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    House Democrats introduced a bill this week aimed at combating sexual harassment and discrimination at the State Department. COMMISSION ON PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES 'CAREFULLY CONSIDERING' FORMAT CHANGES AFTER FIRST TRUMP-BIDEN DEBATE Reps. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, Jackie Speier, D-Calif., and Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., introduced the State Harassment and Assault Prevention and Eradication Act, which aims to "facilitate stronger anti-harassment and discrimination policies, survivor care, and accountability at the State Department." “Many of these women and men are serving in warzones or equally dangerous territories. They do so for long stretches of time without access to their loved ones,” Speier said in statement. “It’s our duty to ensure that the only enemies they need to worry about are outside their ranks.” MCCONNELL ON CORONAVIRUS RELIEF...
    (CNN)New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo argued that nursing homes "never needed" to accept Covid-positive patients from hospitals in the state.During a press call Wednesday, Finger Lakes News Radio asked Cuomo about his administration's advisory in late March requiring that nursing homes accept the readmission of patients from hospitals, even if they were positive for Covid-19. Cuomo argued that the advisory was a precaution if hospitals became overwhelmed -- calling it an "anticipatory rule" -- which he said didn't happen. "We never needed nursing home beds because we always had hospital beds," Cuomo told Finger Lakes News. "So it just never happened in New York where we needed to say to a nursing home, 'We need you to take this person...
    Rome — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s opposition to a controversial Vatican deal with China is a mere “tactical difference” between partners, U.S. officials said following his visit to the Holy See. “The Vatican's playing the long game when it comes to human rights and religious liberty,” a senior State Department official told reporters Thursday. “Tactical agreements and tactical differences will come and go, but the broader strategic vision, the United States and the Vatican are in lockstep and have been for generations, and will be for generations to come, I think.” Pope Francis’s team rebuffed Pompeo’s denunciation of an agreement designed to facilitate the appointment of bishops in mainland China through a mechanism that gives Beijing some influence over...
    California is partway through a deliberate pause in processing an avalanche of unemployment claims that poured into the embattled state labor agency amid coronavirus-linked business shutdowns, which has stymied efforts to precisely track the number of weekly jobless filings in the Golden State. The state Employment Development Department decided to pause unemployment claims processing in hopes that it can catch up on a claims backlog that has mushroomed due to the EDD’s months of failure to process jobless filings in anything close to a timely manner. The EDD’s decision also forced the U.S. Labor Department to arbitrarily use the prior week’s number of jobless filings to ensure that the national unemployment claims don’t gyrate wildly, first sharply down during the...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reporting 1,156 new cases of Coronavirus Wednesday and 18 additional deaths. The statewide total number of cases has risen to 160,123 since Tuesday’s report, according to the state’s data. The Health Department says all 67 counties in Pennsylvania have had cases of COVID-19. Current patients are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital. Allegheny County is reporting an increase of 100 cases. The Health Department says, in addition, “of the 1,156 additional positive cases of COVID-19, 258 of those are additional probable cases. Of the 258, 205 are from Philadelphia, which started reporting antigen-positive probable cases on Sept. 30. Most of these were...
    BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The State Department is honoring a former diplomat for bravery when fighting broke out in the capital of the Republic of Congo during a civil war. William Rowland, who retired in July after 25 years as a diplomat in the U.S. Foreign Service, is being recognized with a Hero of U.S. Diplomacy award, the Bangor Daily News reported. “William Rowland will be recognized for displaying unwavering courage during the evacuation of U.S. Embassy Brazzaville in June 1997,” the State Department said in a statement. Rowland, of Swans Island, Maine, was serving his first posting with the foreign service in Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of Congo, when government forces attempted to disarm a militia loyal...
    The Georgia Department of Public Safety has a new Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner. The Board of Public Safety voted on Wednesday to approve Lieutenant Colonel Chris Wright to serve as the next Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety and Colonel of the Georgia State Patrol, following Interim Commissioner Gary Vowell’s planned departure, effective September 30, 2020. The Board also named Major William Hitchens to serve as Lieutenant Colonel of the Georgia State Patrol and Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety. Upon Colonel Wright’s swearing in today, he announced the appointment of Lieutenant Stephanie Stallings to serve as Lieutenant Colonel of the Georgia State Patrol and Director of...
    The Trump administration said it is planning to take in no more than 15,000 refugees in fiscal year 2021, slashing resettlement spots to yet another historic low as millions of people around the world find themselves displaced by armed conflict, violence and other forms of persecution. Just before fiscal year 2020 ended on Wednesday at midnight, the State Department unveiled the new refugee ceiling, again citing the tens of thousands of asylum petitions it expects to receive in the next 12 months as a reason to continue downsizing the refugee program, which has been derided by President Trump and some of his top lieutenants. Relevant committees in the House and Senate were informed of the new refugee cap before 11...
    The Trump administration reportedly informed Congress it plans to cut total refugee admittance by 3,000 for fiscal year 2021. The Wednesday night move, first reported by the Associated Press, would reduce the total number of refugees allowed to enter the country to 15,000 next year, the lowest cap ever put on record. The previous low cap, set by President Donald Trump for fiscal year 2020, was 18,000, yet AP reported the country only admitted 10,800 refugees this year after the administration froze the refugee program over coronavirus concerns in March. WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 30: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters on his way to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on September 30, 2020...
    Washington (CNN)The Trump administration has informed Congress it intends to accept only 15,000 refugees this fiscal year, a new historic low for the US.Since coming into office in 2017, the Trump administration has increasingly slashed the annual refugee cap, which determines how many may enter the US, to deeper lows. In a note sent less than an hour before the end of fiscal year 2020 on Tuesday, the State Department said the US "anticipates receiving more than 300,000 new refugees and asylum claims in Fiscal Year 2021." However, the vast majority of those would be asylum cases."Of that number, up to 15,000 would be refugees admitted through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program and more than 290,000 would be individuals in...
    By JULIE WATSON | The Associated Press SAN DIEGO  — A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the Trump administration to save more than 9,000 U.S. slots for visa lottery winners affected by the government’s freeze on green cards earlier this year. But tens of thousands of other visa lottery winners will be out of luck. U.S. District Court Judge Amit Mehta acknowledged that his order will mean only about half of the so-called diversity visas issued normally each year will be used. He said in his ruling that he gave the State Department leniency due to the coronavirus pandemic. Mehta rejected a request by lawyers to order 30,000 slots be saved for people who won the lottery but hadn’t yet...
    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The coming weekend could be the best of the fall for Maine's leaf peepers. Most of the state is experiencing peak fall foliage conditions, while coastal and southern Maine are showing moderate color change, the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry said. Northern Maine typically peaks earlier than the rest of the state, and parts of the far north are already past peak, the forestry department said. “The lack of rain this summer and the early widespread frost jumpstarted the progression of foliage colors this season,” noted Gale Ross, the department's fall foliage coordinator. The state is encouraging leaf watchers to practice social distancing while peeping this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Copyright 2020...
    By JULIE WATSON, Associated Press SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the Trump administration to save more than 9,000 U.S. slots for visa lottery winners affected by the government’s freeze on green cards earlier this year. But tens of thousands of other visa lottery winners will be out of luck. U.S. District Court Judge Amit Mehta acknowledged that his order will mean only about half of the so-called diversity visas issued normally each year will be used. He said in his ruling that he gave the State Department leniency due to the coronavirus pandemic. Mehta rejected a request by lawyers to order 30,000 slots be saved for people who won the lottery but hadn’t yet been...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- While the race for a COVID-19 vaccine continues, so does the race to get Illinois out of the red zone for coronavirus cases.Recent data obtained by ABC News shows Illinois had 101 or more cases per 100,000 population last week, the 22nd highest rate in the country. The White House report sorts states into red, orange, yellow and green zones based on the number of new cases in the previous three weeks, from highest to lowest.While Illinois may be in the red zone for cases, data showed it is currently in the green zone when it comes to testing positivity - which means a rate at or below 4.9% - with the 28th...
    SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the Trump administration to save more than 9,000 U.S. slots for visa lottery winners affected by the government’s freeze on green cards earlier this year. But tens of thousands of other visa lottery winners will be out of luck. U.S. District Court Judge Amit Mehta acknowledged that his order will mean only about half of the so-called diversity visas issued normally each year will be used. He said in his ruling that he gave the State Department leniency due to the coronavirus pandemic. Mehta rejected a request by lawyers to order 30,000 slots be saved for people who won the lottery but hadn’t yet been vetted. With about...
    ATLANTA (AP) — The deputy commissioner of Georgia’s Department of Public Safety has been tapped to lead the department following the interim commissioner’s departure. The Board of Public Safety on Wednesday voted to approve Chris Wright as the new commissioner of the department and Colonel of the Georgia State Patrol, according to a news release from Gov. Brian Kemp’s office. Wright will take over for Gary Vowell, a former sheriff chosen to head the department on an interim basis in February after the prior chief resigned in the aftermath of a test-cheating scandal involving state troopers. Wright previously served as deputy commissioner and director of field operations under Vowell. He began his career with the Georgia State Patrol as a...
    Governor Brian Kemp and the Georgia Board of Public Safety approved the appointments for the Georgia Department of Public Safety Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner during a call-in meeting on September 30, a change in leadership that prompted the appointment of an entirely new Command Staff. Kemp and the Board approved Colonel Chris C. Wright as the new DPS Commissioner and Lt. Colonel William W. Hitchens, III as the Deputy Commissioner. In his first acts of official business, Commissioner Wright then appointed the following members of the new Command Staff: Lt. Colonel Stephanie L. Stallings will serve as Director of the Support/Administrative Operations. Major Joshua Lamb will serve as Chief of...
    By JOHN HANNA, Associated Press TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The top public health official in Kansas said Wednesday that the state has yet to see its biggest wave of coronavirus cases, suggesting the pandemic could spawn an average of 800 or even 900 new cases a day in coming months. Dr. Lee Norman, the head of the state Department of Health and Environment, said Kansas is likely to surpass the record numbers of new confirmed and probable cases it has recently seen. The state had an average of 646 new cases a day for the seven days ending Wednesday, second only to the 667 cases per day for the seven days ending Monday. While the state's most populous counties have...
    By Mike Stone WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department has approved the potential sale of two types of fighter jets and several Patriot missile systems to Switzerland as the country modernizes its military, the Pentagon said on Wednesday. On Sunday, voters of the neutral nation approved a referendum allowing the government to spend $6.46 billion on new jets as it seeks to replace its aging fleet of 30 F/A-18 Hornets, which will go out of service in 2030. The Swiss government plans to decide next year among the Eurofighter from Airbus, the Rafale from France's Dassault, Boeing's F/A-18 Super Hornet, or the Lockheed Martin F35-A. In a move that would ease the way for the export of either of...
    House Democrats on Wednesday introduced a bill aimed at combating sexual harassment and discrimination at the State Department. The legislation, called the State Harassment and Assault Prevention and Eradication (SHAPE) Act, seeks to ban forced nondisclosure or non-disparagement agreements and would increase training for sexual assault prevention, intervention and advocacy. It also would establish an Office of Employee Advocacy to provide counseling, legal advice, representation a 24/7 international hotline and employee advocates to assist in the complaint process. The legislation also would require annual reports to Congress on claims and disciplinary action taken to hold perpetrators accountable and surveys to evaluate the impact of the new policies. The measure was introduced by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelOvernight Defense: Congress...
    Democratic lawmakers seek to improve anti-harassment, assault, and retaliation policies at the State Department. The State Harassment and Assault Prevention and Eradication (SHAPE) Act of 2020, introduced Wednesday by Reps. Joaquin Castro of Texas, Jackie Speier of California, and Eliot Engel of New York, would develop a policy on the prevention and response to harassment and discrimination issues, establish an "Office of Employee Advocacy" to assist victims, and implement a 24/7 hotline. Semiannual surveys of the department's workplace culture and an annual report to Congress regarding any claims, disciplinary actions, and the overall climate would also be required. The summary of the legislation cites an open letter signed by over 200 women in 2017 who said they experienced, or...
    By KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press A Georgia state lawmaker and nine others arrested while protesting at the state Capitol in the wake of the 2018 midterm elections have filed a lawsuit seeking to prohibit further enforcement of the law cited in their arrest. Democratic State Sen. Nikema Williams was among 15 people arrested in November 2018 while calling for uncounted ballots to be tallied. The demonstration happened against the backdrop of lingering uncertainty over the outcome of the race for governor. The federal lawsuit filed Tuesday against a dozen Department of Public Safety officers targets a state law that makes it illegal for any person “recklessly or knowingly to commit any act which may reasonably be expected to prevent or...
    Washington (CNN)Three House Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday introduced legislation aimed at strengthening anti-harassment, assault and retaliation policies at the US State Department.Reps. Joaquin Castro, Jackie Speier and Eliot Engel unveiled the State Harassment and Assault Prevention and Eradication (SHAPE) Act of 2020 to "facilitate stronger anti-harassment and discrimination policies, survivor care, and accountability at the State Department."The legislation comes nearly three years after more than 200 women who work on national security issues raised the alarm about sexual harassment and assault in their field and months after an April US Commission on Civil Rights report recommended the State Department institute a number of changes to its sexual harassment protocols.The SHAPE Act would require the department "to develop a comprehensive policy...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reporting 1,153 new cases of Coronavirus Wednesday and 19 additional deaths. The statewide total number of cases has risen to 158,967 since Tuesday’s report, according to the state’s data. The Health Department says all 67 counties in Pennsylvania have had cases of COVID-19. Current patients are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital. Allegheny County is reporting 43 new cases and two additional deaths today. “The number of tests administered within the last seven days, between Sept. 23 and Sept. 29, is 191,995 with 6,168 positive cases,” the Health Department says. “There were 23,163 test results reported to the department” through 10 p.m....
    Souda Bay – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has negotiated a plan to expand the United States military presence in Crete amid simmering tensions between NATO allies Greece and Turkey. “Here at Souda Bay, we expanded the scope of the facility, which is governed by our bilateral defense cooperation agreement,” a senior State Department official told reporters following a series of high-level meetings between Pompeo and Greek officials. “We expanded the envelope where we can make U.S. investments ... for purposes of our operational capabilities.” That agreement, which includes a decision to station the USS Hershel "Woody" Williams permanently in Crete, was unveiled just weeks after a senior Republican senator identified the Greek island as a potential alternative home for...
    Andrew Wommack Ministries International defied the Colorado Attorney General's office when it staged an event for around 800 people during a late June-early July Bible conference. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment subsequently declared the gathering a COVID-19 outbreak, after two positive staff cases, six positive attendee cases and one probable attendee case. Now, Wommack and company are coming back for more. The organization sued Governor Jared Polis, among others, in federal court over safety protocols that could cramp its style during the AWMI Minister’s Conference, slated to start on October 5. On September 29, the court denied a ministry motion for a temporary restraining order to allow the event, prompting an appeal to the Tenth Circuit Court mere hours...
    (CNN)The Trump administration has reiterated to Iraqi leaders at multiple levels its threat to close the US Embassy in Baghdad if Iranian-backed militia attacks targeting US personnel in the country don't subside, demonstrating the seriousness of the consideration, three US officials told CNN.The warning -- initially from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Iraqi leadership -- was restated on Monday at the State Department when Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale met with Iraq's ambassador to the US, Fareed Yaseen, according to sources familiar with the meeting. US Ambassador to Iraq Matthew Tueller also discussed the matter with Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein before the latter traveled to Iran over the weekend.The Washington Post and local outlets were...
    (CNN)A man died while hiking a trail in a New Hampshire state park Saturday, making for the third hiking/climbing-related fatality within a week, according to the New Hampshire Fish and Game department. The unidentified man was hiking at Arethusa Falls on Saturday when he went ahead of his friends to the top of the falls, which have an average height of 70 feet, according to a news release from the department. When the friends caught up, they found their friend's body. They hiked to an area that had cellphone reception and promptly called 911, the release said. The death was one of three reported between September 20 through the 26, according to the department. Read MoreOn Friday, another man...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to Japan, South Korea and Mongolia between Oct. 4 and 8, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday. "On October 6 in Tokyo, Secretary Pompeo will participate in the second meeting of the Quad Foreign Ministers of Australia, India, and Japan," the State Department said in a statement. He will visit Mongolia on Oct. 6 and South Korea on Oct. 7 and 8, it said. (Reporting by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by Sandra Maler) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Agriculture authorities in Maine said Tuesday that the eggs of an invasive insect that could harm crops have been located in the state. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry said egg masses of the spotted lanternfly have been found on trees in at least four communities. The lanternfly is a sap-feeding insect from Asia that was first found in the U.S. in Pennsylvania in 2014, the department said. The lanternfly can hurt commodities such as apples and maple syrup that are important to Maine's economy. The state is asking anyone who has received goods from a state with a known spotted lanternfly infestation to carefully check the materials for signs of the insect. There...
    New York has suspended liquor licenses for 15 more businesses, including three on Long Island, after finding what it labeled violations of COVID-19 pandemic-related executive orders.  Over the last week, the state's multi-agency task force -- led by the State Police and State Liquor Authority -- conducted 8,634 compliance checks, documenting violations at 40 establishments. Businesses found in violation of COVID-19 regulations face fines up to $10,000 per violation, while egregious violations can result in the immediate suspension of a bar or restaurant's liquor license.  The locations of the establishments, all restaurants/bars in New York City, Long Island, the Hudson Valley and upstate New York, are as follows: Brooklyn- 4 Nassau - 2 Dutchess - 2 Suffolk - 1...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is "outraged" by Monday's rocket attack in the Iraqi capital Baghdad that killed five civilians https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN26J2LD, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday, urging Iraqi authorities to take immediate action to hold the perpetrators accountable. On Monday three children and two women were killed when two militia rockets hit a family home, the Iraqi military said. Police sources said Baghdad airport was the intended target. The attack coincided with Iraqi officials and Western diplomats saying Washington has made preparations to withdraw diplomats https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN26J1Z4 from Iraq after warning Baghdad it could shut its embassy. Any move by the United States to reduce its diplomatic presence in a country where it has thousands of troops would...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reporting 988 new cases of Coronavirus Tuesday and 16 additional deaths. The statewide total number of cases has risen to 157,814 since Monday’s report, according to the state’s data. The Health Department says all 67 counties in Pennsylvania have had cases of COVID-19. Current patients are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital. The number of tests administered within the last seven days, between Sept. 22 and Sept. 28, is 190,042 with 6,014 positive cases,” according to the Health Department. There were 23,040 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m. on Monday. These results represent the total number of tests administered. ...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reporting 1,594 new cases of Coronavirus over the last 48 hours and seven additional deaths. There were 918 new cases reported on Sunday, and 676 new cases today. The statewide total number of cases has risen to 156,826 since Saturday’s report, according to the state’s data. The Health Department says all 67 counties in Pennsylvania have had cases of COVID-19. Current patients are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital. The number of tests administered within the last seven days, between Sept. 21 and Sept. 27, is 193,277 with 5,572 positive cases, according to the Health Department. There were 19,538 test results reported to...
    BEIJING – U.S.-China friction flared again Monday, with Beijing firing back at accusations by Washington that it is a leading cause of global environmental damage and has reneged on its promise not to militarize the South China Sea. A document issued last week by the State Department cited China’s record on issues from greenhouse gas emissions to air and water and soil pollution, illegal logging and wildlife trafficking. “While the Chinese people have suffered the worst environmental impacts of its actions, Beijing also threatens the global economy and global health by unsustainably exploiting natural resources and exporting its willful disregard for the environment," the document said. Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus followed that with a statement Sunday saying China...
    BEIJING (AP) — U.S.-China friction flared again Monday, with Beijing firing back at accusations by Washington that it is a leading cause of global environmental damage and has reneged on its promise not to militarize the South China Sea. A document issued last week by the State Department cited China’s record on issues from greenhouse gas emissions to air and water and soil pollution, illegal logging and wildlife trafficking. “While the Chinese people have suffered the worst environmental impacts of its actions, Beijing also threatens the global economy and global health by unsustainably exploiting natural resources and exporting its willful disregard for the environment," the document said. Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus followed that with a statement Sunday saying China has...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- The union representing over 6,400 New York City's school leaders declared a unanimous vote of "No Confidence" for Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chancellor Richard Carranza due to their failure to lead New York City through the safe and successful reopening of schools.CSA's Executive Board made the announcement Sunday morning.The CSA is calling on Mayor de Blasio to cede mayoral control of the Department of Education for the remainder of this health crisis and for Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Carranza to seek the immediate intervention of the New York State Education Department.MORE NEWS: Watch Eyewitness to a PandemicEMBED More News Videos The sense of doom grew, especially after March 1, when the first confirmed case...
    Washington (CNN)The US Department of Education's muted response to concerns about unreported child abuse in the age of virtual learning is fueling new distress among family welfare experts and advocates. The Education Department declined to tell CNN on the record what steps have been taken to help teachers or other members of school communities spot signs of child abuse through a webcam during virtual teaching. Instead, a department spokesperson pointed to a series of online resources created by local and state education agencies that they help to make public. That lack of federal guidance has set off alarm bells for experts."Clearly just posting resources on a website is not enough," said Maureen Kenny Winick, a Florida International University professor whose...
    (CNN)A door-to-door Covid-19 survey in Minnesota has been halted after team members reported receiving racial and ethnic slurs in the city of Eitzen, according to state health officials, but the city denies the claims."A door-to-door Covid-19 testing survey has been halted due to multiple incidents in outstate Minnesota of residents intimidating and shouting racial and ethnic slurs at state and federal public health survey team," the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) tweeted Friday.Eitzen is in southern Minnesota near the Iowa boarder.The Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) survey is "a voluntary, in-person survey to understand the effect Covid-19 is having on Minnesota communities," the MDH website says."Many of the individual incidents could perhaps have been considered misunderstandings," Dan...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (KDKA) — Penn State reported 458 new coronavirus cases at its main campus in State College on Friday, according to the Centre Daily Times. This brings the total to more than 21,000 people affected by the virus on campus. Around half of patients have recovered and are not considered to be active cases. Because of the rapid increase in cases, a new report from the White House puts Centre County in the “red zone.” That means there are 100 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents. More information on the Coronavirus pandemic: CDC Coronavirus Information CDC Global Map of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Pennsylvania Department of Health Information Allegheny County Health Department...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) — Pennsylvania leaders are launching a new public health awareness campaign. “PA Unites Against COVID” is aimed at reminding Pennsylvanians that they have the power to stop the spread of coronavirus. It will also provide resources and tools to educate others, such as the free “COVID Alert PA” app. Almost $4 million will be invested into the campaign through federal grants. More information can be found on the website for PA Unites Against COVID. If you have concerns about the virus, you can check out the state’s COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring System Dashboard. More information on the Coronavirus pandemic: CDC Coronavirus Information CDC Global Map of...
    SHREWSBURY, Vt. (AP) — Officials from the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife, the town of Shrewsbury and others on Saturday are going to be celebrating the state’s 100th Wildlife Management Area. The Rutland Herald reports the event in which the name of the area in Shrewsbury will be held Saturday from noon until 2 p.m. Biologists will give tours of the area. The 526-acre property was acquired by the Fish and Wildlife Department earlier this year and connects other parcels of conserved land. In addition to being Vermont’s 100th wildlife management area, 2020 is also the 100th anniversary of the state having wildlife management areas. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast,...
    (CNN)Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is slated to keynote a gala event for a conservative Christian organization in Florida -- an appearance that comes a month before Election Day and may violate legal and ethical guidelines.Not only is the top US diplomat advertised as the featured guest at the Florida Family Policy Council's 15th Anniversary Gala on October 3, a "personal visit with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo" is included with a $10,000 table sponsorship. Tickets to a VIP reception featuring Pompeo are included in $5,000 and $3,000 table sponsorships and $500 VIP tickets, according to the organization.This could be a breach of federal regulations, according to Don Fox, former acting director and general counsel for the US Office of...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reporting 1,029 new cases of Coronavirus Saturday and 22 additional deaths. The statewide total number of cases has risen to 155,232 since Friday’s report, according to the state’s data. The Health Department says all 67 counties in Pennsylvania have had cases of COVID-19. Current patients are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital. The number of tests administered within the last seven days, between Sept. 19 and Sept. 25, is 182,437 with 5,520 positive cases, the Health Department says. There were 26,337 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m., Sept. 25. These results represent the total number of tests administered. Today’s...
    Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images The US state department “owes an apology” to a Finnish journalist who saw the International Women of Courage Award, bestowed in part for her work on Russia, taken away because she criticised Donald Trump on social media, a prominent senator said. Related: Trump’s public lands chief axed after court rules he was serving unlawfully “Secretary [of state Mike] Pompeo should have honored a courageous journalist willing to stand up to Kremlin propaganda,” said Bob Menendez of New Jersey, the ranking Democrat on the Senate foreign relations committee, about Jessikka Aro, an investigative reporter. “Instead, his department sought to stifle dissent to avoid upsetting a president who, day after day, tries to take pages...
    JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — Three Corrections Department officers who were killed on duty, including one in 1893, have been honored with memorial signs along Interstate 94 in Jackson County. “To me, it's a bittersweet day,” Paul Ajegba, director of the Transportation Department, said at an event Monday. “It's bitter because our condolences go to the families for the loss of your loved ones. But it's sweet in the sense that we're recognizing their service to the state of Michigan.” George Haight, a veteran of the Civil War, died in 1893. He was the first prison employee to be killed in the line of duty when an inmate poisoned his food. Josephine McCallum and Jack Budd were killed by prisoners in...
    Retired Major Robert Hightower became the first African American State Trooper hired by the Georgia State Patrol in 1970.  After 28 years of service with the Department of Public Safety (DPS), Hightower retired in 1998 as the Division Director of Driver Services.  Hightower passed on Friday, Sept. 18.  His funeral will be held on Saturday, Sept. 26, at New Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta. On July 13, 1970, Hightower began his career with the Georgia State Patrol becoming the first African American State Trooper to be hired by the department. He realized early in his career that he would need a higher education in order to be promoted. He...
    Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo There's a new standard in Donald Trump's State Department for delivering journalism awards to foreign reporters: They must not under any circumstances have said anything even remotely unflattering about Dear Leader.  Sure they may have made incredible contributions to democracy, brought down crime rings, and even reported under harrowing circumstance. But one social media misstep involving the orange menace and it's all over.  That's what happened to Finnish journalist Jessikka Aro, who had been selected for the State Department’s International Women of Courage Awards for her prescient reporting on the spread of Russian propaganda since as early as 2014. Amid that reporting, Aro received death threats, suffered cyberattacks, and uncovered some Russian...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Doctor Deborah Birx is responding to reports she felt her role had been quote "diminished" on the white house coronavirus task force."Do I look like a person that is diminished? I'll tell you that is the first time those adjectives have ever been used in describing my behavior," Birx said at a news conference Thursday.Birx is the coordinator of the White House's Coronavirus Task Force.She was responding to a CNN report that said she was frustrated with the direction of the national response to the pandemic.Birx said she is not considering leaving and believes the best service she can provide right now is continue with her work.What to know about coronavirus:Back to school informationHow coronavirus changed...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pennsylvania’s “woefully outdated” computer system used to handle unemployment claims will not get previously promised upgrades. For the past few months, The Department of Labor and Industry’s Secretary Jerry Oleksiak has said the new system would go live in October. With just a few days to go, the state announced it will now pause the launch of the new system. This comes at the recommendation of state legislators, stakeholders and the U.S. Department of Labor, according to the Department of Labor and Industry. The release states: “Pennsylvania will avoid potentially disrupting people relying on unemployment compensation by pausing the launch of the new system that will change how to file for claim and benefits.” Small business owner...
    Most of New York City’s sidewalks and streets are filthy, a damning new state audit found. Auditors from state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s office inspected a sample of 271 “blockfaces” — one side of a city block corner, including the street and sidewalk. “We determined 189 streets and 159 sidewalks were dirty based on [the Department of Sanitation’s] Operations Scorecard criteria,” the audit covering fiscal year 2015 to 2019 found. That’s about two-thirds of the streets sampled and a majority of sidewalks. The filthy findings were consistent across the city: Brooklyn: Of the 62 blocks inspected, 44 had dirty streets and 39 dirty sidewalks Queens: Of 61 inspected, 47 had filthy streets and 40 dirty sidewalks. Manhattan: Of 50...
    In January 2019, Finnish journalist Jessikka Aro was notified by the U.S. State Department that she would be receiving its International Women of Courage Award. But the offer was later rescinded after it came to light that Aro had been vehemently critical of President Donald Trump on social media. The State Department and allies of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have denied that Aro’s anti-Trump posts had anything to do with that decision, but a new report by the State Department Inspector General’s Office says otherwise. “The report tracks how the discovery of the journalist’s remarks worried senior U.S. officials and prompted a decision to withdraw the honor to avoid a possible public relations debacle,” journalist John Hudson reports in...
    The Trump administration rescinded a prize from a journalist because of her criticism of President Donald Trump, according to a State Department inspector general report released Friday. The inspector general report is the culmination of an investigation that had been requested by eight Democratic senators in March 2019. The State Department notified Finnish investigative journalist Jessikka Aro that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would award her the annual International Women of Courage (IWOC) prize in January 2019, but rescinded the award one month later, according to Foreign Policy. “After this notification, but prior to the award ceremony, [The Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues] discovered social media posts by Ms. Aro that were critical of the President. At that point,...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pennsylvania’s “woefully outdated” computer system used to handle unemployment claims will not get previously promised upgrades. For the past few months, The Department of Labor and Industry’s Secretary Jerry Oleksiak has said the new system would go live in October. With just a few days to go, the state announced it will now pause the launch of the new system. This comes at the recommendation of state legislators, stakeholders and the U.S. Department of Labor, according to the Department of L&I. The release states: “Pennsylvania will avoid potentially disrupting people relying on unemployment compensation by pausing the launch of the new system that will change how to file for claim and benefits.” The state is still using...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reporting 806 new cases of Coronavirus Friday and 2 additional deaths. The statewide total number of cases has risen to 154,203 since Wednesday’s report, according to the state’s data. The Health Department says all 67 counties in Pennsylvania have had cases of COVID-19. Current patients are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital. The number of tests administered within the last seven days, between Sept. 18 and Sept. 24, is 184,083 with 5,474 positive cases, the Health Department says. There were 28,701 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m., Sept. 24. These results represent the total number of tests administered. Today’s...
    WASHINGTON – The State Department’s internal watchdog has determined that the agency lied about the reasons it rescinded a prestigious award to a Finnish journalist, finding she was denied the honor because of her criticism of President Donald Trump. The department said it made a mistake in notifying Jessikka Aro that she had won an International Woman of Courage award in 2019 for her work in exposing Russian propaganda and misinformation. The agency's inspector general, however, said in a report issued Friday that her social media posts critical of Trump were the primary reason the award was rescinded. The report cited internal emails and interviews with those in the selection process that indicated the award was revoked because of fears...
    (CNN)The State Department revoked a prestigious award from a Finnish journalist because of social media posts critical of President Donald Trump, according to a report from the State Department Office of Inspector General.Although the watchdog found that the State Department had acted within its "broad discretion" to rescind the award from Jessikka Aro, it also found that the department lied to Congress and the press to explain why it had done so.Aro, a Finnish investigative journalist with a history of breaking stories on Russian propaganda efforts, had been slated to receive an International Women of Courage (IWOC) Award in March 2019 when suddenly and without explanation the honor was rescinded. Finnish journalist speaks out after Trump administration cancels Courage awardAfter...
    The State Department decided that Finnish journalist Jessikka Aro would not receive the International Women of Courage (IWOC) award because her negative retweets about President Donald Trump were “not suitable,” were “out of place,” and were likely to cause “blowback” against Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and First Lady Melania Trump on the world stage. Then the Trump administration lied to the public about why it made this decision, the State Department’s Office of Inspector General confirmed in a report on its findings. Senate Democrats asked for and received an Inspector General investigation that ultimately found Aro’s tweets about Trump were a bridge too far for the Trump administration. The investigation was sought after Foreign Policy magazine reported in March...
    Sen. Bob Casey dismissed a report from the Justice Department that some military ballots were found "discarded" in his home state of Pennsylvania. The Democrat insisted on Friday that voting by mail is safe in Pennsylvania after being asked about the Justice Department's findings during an interview on MSNBC. "It’s safe to vote by mail. And, look, we know by now that everything the president says about mail-in balloting and voting in general is a lie. He lies all the time. So, nothing he says is the truth about this. That’s point No. 1. Point No. 2 is, there are going to be many opportunities for people to cast their votes in Pennsylvania. Depending on where they live, they’re...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department’s internal watchdog has determined that the agency lied to the public and Congress about the reasons it rescinded a prestigious award to a Finnish journalist who had been critical of the Trump administration. The department’s inspector general said in a report issued Friday that explanations for the decision not to honor Finnish journalist Jessikka Aro with an International Woman of Courage award in 2019 were inaccurate and misleading. Although the report said the department had the right to rescind the award, it said officials were not honest about their reasons for doing so. The report cited internal emails and interviews with those in the selection process that indicated the award was revoked because of...
    By MATTHEW LEE, AP Diplomatic Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department’s internal watchdog has determined that the agency lied to the public and Congress about the reasons it rescinded a prestigious award to a Finnish journalist who had been critical of the Trump administration. The department’s inspector general said in a report issued Friday that explanations for the decision not to honor Finnish journalist Jessikka Aro with an International Woman of Courage award in 2019 were inaccurate and misleading. Although the report said the department had the right to rescind the award, it said officials were not honest about their reasons for doing so. The report cited internal emails and interviews with those in the selection process that indicated...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Dr. Debora Bogen of the Allegheny County Health Department said that coronavirus orders were lifted because the number of cases in the county remains low. RELATED: Allegheny County Health Department Lifts Coronavirus Order; State Orders Still Stand She also added that Allegheny County is doing much better than other areas of the country in its COVID-19 mitigation efforts. The order went into effect immediately on Thursday. This means there is no longer a 100 person limit at outdoor gathers, no more smoking ban at dining facilities and casinos, and restaurants do not have close by 11:00 p.m. However, state orders such as wearing masks, telework, building safety, and hospital safety still remain in...
    (CNN)When Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Wisconsin on Wednesday, Reince Priebus -- the former chairman of the Republican Party and President Donald Trump's first chief of staff -- traveled with him on the government plane, according to two State Department officials familiar with the trip."Everyone was just stunned," said one State Department official of Priebus joining Pompeo on the official trip, given that it is rare for the secretary to travel with people who are not on his staff and are so obviously connected to partisan politics.Priebus' presence on the trip doesn't jibe with the State Department saying that Pompeo was going to Wisconsin for "an important policy speech," given that the former GOP party official has no foreign...
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Department of Corrections says one inmate has died at an in-state prison and another man convicted in Mississippi has died at a federal prison in Colorado. Thomas C. Parker, 40, died Tuesday at Northwest Mississippi Medical Center in Clarksdale. He was serving life without parole at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman for capital murder. He pleaded guilty Oct. 4, 2010, to fatally stabbing a homeowner during a robbery in DeSoto County. He was also convicted of possession of contraband within a correctional facility in Marshall County. Lamarcus Lee Hillard, 40, died Saturday at a federal prison in Florence, Colorado. A state Department of Corrections spokeswoman said in response to a question Thursday that...
    The state Health Department would finally have to reveal how many nursing home residents died of COVID-19 after being sent to hospitals, under a pair of bills introduced in the state Senate on Thursday. Separate pieces of legislation from both sides of the aisle aim to close a loophole through which only fatalities that actually take place in nursing homes are listed on the DOH website. A proposal sponsored by Committee on Health Chairman Gustavo Rivera (D-The Bronx) would force the DOH to post comprehensive, daily updates from its online Health Emergency Response Data System. The electronic database, known as HERDS, compiles real-time information from local health departments, hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other sources to track disease...
    China is using the prospect of access to technology related to a nuclear weapons program to lure American allies into Beijing’s geopolitical orbit, U.S. officials and lawmakers fear. “I’m sure that they are,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the Washington Examiner during an interview this week. “Certainly, when it comes to missile systems, we've seen that.” China reportedly has provided Saudi Arabia with assistance in building a facility that can process yellowcake, which arms control observers regard as a sign that Riyadh could partner with the communist power to develop its own nuclear program. That suspicion was made explicit during a wide-ranging Senate hearing on the state of American policy in the Middle East, in which the...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reporting 853 new cases of Coronavirus Thursday and 17 additional deaths. The statewide total number of cases has risen to 153,397 since Wednesday’s report, according to the state’s data. The Health Department says all 67 counties in Pennsylvania have had cases of COVID-19. Current patients are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital. The number of tests administered within the last seven days, between Sept. 17 and Sept. 23, is 183,360 with 5,554 positive cases, the Health Department says. There were 27,784 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m., Sept. 23. These results represent the total number of tests administered. Today’s...
    Gov. Larry Hogan remains enthusiastic about students across Maryland returning to classrooms, and though plans from school districts have been approved and state health metrics have been trending downward, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties are still aiming for a return sometime next year. “All 24 of our public school jurisdictions have now made the decision and submitted plans, which were approved yesterday by the Maryland State Department of Education, to at least begin bringing some students back safely into schools,” Hogan said at a news conference Thursday. However, the decision still lies with each school district. The state required each district to submit its reopening plan by mid-August and they needed to respond to any clarifications the state needed a...
    The Confederate flag is the latest emblem to be designated as a hate symbol by Oregon's state education board this week. The move is part of a policy crafted by the Oregon Department of Education dubbed “All Students Belong,” which also prohibits nooses and swastikas. Effective immediately, the policy change requires Oregon school districts to craft standards in compliance with it by New Year's Day. ODE officials released a statement saying a comprehensive version of the policy will come out in the coming months. ODE Director Colt Gill said that the decision lives up to state educators' responsibility to ensure all students feel safe and welcome. “The noose, Confederate flag and swastika are being used to...
    The two Botanico dispensaries in Denver have reopened after owner Ben Perrone agreed to a settlement with the state Department of Revenue that calls for Botanico paying the DOR nearly $200,000 for violating state retail marijuana codes. The stores, located at 3054 Larimer Street and 777 Canosa Court, were closed by the DOR's Marijuana Enforcement Division on July 22, with notices of license suspensions posted on both storefronts. Botanico dispensaries reopened in time for the Labor Day weekend, and this September 4 post on Botanica's Instagram page: "And we are ready to CELEBRATE and say F*ck 2020 with the biggest weekend we have had in 10 years!!!" Related Stories Botanico Dispensaries Temporarily Closed, Suspended by MED Colorado Pot Prices...
    BAGHDAD (AP) — The United States has extended a sanctions waiver that enables Iraq to continue importing gas from Iran but this time granting a significantly shorter waiver period, Iraqi officials and the U.S. State Department said Thursday. The development is a sign of unease in U.S.-Iraq relations amid near-daily attacks targeting American presence in the Mideast country and underscores the standing U.S. demand that Baghdad wean itself off dependence on Iranian oil. Washington informed Iraq’s leadership this week of its decision to grant a 60-day sanctions waiver, instead of the 120-day waiver issued over the summer, three Iraqi officials told The Associated Press. They spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations. The State Department confirmed...
    Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTreasury sanctions individuals, groups tied to Russian malign influence activities Navalny released from hospital after suspected poisoning Overnight Defense: Pentagon redirects pandemic funding to defense contractors | US planning for full Afghanistan withdrawal by May | Anti-Trump GOP group puts ads in military papers MORE is positioning himself as a key surrogate for President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden on Trump's refusal to commit to peaceful transfer of power: 'What country are we in?' Romney: 'Unthinkable and unacceptable' to not commit to peaceful transition of power Two Louisville police officers shot amid Breonna Taylor grand jury protests MORE weeks before the election, an almost unheard-of role for the U.S.’s top diplomat but one the former Republican congressman...
    Iranian flags seen on the streets of Tehran.Fatemeh Bahrami | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images SINGAPORE — The U.S. policy in the Middle East is to reward allies and not enemies, a spokeswoman of the U.S. State Department said, as Washington sought to increase pressure on Iran to give up its nuclear program.   "We have embarked on a policy in this administration, to reward and to embolden the Gulf Arab, our allies ... to embolden Israel, and to not reward an enemy," spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus told CNBC's Hadley Gamble on Wednesday. President Donald Trump's administration upped the pressure on Iran in the last few days. Washington on Saturday unilaterally restored United Nations' sanctions on Tehran — a process questioned by...
    Congressional staffers have heard State Department representatives say the government has yet to close on the sale of the United States Ambassador’s residence in Israel—but documents obtained by The Daily Beast reveal that State is misleading Congress on the sale. Israeli land registry documents, obtained by The Daily Beast, show legal notification that a Delaware-registered company, Bayit by the Sea, has a lien, or legal claim, to the plush federal property as of Wednesday, September 23rd. The State Department did not respond to a request for comment. Four sources have confirmed that Bayit by the Sea (bayit means “house” in Hebrew) is a limited liability company owned by Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, who is the top financial backer...
    Andrew Harnik/AFP/Getty For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged foreign leaders to “secure unalienable rights” in a United Nations speech on Wednesday, which laid the “crisis” in international human rights at the feet of longtime American adversaries and multilateral bodies like the UN. “Authoritarian governments, from China to Iran to Venezuela, are depriving our fellow human beings of their basic rights,” he said. “Meanwhile, many multinational organizations have lost their way, focusing on partisan policy preferences while failing to defend fundamental rights.” Pompeo’s speech, which was part of an event hosted by the United States during the UN General Assembly, was marketed as a...
    MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) — As the Trump administration moves toward antitrust action against search giant Google, it’s campaigning to enlist support from sympathetic state attorneys general across the country. And President Donald Trump is pushing his campaign against Big Tech on Wednesday, touting curbs on legal protections for social media platforms he denounces as biased against conservative views. The anticipated lawsuit against Google by the Justice Department could be the government’s biggest legal offensive to protect competition since the ground-breaking case against Microsoft almost 20 years ago. Lawmakers and consumer advocates accuse Google of abusing its dominance in online search and advertising to stifle competition and boost its profits. For over a year, the Justice Department...
    WASHINGTON – As the Trump administration moves toward antitrust action against search giant Google, it’s campaigning to enlist support from sympathetic state attorneys general across the country. And President Donald Trump is pushing his campaign against Big Tech on Wednesday, touting curbs on legal protections for social media platforms he denounces as biased against conservative views. The anticipated lawsuit against Google by the Justice Department could be the government’s biggest legal offensive to protect competition since the ground-breaking case against Microsoft almost 20 years ago. Lawmakers and consumer advocates accuse Google of abusing its dominance in online search and advertising to stifle competition and boost its profits. For over a year, the Justice Department and the...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A Glenview man is suing the Illinois Department of Unemployment Security (IDES), saying the agency owes him more than $6,400 in unemployment benefits.  John R. White filed the small claims complaint in Cook County Circuit Court Tuesday. He accused IDES of withholding benefits after a system “glitch” when he applied for unemployment online in May.  White’s complaint comes amid the agency’s struggle to handle the influx in claims during the pandemic. This includes a laundry list of system issues reported by many who attempted to file for unemployment.  View this document on Scribd White, a contract consultant who works in financial services, said a local company terminated his services in April due to COVID-19. When he learned he would qualify...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reporting 898 new cases of Coronavirus Wednesday and 39 additional deaths. The statewide total number of cases has risen to 152,544 since Monday’s report, according to the state’s data. The Health Department says all 67 counties in Pennsylvania have had cases of COVID-19. Current patients are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital. The number of tests administered within the last seven days, between Sept. 16 and Sept. 22, is 181,386 with 5,432 positive cases, the Health Department says. There were 23,750 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m., Sept. 22. These results represent the total number of tests administered. Today’s...
    State lawmakers aired grievances over missteps by the Tennessee Department of Education to Commissioner Penny Schwinn as she appeared before the House Education Committee on Tuesday to provide an update on school reopening. Broadly, legislators criticized the department for communication breakdowns and stressed the importance of improving students’ performance in reading and math. “There has to be trust between you and this committee,” said Rep. Scott Cepicky, R-Culleoka, addressing Schwinn directly. “We have to know that, philosophically, we're on the same page. There has to be cooperation between us, you, and Gov. (Bill) Lee. There's a million kids who are depending on us to get this right.” Cepicky outlined missteps the department made in the rollout of...
    Lightning carry confidence into Game 3 vs. Stars This is how your anxiety is hurting your health Trump to Meet With State Enforcers Before Expected Google Case (Bloomberg) -- President Donald Trump is set to meet with Republican state attorneys general at the White House on Wednesday to discuss allegations of online censorship against conservatives, according to people familiar with the matter. © Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg Donald Trump The meeting, which is expected to be around midday, comes as the Justice Department is preparing to brief state officials later in the afternoon on its forthcoming antitrust case against Alphabet Inc.’s Google, which could be filed as soon as next week, according to people familiar the matter. Load Error ...
    A former bookkeeper who admitted stealing at least $75,000 from a Monmouth County health club has been sentenced to three years in state prison, authorities said. Jennifer Ambrosino, 42, of Point Pleasant, also was ordered to pay $100,000 in restitution by Superior Court Judge Paul X. Escandon. The business thefts occurred between January 2012 and June 2017, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni said. Ambrosino pleaded guilty to second-degree theft by unlawful taking on April 28, Gramiccioni said. Wall Township Police Department and the state Department of Treasury assisted in an investigation that found Ambrosino embezzled over $223,000 from the health club for her personal use, the prosecutor said. Ambrosino concealed the theft by altering bank statements, initiating fraudulent wire transfers and submitting erroneous reconciliation documents,...
    ONTARIO, Ore. (AP) — A man incarcerated in an Oregon prison died Monday after testing positive for COVID-19, officials said. The Oregon Department of Corrections said Tuesday that the man between 80 and 85 years old died at a hospital. He had been incarcerated at the Snake River Correctional Institution in Ontario, officials said. As with all in-custody deaths, the Oregon State Police have been notified and the Medical Examiner will determine cause of death, officials said. The man is the seventh inmate to die after testing positive for the disease, according to officials. Since the pandemic began, the Department of Corrections has stopped releasing the names of those in custody who die in connection with the coronavirus. Previously, officials...
    Anna Moneymaker/CNP/Zuma For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.Last month, in a video seemingly devoid of irony, former ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell declared that “President Trump is the most pro-gay president in American history.” Believable perhaps if one’s head has been buried in sand for three years, Grenell’s video was part of an outreach effort by Log Cabin Republicans and other right-leaning groups hoping to persuade LGBTQ voters to back Trump. Left out was any mention of the steady, faith-based crusade taking place in Trump’s State Department, where anti-LGTBQ views and policies have increasingly become standard under the leadership of Mike Pompeo. “There has been a steady drumbeat of...
    As the number of novel coronavirus cases increases across the U.S. and around the world, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin has reached 104,170 with 1,672 deaths in the state.The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported 1,672 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, with two additional deaths.Wisconsin among several states added back on Chicago's emergency travel orderChicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady warned that Wisconsin will likely be added to the travel order next week if cases do not go down in the state."Wisconsin has had the most cases that it has had at any point since COVID broke out last week," Dr. Arwady said. "They are having percent positivities that range from the 13-17% range and...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – With Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried calling for a coordinated response by statewide elected officials to the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday defended the actions of agencies under his control. DeSantis added that Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis and Attorney General Ashley Moody, who along with Fried make up the state Cabinet, have been able to get information from agencies when needed during the “difficult times.” “I know Jimmy and Ashley, they meet with whoever they want to meet with, and they obviously have been able to do that,” DeSantis told reporters after a Cabinet meeting Tuesday that marked the first time since February 4th that the four statewide elected officials gathered in person. DeSantis...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reporting 834 new cases of Coronavirus Tuesday and 19 additional deaths. The statewide total number of cases has risen to 151,646 since Monday’s report, according to the state’s data. The Health Department says all 67 counties in Pennsylvania have had cases of COVID-19. Current patients are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital. Allegheny County is reporting 42 new cases today, and Centre County is reporting an increase of 185 cases. The number of tests administered within the last seven days, between Sept. 15 and Sept. 21, is 179,343 with 5,749 positive cases, the Health Department says. There were 23,317 test results reported...
    NEW CASTLE COUNTY, Del. (CBS) — Delaware State Police have announced the arrests of 28 individuals in connection to drug trafficking in what they’ve dubbed “Operation No Mas.” The multi-jurisdictional operation resulted in the seizure of more than 7,500 grams of fentanyl, 4,200 grams of cocaine and much more. Police say investigators received information about the drug network involving the Renteria Criminal Organization in 2018. An investigation also tied the operation to violent crimes in the area, including a homicide in Wilmington. In all, 28 people were arrested or indicted on 252 felony charges, and the following items were seized: Approximately 7,519.5 grams of Fentanyl (7.5 Kilos) Approximately 4,215.5 grams of Cocaine (4.2 Kilos) Approximately 1,114 grams of...
    The Louisville Metro Police Department announced Tuesday it will begin setting up barricades in the downtown area and restricting some vehicle traffic in anticipation of an announcement from Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron regarding the investigation into Breonna Taylor's death. This comes after the department declared a state of emergency Monday and a federal courthouse and adjacent offices in Louisville were boarded up Sunday ahead of the decision. Cameron has repeatedly refused to give a timeline for his investigation, but he will eventually present his findings before a grand jury, who will decide whether to criminally indict the three officers involved in Taylor’s death. LOUISVILLE FEDERAL BUILDINGS BOARDED UP AHEAD OF ANTICIPATED BREONNA TAYLOR GRAND JURY DECISION “Due to increased attention and activity...
            by Scott McClallen  Michigan voters will see a proposal on the November 3 ballot asking if the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (NRTF) should increase the spending allowance on recreational improvement projects each year. The NRTF, created in 1984, is a constitutionally restricted fund to develop and purchase public land using funds generated from interest and earnings on state-owned mineral rights programs. “The Michigan NRTF has served its original purpose well since its establishment nearly five decades ago,” Sen. Ed McBroom, R-Vulcan Township, said in a statement. “These reforms are timely to help ensure that today’s needs are better funded, which is why I support this ballot proposal to change the state constitution. We should be focused on...
    The Louisville Metro Police Department declared a state of emergency ahead of a grand jury decision in the Breonna Taylor case, according to an internal memo Monday. LMPD (Louisville police) declare State of Emergency in preparation for Grand Jury announcement on Breonna Taylor. Still no word on when – most expect this week. pic.twitter.com/I5Kads0n4l — Cal Perry (@CalNBC) September 21, 2020 Officers were executing a no-knock warrant in March when they entered an apartment and said they were fired upon by Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker. The warrant allowed police to look for drugs regarding an investigation into Taylor’s ex-boyfriend. Police responded by firing their weapons, killing Taylor. Former Sgt. Brett Hankison, who shot 10 rounds into the apartment, was...
    By MORGAN LEE, Associated Press SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department sided Monday with the father of a seventh grade prep school student in a lawsuit that challenges pandemic-related limits on classroom capacity at private schools in New Mexico as more restrictive than public school guidelines. Albuquerque-based U.S. Attorney John Anderson filed a statement of interest that argues the state is violating the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution by limiting attendance at private schools to 25% of building capacity under a public health order. The limit is set at 50% for public schools under guidance from the Public Education Department, though only select groups of elementary school and disabled students have returned to classrooms. “COVID-related...
    The Cuomo administration is still getting inundated with complaints from frustrated jobless New Yorkers who haven’t received federal pandemic-related unemployment benefits that officials promised to transfer into their accounts last week. “Everybody’s struggling, we all need our money,” said Elizabeth Overby Ronchi, 65, who worked at Carnegie Hall, the famed Manhattan music venue shuttered during the coronavirus outbreak. “I’m a bartender at Carnegie Hall and a lot of my coworkers, even the ushers — I spoke with them today — nobody’s getting anything. Some of my coworkers who have Chase direct deposit, and others with the KeyBank card, they’re getting nothing. It’s hit or miss,” the Bergen County resident told The Post. KeyBank is the institution contracted by the state...
    The Louisville Metro Police Department is currently under a state of emergency, according to an internal memo released on Monday. Declared by Chief of Police Robert J. Schroeder, the decision comes "in anticipation" of an announcement in the Breonna Taylor case. The declaration means that departments are operating on emergency staffing and reporting, which cancels off-days and previously unapproved vacation requests. The emergency announcement, which does not extend to the city itself, was created to ensure departments had the "appropriate level of staffing to provide for public safety services." Behind the memo is a city holding its breath. Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black female emergency technician, was shot and killed in her Louisville home when officers executed a no-knock search...