June 15, 2021

Massachusetts: “Mass VaxMillions” Vaccine Lottery Program

Prizes Include Five $1 Million Winners; Five College Scholarships BOSTON, MA (STL.News) The Baker-Polito Administration, Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg and the Massachusetts State Lottery announced the Massachusetts VaxMillions Giveaway for residents who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  Fully vaccinated residents 18 and older will have the opportunity to enter to win of...

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June 15, 2021

Maine Governor Mills Signs Bills Into Law

Augusta, ME (STL.News) Governor Janet Mills has signed the following bills into law: LD 12 An Act To Require Annual Information Reporting by the Maine Information and Analysis Center LD 38 An Act To Clarify the Timing of an Appeal of a Finding Regarding Involuntary Mental Health Treatment at a Designated Nonstate Mental...

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June 15, 2021

Louisiana Governor Edwards Signed Bills into Law

Baton Rouge,  LA (STL.News) Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that he has signed the following bills into law from the 2021 Legislative Session. ACT 135—HB 13 Provides relative to the board of trustees of the Registrars of Voters Employees’ Retirement Systems. ACT 136—HB 18 Creates an Employee Insurance Fund for the Franklin Parish Sheriff’s...

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June 15, 2021

Kansas Governor to Rescind Pandemic Emergency Orders

Topeka, KS (STL.News) Governor Laura Kelly issued an executive order rescinding seven pandemic emergency Executive Orders 21-10, 21-12, 21-16, 21-17, 21-18, 21-19, and 21-20.  The recession will be effective June 15th for all except orders 21-16 and 21-20, which will be effective June 30th, and 21-10, which will be effective July 15th. “Ending...

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June 15, 2021

Avalos Pleads Guilty to Attempted Possession of Cocaine

Sun Valley, California Man, Pedro Avalos Pleads Guilty to Attempted Possession of Six Kilograms of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute Defendant Received Large Quantities of Cocaine Shipped to him Hidden in Record Players Baltimore, MD (STL.News) Pedro Avalos, age 33, of Sun Valley, California, pleaded guilty today to attempted possession...

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June 15, 2021

Alleged Gang Members Charged With Drug Trafficking

Alleged Gang Members Charged With Drug Trafficking (STL.News) Nine alleged members of the “Hogg Life” gang have been charged with federal drug crimes, announced Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Prerak Shah. The defendants were indicted last Wednesday.  Several of them made their initial appearances before U.S....

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June 15, 2021

U.S Files Suit Against California Skilled Nursing Chain

United States Files Suit Against California Skilled Nursing Chain and its Owner for Allegedly Paying Illegal Kickbacks to Physicians (STL.News) The United States filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California yesterday under the False Claims Act against Paksn Inc.; Prema Thekkek, one of...

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June 15, 2021

Gibson: Shirley Ann Taylor Sentenced For Embezzling

Shirley Ann Taylor sentenced for embezzling more than half a million dollars from employer Defendant also must pay restitution AUGUSTA, GA (STL.News) The former office manager for an Augusta medical practice has been sentenced after admitting she stole more than half a million dollars from the business. Shirley Ann Taylor,...

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June 15, 2021

Haverhill: Soto-Martinez Pleads Guilty to Fentanyl Trafficking

Massachusetts Man, Alvaro Soto-Martinez Pleads Guilty to Fentanyl Trafficking CONCORD (STL.News) Alvaro Soto-Martinez, 35, of Haverhill, Massachusetts pleaded guilty in federal court on Monday to possession of fentanyl with the intent to distribute, Acting United States Attorney John J. Farley announced today. According to court documents and statements made in...

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June 15, 2021

Missouri Governor Parson Signs Hb 271 into Law

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (STL.News) Governor Mike Parson signed HB 271 into law, which establishes greater accountability for local leaders when imposing public health orders and prohibits local COVID-19 vaccine passports. “This legislation I am signing today requires local leaders to be more transparent in their reasoning and accountable for their decisions when it...

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June 15, 2021

Illinois: National Guard to Respond to Chemical Fire in Winnebago

ROCKTON, IL (STL.News)- Governor JB Pritzker has activated the State Emergency Operation Center to mobilize emergency response personnel and operational facilities to monitor a large chemical fire in Winnebago County.  Upon notification of the emergency, the State notified authorities in Winnebago, Stephenson and McHenry counties.  The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) and...

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