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New York: Amazon says new NYC home won’t tap Opportunity Zone break

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon will not take advantage of a federal program offering massive tax breaks when it builds headquarters in New York City. The internet shopping giant told the New York City Council this week that it had no plans to directly benefit from the Opportunity Zone program offering cuts on federal capital … Continue reading New York: Amazon says new NYC home won’t tap Opportunity Zone break

Massachusetts News: Dominican National, Angel Milciades Santana Polanco Sentenced for Participating in Fentanyl Conspiracy

BOSTON, Ms. – A Dominican national was sentenced today in federal court in Boston in connection with his participation in a conspiracy to distribute fentanyl. Angel Milciades Santana Polanco, 31, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV to 60 months in prison and three years of supervised release. In November 2018, … Continue reading Massachusetts News: Dominican National, Angel Milciades Santana Polanco Sentenced for Participating in Fentanyl Conspiracy

VIRGINIA News: Abingdon, Defendants in Methamphetamine Conspiracy Sentenced

Conspiracy Trafficked Crystal Methamphetamine in Smyth County Abingdon, VIRGINIA – A Saltville, Va., man, convicted of trafficking a large quantity of methamphetamine in Smyth County, was sentenced yesterday in federal court to 72 months in prison, United States Attorney Thomas T. Cullen and Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced today. Zachary Blue Carter, 38, … Continue reading VIRGINIA News: Abingdon, Defendants in Methamphetamine Conspiracy Sentenced

VIRGINIA News: Abingdon, Six Members of Drug Trafficking Organization Plead Guilty For Roles in Conspiracy that Brought Methamphetamine from California to Southwest Virginia

Defendants Admit to Trafficking Large Amounts of Methamphetamine Abingdon, VIRGINIA – United States Attorney Thomas T. Cullen announced today that six individuals who conspired to traffic methamphetamine from California into Southwest Virginia recently pleaded guilty in the United States District Court in Abingdon to federal firearms and methamphetamine distribution charges. “Methamphetamine is a deadly drug … Continue reading VIRGINIA News: Abingdon, Six Members of Drug Trafficking Organization Plead Guilty For Roles in Conspiracy that Brought Methamphetamine from California to Southwest Virginia

Oklahoma News: Tulsa Man, Jerry Matthew Berry Admits to Creating Sexually Violent Images of Children Using Photographs Downloaded from Facebook

Tulsa, Oa. – A 35-year-old Tulsa man entered a guilty plea today in U.S. District Court for digitally producing images depicting the sexual abuse of children and distributing almost 500 other graphic image and video files of the sexual abuse of children, announced U.S. Attorney Trent Shores. At the plea hearing, Jerry Matthew Berry admitted to … Continue reading Oklahoma News: Tulsa Man, Jerry Matthew Berry Admits to Creating Sexually Violent Images of Children Using Photographs Downloaded from Facebook

New Jersey News: Newark Man, Jamar Battle Convicted of Firearms Offense in Connection with Shooting of 5-Year-Old Girl

NEWARK, N.J. – A Newark man, previously convicted in state court of six felonies, was found guilty in federal court today of being a felon in possession of a handgun, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Jamar Battle, 31, was convicted after a three-day trial before U.S. District Judge William J. Martini in Newark of one … Continue reading New Jersey News: Newark Man, Jamar Battle Convicted of Firearms Offense in Connection with Shooting of 5-Year-Old Girl

North Carolina News: Wilson Man, BONDURANT AKEEM RUFFIN Sentenced for Drug Possession After Federal Jury Conviction

NEW BERN, N.C. – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that today in federal court, United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced BONDURANT AKEEM RUFFIN, 34, of Wilson, NC, to 69 months imprisonment, followed by 4 years supervised release. On August 15, 2018, following a three day jury trial before United States … Continue reading North Carolina News: Wilson Man, BONDURANT AKEEM RUFFIN Sentenced for Drug Possession After Federal Jury Conviction

North Carolina News: GREENSBORO, Middle District of North Carolina Recognizes Outstanding Law Enforcement Officers, Agency

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Matthew G.T. Martin, United States Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina, presented awards to representatives from three local law enforcement agencies for their outstanding accomplishments during the year. Individual awards were presented to Detective Chrystal Overcash of the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office and Detective David Walker of the Orange County … Continue reading North Carolina News: GREENSBORO, Middle District of North Carolina Recognizes Outstanding Law Enforcement Officers, Agency

WASHINGTON News: Justice Department Settles Immigration-Related Discrimination Claim Against Honda Aircraft Company LLC

WASHINGTON – The Justice Department today reached a settlement agreement with Honda Aircraft Company LLC (Honda Aircraft), a wholly owned subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co. Inc., and subsidiary of Honda Motor Co. Ltd., that manufactures and sells business jet aircrafts. The settlement resolves a claim that Honda Aircraft, headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina, refused … Continue reading WASHINGTON News: Justice Department Settles Immigration-Related Discrimination Claim Against Honda Aircraft Company LLC

Pennsylvania News: McKeesport Man, Marcaius Butler, Jr. Sentenced to More than 5 Years in Prison for Drug and Gun Law Violations

PITTSBURGH, PA – A resident of McKeesport, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to five years and eight months in prison and three years’ supervised release on his conviction of Possession with the Intent to Distribute Fentanyl and Possession of a Firearm in furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime, United States Attorney Scott W. … Continue reading Pennsylvania News: McKeesport Man, Marcaius Butler, Jr. Sentenced to More than 5 Years in Prison for Drug and Gun Law Violations

Missouri News: Attorney General Eric Schmitt Recaps Successful First Month as Attorney General

Jefferson City, MO (STL.News) – Eric Schmitt is celebrating a successful first month as Missouri Attorney General while looking ahead to his priorities for the office in the coming months.  Schmitt was officially sworn into the office on January 3, 2019. Since assuming the office, Attorney General Schmitt has focused on accruing a talented staff, … Continue reading Missouri News: Attorney General Eric Schmitt Recaps Successful First Month as Attorney General

Business News: CenterPoint Energy Announces Intent to Voluntarily Delist Outstanding Vectren Utility Holdings Notes from NYSE

HOUSTON, TX (STL.News) CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CNP) today announced that Vectren Utility Holdings, Inc. (VUHI), a wholly owned subsidiary of CenterPoint Energy, has notified the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) of its intention to voluntarily delist VUHI’s 6.10% Senior Notes due December 1, 2035 (NYSE: VVC.HB) (the “Notes”) from the NYSE.  VUHI also intends … Continue reading Business News: CenterPoint Energy Announces Intent to Voluntarily Delist Outstanding Vectren Utility Holdings Notes from NYSE

Massachusetts News: Swiss Attorney, Matthew Ledvina Pleads Guilty to Participating in Global Pump-and-Dump Scheme

BOSTON, Ms.– A Swiss lawyer pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Boston in connection with participating in an international pump-and-dump scheme. Matthew Ledvina, 46, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud. U.S. District Court Judge William G. Young scheduled sentencing for April 25, 2019. In or about June 2017, Ledvina … Continue reading Massachusetts News: Swiss Attorney, Matthew Ledvina Pleads Guilty to Participating in Global Pump-and-Dump Scheme

California News: Los Angeles Woman, Melanie Denae Williams Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Federal Sex Trafficking Offense

LOS ANGELES, Ca. – A South Los Angeles woman who described herself on social media as “The Most Hated Hoe in L.A.” and who admitted using the Internet to solicit minors to engage in commercial sex acts has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison. Melanie Denae Williams, 23, was sentenced Thursday by United … Continue reading California News: Los Angeles Woman, Melanie Denae Williams Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Federal Sex Trafficking Offense

Virginia News: ALEXANDRIA, Logan Roy McCauley, Jury Convicts Man of Producing Child Pornography

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A federal jury convicted a Hamilton man today on charges of producing child pornography. According to court records and evidence presented at trial, in November 2017, Logan Roy McCauley, 25, drove from his residence in Hamilton to West Virginia and picked up a minor he recently had met online. He then drove … Continue reading Virginia News: ALEXANDRIA, Logan Roy McCauley, Jury Convicts Man of Producing Child Pornography

Illinois News: CHICAGO, U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago Announces Federal Carjacking Charges Against Five Individuals

CHICAGO, Illinois — The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago today announced federal criminal charges against five individuals in connection with violent carjackings in the city or suburbs. U.S. v. McKenzie, 19 CR 019 BRIAN MCKENZIE, 23, of Chicago, is charged with two counts of carjacking for allegedly taking two vehicles at gunpoint on Oct. 18, 2018. … Continue reading Illinois News: CHICAGO, U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago Announces Federal Carjacking Charges Against Five Individuals

Illinois News: Suburban Musician, AUSTIN JONES Pleads Guilty to Child Pornography Charge for Enticing Underage Girls to Produce Sexually Explicit Videos

CHICAGO, Illinois — A west suburban musician pleaded guilty today to a federal child pornography charge and admitted enticing several underage girls, many as young as 14 years old, to produce sexually explicit videos of themselves. AUSTIN JONES, 26, of Bloomingdale, pleaded guilty to one count of receipt of child pornography. He faces a mandatory minimum … Continue reading Illinois News: Suburban Musician, AUSTIN JONES Pleads Guilty to Child Pornography Charge for Enticing Underage Girls to Produce Sexually Explicit Videos

Ohio News: COLUMBUS, Ali Jama, Columbus Home Health Care Provider Sentenced for Fraud

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The co-owner of Alpha Star Health Care Inc. was sentenced today in federal court to 18 months in prison for running home health care fraud and tax fraud schemes. Ali Jama, 50, of Columbus, pleaded guilty in September 2018 to one count of making false health care statements and one count of … Continue reading Ohio News: COLUMBUS, Ali Jama, Columbus Home Health Care Provider Sentenced for Fraud

Missouri News: Branson Traffic Signal Upgrades to help Decrease Branson Traffic Congestion

BRANSON, MO (STL.News) The City of Branson along with the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has just received a $334,800 grant that will enable the agencies to upgrade all 25 traffic signals across Branson that will help decrease traffic congestion, improve citizen safety and reduce greenhouse emissions due to idling traffic. This grant, provided by … Continue reading Missouri News: Branson Traffic Signal Upgrades to help Decrease Branson Traffic Congestion

Kansas News: Mountain Lion Found Dead in Rooks County, Kansas

PRATT, KS (STL.News) – According to Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) Law Enforcement staff, a dead female mountain lion was discovered by upland bird hunters in Rooks County on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019.  The hunters contacted the local KDWPT game warden, who investigated at the scene. Mountain lions are native to Kansas … Continue reading Kansas News: Mountain Lion Found Dead in Rooks County, Kansas

Missouri News: Missouri to appeal what it calls ‘unjust’ NCAA penalties

KANSAS CITY, MO (AP) — Barry Odom had every reason to believe Missouri’s football program was finally on the right track. The Tigers were coming off their second consecutive bowl appearance.  He had just signed a contract extension to remain coach through 2024.  Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant announced he would finish his career with the … Continue reading Missouri News: Missouri to appeal what it calls ‘unjust’ NCAA penalties

Investor News: US stock indexes shedding early gains from jobs report

(AP) Major U.S. stock indexes edged mostly lower in late-afternoon trading Friday as enthusiasm over a surge in hiring in January was tempered by a weak revenue forecast by Amazon. Losses in retailers, led by Amazon, outweighed gains in energy stocks, banks and technology companies, placing the benchmark S&P 500 index on track to break … Continue reading Investor News: US stock indexes shedding early gains from jobs report

St Louis News: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Nice Network of Public Media Announce 2019 Schedule for Night At The Symphony

This season marks the fifth year of the collaborative production St. Louis, MO (STL.News) – Today, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and the Nine Network of Public Media announced their 2019 schedule for Night at the Symphony, a monthly broadcast of an SLSO concert recorded at historic Powell Hall.  Night at the Symphony is the … Continue reading St Louis News: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Nice Network of Public Media Announce 2019 Schedule for Night At The Symphony

Business News: Zions Bancorporation Board Declares Dividends and Additional Capital Actions

SALT LAKE CITY, UT (STL.News) – Zions Bancorporation, N.A. (NASDAQ: ZION) announced today that its board of directors declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.30 per common share, payable February 21, 2019 to shareholders of record on February 14, 2019. Additionally, the Board approved a plan to purchase up to $275 million of common shares … Continue reading Business News: Zions Bancorporation Board Declares Dividends and Additional Capital Actions

FDA News: FDA warns patients, doctors about recall of home-use test strips used with device to monitor blood thinner warfarin, not authorized for sale in U.S.

Silver Spring, MD (STL.News) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today is warning patients and doctors, who use at-home or in-the-office medical devices to monitor levels of the blood thinner warfarin, that certain test strips used with the devices may provide inaccurate results and should not be relied upon to adjust the drug dosage.  Medical … Continue reading FDA News: FDA warns patients, doctors about recall of home-use test strips used with device to monitor blood thinner warfarin, not authorized for sale in U.S.

State Department News: The Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations Announces the Design-Build Award for the New U.S. Embassy in Nassau, Bahamas

WASHINGTON (STL.News) – The U.S. Department of State (DOS) released the following statement: The Department of State has awarded the Design-Build contract for the new U.S. Embassy in Nassau, Bahamas to Caddell Construction Co., LLC of Montgomery, Alabama. This new Embassy complex will provide a safe, secure, and modern facility platform for the Embassy community … Continue reading State Department News: The Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations Announces the Design-Build Award for the New U.S. Embassy in Nassau, Bahamas

U.S. Department of State News: Formation of a New Government in Lebanon

WASHINGTON (STL.News) – The U.S. Department of State (DOS) released the following statement: The United States welcomes Lebanon’s announcement of the formation of a new government and congratulates President Aoun and Prime Minister Hariri on this historic occasion.  We commend Lebanese leaders for working collectively to overcome the political obstacles that prolonged this process, and … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: Formation of a New Government in Lebanon

Missouri Governor Mike Parson Highlights Bridge Infrastructure in Visit to Joplin

The Governor’s innovative proposal will accelerate previously identified local priorities throughout Missouri JOPLIN, MO (STL.News) – Missouri Governor Mike Parson today visited one of the 250 bridges slated to be repaired or replaced under a statewide bridge program he proposed during his State of the State address on January 16. “Our bold proposal will allow … Continue reading Missouri Governor Mike Parson Highlights Bridge Infrastructure in Visit to Joplin

NCADA News: National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Screens “Super Bowl” PSAs

St. Louis, MO (STL.News) – For the past four years, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse– St. Louis Area (NCADA) has aired compelling, provocative, and at times controversial public service announcements on local television during the Super Bowl.  NCADA is excited to screen its 2019 PSAs, highlighting the Talk About It campaign for … Continue reading NCADA News: National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Screens “Super Bowl” PSAs