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US State Department: Visa Restrictions on 43 Belarusians

Washington, DC (STL.News) Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken released the following statement: The United States remains alarmed by the Lukashenka regime’s continuing violent crackdown on peaceful protesters, pro-democracy activists, and journalists.  The February 16 raids on human rights organization Vyasna, the Belarusian Association of Journalists, and independent trade union workers, as well as the February 18 sentencing of journalists Katsiaryna Andreyeva and Darya Chultsova are particularly troublesome. Today, the U.S. Department of State took action pursuant to Presidential Proclamation (PP) 8015 to impose visa restrictions on 43 Belarusian individuals responsible for undermining Belarusian democracy, making them generally ineligible for entry into the United States. These individ

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The United States Officially Rejoins the Paris Agreement

Washington, DC (STL.News) Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken released the following statement: On January 20, on his first day in office, President Biden signed the instrument to bring the United States back into the Paris Agreement.  Per the terms of the Agreement, the United States officially becomes a Party again today. The Paris Agreement is an unprecedented framework for global action.  We know because we helped design it and make it a reality.  Its purpose is both simple and expansive: to help us all avoid catastrophic planetary warming and to build resilience around the world to the impacts from climate change we already see. Now, as momentous as our joining the Agreement was in 2016 — and as momentous as our rejoining is today — what we do in the coming weeks, months, and years i

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US State Department: Migrant Protection Protocols Program

Washington, DC (STL.News) The Administration’s policy is to protect our national and border security, address the humanitarian challenges at the U.S.-Mexico border, and ensure public health and safety.  The Departments of State and Homeland Security are coordinating closely with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the Mexican government and international organization partners to implement the draw down of the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP, also known as “Remain in Mexico”) program with an emphasis on full compliance with federal, state, and local health orders. Through the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, the United States is funding international organization partners with experience conducting medical screening for mig

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Domino’s Raises More Than $13 Million

Domino’s® Raises More Than $13 Million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® and The Domino’s Village. The record-breaking year marks Domino’s first milestone toward a new patient housing facility. ANN ARBOR, MI (StLouisRestaurantReview) Domino’s Pizza, Inc. (NYSE: DPZ), the largest pizza company in the world based on global retail sales, is proud to announce that its corporate and franchise-owned stores across the country joined forces to raise a recording-breaking $13 million to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in 2020. The campaign follows the commitment Domino made in September 2020 to raise $100 million by 2030. As customers and team members raised funds for a strong first year of the new commitment, preparations began to start construction on The Domino’s Village, a

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Wendy’s New Jalapeño Popper Chicken Sandwich

Wendy’s New Jalapeño Popper Chicken Sandwich Heats Up the Chicken Wars with Flavor Innovation Wendy’s latest menu addition bolsters its already superior chicken lineup – including Classic Chicken, Spicy Chicken, and Pretzel Bacon Pub Chicken Sandwich. DUBLIN, OH (StLouisRestaurantReview) Today, Wendy’s® unveiled two new bold menu items, the Wendy’s Jalapeño Popper Chicken Sandwich and Salad, to its already-stacked chicken lineup.  Designed for fans who are hungry for a much-needed chicken upgrade, the first-of-its-kind menu items in the quick-service restaurant industry are built with Wendy’s most advanced flavor yet.  While others offer uninspired ingredients that fall flat, Wendy’s continues its tradition of industry-leading menu innovation that packs the heat in more ways than one. “Ins

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Missouri Lottery: $169,000 Winning Ticket Sold at St. Louis C-Store

St. Louis, MO (STL.News) Donnell Marshall of St. Louis claimed a $169,000 Show Me Cash prize from the Feb. 4 drawing. Marshall’s ticket was one of two that matched all five numbers drawn to split the $338,000 jackpot.  The winning numbers on Feb. 4 were 5, 13, 17, 32 and 36. The winning ticket was purchased at A & A Grocery, 4323 Jennings Station Road, in St. Louis. Marshall claimed the prize Feb. 5 in the Lottery’s St. Louis regional office. In FY20, players in St. Louis County – where the winning ticket was sold – won more than $179 million in Missouri Lottery prizes, retailers received more than $17 million in commissions and bonuses, and more than $29 million in Lottery proceeds went to education programs in the county. Show Me Cash is drawn daily at 8:59 p.m., with jackpots that s

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Minnesota Governor: Safe Learning Plan

ST. PAUL, MN (STL.News) As hospitalizations and new COVID-19 cases decline and Minnesota makes progress vaccinating educators, Governor Tim Walz today updated Minnesota’s Safe Learning Plan to allow more middle and high school students to return the classroom. Beginning February 22, all middle and high school students can return to the classroom for hybrid or in-person learning.  Governor Walz expects all schools to offer their students some form of in-person learning by March 8. “It’s time for students to be back in the classroom,” Governor Walz said.  “We aren’t out of the woods, but our relentless progress with vaccines and Minnesotans’ vigilance has put us closer than ever to the end of this pandemic.  Our progress means we can get more students safely back into classrooms.  As a paren

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Donald Sentenced for Distribution of Child Pornography

Spring Lake Man, Donald Gregory Hoggard Sentenced to More Than 13 Years for Distribution of Child Pornography WILMINGTON, N.C (STL.News) A Spring Lake man was sentenced today to 160 months in prison for Distribution of Child Pornography. According to court documents, agents with the Department of Homeland Security received a cyber tip regarding suspected child pornography that had been uploaded to Kik, a social media messaging app, from the address at which Donald Gregory Hoggard, 40, lived.  A search warrant was executed at the residence on October 8, 2019. Hoggard was present and admitted that he had an account with Kik.  Hoggard admitted to posting and trading child pornography images on that social media app and admitted to having a Dropbox account which contained child sexual exploita

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Six Defendants Arrested In Multiple States For Laundering

Six Defendants Arrested In Multiple States For Laundering Proceeds From Fraud Schemes Targeting Victims Across The United States Perpetrated By Ghana-Based Criminal Enterprise Defendants Laundered Over $50 Million, Which Primarily Consisted of Proceeds of Fraud Schemes from Business Email Compromises, Romance Scams Targeting Elderly, and Fraudulent Small Business Loans for COVID-19 Relief (STL.News) Audrey Strauss, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, William F. Sweeney Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), and Jonathan D. Larsen, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Office of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (“IRS-CI”), announced the arrests of FAROUK APPIEDU,

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Warren County: Gary Ketchum plea guilty to Deceive Bank

Warren County Man, Gary Ketchum Admits Role in Scheme to Deceive Bank and Bank Regulators NEWARK, N.J (STL.News) A Warren County, New Jersey, man today admitted his role in a scheme to defraud a bank and bank regulators, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced. Gary Ketchum, 73, of Hackettstown, New Jersey, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty to a superseding information charging him with one count of conspiring to make false entries to deceive First State Bank and to deceive the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, FSB’s regulators. According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court: A three-phase scheme took place from 2009 to 2010.  The first phase was to fraudulently infuse $7 million of capital into First State Bank

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Texas: Damien Dre Gonzales Pleads Guilty to Abducting a Girl

West Texas Kidnapper, Damien Dre Gonzales Pleads Guilty to Abducting 9-Year-Old Girl (STL.News) A west Texas man pleaded guilty today to abducting a 9-year-old girl from a birthday party, announced Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Prerak Shah. Damien Dre Gonzales, 27, of Levelland, Texas pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to one count of kidnapping before Magistrate Judge D. Gordon Bryant, Jr. “No child should ever have to endure the terror of being abducted,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Prerak Shah. “I am thankful for the rapid response of law enforcement to rescue this child and ensure that this defendant will never again victimize children.” “The FBI and our law enforcement partners are determined to keep the children in our communities safe from danger,” said FBI Dal

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Japanese CEO and Employees Charged to Defraud U.S. Navy

Japanese CEO and Employees Charged in Scheme to Defraud U.S. Navy and Dump Wastewater in Ocean (STL.News) Three Japanese nationals, including the president and chief executive officer of Yokohama, Japan-based Kanto Kosan Co. Ltd. (Kanto Kosan) were indicted by a federal grand jury Tuesday in connection with an alleged long-running scheme to defraud the U.S. Navy and pollute Japanese waters by dumping contaminated water removed from U.S. Navy ships into the ocean. Sojiro Imahashi, the president and CEO of Kanto Kosan, Tsuyoshi Ifuku, and Yuki Yamamiya, were charged with one count of conspiracy to make false claims, to commit ocean dumping, and to commit major fraud against the U.S.; four counts of major fraud against the U.S.; and six counts of submitting false claims. “The defendants decei

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Missouri Auto Accident: Serious Injuries to Leland C. Linneman

(STL.News) The Missouri Highway Patrol reported a traffic accident.  We regret to report this accident/news but wish that everybody involved and their families the best. Missouri Auto Accident Report: involving Leland C. Linneman (60) from Salisbury, Missouri and Norfolk Southern Date: February 17, 2021 Time: 9:18 am Number of Vehicles: 2 (Two) Driver Name (1): Leland C. Linneman (60) from Salisbury, Missouri Driver Name (2): Timmy Morgan (50) from Moberly, Missouri Injury Driver (1): Serious Injury Driver (2): Unknown Vehicle Description (1): 2011 GMC 3500 Vehicle Description (2): 1973 General Motors GP38-2 Norfolk Southern Locomotive Incident ID Number: 210075676 County: Chariton County Location: Cal Hubbard Avenue 3.5 miles west of Salisbury, Missouri Driver Insurance (1): American Fami...

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Wilmington: Miguel Angel sentenced for Drug Distribution

Wilmington Man, Miguel Angel Ramos Receives 13 Years In Federal Prison for Drug Distribution RALEIGH, N.C (STL.News) Miguel Angel Ramos, age 31, from Wilmington, NC was sentenced today in Federal District Court in Raleigh, NC. Ramos was sentenced to a total of 156 months in prison for the distribution of a quantity of fentanyl on July 25, 2019 in Wilmington, NC. According to Court documents and information presented at today’s hearing, in July 2019, agents with the Wilmington Safe Street Task Force (WSSTF) conducted two controlled purchases of suspected heroin from Ramos.  On July 17, 2019, under the supervision of agents with WSSTF, a confidential source (CI) purchased heroin from Ramos.  The CI contacted Ramos and arranged a meeting with Ramos to purchase heroin at a gas station in the G

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President Biden: Americans want ‘everything’ in relief plan

(STL.News) President Joe Biden meets labor leaders in the Oval Office as part of his campaign promoting a $1.9 trillion proposed response to the coronavirus pandemic.  “I think we have an incredible opportunity to make some enormous progress,” Biden said. ? YouTube video provided courtesy of Associated Press (AP) Continue reading President Biden: Americans want ‘everything’ in relief plan at STL.News....

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