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Joint Statement by Foreign Ministers of Small Group on Syria

WASHINGTON, DC (STL.News) The US Department of State released the following statement: Following is the text of a Joint Statement by the Foreign Ministers of the Small Group on Syria. Begin text: We, the Foreign Ministers of Egypt, France, Germany, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, and the United States continue to strongly support a political resolution of the Syrian crisis on the basis of UN Security Council Resolution 2254. We support the efforts of United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen to move forward with the political process.  A political solution as set out in UNSCR 2254 is the only way to bring a sustainable peace, stability, and security to the Syrian people, and would facilitate the withdrawal of all foreign forces that came into Syria after 2011.  Suc...

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Joint Statement of the U.S, UK, EU, & the UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Joint Press Statement of the United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees WASHINGTON, DC (STL.News) The US Department of State released the following statement: Following is the text of a joint press statement by the Government of the United States of America, the United Kingdom, the European Union, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Begin text: Conference on Sustaining Support for the Rohingya Refugee ResponseOctober 22, 2020 Joint Closing Announcement by Co-Hosts We are grateful to all who have participated in today’s conference, including those who announced or pledged funding for the international humanitarian response, those who are supporting members of the Rohingya communities in other ways — not...

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On the Loss of Life Due to Significant Flooding in Central Vietnam

WASHINGTON, DC (STL.News) Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary Of State released the following statement: The Government of the United States expresses its deepest condolences to the Government and people of Vietnam as they mourn those who perished due to significant flooding in the central region of Vietnam as a result of Tropical Storm Linfa.  The U.S. government stands ready to assist Vietnam in addressing the damage caused by the floods, and we send our deepest sympathies to all affected by this tragedy, including the many thousands who were displaced. CLICK to VIEW SOURCE Source link ...

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Illinois Governor Pritzker Announces $14 Million in Taxpayer Dollars Saved with Completion of Project

Pritzker Administration Announces $14 Million in Taxpayer Dollars Saved with Early Completion of I-255 Rehabilitation Project Illinois Department of Transportation to Conclude Rebuild Illinois Funded Project Weeks Ahead of Schedule, Delivering Safer Roads for Less Money COLLINSVILLE, IL (STL.News)  Gov. JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that the Interstate 255 rehabilitation will be completed by Nov. 1, almost a month ahead of schedule.  The I-255 project, one of the first to be completed under Gov. Pritzker’s historic, bipartisan Rebuild Illinois capital program, fixed one of the worst roads in the state quicker, safer and cheaper by closing the work zone to all traffic for nine months instead of spreading work out over multiple construct...

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Vermont Governor Scott Announces Frontline Employee Hazard Pay Grant Program

Governor Phil Scott Announces Expansion Of Frontline Employee Hazard Pay Grant Program Montpelier, VT (STL.News) Governor Phil Scott today announced the second round of the Frontline Employee Hazard Pay Grant Program, which was passed by the Legislature.  This round expands the types of employers who are now eligible to apply and includes employees who worked for an eligible employer last spring during the worst of the pandemic in Vermont but are no longer working for that employer. “I want to thank the Legislature for their work to expand this program,” said Governor Scott.  “This phase recognizes some of the forgotten heroes of last spring:  the people who kept us fed, housed our most vulnerable, cared for our children, and so much more.  I appreciate the work of so many Vermonters t...

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Minnesota Governor Walz Activates National Guard |

ST. PAUL, MN (STL.News) Governor Tim Walz today activated the Minnesota National Guard to assist local law enforcement in public safety efforts in the greater Twin Cities metropolitan area. ” In light of developments in the George Floyd case, we’ve taken the precautionary step of asking the Minnesota National Guard to prepare to help ensure safety for Minnesotans ,” said Governor Walz.  “I want to remind Minnesotans that today’s ruling marks a positive step in the path toward justice for George Floyd.” The mobilization follows a request made by the City of Minneapolis in light of public safety concerns following Hennepin County Court rulings in the case of Derek Chauvin today.  The Minnesota National Guard is currently mobilizing 100 National Guard soldiers as well as providing equipme...

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Missouri Governor Parson Appoints William P. Devoy As Associate Circuit Judge

Governor Parson Appoints William P. Devoy As Associate Circuit Judge For 9th Judicial Circuit JEFFERSON CITY, MO (STL.News) Governor Mike Parson appointed William P. Devoy as Associate Circuit Judge for the 9th Judicial Circuit.  He will fill the Associate Circuit Judge vacancy created by the death of the Honorable Scot T. Othic. Mr. Devoy, of Brookfield, is currently an Attorney at Elson & Devoy, P.C.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Rockhurst University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. CLICK to VIEW SOURCE Source link ...

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Oklahoma Commission On Cooperative Sovereignty Presents Report To Governor Stitt

Oklahoma Commission On Cooperative Sovereignty Presents Report To Governor Stitt Oklahoma City, OK (STL.News) The Oklahoma Commission on Cooperative Sovereignty today presented its recommendations for the State and the U.S. Congress in response to the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in McGirt v. Oklahoma. “The questions caused by the McGirt decision have put our state at a crossroads,” said Gov. Stitt.  “But where some see a major challenge for our state, I see an opportunity.  We can work together and secure our future as One Oklahoma, maintaining our diversity and sharing the vision of becoming a Top Ten state.” Formed by Governor Kevin Stitt under Executive Order 2020-24 to explore the effects of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling, the advisory Commission recommended five principles t...

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Pennsylvania Governor Wolf Announces Plan to Waive License Fees To Restaurants & Bars

Governor Wolf Announces Plan to Waive Liquor License Fees To Provide Financial Relief to Restaurants and Bars Harrisburg, PA (STL.News) Governor Tom Wolf announced a plan to waive liquor license fees to provide financial relief to restaurants and bars, which have faced significant financial impacts during the COVID-19 public health crisis. “As we enter the anticipated fall resurgence of COVID-19 cases, the very contagious nature of this virus makes gathering indoors publicly at full capacity dangerous.  Still, we know that restaurant and bar owners in Pennsylvania are committed to keeping their employees and customers safe and the vast majority of these businesses have followed safety precautions and invested in new procedures and supplies, but COVID continues to hurt this industry,” G...

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Texas Governor Abbott Announce DSHS Provide 3 Million Flu Vaccines For Children, Adults

Office of the Governor, DSHS Provide Nearly 3 Million Flu Vaccines For Texas Children, Adults Austin, TX (STL.News) Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has secured 2.8 million doses of flu vaccine for the Texas Vaccines for Children Program and the new Adult Influenza Vaccine Initiative.  These programs will enhance flu vaccination coverage as part of the state’s COVID-19 response by decreasing the number of illnesses, hospitalizations, and fatalities due to influenza and help ensure that health care providers can focus resources on treating COVID-19 patients. “The flu vaccine is an effective way to prevent the spread of influenza, and expanding access to this vaccine is especially important this year so that our health care sy...

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown Issues Statement On Chernaik v. Brown Decision

Salem, OR (STL.News) Governor Kate Brown issued the following statement today, after the Oregon Supreme Court issued its decision in the Chernaik v. Brown case: “As I have said throughout this legal process, I agree with the plaintiffs, and other young people across Oregon and the world, when they say there is an urgent need for climate action. “The unprecedented wildfires that raged across the West this year should have been a wake-up call for everyone:  we need to be taking impactful steps immediately to address climate change.  That’s why I took executive action in the spring to reduce Oregon’s carbon emissions, after Republican legislators walked out two years in a row to block climate action legislation.  At every turn, the industries that are dependent on polluting the climate ha...

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South Dakota Governor Noem Expands Small Business & Healthcare Provider Relief Program

PIERRE, South Dakota (STL.News) Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced updates to expand the Small Business and Healthcare Provider Relief Program, which utilizes Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) dollars to assist small businesses, community-based healthcare providers, and non-profits negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. “We are offering even greater flexibility for our small businesses and healthcare providers, the lifeblood of our community,” said Governor Noem.  “South Dakota is in good shape, and these grant dollars will help our communities to bounce back stronger than ever.” For all grants, the application period has been extended by a week, to October 30, 2020.  Additionally, the minimum grant amount has been decreased from $750 to $500. For the Small Business COVID Interru...

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South Dakota Governor Noem Announces $10 Million in CARES Act Housing Assistance

PIERRE, South Dakota (STL.News) Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that $10 million in Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) has been awarded to the South Dakota Housing Development Authority (SDHDA) to assist South Dakotans who have been financially impacted by COVID-19 and need help paying their housing expenses. “South Dakota is in a good spot as we bounce back from COVID-19, but there is still work to be done,” said Governor Noem.  “If folks need a lifeline right now, this program can help be that bridge.” The assistance, funded by the State of South Dakota from the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, can provide South Dakotans with up to $1500 a month.  Eligible applicants can earn up to 115 percent AMI but must have a demonstrated financial need and at ...

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$4.4 million Awarded to Colleges & Universities to to Increase Internet Connectivity

Nearly $4.4 million awarded to Iowa colleges and universities to expand student access to technology, increase internet connectivity Des Moines, IA (STL.News) The state of Iowa and the Iowa Department of Education today announced 43 Iowa colleges and universities have been awarded nearly $4.4 million to increase internet connectivity for students in the 2020-21 school year. The funding is part of the state’s $26.2 million in Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Funds, and is part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.  The awards will help colleges and universities address barriers to online and remote learning opportunities for the 2020-21 school year and help ensure students have equitable access to technology needed to continue their education throughout t...

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North Carolina Governor Cooper Announces Plan for 800 Jobs in Asheville

Governor Cooper Announces Plan for 800 Jobs in Asheville as Pratt & Whitney Selects North Carolina for Major Facility Aerospace company plans to invest approximately $650 million over several years to build new manufacturing plant Raleigh, NC (STL.News) Pratt & Whitney, a division of Raytheon Technologies Corp. (NYSE: RTX) plans to invest approximately $650 million and create 800 jobs through 2027 in Asheville, Governor Roy Cooper announced today.   The project will bring a new high-tech turbine airfoil production facility to Buncombe County. “We are positioning North Carolina to come out of this pandemic with these and other good paying jobs which signals a bright future in aviation even with the current challenges the industry faces.  Manufacturers know they can count on our ...

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