coal Mine Sees the Sun Shining on New Solar Power Purchase Agreement with Toyota
  • Brownfield coal mining site to be converted to produce clean, renewable solar energy
  • Site located in energy community featuring existing transmission infrastructure
  • Toyota signs agreement with Savion to offtake 100 MW of electricity to be generated by project

MARTIN COUNTY, Ky., May 24, 2023 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The sun will power more of Toyota Motor North America Inc.’s (Toyota’s) operations thanks to a new power purchase agreement with Savion. Today, Toyota announced that it has agreed to offtake 100-megawatts (MW) of the electricity generated as part of renewable energy company Savion’s Martin County Solar Project through a virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA). The project is converting the former Martiki Coal Mine, a brownfield site in Martin County, on the border of Kentucky and West Virginia, into a new, clean solar photovoltaic energy facility. Once an active coal mine on the top of a mountain that closed in the 1990s, the Martiki site has clear access to light from the sun, making it an ideal location for reclamation and the installation of solar photovoltaic panels for electricity generation. Construction on the project is anticipated to begin in mid-2023 and commercial operation is expected in 2024.

Reclaimed Kentucky Coal Mine Sees the Sun Shining on New Solar Power Purchase Agreement with Toyota

“The Martin County Solar Project in Kentucky is really special as an example of how renewable energy VPPAs can bring new opportunities to former coal and energy communities and will help Toyota achieve our goal of increasing purchased renewable electricity to 45 percent or more of our total purchased electricity by 2025,” said David Absher, senior manager of environmental sustainability at Toyota Motor North America. “It is important that renewable power is more available to large-scale U.S. energy buyers, and converting brownfields like this offers a path forward for former energy communities to take advantage of the infrastructure they already have with transmission lines while providing clean energy to the grid.”

The 100 MW that Toyota will offtake from the project will be used primarily to help reduce the company’s carbon footprint in North America, supplementing the model it has created of environmental stewardship in Kentucky, the state with Toyota’s largest vehicle manufacturing plant in the world. The move is in-line with the company’s plans to make all its operations in North America carbon neutral by 2035.

Savion is developing the Martin County Solar Project with the support of local development partner Edelen Renewables. With dedicated support from state officials and local leadership, the project’s development phase continues to advance. The overall project, once completed, is expected to be one of the largest solar energy generation facilities operating in Kentucky.

“We are thankful for the local community, community officials, state officials, and the many local professionals that have supported this project,” said Kevin Butt, regional environmental sustainability director at Toyota Motor North America.

About Toyota

Toyota (NYSE: TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in North America for more than 65 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands, plus our more than 1,800 dealerships.

 Toyota directly employs more than 48,000 people in North America who have contributed to the design, engineering, and assembly of nearly 45 million cars and trucks at our 13 manufacturing plants. By 2025, Toyota’s 14th plant in North Carolina will begin to manufacture automotive batteries for electrified vehicles. With more electrified vehicles on the road than any other automaker, Toyota currently offers 22 electrified options.

Through the Start Your Impossible campaign, Toyota highlights the way it partners with community, civic, academic and governmental organizations to address our society’s most pressing mobility challenges. We believe that when people are free to move, anything is possible. For more information about Toyota, visit

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  • Through December 31, 2023, all 2023 and 2024 Kia Seltos SUVs come with six months of access to AllTrails+ app1

IRVINE, Calif., May 24, 2023 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — With the refreshed 2024 Kia Seltos SUV arriving in showrooms now, Kia America has teamed up with the AllTrails+ app to amplify outdoor adventures. Now through December 31, 2023, customers that purchase or lease a new 2023 or 2024 Seltos SUV are eligible to receive a promo code for a six-month trial of the AllTrails+ premium app.

Kia America Provides New 2023 and 2024 Seltos SUV Buyers with the App to Adventure

“The compact but capable Kia Seltos SUV is for those who take their outdoor activities seriously and with the AllTrails+ app, they are sure to expand their horizons even further – literally and figuratively,” said Russell Wager, vice president, marketing, Kia America. “Whether they’re heading out for an afternoon hike or planning an extended visit to one of our national parks, the Seltos combined with the AllTrails+ app will be their go-to guide to new adventures.”

AllTrails+ is the premium outdoor and adventure trail app with an extensive suite of features designed to help users save time, stay safe, be prepared, and never miss a turn when planning outdoor adventures. The AllTrails+ platform helps users find and explore new trails, connect to routes best suited for their unique needs, and get outside with peace of mind provided by navigation tools, exclusive features, and reviews and photos from other AllTrails+ users. With AllTrails+, people of all abilities can discover, record, and share their outdoor experiences. The AllTrails+ app boasts trail coverage on all seven continents and within every country, making it the world’s largest and most trusted global exploration app and category-leader in the outdoor activity sector.

With its distinctive new design elements, advanced connectivity and the availability of a rugged new X-Line trim, the refreshed 2024 Seltos is the perfect choice for all types of outdoor activities.

Kia America – about us

Headquartered in Irvine, California, Kia America continues to top automotive quality surveys and is recognized as one of the 100 Best Global Brands. Kia serves as the “Official Automotive Partner” of the NBA and offers a range of gasoline, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electrified vehicles sold through a network of over 750 dealers in the U.S., including several cars and SUVs proudly assembled in America*.

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* The K5, Sportage, Sorento, and Telluride (excludes HEV and PHEV models) are assembled in the United States from U.S. and globally sourced parts.

About AllTrails

Founded in 2010 on the belief that we’re all made better by spending time in nature, AllTrails has become the world’s largest and most trusted exploration app. Home to a global community of more than 50 million trail-goers around the world, AllTrails helps you find your way outside with detailed reviews and inspiration from a global community of trail-goers. The app features over 400K curated trails and is frequently ranked a top-5 Health and Fitness app with over 1-million 5-star app reviews. AllTrails is a proud 1% for the Planet partner, contributing one percent of company annual revenue to organizations that protect and increase equitable access to the outdoors. Every day, AllTrails is inspired to help get more people outside so they can have healthy, authentic experiences and a deeper appreciation of the outdoors.

1 Offer valid with purchase or lease of new 2023 or 2024 Kia Seltos models between 4/17/23 – 12/31/23. Offer must be redeemed by 2/29/24. Limit one code per vehicle. Limited number of redemption codes available and only valid while redemption code supplies last. Only redeemable for users that do not currently have a subscription to AllTrails+. You will be charged $35.99 when your trial ends and the subscription will automatically renew after 12 months unless you update your renewal settings. Credit card required. No cash value. Offer is not transferable. Kia reserves the right to change, cancel or limit offers at any time and for any reason. Must opt in to receive Kia email communications at time of purchase. Subject to AllTrails terms and conditions located at:

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iHeartMedia’s My Cultura Announces Second Season of “In Our Own World,” a Podcast by Emily Estefan and Gemeny Hernandez

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NEW YORK, May 23, 2023 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — iHeartMedia’s My Cultura, a podcast network dedicated to elevating Latinx voices and creators, while also sharing the Latinx experience with millions of listeners, and MoonFlower Productions have announced the second season of “In Our Own World” podcast, created and co-hosted by Grammy-nominated songwriter and stylist Gemeny Hernandez and Grammy- and Emmy-nominated musician and TV host, Emily Estefan. The new season of the podcast will debut May 31 with new episodes posting weekly on Wednesdays.

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“In Our Own World” is the first show of its kind. The 30-episode series offers its listeners an outer space-themed sanctuary where nothing is off-limits, creating an unpredictable experience that blends the hosts’ unique perspectives with their penchant for mischief. With a wide range of topics as riveting as wrongful incarceration and settler colonialism and as playful as prank calls and guilty pleasures, each episode provides a space where iconic guests like Gloria Estefan, Sheila E., Isabela Merced, Ana Navarro, Marco Borges and Elena Rose can be vulnerable. “In Our Own World” was named one of the “Best Podcasts of the Month” by Spotify in May 2022.

“We’re thrilled to bring back the ‘In Our Own World’ podcast for a second season,” said Gisselle Bances, SVP and Head of Production and Development for My Cultura Podcast Network.”This podcast series is an extension of our commitment to empowering today’s unique voices, and Emily and Gemeny certainly embody that.”

“We couldn’t be prouder to partner with iHeart’s My Cultura Podcast Network,” said Estefan. “They gave us the creative liberty we needed for a show like this,” said Hernandez, “and we are thrilled to be coming back for a second season.”

In Our Own World” is distributed by iHeartPodcasts. Listeners can learn more about the show by visiting the podcast’s website at as well as listen to all of season one now on the iHeartRadio App, and anywhere podcasts are available.

About In Our Own World
Ever felt like you were born in the wrong decade? Or maybe it was the wrong planet altogether. If you can relate, welcome home. We’re Emily Estefan and Gemeny Hernandez, your resident weirdos, young artists, and multicultural couple. And we live In Our Own World. Strap in as we voyage through life’s never-ending questions and pick up a few passengers along the way. “In Our Own World” is a part of iHeartMedia’s My Cultura Podcast Network.

About iHeartMedia
iHeartMedia, Inc. [Nasdaq: IHRT] is the leading audio media company in America, reaching over 90% of Americans every month. iHeart’s broadcast radio assets alone have more consumer reach in the U.S. than any other media outlet; twice the reach of the next largest broadcast radio company; and over four times the ad-enabled reach of the largest digital only audio service. iHeart is the largest podcast publisher according to Podtrac, with more downloads than the next two podcast publishers combined and has the number one social footprint among audio players, with seven times more followers than the next audio media brand, and the only fully integrated audio ad tech solution across broadcast, streaming and podcasts. The company continues to leverage its strong audience connection and unparalleled consumer reach to build new platforms, products and services. Visit for more company information.

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D’Amore Personal Injury Law to Handle Clergy Abuse Cases in Maryland with a Focus on Survivor Well-Being


BALTIMORE, May 24, 2023 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — D’Amore Personal Injury Law, a legal firm dedicated to advocating for victims’ rights, is proud to announce its commitment to representing survivors of clergy abuse in Maryland. With a distinctive approach that prioritizes the mental health and well-being of survivors, D’Amore aims to offer comprehensive support throughout the legal process.

In contrast to other firms that may exploit survivors by using them as “spokespeople,” D’Amore stands out by prioritizing the preservation and enhancement of survivors’ confidentiality and mental health. Understanding the significant impact of trauma, the firm has assembled a team of experts versed in psycho-dramatic therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprogramming, and the neuroscience of trauma. These experts have provided thorough training to every member of the D’Amore team, and will continue to ensure that survivors are treated with the utmost compassion and respect.

Survivors of clergy abuse often face immense emotional and psychological challenges, which can be exacerbated by the legal proceedings they undergo. Recognizing the potential for re-traumatization, D’Amore Personal Injury Law is committed to minimizing any further harm to survivors by implementing trauma-informed practices.

The trauma awareness training provided by D’Amore will equip every team member with the knowledge and sensitivity required to interact with survivors in a compassionate and supportive manner. By fostering an environment of trust and understanding, the firm aims to empower survivors throughout the legal process, allowing them to address their experiences and seek justice in a way that allows them to feel safe and respected. Each team member has undergone hours of trauma awareness training, which included the neuroscientific basis for trauma and memory patterning that makes it nearly impossible for survivors to move beyond their subconscious state of hyperawareness without professional intervention.

“We believe that our role goes beyond legal representation. It is our responsibility to ensure the well-being of survivors and to provide a supportive environment in which they can heal,” stated Paul D’Amore, the firm’s founder and managing member. “By prioritizing trauma-informed practices and enlisting the expertise of professionals in the field, we are taking a holistic approach to these cases, addressing both the legal and emotional needs of survivors. This is not about money for us. It us about accountability, awareness, and healing.”

D’Amore Personal Injury Law encourages survivors of clergy abuse in Maryland to come forward and seek the support they deserve. The firm is prepared to offer expert legal counsel, personalized care, and a commitment to protecting survivors’ rights. The firm is also offering a free copy of The Body Keeps the Score. This groundbreaking publication about the physiologic science of trauma and healing can be obtained by anyone interested by visiting the D’Amore Law Resource Page.

For more information about D’Amore Personal Injury Law and their approach to clergy abuse cases, please visit: The D’Amore Approach to Clergy Abuse Cases.

About D’Amore Personal Injury Law: D’Amore Personal Injury Law is a respected legal firm dedicated to representing victims of personal injury and advocating for their rights. With a compassionate and experienced team, the firm has successfully handled numerous complex cases, ensuring that clients receive the life changing compensation and support they deserve.

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Chef Lorena Garcia, Patti LaBelle, Kelly Rowland and More Join No Kid Hungry to Help Connect Kids to Free Summer Meals

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New this year: Bilingual summer meals finder is accessible via WhatsApp to help reach more immigrant and Latino families in the U.S.

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WASHINGTON, May 24, 2023 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — All kids deserve a great summer, but for millions of children who rely on school meals, summer can be the hungriest time of year. No Kid Hungry, a national campaign to end childhood hunger, is launching an awareness campaign to help families find free meals for their kids and teens this summer. Parents, grandparents and caregivers can simply text “FOOD” or “COMIDA” to 304-304 or visit to find sites serving free meals in their neighborhood. This year, No Kid Hungry is expanding this resource for more families to access this information via WhatsApp, a popular messaging app used by immigrant and Latino families. To help raise awareness about this critical effort, Chef, Author, Restaurateur and TV Personality, Lorena Garcia, is teaming up with No Kid Hungry once again this year alongside Legendary Artist and Entertainer Patti LaBelle, Singer, Actress, TV Producer and Entrepreneur Kelly Rowland, Actor and Comedian Eugenio Derbez, TV Host and Actress Alejandra Espinoza, Chef, Author and Restaurateur Kwame Onwuachi, Actress, TV Host and former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres and more.

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During the school year, free and reduced-price school meals are a lifeline, ensuring that children have reliable access to nutrition. However, when school is out for the summer, many of these meals disappear, putting a bigger financial burden on families who are struggling with already-tight and shrinking budgets. According to a recent No Kid Hungry poll, parents are having a harder time affording groceries to feed their children and are living an unexpected expense away from hunger due to the rise in cost for food and other necessities like utilities, gas and rent.

Free summer meals programs, run by local schools and community groups, are available and open to any kid or teenager who needs a healthy meal, but the program has historically only reached a fraction of the kids that need it. This year, kids are facing a brighter summer. After years of advocacy by No Kid Hungry and others, Congress took action to help more kids get the food they need this summer and beyond. As part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023, Congress granted greater flexibility for rural communities to offer non-congregate meal options, like meal delivery or pick-up services. Additional details HERE. The bill also establishes a permanent nationwide program called Summer EBT, which provides families with a benefit to buy food in the summer, which will be implemented in 2024.

No Kid Hungry will be supporting the roll-out and implementation of the non-congregate meal options in rural areas by offering technical assistance, funding, sharing best practices and raising awareness. With many communities having greater flexibility in how they can feed kids this year, it is critical to reach as many as possible who may have not been able to access the program before. This is why Chef Lorena Garcia, Patti LaBelle, Kelly Rowland and more are stepping up to spread the word and ensure kids and teens don’t miss out on the nutrition they need this summer. They will do actions such as record public service announcements highlighting No Kid Hungry’s summer meals finder resources, amplify on social media and more. 

According to Lorena Garcia, chef, author, restaurateur and TV personality, “The summer meals program is a lifeline for so many families when school is out, but one of the biggest barriers is simply awareness. I’m thrilled to team up with No Kid Hungry once again and help reach even more families this year with bilingual resources and through WhatsApp, which is a way to reach immigrant and Latino families where they are.”

“Our nation’s children deserve a happy, healthy summer and that starts with being fed and nourished, ” says Legendary Artist and Entertainer, Patti LaBelle. “It’s up to all of us to ensure all kids have the fuel they need to follow their dreams and that parents, grandparents and caregivers have access to this essential program. One hungry child is one too many.”

“I may be an entertainer and actress but my most important role in life is being a mom,” said Kelly Rowland, singer, actress, TV producer and entrepreneur. “As a parent, I’m proud to join No Kid Hungry and help make sure families across America know that free summer meals are there to help when school’s out.”

To find free summer meals for youth 18 and under, families can text ‘FOOD’ or ‘COMIDA’ to 304-304 or visit or Media and the general public can also access the campaign’s social media toolkit to help amplify the message now through Aug. 12.

About No Kid Hungry
No child should go hungry in America. But millions of kids in the United States live with hunger. No Kid Hungry is working to end childhood hunger by helping launch and improve programs that give all kids the healthy food they need to thrive. This is a problem we know how to solve. No Kid Hungry is a campaign of Share Our Strength, an organization committed to ending hunger and poverty. Join us at

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Dr. Tania Medina dazzles on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival

Dra. Tania Medina, en la alfombra roja del Festival de Cine de Cannes.

MIAMI, May 23, 2023 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The 76th edition of the iconic Cannes Film Festival, held on the French Riviera, makes history with the return to the red carpet of Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Scorsese, Salma Hayek, Johnny Depp and his daughter, Lily-Ross, among other famous actors.

Dr. Tania Medina on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival

Dr. Tania Medina was a special guest at the premiere of the movie “May December,” starring Emma Thompson, Natalie Portman, and Charles Melton. Dr. Medina is recognized worldwide for her innovative approach to plastic surgery, promoting self-esteem as the basis for any aesthetic transformation. Additionally, she has recently been acclaimed “The Singing Doctor” thanks to the success of her first single “Enamórate de Ti,” which, in the Dominican Republic, leads the all-genres category according to Publimetro.

Dr. Tania Medina was dazzling on the red carpet, wearing a dress created by renowned Dominican fashion designer, Joel Reyes, who was inspired by his collection alluding to the Greek goddess Athena. The same deity was also the inspiration for the makeup and hairstyle done by Zuleyka Viera, makeup artist for international celebrities, as well as the shoes from a collection by René Caovilla and the jewelry by Swarovski Atelier.

“I’m thrilled to have been invited to the Cannes Film Festival since I always take advantage of these events to raise my voice in support of the foundation Sin Etiquetas (Without Labels), a foundation that I lead and which was inspired by my son, Pablito, who suffers from autism,” said Dr. Medina.

Medina is a goodwill ambassador for IIMSAM, a UN organization that takes advantage of these events to recognize leaders who raise their voices in support of the role of women around the world.

About the doctor Tania Medina: Plastic surgeon, bestselling author, international speaker, neuro-linguistic programming coach, named one of the 50 most powerful women by Forbes in the Dominican Republic and one of the 25 powerful women by People en Español. Medina is a regular guest expert in Hola Magazine, Listín Diario, Univisión, Telemundo, and El Nuevo Herald among others. Her book “La belleza de amarme” (“The Beauty of Loving Yourself”) became a #1 bestseller on Amazon in the category of Health and Self-Improvement. She has been on the cover of VOGUE and Marie Claire.

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Frederik's Dark Chocolate Almonds - back of package

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., May 23, 2023 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Meijer, in conjunction with its supplier, Lamontagne Chocolate Corp., is announcing a recall of Frederik’s Dark Chocolate Almonds and Meijer Express Go Cup Dark Chocolate Almonds because they may contain undeclared milk. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

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The recall includes stand-up pouches carried at Meijer stores and to-go cups carried at Meijer Express locations in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, and Wisconsin. All date codes from both products are impacted. Meijer has not received any customer complaints or claims of illness associated with this recall to date.

The following products are part of the recall:


Recalled Product Name

Sell By Date(s)


Frederik’s Dark Chocolate Almonds (12 oz.) 



Meijer Express Go Cups Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds (7.5 oz.)


The products may contain an undeclared milk allergen due to a product specification change from the supplier, Lamontagne Chocolate Corp., which was not communicated to Meijer.

Customers that have impacted products should discontinue use and return the product to the customer service desk at any Meijer store for a full refund. Customers with questions regarding this recall can contact Meijer at 800-543-3704 from 7 a.m.-1 a.m. EDT daily. Customers with questions or concerns about their health are encouraged to contact their primary care provider.

About Meijer: Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates more than 500 supercenters, neighborhood markets, Meijer Grocery and Express locations throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer pioneered the “one-stop shopping” concept and has evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, pet departments, garden centers, toys and electronics. For additional information on Meijer, please visit Follow Meijer on Twitter at and or become a fan at

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Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 241 supercenters throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer pioneered the “one-stop shopping” concept and has evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, pet departments, garden centers, toys and electronics.


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2024 Toyota Tacoma is the Ultimate Adventure Machine

2024 Toyota Tacoma is the Ultimate Adventure Machine
  • Standard i-FORCE turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine produces up to 278 horsepower, 317 lb.-ft. of torque.
  • Available i-FORCE MAX turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder hybrid powertrain produces 326 horsepower, 465 lb.-ft. of torque.
  • All-new Trailhunter is a factory-developed overlanding rig built from the ground up with the latest integrated off-road equipment from ARB, Old Man Emu, and RIGID.
  • Baja-inspired TRD Pro debuts segment-first IsoDynamic Performance Seat for enhanced off-road driving control and comfort.
  • Tacoma adds new XtraCab long bed configuration for enhanced interior functionality and cargo capacity
  • Available 14-inch touchscreen displays latest Toyota Audio Multimedia system.
  • Toyota Safety Sense 3.0 standard on all models.
  • Designed, engineered, and assembled for North America.

KONA, Hawaii, May 18, 2023 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — After nearly two decades as the champion of the mid-size pickup truck market, the Toyota Tacoma is ready for its next chapter. This go-anywhere truck is entirely new for 2024 with epic adventures in mind, improving upon every winning aspect that has made it a stalwart for truck buyers for years along with Toyota’s legendary quality, durability, and reliability and much, much more.  

2024 Toyota Tacoma is the Ultimate Adventure Machine

Redesigned from the ground up and built upon the TNGA-F global truck platform shared with Tundra and Sequoia, the all-new Tacoma was designed and engineered for the U.S. market. For its fourth generation, Tacoma utilizes a new high-strength boxed, steel-ladder frame; adds numerous features that off-road enthusiasts can play with; features an available fully redesigned multi-link coil rear suspension that improves ride and handling; and offers two powerful and efficient turbocharged four-cylinder powertrains including a top-of-the-line i-FORCE MAX hybrid producing 326 horsepower and a massive 465 lb.-ft. of torque. Tacoma will also introduce the world to Toyota’s all-new Trailhunter grade, first revealed at the 2022 SEMA show as a Trailhunter concept, that’s a purpose-built overlanding rig available right off the dealer lot.

“With even more off-road capability and the quality, durability, and reliability that our customers expect along with a host of options for every owner, we’re confident that Tacoma will remain the top choice for mid-size pickup buyers when it arrives later this year,” says Toyota group vice president and general manager Dave Christ.  

The all-new 2024 Tacoma will go on sale later this year with i-FORCE MAX models arriving in early 2024. Manufacturer’s suggested retail pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale dates.

Design and Development Driven by “Tacoma-ness”

Toyota’s North American-based CALTY Design Center located in Newport Beach, California and Ann Arbor, Michigan led the design efforts for the new Tacoma, as they did with the Tundra and Sequoia that launched last year.

“Our primary design goal for the all-new Tacoma was to be authentic to the way our customers use their trucks for rugged outdoor fun,” says Kevin Hunter, president, CALTY Design Research. “We looked at our truck DNA and the Toyota Baja race trucks for inspiration to capture the extreme spirit of offroad adventure. High lift, big tires, slim body, and a powerful athletic stance define the iconic Tacoma look, referred to as ‘Tacoma-ness’.”

The CALTY team of designers focused on the theme of a “Badass Adventure Machine” when defining the essence of the new Tacoma. This refers to Tacoma’s engineered toughness along with its athletic attitude. The design team strives for Toyota trucks to have a family resemblance, each with unique personalities defined by each one’s purpose. For Tacoma, its narrow body and wide upper grille are a nod to the original HiLux, with features like the aggressive skid plates expressing the extreme ruggedness of Tacoma. Other signature design elements include the high-mount headlamps, side functional air intakes, hexagonal grille motif, as well as integrated roof and tailgate spoilers.

Engineering research and development was conducted at Toyota Technical Centers in Michigan, Arizona, and California. The collective engineering teams embraced the “Tacoma-ness” concept and worked tirelessly to develop the next-generation Tacoma as an extremely capable multipurpose vehicle that can go almost anywhere. Improvements were made across all grades. The team enhanced Tacoma’s off-road capability, from severe rock crawling to high-speed desert racing. As a result, Tacomas will perform in widely varied environments, on road and off. This includes everything from a luxurious night out in the Limited grade or traversing Black Bear Pass in the Tacoma TRD Off-Road that is more capable than ever.

“We strove to provide even greater attribute separation between grades,” says Sheldon Brown, chief engineer, Tacoma. “Each has a distinctive focus on the core attribute and uses hardware, spec, and performance-based tuning to deliver that unique experience more so than in the past.”

Rugged Construction and Capability

The new Tacoma utilizes Toyota’s TNGA-F global truck platform shared with the all-new Tundra and Sequoia. Much like its full-size brethren, high-strength steel with blanking and laser welds is used throughout the chassis to increase rigidity over the previous generation, and aluminum is used on the upper body to reduce weight. Frame crossmembers are also strengthened to increase durability and carry Toyota-available overlanding gear such as rooftop tents and camp fridges. Additionally, the roof is equipped with integrated attachment holes that allow the ability to easily add roof rack rails on all models combined with a roof channel sealer to ensure a watertight seal. A new front cross member was constructed for the steering gear box, which adds rigidity via additional cross member support while enhancing steering input for the driver and handling dynamics. A new high lift jack point is also integrated into the rear frame end.

Also enhancing ride and handling characteristics on Tacoma is a newly available multi-link rear suspension. This system replaces the previous model’s leaf springs in favor of a set of coils. However, leaf springs remain standard on SR, SR5 XtraCab, and TRD PreRunner grades. Tacoma also now gets four-wheel disc brakes for increased braking performance compared to the previous model, while TRD models and above are equipped with a larger front brake package. TRD models and above equipped with i-FORCE MAX add a larger rear brake package. An electronic parking brake allows for low-speed radar cruise control and a brake hold function. To provide improved steering feel and facilitate the incorporation of additional safety and convenience features, Tacoma will now have electric power steering

Tacoma now features suspensions tuned specifically to each grade. For instance, TRD Sport has red TRD sport-tuned shocks for a more responsive feel. The TRD Off-Road grade is equipped with monotube Bilstein remote reservoir shocks for extended wheel travel and greater heat dissipation and includes an end stop control valve (ESCV) that provides increased damping force as the suspension comes closer to full bound stroke. TRD Pro comes fitted with FOX’s new QS3 three-way adjustable internal bypass shocks with remote reservoirs for improved high speed off-road performance and FOX Internal Floating Piston (IFP) rear bump stops to improve bottom out feel. Trailhunter includes new Old Man Emu (OME) 4×4 Suspension by ARB that is tuned for optimum levels of off-road control and load carrying capability. Limited grade features a new Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) system that constantly adjusts damping forces based on changing road conditions. The linear-solenoid-type AVS system features built-in actuators in the front and rear shock absorbers to continuously change damping force based on road conditions to give the new Tacoma a smooth and luxurious ride.

Maximum towing capacity for Tacoma is rated at 6,500 lbs. on SR5 i-FORCE and TRD PreRunner XtraCab grades, and maximum payload increases to 1,709 lbs. on TRD Off-Road. To help make towing a breeze, Tacoma is available with a variety of supporting features including a trailer brake controller, trailer backup guide, and digital display mirror. Trailer Back Up Guidance aids in overall maneuvering of trailers, while the available Straight Path Assist feature is designed to help your truck and trailer back up in a straight line. The available 360-degree cameras create a top-down view to aid overall visibility, including tough-to-see areas around the truck and trailer. When operating with Toyota’s integrated trailer brake controller, the Blind Spot Monitor is designed to recognize blind spots for not only the truck, but certain trailers as well. 

To make things even easier for truck duty, there is a 7-percent increase in bed volume that is useful for loading necessary gear under an available tonneau cover. Additionally, the aluminum tailgate features an available power open and close function with jam protection, and a quick release and close button is integrated within either taillight. Gas grades offer an available 400W AC inverter outlet in the bed and on the rear of the center console, while i-FORCE MAX grades come standard with a 2400W AC inverter. 12V DC power access is also available in both the bed and in the cabin. Trailhunter features an integrated high output air compressor in the bed for airing large diameter tires back up quickly after airing down for spending days, or weeks, on the trail.

Taking Tacoma to the MAX

Tacoma will offer two powerful and efficient powertrains using a 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. For entry-level SR grades, this engine produces 228 horsepower and 243 lb.-ft. of torque. For all other grades, output increases to 278 horsepower and 317 lb.-ft. of torque when paired with the new eight-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with intelligence (ECT-i). Enthusiasts rejoice: a six-speed intelligent manual transmission (iMT2) with automatic rev matching and anti-stall technology is available. Manual transmission models produce 270 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. of torque.

New to the mid-size, body-on-frame pickup segment is Tacoma’s i-FORCE MAX hybrid powertrain, the most powerful powertrain ever offered on Tacoma. Available on TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, Limited, and standard on the TRD Pro and Trailhunter halo models, i-FORCE MAX pairs the 2.4-liter engine with a 48-hp electric motor integrated into the eight-speed transmission feeding off a 1.87-kWh NiMH battery pack that creates a total system output of 326 horsepower and a whopping 465 lb.-ft. of torque, nearly doubling the torque output of the current-gen truck with the V-6 engine. When equipped with i-FORCE MAX, Tacoma can ascend an 8-percent interstate grade without the need to downshift, making long road trips more pleasant than ever in a Tacoma. Fuel economy estimates for all powertrains will be announced closer to their on-sale dates.

Tacomas with rear-wheel drive feature an automatic limited-slip differential (Auto LSD), and four-wheel-drive models have an electronically controlled two-speed transfer case with high/low range along with Active Traction Control (A-TRAC) and an automatic limited-slip differential (Auto LSD). An electronic locking rear differential is standard on TRD PreRunner, TRD Off-Road, TRD Pro, and Trailhunter grades. The new and luxurious Limited grade now features a full-time four-wheel-drive system with a center locking differential on i-FORCE MAX models.

The Ultimate Adventure Machine

Tacoma’s legendary off-road capability is taken to the next level for its new generation, making it the ultimate adventure machine. An all-new available front stabilizer bar disconnect increases flex at the push of a button. With the front stabilizer bar disconnected, Tacoma’s articulation increases by 10 percent compared to the previous-gen truck. The electronic stabilizer bar disconnect will even be compatible with Toyota-approved lift kits.

Tacoma has up to 33.8-degree approach, 23.5-degree breakover, and 25.7-degree departure angles on TRD Pro without the tow package. Running ground clearance maxes out at 11 inches on TRD Pro. And with tons of available cameras installed on the new Tacoma, TRD Off-Road, TRD Pro, and Trailhunter drivers can view potential obstacles that are looming on the trail via the Multi-Terrain Monitor that can display crisply on the available 14-inch touchscreen. For the sketchiest of situations, Tacoma offers standard front and optional rear recovery hooks and underbody protection.

Multi-Terrain Select, which is now functional in both 4WD-High and 4WD-Low, offers adjustable settings to help control wheel spin on a variety of terrain such as Mud, Dirt, and Sand. Tacoma also adopts the new, significantly quieter CRAWL Control function that acts as a low-speed, off-road cruise control that allows the driver to focus on steering while the system maintains one of five selectable speeds. When traction is extremely limited, the available electronically activated locking rear differential can help split power 50/50 to the rear wheels. Downhill Assist Control is another off-road feature available and helps the driver navigate descents by limiting the speed of the vehicle. Manual-equipped Tacomas get a standard clutch start cancel that allows the truck to start in gear, which means the driver doesn’t have to press the clutch when facing challenging off-road driving scenes when starting.

All-New Trailhunter: Go Far

Tacoma introduces the all-new Trailhunter grade to the lineup of rugged Toyota Trucks. Toyota has long been a top choice for overlanders due to its legendary quality, durability, and reliability, and now enthusiasts can get a factory-developed overlander straight from Toyota. To help bring Trailhunter to life, Toyota worked with renowned Australian-based ARB to co-develop Old Man Emu (OME) position sensitive 2.5-inch forged monotube shocks with rear external piggyback style remote reservoirs, a steel rear bumper, robust rear recovery points, and a bed utility bar with removeable MOLLE panels. ARB engineering even worked on-site at Toyota alongside the project development team to co-develop Trailhunter. With either 5- or 6-foot bed Double Cab configurations available, serious overlanders can take their Trailhunters to the next level with available light- or heavy-duty versions of a full ARB bed rack to support additional gear like rooftop tents, canopies, or a camp shower.

The OME shocks along with the 33-inch Goodyear Territory R/T tires boost up Trailhunter an additional two inches in the front and one and a half inches in the rear. A high-clearance trail exhaust tip is also standard along with a low-profile high-mount Trailhunter Air Intake that is routed up the passenger-side A pillar to source cleaner air to the i-FORCE MAX. Trailhunter protection includes rock rails and a multitude of hot-stamped high strength steel skid plates for serious off-the-grid-adventure capabilities straight from the factory.

Trailhunter is also equipped with a bronze-colored “TOYOTA” heritage-inspired grille with an integrated 20-inch LED light bar that’s complemented by white/yellow color switching RIGID LED fog lamps. Lighting in the Trailhunter’s bed is triangulated to help avoid dark spots, and integrated bed side scene lights help illuminate the area surrounding the bed for setting up camp at night. A powerful 2400W AC inverter provides juice to two locations in the cabin and the rear deck where both 12V and USBs can also be found to power other devices such as an ARB Fridge Freezer. Trailhunter also comes pre-wired for accessories with three auxiliary toggle switches on the dashboard.

In addition to Toyota Genuine parts and accessories, additional accessories are available through the recently announced Associated Accessory Products program (AAP) for customers to customize their Tacoma Trailhunter exactly the way they want straight from Toyota’s participating dealerships. The AAP ecosystem will continue to evolve over time and currently includes over 100 accessories such as off-road recovery gear, rack attachment brackets for storage gear, outdoor sporting equipment carriers, and more. These products can also be conveniently rolled into customer’s monthly payments, and they aren’t exclusive to Trailhunter, either, making accessorizing Tacoma through Toyota easier than ever.

TRD Pro: Go Fast

While Trailhunter is specifically developed for off-the-grid overlanding adventures, Tacoma TRD Pro elevates its proven go-fast, desert running attributes for its newest generation. Red aluminum front TRD upper control arms optimize front geometry and reduce unsprung weight, while Fox internal bypass 2.5-inch manual modal Quick Switch 3 (QS3) shocks can be adjusted to three different settings via dials on the shock bodies to tune compression damping. Built around the new multilink rear suspension, FOX Internal Floating Piston (IFP) bump stops can help knock the edge off some of the gnarliest terrain.

For a more menacing stance than ever before, TRD Pro sits two inches higher in the front and an inch and a half in the rear and is three inches wider than a Tacoma SR5. Black flow-formed TRD wheels are wrapped in 33-inch Goodyear Territory R/T tires. TRD Pro’s standard i-FORCE MAX engine breathes more efficiently courtesy of a TRD performance air intake and TRD cat-back dual tipped exhaust. A new integrated LED light bar works in conjunction with the LED headlights to optimize beam pattern aiming for balanced light output with significant range, and a set of RIGID white LED fog lamps increase visibility during inclement weather. TRD Pro also gets a high-clearance ARB rear metal bumper with red recovery hooks and an aluminum TRD front skid plate.

Debuting exclusively on the new TRD Pro is a segment-first IsoDynamic Performance Seat that helps provide a smooth, confidence-inspiring ride for those in the driver and front passenger seats. The goal of this patent-pending feature is to stabilize the driver’s field of vision to improve focus, comfort, and reduce fatigue while on rugged trails. The IsoDynamic Performance Seat uses an air-over-oil shock absorber system allowing for vertical and lateral seat movement simultaneously to dampen body movement and stabilize the head and neck to keep alignment with the spine. This dampening effect is tunable based on body mass and occupant preference and can be bypassed, if desired, via levers on the seatbacks.

All the Latest Tech Inside

The all-new Tacoma is filled with the latest technology and information screens that bring significant updates to the cabin. A new 8-inch or available 14-inch multimedia touchscreen displays Toyota’s latest Audio Multimedia system that debuted on the 2022 Tundra pickup and is designed and engineered by Toyota’s Texas-based Connected Technologies team. The system supports wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility, and pairs well with the available Qi wireless charging pad with enhanced power output. A USB-C data and charging port is integrated on the right side of the display, and dual USB-C charging ports are included in the front row and available for the rear passengers. A 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster with four different styles is standard on higher grades while a 7-inch gauge cluster is standard on lower grades.

Standard on all grades is a Smart Key System with push-button start. With an active Remote Connect trial or subscription, an available Digital Key connects with compatible smartphones to allow vehicle entry, tailgate access, and vehicle starting (4G network dependent). The Digital Key can also be remotely shared with others to give more control over vehicle access rather than giving someone the physical key. Additionally, a Smart Card key is available, which is a credit card-sized smart key that allows the driver to carry their key easily and conveniently with them wherever they go. 

Tacoma makes the most of its cabin for this newest generation. Gas models have three times more storage space under the rear seat compared to the current-gen truck, and the rear seatback can also fold down flat for additional loading surface. A shelf is integrated into the instrument panel for the passenger to put a phone or other small items, and MOLLE panels on the center console and door panels allow for even more versatile storage. Rubber grips are located on the passenger side of the center console, on all doors, and on the front passenger side. Double Cab models also include assist handles on the B-pillar overhead. A hidden side pocket on the driver’s side dashboard has a QR code that directs owners to the Toyota website for dimensions to design and 3D print their own accessories such as a lantern, multitool, or toolkit.

For those who love to jam out both in their truck on the way to camp and at the campsite, Tacoma now offers a premium ten speaker JBL® audio upgrade, including a new externally coupled subwoofer for improved output and a JBL® FLEX portable speaker. When docked on the dash, the JBL® FLEX charges and operates as the center channel speaker. When undocked, the JBL® FLEX portable Bluetooth speaker can run for up to six hours, pair with other Toyota JBL® FLEX Portable Speakers, and can be submerged in up to three feet of water.

A Tacoma for Everyone

Tacoma will be offered in numerous grades and configurations for its new generation. Two cab styles are available with either a 5- or 6-foot bed: a four-door Double Cab and a new two-door XtraCab with clever storage features behind the front two seats.

XtraCab, available on SR, SR5, and TRD PreRunner grades, is all about maximum utility and comes exclusively with seating for two, a functional rear cabin storage area, and a 6-foot bed. This configuration has no rear doors and no rear seat but makes the most of its cabin with all kinds of additional storage options. Lockable storage on the rear floor is useful for storing things like small packs, toolboxes, or a tacklebox, and lockable storage on the back panel can store things like shovels and fishing poles. Quick access to rear storage is aided by a long-slide driver’s seat with slide memory. Additionally, the passenger seat can fold flat and can be used as a workspace and includes a water bottle holder.

In terms of grades, Tacoma is available in SR, SR5, TRD PreRunner, TRD Sport, TRD Off Road, Limited, TRD Pro, and Trailhunter. Returning for 2024, TRD PreRunner is available in the XtraCab configuration with two-wheel drive only. It has a lifted front suspension, larger diameter BFGoodrich all-terrain tires, and an electronically locking rear differential. For a sportier look and feel, TRD Sport gets black 18-in. TRD wheels, color-keyed door handles and overfenders, hood scoop, black exterior badging, and aluminum pedals. The TRD Off-Road grade is more capable than ever thanks to new Bilstein remote reservoir monotube shocks for better heat dissipation and the available front stabilizer bar disconnect system.

Limited grades offer more sophistication than ever with a luxurious interior and standard tech including power retractable sidesteps, head-up display, 14-inch touchscreen, JBL® audio, digital rearview mirror, and a power moonroof along with the new smooth-riding adaptive variable suspension and full-time four-wheel drive on i-FORCE MAX-equipped models. Trailhunter is also all-new for 2024 and offers a well-equipped overlanding rig that’s adventure-ready right from the dealer.

Tacoma will offer a robust color palette that includes Supersonic Red, Blue Crush Metallic, Underground, Wind Chill Pearl, Solar Octane, Celestial Silver Metallic, Black, Ice Cap, and Bronze Oxide. A new TRD Pro-exclusive color for the 2024 model year will be announced this summer.

Toyota Safety Sense 3.0 Standard on All Tacomas

All 2024 Tacoma models come standard with Toyota Safety Sense 3.0, Toyota’s suite of active safety and convenience systems. New-to-Tacoma TSS enhancements are made possible by system sensors with improved detection capability. This suite of features includes: 

  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection 
  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist 
  • Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Lane Tracing Assist 
  • Road Sign Assist 
  • Automatic High Beams 
  • Proactive Driving Assist 

Proactive Driving Assist is new to Toyota Safety Sense. When system operating conditions are met, using the vehicle’s camera and radar, this system is designed to provide gentle braking into curves or gentle braking and/or steering to help support driving tasks such as distance control between a preceding vehicle, pedestrian, or bicyclist. Proactive Driving Assist is not a substitute for the Pre-Collision System and operates in different circumstances. 

The Toyota Safety Sense features have been enhanced for TSS 3.0: 

  • The Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection has enhanced detection capabilities thanks to new system sensors. It receives enhanced intersection support with improved detection capability in certain circumstances. In addition to pedestrian and bicyclist detection, this system now includes the capability to detect a motorcyclist. 
  • Lane Departure Alert will now provide Steering Assist as well as enhanced lane recognition that includes detection of certain 3D objects, like guardrails, that may be used to help define the lane. 
  • Dynamic Radar Cruise Control will have Full-Speed Range capability and adds a fourth following distance setting, from the previously available three. Enhanced vehicle detection allows for the ability to detect more than one preceding vehicle, as well as vehicles in adjacent lanes. This helps the system to provide smoother, more natural speed adjustments, especially when the driver changes lanes. 
  • Lane Tracing Assist is new to Tacoma, and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control must be enabled for it to function. The system requires detectable lane markings in order to function. Like Lane Departure Alert, lane recognition is enhanced over prior TSS generations. In addition to lane centering, this system also helps provide more space between vehicles being passed in adjacent lanes. It works by offsetting the vehicles’ driving path with minor steering adjustments while keeping the vehicle within its lane. 
  • An Emergency Driving Stop System is a new function of Lane Tracing Assist. It’s designed to monitor the driver’s inputs, such as steering operation, to determine if they’re inattentive or non-responsive, such as during a medical emergency. This feature is designed to bring the vehicle to a stop if the driver doesn’t respond to alerts to take control. 
  • Road Sign Assist is also new to Tacoma. This system is designed to detect speed limit signs, stop signs, Do Not Enter signs, yield signs, and certain warning signs, and display an icon of the sign on the Multi-Information Display (MID). 

In addition to TSS 3.0, other available features include Blind Spot Monitor (BSM), which is designed to help detect and warn you of vehicles approaching or positioned in the adjacent lanes and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) for added peace of mind by helping to detect vehicles approaching from either side while backing out and alerting you with a visual and audible warning. Hill Start Assist Control (HAC) also comes standard. 

Beyond Zero Vision

As part of Toyota’s diverse approach to working toward a carbon neutral future, Tacoma i-FORCE MAX is the latest hybrid offering in Toyota’s lineup to wear the Beyond Zero badge. Today, Toyota offers 15 electrified vehicles for customers to choose from. With ten hybrid models, two plug-in hybrid models, the bZ4X battery electric vehicle, and the zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell Mirai, Toyota provides more choices than any other automaker for customers to reduce their carbon footprint.  

Limited Warranty 

Toyota’s 36-month/36,000 mile basic new-vehicle warranty applies to all components other than normal wear and maintenance items. Additional 60-month warranties cover the powertrain for 60,000 miles and against perforation from corrosion for 60 months with no mileage limitation. Hybrid-related components that require repairs needed to correct defects in materials or workmanship are covered for 8 years/100,000 miles, whichever comes first from original date of first use when sold as new. The hybrid battery is covered for 10 years/150,000 miles, whichever comes first, and is transferable across ownership. 

The 2024 Tacoma also comes with ToyotaCare, a plan covering normal factory-scheduled maintenance, for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first, and 2 years, unlimited mileage of Roadside Assistance.

About Toyota

Toyota (NYSE:TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. for more than 65 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands, plus our nearly 1,500 dealerships. 

Toyota directly employs more than 39,000 people in the U.S. who have contributed to the design, engineering, and assembly of more than 33 million cars and trucks at our nine manufacturing plants. By 2025, Toyota’s 10th plant in North Carolina will begin to manufacture automotive batteries for electrified vehicles. With more electrified vehicles on the road than any other automaker, Toyota currently offers 22 electrified options.

To help inspire the next generation for a career in STEM-based fields, including mobility, Toyota launched its virtual education hub at with an immersive experience and chance to virtually visit many of our U.S. manufacturing facilities. The hub also includes a series of free STEM-based lessons and curriculum through Toyota USA Foundation partners, virtual field trips and more. For more information about Toyota, visit 

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Blue Shield of California Recognized as One of the 50 Most Community-Minded Companies in the United States

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Second time in three years that Civic 50 honors the nonprofit health plan’s commitment to Stand For What’s Right

OAKLAND, Calif., May 23, 2023 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Blue Shield of California has been named a 2023 honoree of The Civic 50 by Points of Light, the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating people-powered change.

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Now in its 11th year, The Civic 50 is a national standard for corporate citizenship and showcases how companies are moving social impact, civic engagement, and community to the core of their business. Blue Shield was also recognized in 2021. 

“Investing in the health and wellbeing of the communities where we live and work is foundational to who we are at Blue Shield of California,” said Paul Markovich, President and CEO, Blue Shield of California. “This award reflects our nonprofit commitment and we’re honored to receive it.”

The Civic 50 honorees are companies with annual U.S. revenues of at least $1 billion. They were selected based on the strengths of their citizenship and social impact program in four areas: investment of resources and volunteerism, integration across business functions, institutionalization through policies and systems, and impact measurement. Blue Shield was recognized for its programs and initiatives that include:  

Investing in youth mental health
Blue Shield of California’s signature initiative BlueSky continues to advance social justice by investing in best-in-class youth mental health programs. Launched in 2019, the program strives to incorporate student voices to bridge the gap between stigma and empowerment, especially among youth of color. BlueSky has supported more than 13,000 counseling sessions over three years. In addition, we helped expand participation in youth-led, on-campus clubs at California high schools, raising mental health awareness and reducing stigma.

Engaging California communities
Blue Shield has supported dozens of nonprofit groups across California in 2022, focused on driving positive change to address social inequities and injustices. In addition, employees set an all-time record for the Shield Cares Giving Campaign, donating $1.6 million (including company match) and volunteering more than 38,000 hours last year.

Encouraging climate action
Blue Shield of California, a formally certified CarbonNeutral® company, continues to take additional steps to reduce our emissions including the launch of our Supplier Sustainability Program that surveyed 41 of our vendors who account for 72% of the company’s supply chain emissions. Of those, 29 disclosed their environmental impact to CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project), an essential first step for decarbonization action.

Read more about Blue Shield of California’s citizenship efforts in our 2022 Mission Report.

“Companies play a critical role in creating thriving, participatory communities,” said Diane Quest, interim President and CEO, Points of Light. “The Civic 50 2023 honorees, including Blue Shield of California, really set a model for others and are showing just how to best use employee talent, business assets and integration to create meaningful impact.”

The Civic 50 survey is administered by True Impact, and the results are analyzed by VeraWorks. The survey instrument consists of quantitative and multiple-choice questions that inform the scoring process. The Civic 50 is the only survey and ranking system that exclusively measures corporate community engagement. 

About Blue Shield of California
Blue Shield of California strives to create a healthcare system worthy of its family and friends that is sustainably affordable. Blue Shield of California is a tax paying, nonprofit, independent member of the Blue Shield Association with more than 4.8 million members, over 7,500 employees and more than $24 billion in annual revenue. Founded in 1939 in San Francisco and now headquartered in Oakland, Blue Shield of California and its affiliates provide health, dental, vision, Medicaid and Medicare healthcare service plans in California. The company has contributed more than $97 million to Blue Shield of California Foundation in the last three years to have an impact on California communities.

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About Points of Light
Points of Light is a nonpartisan, global nonprofit organization that inspires, equips and mobilizes millions of people to take action that changes the world. We envision a world in which every individual discovers the power to make a difference, creating healthy communities in vibrant, participatory societies. Through 145 affiliates across 39 countries, and in partnership with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages 3.7 million people in 16.7 million hours of service each year. We bring the power of people to bear where it’s needed most. For more information, visit


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Toyota North America Recognized in The Civic 50 As A Top Community-Minded Company in the U.S.

Toyota North America Recognized in The Civic 50 As A Top Community-Minded Company in the U.S.

Points of Light Foundation lists Toyota North America* as one of its 2023 Honorees of The Civic 50, Recognized as a Top Community-Minded Company in the U.S.

PLANO, Texas, May 23, 2023 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Toyota North America* has been named a 2023 honoree of The Civic 50, the annual survey from Points of Light to recognize the top community-minded companies in the United States.

Toyota North America Recognized in The Civic 50 As A Top Community-Minded Company in the U.S.

This marks the first year both Toyota Financial Services (TFS) and Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) collectively ranked in The Civic 50 as a unified submission. Previously, TFS earned a spot on the list for seven consecutive years.

“With our continued efforts to streamline our community-focused efforts as One Toyota, we’re incredibly honored to receive this recognition from Points of Light,” said Tellis Bethel, chief diversity officer and group vice president of social innovation, Toyota Motor North America. “It’s a testament to the collaborative ‘One Team’ mindset we continually seek to strengthen for team members across all of our U.S. operations.”

Now in its eleventh year, The Civic 50 is a national standard for corporate citizenship and showcases how leading companies are moving social impact, civic engagement and community to the core of their business. This has long been at the core of Toyota, contributing know-how, time and resources to communities across the country. This past year, Toyota’s signature achievement was launching Driving Possibilities, a $110-million education and community-focused initiative. Driving Possibilities, a long-term initiative of the Toyota USA Foundation, is funded in part by Toyota Motor North America, Inc. and Toyota Financial Services.

Toyota remains committed to youth development, successful volunteer programs and strong national and local partnerships. In 2022, Toyota launched an equal-partner collaboration with Lancaster ISD focused on workforce readiness, the Toyota Leadership Academy, which aims to:

  • Prepare students for personal, academic and professional success by providing specialized curriculum designed to increase high school graduation rates
  • Improve college, career and leadership readiness
  • Introduce students to job opportunities in the global workforce

Additional highlights from Toyota’s community engagement in 2022 include:

  • 37,000 total hours U.S. team members contributed to company-sponsored external volunteerism
  • $79.9 million contributed by Toyota to social causes, including by the Toyota USA Foundation
  • Over 1,000 grants awarded averaging $72,480 each, excluding matching-gift and volunteerism-matching grants

The Civic 50 honorees are companies with annual U.S. revenues of at least $1 billion and are selected based on four dimensions of their corporate citizenship and social impact programs: investment of resources and volunteerism, integration across business functions, institutionalization through policies and systems and impact measurement.

“Companies play a critical role in creating thriving, participatory communities,” said Diane Quest, interim president and CEO, Points of Light. “Companies like Toyota set a model for others, showing how to best use employee talent, business assets and integration to create meaningful impact, and we’re thrilled to uplift and celebrate their work as an honoree of The Civic 50 2023.”

The Civic 50 survey is administered by True Impact, and the results are analyzed by VeraWorks. The survey instrument consists of quantitative and multiple-choice questions that inform the scoring process. The Civic 50 is the only survey and ranking system that exclusively measures corporate community engagement.

For more information on Toyota’s community engagement, visit

*Toyota Motor North America and Toyota Financial Services moved to the Plano headquarters, the first time in the same location, in 2017 as part of the OneToyota initiative. The move made for faster decision making and created a better experience for customers and team members. Information from both companies was collected and submitted to Points of Light.

About Toyota

Toyota (NYSE:TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in North America for more than 65 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands, plus our more than 1,800 dealerships.

Toyota directly employs more than 48,000 people in North America who have contributed to the design, engineering, and assembly of nearly 45 million cars and trucks at our 13 manufacturing plants. By 2025, Toyota’s 14th plant in North Carolina will begin to manufacture automotive batteries for electrified vehicles. With more electrified vehicles on the road than any other automaker, Toyota currently offers 22 electrified options.

Through the Start Your Impossible campaign, Toyota highlights the way it partners with community, civic, academic and governmental organizations to address our society’s most pressing mobility challenges. We believe that when people are free to move, anything is possible. For more information about Toyota, visit

About Points of Light

Points of Light is a nonpartisan, global nonprofit organization that inspires, equips and mobilizes millions of people to take action that changes the world. We envision a world in which every individual discovers the power to make a difference, creating healthy communities in vibrant, participatory societies. Through 145 affiliates across 39 countries, and in partnership with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages 3.7 million people in 16.7 million hours of service each year. We bring the power of people to bear where it’s needed most. For more information, visit

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Coming June 8: The First-Ever Lexus TX

Coming June 8: The First-Ever Lexus TX

PLANO, Texas, May 23, 2023 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Style, comfort and luxury for all passengers. The first-ever Lexus TX will be revealed on June 8 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern. #LexusTX

Coming June 8: The First-Ever Lexus TX

Stay tuned for more and click here to check out the previous Lexus TX teasers. 

About Lexus  

Lexus’ passion for brave design, imaginative technology, and exhilarating performance enables the luxury lifestyle brand to create amazing experiences for its customers. Lexus began its journey in 1989 with two luxury sedans and a commitment to pursue perfection. Since then, Lexus has developed its lineup to meet the needs of global luxury customers in more than 90 countries. In the United States, Lexus vehicles are sold through 244 dealers offering a full lineup of luxury vehicles. With seven models incorporating Lexus Hybrid Drive, Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader. Lexus also offers eight F SPORT models, one F performance model and one F model. Lexus is committed to being a visionary brand that anticipates the future for luxury customers. 

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Learn More About GMOs with New Resources from FDA

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SILVER SPRING, Md., May 23, 2023 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Feed Your Mind is an Agricultural Biotechnology Education and Outreach Initiative that was first launched in March 2020 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It is a multi-phased, educational effort aimed at helping consumers better understand genetically engineered foods, commonly called GMOs or genetically modified organisms.