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US Department of State – Passing of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh

U.S. Department of State – Statement on the Passing of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Washinton, DC (STL.News) The U.S. Department of State released the following statement today, Sunday, January 23, 2022:. On behalf of the American people, we express our sincere condolences on the passing of Zen Master...
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Texas Governor Renews Border Security Disaster Declaration

AUSTIN, TX (STL.News) Texas Governor, Greg Abbott released the following Declaration, Saturday, January 22, 2022:. WHEREAS, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, issued a disaster proclamation on May 31, 2021, certifying under Section 418.014 of the Texas Government Code that the surge of individuals unlawfully crossing the Texas-Mexico border posed an ongoing and imminent threat of disaster for a number of Texas counties and for all state agencies affected by this disaster; and.
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South Korea – Buddhists Rally Against Government Religious Bias

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (STL.News) In South Korea, Buddhist monks and clergy are rallying against what they call “religious bias” within the government. They are demanding a personal apology from the president for remarks made by a member of his government last year. The governing Democratic Party has apologized...
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US DOL – Clawson Construction

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (STL.News) Clawson Construction – Sixteen people participated in an employee retirement plan sponsored by a now-defunct Danville construction company that will receive distributions of almost $1 million in assets following an investigation and litigation by the U.S. Department of Labor. On January 20, the U.S. District...
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Northrop Grumman – US Space Force-8 Mission

Northrop Grumman-Built Space Sensor Satellites Launch in Support of US Space Force-8 Mission. DULLES, VA (STL.News) Two Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program (GSSAP) satellites were successfully launched into orbit on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket today from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station as part of the U.S. Space Force (USSF)-8 mission. The two satellites, GSSAP-5 and GSSAP-6, will enhance space situational awareness, a top priority for the U.S. Space Force. In addition to manufacturing and delivering both GSSAP payloads, Northrop Grumman also provided the sole strap-on solid rocket booster adding propulsion to the rocket launch, as well as essential aeronautical components in support of the USSF-8 launch.

NY AG Statement – NYPD Fatal Shooting

NEW YORK (STL.News) The New York Attorney General Letitia James released the following statement in response to the police-involved shooting in Harlem tonight (released January 21, 2022):. “All of New York state is in mourning tonight. As we await the facts, my office may assert jurisdiction in this matter. We...
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US DOL – Clean Harbors Environmental Services Inc. Violations

U.S. Department of Labor files suit after investigation finds federal contractor Clean Harbors Environmental Services, Inc. failed to ensure subcontractors paid $3.3M in wages fringe benefits. Federal contractor held a federal contract to remove poultry waste at 88 Iowa sites. DES MOINES, IA (STL.News) The U.S. Department of Labor filed...
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FDIC Approves Deposit Insurance Simplification

WASHINGTON, DC (STL.News) The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) today approved a final rule to simplify aspects of the agency’s deposit insurance coverage rules. The final rule simplifies deposit insurance coverage for deposits held in connection with revocable and irrevocable trusts by merging these two deposit insurance categories and applying a simpler, common calculation to determine coverage. Currently, the FDIC receives more inquiries related to deposit insurance coverage for trust deposits than all other types of deposits combined. The final rule will make the trust rules consistent and easier to understand for bankers and depositors and will facilitate prompt payment of deposit insurance by the FDIC in the event of an insured depository institution’s failure. Meanwhile, the FDIC expects that the vast majority of trust depositors will experience no change in the coverage for their deposits when the final rule takes effect.
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Intuitive Announces Fourth Quarter Earnings

SUNNYVALE, CA (STL.News) Intuitive (the “Company”) (Nasdaq: ISRG), a global technology leader in minimally invasive care and the pioneer of robotic-assisted surgery, today announced financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2021. Reported revenue and procedure results are consistent with the Company’s press release issued on January 12, 2022.
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Texas Instruments – First Quarter 2022 – Dividend Declared

DALLAS, TX (STL.News) The board of directors of Texas Instruments Incorporated (Nasdaq: TXN) today declared a quarterly cash dividend of $1.15 per share of common stock, payable February 7, 2022, to stockholders of record on January 31, 2022.

SEC Awards Totaling More Than $40 Million to Four Whistleblowers

Washington, DC (STL.News) The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced three awards totaling more than $40 million to four whistleblowers who provided information and assistance in three separate covered actions. In the first order, the SEC issued an award of approximately $37 million to two joint whistleblowers who provided key...
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US State Department Sanctioning Hizballah Network

Washington, DC (STL.News) Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken released the following statement:. The United States is designating Hizballah-affiliated financial facilitator Adnan Ayad, as well as members of an international network of facilitators and companies connected to him and to Adel Diab, Ayad’s business partner and fellow Hizballah financier. Diab was designated on January 18 of this year.
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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Saudi Foreign Minister

Washington, DC (STL.News) The US Department of State released the following statement:. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with the Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud. The Secretary condemned the January 17 Houthi attack on both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates that struck civilian sites in the UAE, including Abu Dhabi’s international airport, and killed and wounded civilians. Secretary Blinken reiterated the U.S. commitment to help Gulf partners improve their capabilities to defend against threats from Yemen and elsewhere in the region and underscored the importance of mitigating civilian harm.
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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister

Washington, DC (STL.News) The US Department of State released the following statement:. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke by phone today with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba at the conclusion of his trip to Europe to address Russia’s unprovoked military buildup near Ukraine’s borders. The Secretary briefed Foreign Minister Kuleba on his meetings with Allied and Russian officials in Berlin and Geneva and underscored that any further Russian incursion will be met with a swift, severe, and united response from the United States and our Allies. The Secretary reaffirmed the United States’ unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and stressed there would be no decisions about Ukraine, without Ukraine.
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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Swiss President

Washington, DC (STL.News) The US Department of State released the following statement:. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met with Swiss President and Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis today in Geneva. Secretary Blinken and President Cassis discussed the strong bilateral relationship between the United States and Switzerland, as well as regional peace and security issues, including the need to prevent further escalation of the security situation near Ukraine’s borders. The Secretary expressed his appreciation to Switzerland for hosting the U.S.-Russia Summit and Strategic Stability Dialogue meetings and for serving as our protecting power in Iran for four decades.

Michigan Lottery – Oakland County Man Wins $699,170

Oakland County Man Wins $699,170 Fantasy 5 Jackpot from the Michigan Lottery. Michigan (STL.News) An Oakland County man had a sleepless night after winning a $699,170 Fantasy 5 jackpot from the Michigan Lottery. The player, who chose to remain anonymous, matched the Fantasy 5 numbers in the Dec. 23 drawing...
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NC Lottery – Gabriel Fierro wins $4 million

Raleigh, NC (STL.News) Gabriel Fierro of Cornelius took the numbers from his fortune cookie and used them in Tuesday’s NC Lottery Mega Millions drawing, turning a $3 ticket into a $4 million prize. Fierro, a retired master sergeant who spent 32 years with the Army, said the fortune cookie...

Indiana – Operation Allies Welcome at Camp Atterbury

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (STL.News) Governor Eric J. Holcomb and Major General R. Dale Lyles will host a media briefing to conclude Operation Allies Welcome at Camp Atterbury and present an evacuee-created mural. WHO:. Gov. Holcomb. Major General R. Dale Lyles, the Adjutant General, Indiana National Guard. Aaron Batt, federal coordinator, Operation...
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Maryland – Energy-Efficient Lighting at Annapolis Complex

Governor Hogan Announces Completion of Installation of Energy-Efficient Lighting at Annapolis Capital Complex. ANNAPOLIS, MD (STL.News) Governor Larry Hogan announced the completion of the installation of energy-efficient lighting at the Annapolis Capital Complex and surrounding state office buildings. The Maryland Department of General Services (DGS) Office of Energy and Sustainability is responsible for ensuring that the purchase and consumption of energy in state operations minimizes cost and enhances sustainability, and the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) supported this project through critical funding. This project supports Governor Hogan’s executive order to achieve a 10% energy savings goal in state-owned buildings by 2029.
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Massachusetts – Legislation to Update Wiretap Law

BOSTON, MA (STL.News) The Baker-Polito Administration today re-filed legislation to substantially update the Commonwealth’s wiretap statute to recognize the current state of communication technologies and give law enforcement better tools to combat violent crime, including rape, hate crimes, and gang-related homicides. The Administration first filed this legislation in 2017.
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