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Maryland Governor: on the Passing of Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson

Governor Hogan Statement on the Passing of Marriott President and CEO Arne Sorenson ANNAPOLIS, MD (STL.News) Governor Larry Hogan today issued the following statement after Marriott International announced the passing of its president and CEO, Arne Sorenson: “Arne Sorenson was a true visionary who did tremendous things for Marriott and the State of Maryland.  In 2019, I had the honor of awarding Arne with the Governor’s International Leadership Award for all of his work and contributions to the community.  It was only weeks later when we learned that he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  Even as he fought this battle throughout 2020, Arne agreed to be part of our Maryland Coronavirus Recovery Task Force, where he was characteristically generous with his time and insight about safe

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Florida Lottery: Two Coastal Players Win $1 Million Top Prizes

Two Coastal Players Win $1 Million Top Prizes After Playing The Fastest Road To $1,000,000 TALLAHASSEE, FL (STL.News) The Florida Lottery announces that Michael Swartz, of Hudson, and Richard Speights, of Cape Coral, each claimed $1 million top prizes from THE FASTEST ROAD TO $1,000,000 Scratch-Off game.  Swartz mailed his winning ticket to Florida Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee and Speights used a secured drop box located at the Fort Myers District Office.  Swartz and Speights each chose to receive their winnings as a one-time, lump sum payment of $790,000. Swartz purchased his winning ticket from Circle K, located at 5202 West Sligh Avenue in Tampa.  Speights purchased his winning ticket from South 41 Bingo, located at 12011 South Cleveland Avenue in Fort Myers.  Each retailer will

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Maryland Lottery: Frederick Resident Won $50,000 Prize

Maryland (STL.News) Although FAST PLAY games let you play fast and win fast, one Frederick man didn’t lose hope when he initially didn’t seem lucky.  His $50,000 prize was waiting at the bottom of the FAST PLAY Lucky Numbers ticket and he persevered to pull out a win right at the end! The 46-year-old bought a $10 Lucky Numbers ticket at Royal Farms #217 at 9180 Fingerboard Road in Urbana.  The Lucky Numbers game, which is one of 20 FAST PLAY games, offers players 17 chances to win in two sections on the ticket.  At the top of the ticket, players can match eight winning numbers with numbers in the play area.  They win the prize below any matching number. Our player didn’t match any numbers there but did so on the second half of the ticket.  The Frederick County resident received one last lu

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Texas Lottery: Columbus Resident Claims $1 Million

Columbus Resident Claims $1 Million Powerball® Prize Winning Ticket Was Purchased In Weimar (AUSTIN) – A Columbus resident claimed a Powerball® prize worth $1 million for the drawing on Jan. 16.  The ticket was purchased at Weimar Food Mart, located at 202 N. Center St., in Weimar.  The claimant elected to remain anonymous. The second-tier winning Quick Pick ticket matched all five of the white ball numbers drawn (14-20-39- 65-67), but not the red Powerball number (2). Powerball jackpots start at $20 million and roll until the jackpot is won.  Players win the jackpot by matching five numbers from a field of 69 numbers and one Powerball number from a field of 26 numbers.  Drawings occur each Wednesday and Saturday at 10:12 p.m. CT Continue reading Texas Lottery: Columbus Resident Claims $1

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Iraqi Prime Minister al-Kadhimi

Washington, DC (STL.News) The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi today.  The Secretary conveyed his outrage at the multiple rocket attacks yesterday in Erbil and sent his condolences to the innocent Iraqi civilians who were injured as well as to the Coalition members injured and the family and loved ones of the civilian contractor killed in the attack.  The Secretary discussed his call with Kurdistan Regional Government Prime Minister Masrour Barzani and encouraged Prime Minister Kadhimi to continue to work closely with the regional government to address violent extremists.  They discussed efforts underway to identify and hold accountable the groups responsible for yesterday’s attacks, as

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Portuguese Minister Santos Silva

Washington, DC (STL.News) The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with Portuguese Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva today to discuss ways to revitalize the U.S.-Portugal relationship and further strengthen Transatlantic ties.  The Secretary emphasized the U.S. desire to work with Portugal, currently the President of the EU Council, to address shared challenges, including COVID-19, economic recovery, China, and Africa. Continue reading Secretary Blinken’s Call with Portuguese Minister Santos Silva at STL.News.

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US State Department: Kosovo National Day

Washington, DC (STL.News) Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken released the following statement: On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I congratulate Kosovo as it celebrates its thirteenth anniversary as a sovereign, independent state. The United States is proud of its early and ongoing role in supporting an independent Republic of Kosovo to develop into a multiethnic, inclusive, and democratic country.  Kosovo has made significant strides toward a more prosperous, stable, and secure future.  We commend Kosovo’s recent establishment of formal diplomatic relations with Israel and we applaud your efforts to establish normalized relations with Serbia.  Reaching a comprehensive agreement centered on mutual recognition will require all sides to demonstrate flexibility and

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Church’s Chicken® Succeeds From Full-Scale Digital Transformation

Strategic Digital Roadmap Produces Strong Sales, Guest Engagement, and Triple-Digit Growth ATLANTA, GA (StLouisRestaurantReview) It has been nearly two years since Church’s Chicken® first embarked on a digital transformation focused on reaching new guests with digital media and creating loyalty with engaging experiences at every interaction. In that time frame, digital has been a key driver of the brand’s positive sales and growth, with 2020 turning in impressive results from this key focus area.  The famous QSR chicken brand saw a 540% increase in Order Ahead sales in 2020 compared to the previous year, third-party delivery sales increased by 77% in the same period, and the web digital conversion rate reached 16%.  Like much of Church’s steady growth and success over the past five years,

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White Castle® Brings Back Seafood Favorites

White Castle® Brings Back Seafood Favorites – Seafood Crab Cake Sliders and Shrimp Nibblers® – For Limited Time Seasonal Seafood Options Available Throughout Lent COLUMBUS, OH (StLouisRestaurantReview) Good news from White Castle!  Now through April 4, the fast-food hamburger chain, most famous for its 100% USDA beef Sliders, is offering unique seafood options that its Cravers can’t get anywhere else – Shrimp Nibblers® and Seafood Crab Cake Sliders!  These fan favorites were added to the menu just in time for Lent. The Seafood Crab Cake Slider features a slider-sized seafood crab cake topped with creamy creole sauce on White Castle’s signature bun. Last offered in 2019, it’s available in all markets and sold individually or as part of a combo meal.  The Shrimp Nibblers are oh-so-very nibbl

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Top-10 Restaurants in Creve Coeur, MO Offering Takeout

St. Louis Restaurant Review publishes the “Top-10 Restaurants in Creve Coeur, MO Offering Takeout”, which is a great reference with continued capacity restrictions imposed by the county Creve Coeur, MO (StLouisRestaurantReview) We are excited to publish the “Top-10 Restaurants in Creve Coeur, MO Offering Takeout”.  Creve Coeur is located in West St. Louis County, which is still restricting restaurants from operating at full capacity forcing consumers to rely more on delivery and takeout. Bristol Seafood Grill – 4.5 Star with 545 online reviews – 11801 Olive, Blvd, Creve Coeur, MO – Phone: +1 314-567-0272 Gulf Shores Restaurant & Grill – 4 Star with 404 online reviews – 12528 Olive Blvd, Creve Coeur, MO – Phone: +1 314-878-3306 Paul Manno’s Cafe – 4.5 Star with 258 online reviews – 75 F

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Florida Attorney General: Be Wary of Vaccine-Related Scams

Tallahassee, FL (STL.News) The total number of doses of COVID-19 vaccines administered in Florida is now outpacing the total number of Floridians who have been reported to have contracted the novel virus.  As the state starts to turn the corner, Attorney General Ashley Moody is issuing a Consumer Alert to warn Floridians about COVID-19 vaccination scams.  With the continuing rollout of vaccines and increasing number of Floridians seeking to secure appointments, scammers have devised multiple methods attempting to take advantage of the highly anticipated vaccination distribution. Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “Florida is turning the corner with vaccinations outpacing infections.  This is great news, but it would be a mistake to let your guard down now—we need to remain vigilant, not o

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David Owen Pleads Guilty to Stealing More Than $400,000

Drumright Man, David Owen West Pleads Guilty to Stealing More Than $400,000 from an Illinois Oil and Gas Company (STL.News) A Drumright man admitted in federal court that he stole $401, 146 worth of funds and oil and gas products from his former employer, announced U.S. Attorney Trent Shores. David Owen West, 59, pleaded guilty to two counts of mail fraud and one count of money laundering before U.S. District Judge Claire V. Eagan. The sentencing hearing was set for May 13, 2021. “David West was a trusted employee for close to 30 years at Petco Petroleum.  He violated that trust by engaging in schemes to defraud his employer as West helped himself to more than $400,000 of the company’s money,” said U.S. Attorney Trent Shores.  “This prosecution exemplifies this office’s resolve to hold res

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Texas Men Sentenced for criminal violations

Texas Men Sentenced in Counterfeit Identification Documents Conspiracy TYLER, TS (STL.News) Two Texas men have been sentenced to federal prison for criminal violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced Acting United States Attorney Nicholas J. Ganjei . Mario Eleuterio Garcia-Sevilla, 44, of Grand Saline, Texas, and Juan Valazquez Delgadillo, 50, of Garland, Texas, pleaded guilty in September 2020, to conspiracy to produce and transfer false identification documents.  United States District Judge Jeremy D. Kernodle sentenced Garcia to 37 months in federal prison, and sentenced Delgadillo to a prison term of 30 months. “Identification document fraud is a direct threat to the security of the United States and its citizens,” said Assistant United States Attorney Nicholas Ganjei. “Dis

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McLaughlin: Vance Taken Alive Indicted on Assault Charges

McLaughlin Man, Vance Taken Alive Indicted on Assault Charges (STL.News) United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a McLaughlin, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Assault With a Dangerous Weapon, Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury and Aiding and Abetting. Vance Taken Alive, age 29, was indicted on December 10, 2019.  He appeared before U.S.  Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on February 9, 2021, and pled not guilty to the Indictment. The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 10 years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund for each Count.  Restitution may also be ordered. The Indictment alleges that on June 14, 2019, in Corson County, Taken Alive and another man, assaulted an

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