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Missouri Governor Proposes New Legislation of Covid-19 Liability

Governor Parson Expands Call To Special Session, Proposes New Legislation Regarding Covid-19 Liability JEFFERSON CITY, MO (STL.News) Today, Governor Mike Parson expanded his call to special session to include a new bill regarding COVID-19 liability. The proposed legislation provides liability protection relating to a declared state of emergency for health care providers, manufacturers, businesses, schools, churches, and nonprofit organizations, among others. “Since the start of COVID-19, our health care providers have gone above and beyond to respond to COVID-19 and provide exceptional care in an unprecedented and rapidly changing environment,” Governor Parson said.  “Many other organizations across the state have also been instrumental in our response efforts, including manufacturers,...

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Annual Greening Diplomacy Initiative Winners

Annual Greening Diplomacy Initiative Award Winners Washington, DC (STL.News) The US Department of State released the following statement: The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce the winners of the second annual Resilience Innovation Grant program, a part of the Greening Diplomacy Initiative (GDI) Awards.  Sponsored by the Department’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO), these grants provide nearly $1 million to help U.S. embassies and consulates address emerging environmental risks to their operations with innovative solutions.  Selected projects will positively impact the communities where our diplomatic posts operate and will provide tangible examples of sustainability and resilience technology and interventions. Incorporating a variety of technologies and span...

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Fort Thompson Man, Roland Hawk Sentenced for Aggravated Sexual Abuse

Fort Thompson Man, Roland Hawk Sentenced for Aggravated Sexual Abuse (STL.News) United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Fort Thompson, South Dakota, man convicted of Aggravated Sexual Abuse was sentenced on November 23, 2020, by Chief Judge Roberto A. Lange, U.S. District Court. Roland Hawk, Sr., age 52, was sentenced to 222 months in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100. Hawk was indicted by a federal grand jury on April 9, 2019.  He pled guilty on June 16, 2020. The conviction stemmed from an incident in November 2018, in Fort Thompson, when Hawk knowingly engaged in and attempted to engage in a sexual act with an individual by the use of force. This case was investigate...

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Santa Cruz Nutritionals’ expansion in Sumter County

Santa Cruz Nutritionals selects Sumter County for expansion COLUMBIA, SC (STL.News) Santa Cruz Nutritionals (SCN), a subsidiary of Santa Cruz Healthcare, today announced plans to expand operations in Sumter County.  The $84 million investment will create 164 new jobs. Established in 1968, SCN is a leading manufacturer of enhanced confectionery delivery systems.  The company uses research and science to develop gummy vitamins such as calcium, fiber and other supplements for the functional food and nutraceutical markets. Additionally, the company produces a wide range of products for a number of branded industrial and retail partners. Located at 2720 Southgate Drive in Sumter, SCN’s expansion includes a 24,000-square-foot packaging and employee facility as well as a 120,000-square-foot w...

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U.S.-Greenland Technical Engagement on Mining Sector Education and Training

Washington, DC (STL.News) The US Department of State released the following statement: The United States and Greenland are advancing mutual commitments to sound mineral sector governance through technical engagement with the Greenland School of Minerals and Petroleum (KTI Råstofskolen, or KTI).  The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Energy Resources (ENR) signed a $1.2 million cooperative agreement with the University of Utah to support the development of KTI’s mining engineering curriculum.  The agreement is part of a broader ENR initiative to support Greenland’s capacity to address a growing mineral sector through technical engagement, formalized in a memorandum of understanding with Greenland’s Ministry of Mineral Resources in 2019. Under this three-year agreement, the Department...

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U.S. Participation in Afghanistan 2020 Conference

Washington, DC (STL.News) The US Department of State released the following statement: Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale will lead the United States delegation to the Afghanistan 2020 Conference, which will be held virtually November 23-24.  This event is the sixth quadrennial gathering of approximately 70 countries and international organizations to coordinate international development support for Afghanistan.  The conference is being hosted by the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the Government of Finland, and the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan. Under Secretary Hale will deliver a statement on behalf of the United States and introduce a video message from Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo on Tuesday, November 24, at 10:45 a.m. Easter...

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Maryland Governor Announces Staff Appointments

Chris Shank to Return to Administration as Director of External Affairs and Interagency InitiativesShareese Churchill Promoted to Deputy Director for Interagency Communications ANNAPOLIS, MD (STL.News) Governor Larry Hogan today announced that he has named Chris Shank as director of external affairs and interagency initiatives.  In addition, the governor announced that he has promoted press secretary Shareese Churchill to deputy director of interagency communications. Chris Shank, returning to the administration from the private sector, represented Washington County in the Maryland General Assembly from 1998-2014.  In 2015, Shank first joined the Hogan administration as the executive director of the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention.  In 2016, he became a deputy chief o...

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US Department of State News: Treaty on Open Skies

Washington, DC (STL.News) The US Department of State released the following statement: On May 22, 2020, the United States exercised its right pursuant to paragraph 2 of Article XV of the Treaty on Open Skies by providing notice to the Treaty Depositaries and to all States Parties of its decision to withdraw from the Treaty, effective six months from the notification date.  Six months having elapsed, the U.S. withdrawal took effect on November 22, 2020, and the United States is no longer a State Party to the Treaty on Open Skies. SOURCE: DirectSourceNews.Today Like this:Like Loading... Source link ...

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US Department of State News – This Week At State Video

(STL.News) This week at State, Secretary Pompeo traveled to Europe and the Middle East.  The Secretary also delivered virtual remarks to the 2020 Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom or Belief. For the latest, visit http://www.state.gov  YouTube video provided courtesy of the US Department of State STL.News References: YouTube US Department of State Department of State Wikipedia Page Source link ...

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Political Prisoners in Belarus – STL.News

Washington, DC (STL.News) The US Department of State released the following statement: The United States condemns the continued detention of political prisoners in Belarus.  More than 100 political prisoners are currently being detained for exercising their human rights and fundamental freedoms by peacefully participating in protests, calling for free and fair elections, and advocating for a national dialogue to end the ongoing crisis.  These political prisoners have been subject to harsh and life-threatening detention conditions, including credible reports of torture.  They are among the thousands of individuals who have been subjected to unjust detentions since the start of the violent crackdown.  The United States stands with those who remain detained and unaccounted for, those who ...

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Delaware Governor Announces Additional COVID-19 Restrictions – STL.News

Gatherings capped at 10 people; restaurant dining indoors limited to 30 percent of fire capacity WILMINGTON, DE (STL.News) Delaware Governor John Carney on Tuesday announced additional restrictions statewide to slow community spread of COVID-19 as Delaware and the country experience a surge of cases, hospitalizations and deaths heading into the winter months.  The restrictions will be formally issued in a revision to the Governor’s omnibus emergency order later this week. Governor Carney’s order will include the following restrictions, which take effect at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, November 23: Indoor gatherings in homes must be capped at no more than 10 people. Indoor gatherings outside of homes must be limited to 30 percent of the venue’s stated fire capacity, up to a cap of 50 people. Th...

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Honor Locally Employed Staff Hella, Badye Ladhari - Heroes of U.S. Diplomacy – STL.News

Washington, DC (STL.News) On Wednesday, November 18, at 11:00 a.m., the Department of State will honor Hella and Badye Ladhari as Heroes of U.S. Diplomacy live on YouTube. Badye and Hella Ladhari, a husband-and-wife team with a combined 58 years of service to the U.S. Government at the U.S. Embassy in Tunisia, exemplify the heroism, selfless service, and extraordinary contributions of locally employed staff who contribute every day to the advancement of American diplomacy worldwide.  When protesters attacked U.S. Embassy Tunis on September 14, 2012, Badye Ladhari, the lead Foreign Service National Investigator in the embassy’s Regional Security Office at the time, coordinated critical communications with Government of Tunisia security elements, escorted staff to safety, and risked his ...

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Pennsylvania Governor Announces Municipal Assistance Program – STL.News

Governor Wolf Announces Approval of Six Projects to Assist Local Governments with Municipal Planning and Shared Services Harrisburg, PA (STL.News) Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of six projects through the Municipal Assistance Program (MAP) to assist local governments with planning for zoning, coordinating emergency services, and creating comprehensive plans. “Pennsylvania’s municipalities and local governments rely on comprehensive planning to bring critical projects to fruition, and that planning is crucial now more than ever,” Gov. Wolf said.  “This funding helps ensure communities have the resources they need to provide services to residents both now and in the future, which is especially important during this time of uncertainty due to COVID-19.” The Department of Commun...

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Colorado Governor Presents proposal Budget to JBC – STL.News

Governor Polis Presents FY2021-22 Budget to Joint Budget Committee Gov. Polis Budget Calls for Investments to Restore Major Reductions, Stimulate State’s Economy & Prepare for the Future DENVER, CO (STL.News) Governor Jared Polis presented his budget proposal for FY 2021-22 to the Joint Budget Committee (JBC) of the General Assembly, including a stimulus package for the current fiscal year FY 2020-21. “We don’t just want to get back to where we were before the pandemic – we want to build back even stronger.  Which is why this budget makes strategic investments to ensure we are more inclusive and more resilient.  We need to be creative to find the ways to get the help to those who need it when they need it most and this budget is prudent and increases reserves for the uncertainty ah...

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