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This Week At State by US Department of State
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This Week At State by US Department of State

(STL.News) #ThisWeekAtState, Secretary Pompeo delivers remarks at Voice of America and the National Press Club.  The Secretary also addresses the UAE-Israel Business Round-table 2021 and participates in an interview with Vice News Tonight.  For the latest, visit state.gov and subscribe to our newsletter at http://ow.ly/diiN30ro7Cw. ? YouTube video provided courtesy of the US Department of State
Missouri Governor Parson Appoints Hansbrough As Circuit Judge
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Missouri Governor Parson Appoints Hansbrough As Circuit Judge

Governor Parson Appoints Honorable W. Ann Hansbrough As Circuit Judge For Sixth Judicial Circuit JEFFERSON CITY, MO (STL.News) Today, Governor Mike Parson appointed the Honorable W. Ann Hansbrough as Circuit Judge for the Sixth Judicial Circuit.  She will fill the Circuit Judge vacancy created by the term expiration of the Honorable James W. Van Amburg.  Judge Hansbrough, of Parkville, currently serves as an Associate Circuit Court Judge for the Sixth Judicial Circuit.  She holds a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri – Columbia and her Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri – Columbia School of Law.
Maine Governor Mills Receives First Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine
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Maine Governor Mills Receives First Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine

Augusta, ME (STL.News) Governor Janet Mills today received her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.  The Governor was vaccinated on the recommendation of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention as part of Phase 1a as a person critical to Maine’s COVID-19 response. The Governor leads Maine’s COVID-19 response. The first dose of the Moderna vaccine was administered to the Governor at the Blaine House this morning by James Jarvis, MD, physician leader for Incident Command, Northern Light Health, and director, Clinical Education, Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center. Governor Mills will receive the second, and final dose, of the vaccine in 28 days. “I have the utmost confidence in the vaccine,” said Governor Janet Mills.  “It is safe. It is effective. And it will save l...
Kansas Governor K-12 Budget Supported by Association of School Boards
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Kansas Governor K-12 Budget Supported by Association of School Boards

Kansas Association of School Boards Issues Joint Statement in Support of Governor Kelly’s K-12 Budget Proposal Topeka, KS (STL.News) Key Quote: We applaud Gov. Kelly and those legislators who in the past have ensured that the Gannon funding has been implemented.  The Governor deserves praise for proposing the continuation of this funding in her budget and we urge the Legislature to approve that. Signed by: Kansas Association of School Boards Kansas School Superintendents Association Kansas National Education Association Kansas Parents as Teachers Association Kansas State Board of Education Kansas State Parent Teacher Association Schools for Fair Funding Schools for Quality Education United School Administrators of Kansas Game on For Kansas Schools Find Governor Kelly’s FY2...
Illinois Governor Activates National Guard to Secure State Buildings
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Illinois Governor Activates National Guard to Secure State Buildings

Gov. Pritzker Activates Illinois National Guard to Bolster Security of State Buildings in Downtown Springfield Gov. Activates an Additional 100 Members of The Guard in Support of the Presidential Inauguration in D.C. Springfield, IL (STL.News)- Governor JB Pritzker has activated 250 members of the Illinois National Guard for State Active Duty in response to the warnings issued this week by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) regarding threats to state capital cities in the days leading up to the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.  Our state public safety agencies, including the Illinois State Police (ISP), Secretary of State Police and Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) are working in tandem with local and federal counterparts to protect the residents of Illinois w...
Connecticut Governor: Election for Senate Seat in Darien – Stamford
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Connecticut Governor: Election for Senate Seat in Darien – Stamford

HARTFORD, CT (STL.News)– Governor Ned Lamont today announced that he has scheduled Tuesday, March 2, 2021 as the date to hold a special election to fill a vacancy for state senator in the 27th Senatorial District of the Connecticut General Assembly. The seat, which consists of portions of Darien and Stamford, became vacant on January 5 following the resignation of Carlo Leone. Under state law, the governor is required to issue a writ of special election within 10 days of a vacancy in the General Assembly and a special election must be held exactly 46 days after the writ has been issued.  Governor Lamont issued the writs today. **Download: Governor Lamont’s writ of special election for the 27th Senatorial District in the Town of Darien **Download: Governor Lamont’s writ of special...
Connecticut Governor: $5 Million For Transportation Upgrades
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Connecticut Governor: $5 Million For Transportation Upgrades

Governor Lamont Highlights Increased Efficiencies for Credential Holders at the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection HARTFORD, CT (STL.News)– Governor Ned Lamont today announced that the State of Connecticut is awarding $5 million in funding to 10 towns and cities across the state under a competitive grant program administered by the Department of Transportation for projects that support improved mobility and accessibility, as well as pedestrian and bicycle safety. The Community Connectivity Grant Program provides construction funding for local initiatives that will improve safety and accessibility for bicyclists and pedestrians in and around community centers, encouraging more people to use these healthy and environmentally sustainable modes of travel.  The grant program also...
Arizona Governor Applauds Draft Decision For Resolution Copper Project
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Arizona Governor Applauds Draft Decision For Resolution Copper Project

PHOENIX, AZ (STL.News) Governor Ducey today welcomed two federal documents that represent a critical step forward for the Resolution Copper Project, a mine that will ensure a reliable supply up to one billion pounds of copper annually. "Arizona has a long history of responsible mining, showing that we can have a robust mining sector while protecting our environment and cultural history," said Governor Ducey.  "My thanks to the USDA Forest Service for their partnership on a project that will benefit our mining industry, mining professionals, and entire state." On June 2, 2020, Governor Ducey sent a letter to USDA Undersecretary Jim Hubbard urging the USDA to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) scheduling process set forth in 2015.  Today the USDA Forest Service is...
US State Department Support Coast Guard Operation Southern Cross
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US State Department Support Coast Guard Operation Southern Cross

U.S. Coast Guard Operation Southern Cross Builds Multilateral Cooperation to Combat Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing in the South Atlantic Washington, DC (STL.News) The Department of State is proud to support the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Operation Southern Cross as part of our efforts to build regional maritime security partnerships and counter illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the South Atlantic.  The multi-month inaugural deployment of the new USCG Legend-class National Security Cutter, the Stone (WMSL 758), will strengthen cooperation and enhance security throughout the region. In Guyana on January 9, the USCG Cutter Stone and the Guyanese Defense Force Coast Guard engaged in a series of cooperative exercises that support combatting IUU fishing, ...
Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Cyprus Foreign Minister Christodoulides
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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Cyprus Foreign Minister Christodoulides

Washington, DC (STL.News) The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:? Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Republic of Cyprus (ROC) Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides.  Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Christodoulides agreed that the strength of the U.S.-ROC relationship is at an all-time high as a result of our partnership on significant issues including the temporary waiver of International Traffic in Arms Regulations restrictions, the entry of the ROC into the International Military Education and Training Program, and the launch of the Cyprus Center for Land, Open-seas, and Port Security (CYCLOPS) regional border security training center.
US State Department: Designating PRC, Hong Kong Officials
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US State Department: Designating PRC, Hong Kong Officials

Designating PRC and Hong Kong Officials after Widespread Pro-Democracy Arrests in Hong Kong Washington, DC (STL.News)  Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary Of State released the following statement: Today, the United States is designating six PRC and Hong Kong officials in connection with the draconian National Security Law (NSL), pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13936, “The President’s Executive Order on Hong Kong Normalization.” On January 6, Hong Kong authorities arrested more than 50 people in an appalling crackdown on pro-democracy politicians and activists who were trying to advance fair and open primary elections for Hong Kong’s Legislative Council.  Thirteen former Legislative Council members, an American lawyer, and a former law professor were among those reportedly detained befo...
United States: Sanctions on the Cuban Ministry of Interior
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United States: Sanctions on the Cuban Ministry of Interior

United States Places Global Magnitsky Sanctions on the Cuban Ministry of Interior and Its Minister Washington, DC (STL.News)  Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary Of State released the following statement: Today, the United States is imposing sanctions on the Cuban Ministry of Interior (MININT) and Minister of Interior General Lazaro Alberto Álvarez Casas for their connection to serious human rights abuse under Executive Order 13818, which builds upon and implements the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act. MININT is designated for being responsible for, complicit in, or to have directly or indirectly engaged in, serious human rights abuse.  As minister of MININT, Álvarez Casas is also designated for being or having been a leader or official of an entity, including any governmen...
Maryland Governor: $30 Million Relief for Entertainment Venues
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Maryland Governor: $30 Million Relief for Entertainment Venues

Governor Hogan Announces $30 Million in Emergency Relief for Music and Entertainment Venues Awards Will Directly Help Preserve More Than 800 Jobs State Has Provided More Than $700 Million in Emergency Economic Relief Governor’s RELIEF Act Provides Stimulus and Tax Relief for Small Businesses ANNAPOLIS, MD (STL.News) Governor Larry Hogan today announced $30 million in awards for more than 90 live music and performance venues, live entertainment promoters, and independently-owned local movie theaters whose operations have been impacted by COVID-19. This is part of the more than $700 million in emergency economic relief provided by the State of Maryland. “These awards will save hundreds of jobs and help many of Maryland’s entertainment venues sustain their operations until they can saf...
Louisiana Governor: Arq’s Innovative Fuel Facility for St. Charles Parish
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Louisiana Governor: Arq’s Innovative Fuel Facility for St. Charles Parish

Gov. Edwards Announces Arq's Innovative Fuel Facility for St. Charles Parish Baton Rouge,  LA (STL.News) Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards and Arq CEO Julian McIntyre announced the company will develop an industrial facility in St. Rose, Louisiana, to produce Arq’s proprietary Arq Fuel™ product.  The site will receive an intermediate wet-cake material produced from discarded mined materials, and will transform it into a cleaner and valuable blending component for oil products entering the power-generation and marine industries. Arq will invest up to $40 million at the St. Rose site owned by International-Matex Tank Terminals, or IMTT.  The project will entail a thermal drying facility; blending and product-handling equipment; transportation infrastructure; and storage tanks.  Arq will creat...
Oregon Governor: Federal Reserve of COVID-19 Vaccines
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Oregon Governor: Federal Reserve of COVID-19 Vaccines

Salem, OR (STL.News) Governor Kate Brown today issued the following statement on new information about the federal reserve of COVID-19 vaccines: "Last night, I received disturbing news, confirmed to me directly by General Perna of Operation Warp Speed: States will not be receiving increased shipments of vaccines from the national stockpile next week, because there is no federal reserve of doses. "I am demanding answers from the Trump Administration.  I am shocked and appalled that they have set an expectation on which they could not deliver, with such grave consequences. "This is a deception on a national scale.  Oregon’s seniors, teachers, and all of us were depending on the promise of Oregon’s share of the federal reserve of vaccines being released to us." A copy of a letter ...
US State Department: Sanctions on Iran Shipping Lines
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US State Department: Sanctions on Iran Shipping Lines

Imposing Sanctions Related to the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines and Iranian Shipping Entities Washington, DC (STL.News)  Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary Of State released the following statement: In June 2020, the State Department sanctioned the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) pursuant to Executive Order 13382 (WMD Proliferators and Their Supporters).  At that time, we underscored the fact that IRISL is the preferred shipping line for Iranian proliferators and procurement agents.  We have warned industry that those who do business with IRISL, its subsidiaries, and other Iranian shipping entities, risk sanctions.  Today, we are sanctioning seven entities and two individuals for such conduct. As a part of this action, the State Department is imposing sanctions o...
US State Department: Sanctions on Iranian Arms Proliferation
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US State Department: Sanctions on Iranian Arms Proliferation

Imposing Sanctions on Iranian Entities for Activities Related to Conventional Arms Proliferation Washington, DC (STL.News)  Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary Of State released the following statement: Iranian conventional arms proliferation poses a persistent threat to regional and international security, as evidenced by Iran’s continued military support and confirmed arms transfers that fuel ongoing conflict in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Yemen, and elsewhere. On September 21, we announced the implementation of Executive Order 13949 that provides the United States additional tools to hold accountable those actors who seek to abet Iran in supporting armed groups in the region with weapons and arms materiel.  The first designations under this authority included Iran’s Ministry of Defense and Ar...