National Guard News: Pennsylvania National Guard Soldiers Deploying to Poland

ANNVILLE, PA (STL.News) – Yesterday, approximately 500 Pennsylvania National Guard (PNG) members assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, participated in send-off ceremonies in Milton as they prepare to mobilize this spring for deployment to Poland as part of NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence mission.  Governor Tom Wolf and Adjutant General Tony Carrelli thanked … Continue reading National Guard News: Pennsylvania National Guard Soldiers Deploying to Poland

Entertainment News: Superstars Lionel Richie, Shania Twain, Snoop Dogg, More Appear at Keep Memory Alive’s 23rd Annual Power of Love® Gala

Spectacular Night of Philanthropy Raised Funds for Cleveland Clinic Nevada LAS VEGAS, NV (STL.News) – Keep Memory Alive’s 23rd annual Power of Love® gala at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, March 16 brought top artists and cultural icons Shania Twain, Snoop Dogg, Anthony Anderson, NE-YO, Anthony Mackie, Miguel, Leona Lewis, Bernie Williams, John O’Hurley, … Continue reading Entertainment News: Superstars Lionel Richie, Shania Twain, Snoop Dogg, More Appear at Keep Memory Alive’s 23rd Annual Power of Love® Gala

NAACP News: NAACP publishes “We Must Override This Veto!”

BALTIMORE, MD (STL.News) – The NAACP released the following statement: On 2-26-2019, the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of H. J. Res 46, a resolution to reject and nullify President Donald Trump’s declaration of an emergency so he could shift as much as $6.7 billion of previously appropriated monies away from their intended … Continue reading NAACP News: NAACP publishes “We Must Override This Veto!”

USTR News: USTR Requests First-Ever Consultations Under the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS)

Washington, DC (STL.News) – The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Friday requested the first ever consultations with the Republic of Korea under the chapter on Competition-Related Matters (Chapter 16) of the United States-Republic of Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS).  Through these consultations, the United States will attempt to resolve concerns regarding procedures in … Continue reading USTR News: USTR Requests First-Ever Consultations Under the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS)

FEMA News: FEMA Awards $1.66 Million in Public Assistance Grants

Tallahassee, FL (STL.News) – FEMA has approved $1,659,907 to the state of Florida to assist 16 eligible applicants with reimbursement for eligible costs of emergency response and protective measures, as well as temporary facilities, for Hurricane Michael under FEMA’s Public Assistance Program. The following projects have been obligated by FEMA to the Florida Division of … Continue reading FEMA News: FEMA Awards $1.66 Million in Public Assistance Grants

FEMA News: Disaster Recovery Center Transitioning to Community Recovery Center

TALLAHASSEE, FL (STL.News) – The State/FEMA disaster recovery center in Panama City will close at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 16. At 9 a.m. Monday, March 18, a Community Recovery Center will open in the same location, the Bay County Public Library. The purpose of the Community Recovery Center is to encourage and support a localized, community-based … Continue reading FEMA News: Disaster Recovery Center Transitioning to Community Recovery Center

Arizona News: Trade With Mexico, Canada On The Rise

PHOENIX, AZ (STL.News) – According to new data released by the United States Census Bureau, Arizona’s bilateral trade with its North American trading partners jumped in 2018 — reversing a downward trend of recent years. Trade with Mexico increased 7.7 percent from 2017 to 2018 to a total of $16.7 billion while trade with Canada … Continue reading Arizona News: Trade With Mexico, Canada On The Rise

U.S. Marshals Service News: Marshals and Springfield Police Department Arrest Vermont Fugitive, Kyle Michael Stevens

Burlington, VT (STL.News) – The U.S. Marshals Service and the Springfield Police Department arrested a fugitive who had an active Vermont arrest warrant, dating back to December 2018. Kyle Michael Stevens, 29, of Springfield, Vermont was arrested on March 12, 2019 when approached by Deputy U.S. Marshals and the Springfield Police Department. On February 26, … Continue reading U.S. Marshals Service News: Marshals and Springfield Police Department Arrest Vermont Fugitive, Kyle Michael Stevens

US Customs and Border Protection News: Nogales BP Agents Stop Smuggling Attempt

TUCSON, AZ (STL.News) – Nogales Border Patrol agents arrested two U.S. citizens attempting to smuggle two Mexican nationals through the Interstate 19 immigration checkpoint Wednesday. Agents working in the primary lanes referred the driver of a Mitsubishi sedan for additional immigration inspection.  After questioning, agents determined the two rear seat passengers, a Mexican national male … Continue reading US Customs and Border Protection News: Nogales BP Agents Stop Smuggling Attempt

US Customs and Border Patrol News: Douglas CBP Officers Intercept Marijuana Load

TUCSON, AZ (STL.News) – US Customs and Border Protection officers at the Raul Hector Castro Port of Entry in Douglas prevented an Arizona man from smuggling 157 pounds of marijuana into the United States Wednesday. Officers referred a 20-year-old man for further inspection of his Saturn SUV after a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to … Continue reading US Customs and Border Patrol News: Douglas CBP Officers Intercept Marijuana Load

Border Patrol News: Del Rio Sector Border Patrol Agents Arrest Sex Offender-Mexican National Previously Deported

DEL RIO, TX (STL.News) – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Rocksprings Station arrested a convicted sex offender in Rocksprings, Thursday. On Mar. 14, Rocksprings agents arrested a 26-year-old Mexican national after he illegally entered the United States. Records checks revealed he has an extensive criminal history, including a conviction in Seattle in 2011 … Continue reading Border Patrol News: Del Rio Sector Border Patrol Agents Arrest Sex Offender-Mexican National Previously Deported

US Customs and Border Patrol News: Yuma Border Patrol Apprehends Narcotics Smugglers with USMC Assistance

YUMA, AZ (STL.News) – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents apprehended a group of illegal aliens who were trafficking bundles of marijuana in eastern Yuma County Tuesday. Wellton Station Border Patrol agents apprehended six Mexican nationals and four Honduran nationals Tuesday night as they attempted to smuggle bundles of marijuana through the desert east of Dateland, … Continue reading US Customs and Border Patrol News: Yuma Border Patrol Apprehends Narcotics Smugglers with USMC Assistance

US CUstoms and Border Patrol News: BP Rescues Illegal Aliens from Freezing Conditions

TUCSON, AZ (STL.News) – Border Patrol agents, assisted by Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office (SCCSO), Department of Public Safety (DPS) and an Air and Marine Operation (AMO) aircrew, rescued five illegal aliens in distress on a snow-capped mountain south of Tucson, Thursday morning. Rescue efforts began late Wednesday after Tucson Sector Border Patrol received a … Continue reading US CUstoms and Border Patrol News: BP Rescues Illegal Aliens from Freezing Conditions

US Customs and Border Protection News: Hard Drug Smugglers Intercepted by CBP Officers at Port of San Luis

TUCSON, AZ (STL.News) – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a San Luis, Sonora, Mexico, man and Phoenix woman Wednesday for separate alleged attempts to smuggle 58 pounds of methamphetamine and heroin through the Port of San Luis. Officers referred a 39-year-old Mexican national for additional inspection of his Chevy sedan as he attempted … Continue reading US Customs and Border Protection News: Hard Drug Smugglers Intercepted by CBP Officers at Port of San Luis

US Department of Labor News: DOL provides national health emergency dislocated worker grant to combat opioid crisis in Washington

WASHINGTON, DC (STL.News) – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced an opioid-crisis Dislocated Worker Grant (DWG) of $886,860 to the Washington State Department of Employment Security to provide disaster relief jobs and employment services to eligible individuals in five Washington counties impacted by the health and economic effects of widespread opioid use, addiction, and … Continue reading US Department of Labor News: DOL provides national health emergency dislocated worker grant to combat opioid crisis in Washington

HUD News: Hud approves plan to support to support southern Georgia counties in their recovery from 2017 disasters

$38 million in federal recovery funds to rebuild damaged homes, businesses and infrastructure WASHINGTON (STL.News) – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced its approval of the State of Georgia’s disaster action plan, which will invest $38 million to support the state in its recovery from the effects of deadly tornados … Continue reading HUD News: Hud approves plan to support to support southern Georgia counties in their recovery from 2017 disasters

United States Mint News: New Appointee, Dean J. Kotlowski, Joins Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee

WASHINGTON (STL.News) – The United States Mint Friday announced the appointment of Dr. Dean J. Kotlowski to the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC), as the member specially qualified by virtue of his education, training, or experience in American history. Dr. Kotlowski is a specialist in twentieth-century U.S. political and policy history.  He fills the vacancy … Continue reading United States Mint News: New Appointee, Dean J. Kotlowski, Joins Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee

OCC News: Agencies Adopt Interim Final Rule to Facilitate Transfers of Legacy Swaps

WASHINGTON (STL.News) – Five federal agencies today acted to ensure that qualifying swaps may be transferred from a United Kingdom (UK) entity to an affiliate in the European Union (EU) or the United States without triggering new margin requirements. The action is in response to the possibility of a non-negotiated withdrawal of the UK from … Continue reading OCC News: Agencies Adopt Interim Final Rule to Facilitate Transfers of Legacy Swaps

EPA News: EPA Bans Consumer Sales of Methylene Chloride Paint Removers, Protecting Public

WASHINGTON (STL.News) – Friday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule to prohibit the manufacture (including import), processing, and distribution of methylene chloride in all paint removers for consumer use.  EPA has taken this action because of the acute fatalities that have resulted from exposure to the chemical. “After analyzing the health … Continue reading EPA News: EPA Bans Consumer Sales of Methylene Chloride Paint Removers, Protecting Public

U.S. Department of Education Finds ESEA Restriction on Religious Organizations Unconstitutional, Will No Longer Enforce

WASHINGTON (STL.News) – U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced March 11, 2019, at the Council for American Private Education (CAPE) State Directors Annual Meeting that the Department will no longer enforce a restriction barring religious organizations from serving as contract providers of equitable services solely due to their religious affiliation. The U.S. Department of … Continue reading U.S. Department of Education Finds ESEA Restriction on Religious Organizations Unconstitutional, Will No Longer Enforce

USCIRF News: Statement on New Zealand Mosque Attacks

WASHINGTON, DC (STL.News) – The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) Friday condemned in the strongest possible terms the terrorist attacks on Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand.  Chair Tenzin Dorjee said: “We express our deepest condolences to those affected by this horrific act of violence that killed 49 … Continue reading USCIRF News: Statement on New Zealand Mosque Attacks

Coast Guard News: Coast Guard Cutter Eagle arrives in Savannah, free public tours available

SAVANNAH, GA (STL.News) – The Coast Guard Cutter Eagle arrived in Savannah, Friday. Free public tours are available on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday before Eagle’s departure on Monday. Public tours of the Eagle are scheduled for: Friday, March 15 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, March 16 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sunday, … Continue reading Coast Guard News: Coast Guard Cutter Eagle arrives in Savannah, free public tours available

Coast Guard News: Coast Guard halts illegal charter operation near Watson Island

MIAMI, FL (STL.News) – The Coast Guard terminated the voyage of a 24-foot pontoon vessel with seven passengers aboard Friday near Watson Island after discovering multiple safety violations. A Coast Guard Station Miami Beach 33-foot Special Purpose Craft—Law Enforcement boat-crew conducted the boarding of the pontoon vessel near Watson Island where they discovered the following … Continue reading Coast Guard News: Coast Guard halts illegal charter operation near Watson Island

Coast Guard halts second weekend illegal charter in Miami

MIAMI, FL (STL.News) — The Coast Guard terminated the voyage of a 32-foot pleasure craft with 11 passengers aboard Saturday in the Miami River making this the second illegal charter in the Miami area interdicted in two days. A Coast Guard Station Miami Beach 33-foot Special Purpose Craft—Law Enforcement boat-crew conducted the boarding of the … Continue reading Coast Guard halts second weekend illegal charter in Miami

FBI News: Four Law Enforcement Professionals Graduate FBI National Academy

Law Enforcement Professionals From Woodland Police, Modesto Police, Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office, and California Highway Patrol, El Centro Division, Join More Than 51,000 Who Have Completed the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia SACRAMENTO, CA (STL.News) – Friday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Sacramento Field Office announces the graduation of four law enforcement professionals … Continue reading FBI News: Four Law Enforcement Professionals Graduate FBI National Academy

US Department of State News: Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Meeting With the U.S.-South Africa Working Group on African and Global Issues

WASHINGTON (STL.News) The US Department of State released the following statement: The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino: Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan led the U.S. delegation to the U.S.-South Africa Working Group on Africa and Global Issues.  Deputy Secretary Sullivan and Director General Mahoai discussed ways to deepen bilateral cooperation, … Continue reading US Department of State News: Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Meeting With the U.S.-South Africa Working Group on African and Global Issues

US Department of State News: Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Meeting With Former South African President Motlanthe

WASHINGTON (STL.News) – The US Department of State (DOS) released the following statement: The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino: On March 14, while in Johannesburg, Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan met with former South African President Kgalema Motlanthe to discuss the U.S.-South African bilateral relationship. The two also discussed President Motlanthe’s … Continue reading US Department of State News: Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Meeting With Former South African President Motlanthe

Business News: Huntington Ingalls Industries Completes Installation of USS George Washington (CVN 73) Main Mast

NEWPORT NEWS, VA (STL.News) – Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (NYSE:HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division has reached new heights in the refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). The shipyard installed the final piece of the ship’s new main mast—the 34-foot upper mast section—that raises the ship’s distinctive profile 123 … Continue reading Business News: Huntington Ingalls Industries Completes Installation of USS George Washington (CVN 73) Main Mast

Missouri Department of Natural Resources News: Roaring River State Park hosts Birding Boot Camp March 30-31

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (STL.News) – Come to Roaring River State Park for Birding Boot Camp during the weekend of March 30-31.  Beginning and experienced birders are invited to learn about topics such as bird identification, songs, nests and helping scientists around the world protect birds.  Strap on your boots, grab your binoculars and get ready … Continue reading Missouri Department of Natural Resources News: Roaring River State Park hosts Birding Boot Camp March 30-31

Missouri News: Missouri Governor Mike Parson Announces Ken Zellers as Acting-Director of Department of Revenue

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (STL.News) – Friday, Missouri Governor Mike Parson announced Ken Zellers as the Acting-Director of the Missouri Department of Revenue. On Thursday, the Governor received a letter of resignation from Joel Walters, Director of Revenue, stating his last day at the department will be Friday, March 22, which will help to ensure enough … Continue reading Missouri News: Missouri Governor Mike Parson Announces Ken Zellers as Acting-Director of Department of Revenue