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North Carolina Executive Mansion Will be Lit for COVID-19 Victims
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North Carolina Executive Mansion Will be Lit for COVID-19 Victims

North Carolina Executive Mansion Will be Lit in Honor of Lives Lost to COVID-19 on Jan. 19 Raleigh, NC (STL.News) Governor Roy Cooper announced that the North Carolina Executive Mansion will be illuminated on January 19, 2021, at 5:30 PM in remembrance of the lives lost as in the COVID-19 pandemic.  Governor Cooper invites all North Carolina counties and municipalities to join in this memorial by lighting buildings and ringing bells at churches and houses of worship. “In the midst of the battle against this pandemic, we continue to mourn the hundreds of thousands of Americans we have lost and send our prayers to the grieving families and friends they leave behind,” Governor Roy Cooper said.  “Please join me in honoring their memories by taking responsible actions to prevent more deaths...
Utah: Bells To Ring At State Capitol In Honor Of Covid-19 Victims
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Utah: Bells To Ring At State Capitol In Honor Of Covid-19 Victims

SALT LAKE CITY  UT (STL.News) Gov. Spencer J. Cox has ordered that the bells at the Utah State Capitol will ring on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021 in honor of the lives lost to COVID-19. The state of Utah joins cities and towns across the country in lighting buildings in amber, lighting candles or ringing bells at 3:30 p.m. MT as part of a national COVID-19 memorial initiated by the Presidential Inaugural Committee. The bells at the Utah State Capitol will ring 15 times in remembrance of the 1,500 Utahns who have died since March 2020 of COVID-19. “We will never forget the heavy toll this deadly virus has taken in this state, and we pray for comfort and peace to the families and friends left behind,” Gov. Cox said. “We hope all Utahns will join in honoring those we have lost during this n...
Maryland Governor – Lt. Governor Receive COVID-19 Vaccinations
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Maryland Governor – Lt. Governor Receive COVID-19 Vaccinations

Governor Hogan and Lt. Governor Rutherford Receive Continuity of Government COVID-19 Vaccinations Public Event Promotes Safety of COVID-19 Vaccines ANNAPOLIS, MD (STL.News) Governor Larry Hogan and Lieutenant Governor Boyd K. Rutherford today received their continuity of government COVID-19 vaccinations as part of a public event to promote the safety and efficacy of the vaccines.  The governor and lieutenant governor were joined by First Lady Yumi Hogan, Second Lady Monica Rutherford, and Deputy Health Secretary Dr. Jinlene Chan. “Getting vaccinated is the only way to keep you, your family, your friends, and your community healthy and safe, and it is absolutely critical to preventing more illnesses, more hospitalizations, and more deaths,” said Governor Hogan.  “It’s the only way to e...
Minnesota: New COVID-19 Testing Site in Rochester
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Minnesota: New COVID-19 Testing Site in Rochester

Pop-up site will offer saliva testing to everyone Rochester, MN (STL.News) The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) announced a new temporary COVID-19 testing site in Olmsted County.  Testing at this site will occur Friday, Jan. 22 through Saturday, Jan. 23 at the 318 Commons in Rochester. Appointments are strongly encouraged, but not required. “Testing is a key component of our strategy to protect Minnesotans from COVID-19,” said Minnesota Commissioner of Health Jan Malcolm. “Through a robust, collaborative statewide testing program, we have made great progress in removing obstacles to testing.  When combined with social distancing, masking, avoiding crowds and staying home when sick, testing can help us slow the spread of COVID-19 and bridge to the better days we know are coming.” ...
Iowa Tet Sites Closed For Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
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Iowa Tet Sites Closed For Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

Des Moines, IA (STL.News) The five state-operated Test Iowa drive-thru sites and the State Hygienic Lab will be closed on Monday, Jan. 18, for the Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday. The sites include: • Black Hawk County — 4121 Alexandra Drive, Waterloo • Linn County — Windstar Lines, 5755 Willow Creek Drive SW, Cedar Rapids • Polk County — 4475 NE 3rd Street, Des Moines • Pottawattamie County — 3236 Nebraska Ave., Council Bluffs • Scott County — North Park Mall, 320 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport All sites will reopen for testing as usual on Tuesday, Jan. 19, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Individuals who wish to be tested at any site must first complete an online assessment at testiowa.com, and schedule an appointment.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown Announces Updates to County Risk Levels
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Oregon Governor Kate Brown Announces Updates to County Risk Levels

Salem, OR (STL.News) Governor Kate Brown today announced updates to county risk levels under the state's new public health framework to reduce transmission and protect Oregonians from COVID-19.  The framework uses four different risk levels for counties based on COVID-19 spread—Extreme Risk, High Risk, Moderate Risk, and Lower Risk—and assigns health and safety measures for each level. Effective January 15 through January 28, there will be 26 counties in the Extreme Risk level, two at High Risk, two at Moderate Risk, and six at Lower Risk.  A complete list of counties and their associated risk levels is available here. “With four counties moving back to Extreme Risk, this week we are reminded that health and safety measures continue to be of utmost importance, even when we slow the s...
Indiana Governor Announced to Resume Key Investment Projects
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Indiana Governor Announced to Resume Key Investment Projects

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (STL.News) – Governor Eric J. Holcomb today announced he will proceed with key state investment projects initially put on hold due to the financial impact of COVID-19. “In May, we reduced spending because of the sudden, sharp drop in state revenues and to prepare for a continued decline in state revenue due to the economic impact of COVID-19.  Thankfully, current revenues are stronger than expected, and that means we can responsibly move forward with these one-time expenditures that were already approved and on the books,” Gov. Holcomb said. The Governor directed the State Budget Agency to work with the appropriate agencies to proceed with the approximately $65 million Next Level Trails grant program and $110 million of deferred maintenance projects.  The General Ass...
Colorado Governor Polis Statement to Expand COVID-19 Vaccination
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Colorado Governor Polis Statement to Expand COVID-19 Vaccination

Governor Polis Statement on CDC’s Recommendation to Expand COVID-19 Vaccine to Include 65 Year Old or Older DENVER, CO (STL.News) Governor Jared Polis today reiterated Colorado’s commitment to vaccinating 70% of the state’s residents who are 70 and older by February 28th, 2021 along with completing the vaccination of our healthcare workers and first responders. The state is reviewing the announcement from the Trump administration of their updated guidance as well as actively engaging the incoming Biden administration to understand how they will approach prioritization and supply flow. Colorado will not be making any changes to our vaccine program until we can get concrete details on supply quantities, timelines for receiving that supply and engaging our partners who are on the groun...
Florida Announces Federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program
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Florida Announces Federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Florida’s Participation in Federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program Tallahassee, FL (STL.News) Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the State of Florida has submitted confirmation to the United States Department of the Treasury that it will take part in the Emergency Rental Assistance Program established under the federal COVID-19 relief legislation signed into law on December 27th, 2020.  The program will provide $1.4 billion in emergency rental assistance to Floridians, of which it is anticipated that more than $850 million will be administered by the State of Florida. Cities and counties with a population of 200,000 and greater will receive funds directly from the United States Department of the Treasury for the program.  While final allocations ...
SC Governor Announces COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments for Aged 70+
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SC Governor Announces COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments for Aged 70+

South Carolinians Aged 70 and Older Can Schedule COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments Beginning Jan. 13 COLUMBIA, SC (STL.News) Governor Henry McMaster and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced that beginning Wednesday, Jan. 13, any South Carolina resident aged 70 or older, regardless of health status or preexisting conditions, can begin scheduling their appointment to receive COVID-19 vaccine. Based on COVID-19 vaccine data — doses received, administered, and appointments scheduled — South Carolina officials are confident the majority of people in Phase 1a who want to be vaccinated have either received their shots or have scheduled appointments to do so.  There are currently 146,500 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in the state, with 82,266 total ...
New York Governor Announces COVID-19 Vaccination Appointments
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New York Governor Announces COVID-19 Vaccination Appointments

Governor Cuomo Announces Additional New Yorkers, Individuals 75 and Older Can Begin Scheduling with Providers COVID-19 Vaccination Appointments New York (STL.News) The Initial Groups of Phase 1b Now Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine Include Individuals 75 and Older, First Responders, Corrections Officers, Teachers and Other School Staff; In-Person College Instructors, Childcare Workers, Public Facing Grocery Store Workers, Transit Workers and Individuals Living and Working in Homeless Shelters Vaccine Administrations to Begin at Hundreds of New Sites This Week As Part Of New York's Newly Expanded Vaccine Distribution Network Due to Limited Federal Distribution of Vaccine Supply All New Yorkers are Encouraged to Remain Patient When Scheduling Appointments Appointments Could Take Up to...
U.S. Attorney’s Office in Memphis Collects $65,969,200.04
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U.S. Attorney’s Office in Memphis Collects $65,969,200.04

U.S. Attorney’s Office in Memphis Collects $65,969,200.04 For U.S. Taxpayers and Victims in 2020 Memphis, TN (STL.News) United States Attorney D. Michael Dunavant announced today that the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Tennessee collected a total of $65,969,200.04 in criminal and civil actions during Calendar Year 2020. Of that amount, $1,314,912.06 was collected through civil actions and $64,654,287.98 stemmed from fines and restitution ordered as part of criminal convictions. One case that generated significant collection efforts was United States of America v. SK Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd. (SK), which generated $60,578,847.08 in criminal fines, the largest fine ever imposed against a criminal defendant in the Western District of Tennessee.  On June 1...
Biegun to Participate in the OSCE Ministerial Council
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Biegun to Participate in the OSCE Ministerial Council

Deputy Secretary Biegun to Participate in the OSCE Ministerial Council (STL.News) Deputy Secretary of State Stephen E. Biegun will take part in the virtual OSCE Ministerial Council December 3, 2020.  Deputy Secretary Biegun will join foreign ministers and senior officials of the 57 OSCE participating States, brought together under the leadership of Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama as the chair, to discuss the full range of issues in the OSCE’s three dimensions of security (political-military, economic-environmental, and human). Deputy Secretary Biegun will call attention to the violent crackdown in Belarus following the fraudulent August 9 election; the recent violence related to Nagorno-Karabakh; Russia’s ongoing aggression in eastern Ukraine and occupation of both Ukrainian and Georg...
Scott W. Brady Engages in Public Outreach Regarding the CDC
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Scott W. Brady Engages in Public Outreach Regarding the CDC

U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady Engages in Public Outreach Regarding the CDC Order Temporarily Halting Residential Evictions PITTSBURGH, PA (STL.News) Landlords and tenants in the Western District of Pennsylvania are advised that the federal order issued by the Centers for Disease Control ("CDC") temporarily halting residential evictions of covered persons for nonpayment of rent has been extended to January 31, 2021, U.S. Attorney Scott Brady announced. On December 27, 2020, the President signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021.  That Act extends the expiration date of the CDC Order titled, "Temporary Halt in Residential Evictions to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19" ("CDC Order") through January 31, 2021.  That Order provides that a landlord cannot evict any covered per...
California Governor to Propose $4.5 Billion for Equitable Recovery
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California Governor to Propose $4.5 Billion for Equitable Recovery

Governor Newsom to Propose $4.5 Billion for Equitable Recovery for California’s Businesses and Jobs in 2021 Budget  Calls for immediate action to support small businesses, including $575 million on top of the $500 million previously allocated to California’s Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant, bringing total support to more than $1 billion SACRAMENTO –  CA (stl.news) Governor Gavin Newsom today previewed his Equitable Recovery for California’s Businesses and Jobs plan, the business and workforce recovery elements of his 2021-22 State Budget that will help California through the COVID-19 pandemic and advance an equitable, broad-based recovery. Watch the Governor provide a brief overview of his Equitable Recovery for California’s Businesses and Jobs plan here. Building on actions t...
Future of the United States and the Korean Peninsula
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Future of the United States and the Korean Peninsula

The Future of the United States and the Korean Peninsula (STL.News) It’s great to be back in Seoul and an honor to be here at the Asan Institute with so many distinguished experts on the Korean Peninsula and the Indo-Pacific region.  During my many visits to Seoul over the past two years, I have gained an even deeper respect for the Korean people, and I will end my tenure early next year with many friendships that will carry with me into the future. I have a great admiration for Korea’s vibrant democracy, your rich history and culture, and—as every journalist in Seoul knows, your dakhanmari.  My family has heard many stories of the warm hospitality of your government and the Korean people, and I look forward to bringing them to Korea on a personal visit after I return to life as a priv...
U.S Calls for Free, Fair, and Peaceful Elections in Uganda
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U.S Calls for Free, Fair, and Peaceful Elections in Uganda

The United States Calls for Free, Fair, and Peaceful Elections in Uganda (STL.News) The United States reiterates its call for a free, fair, credible and peaceful election in Uganda.  Repeated violence and excessive use of force by security forces are deeply troubling.  We urge the government to ensure the safety of all candidates, respect the right of peaceful assembly of all Ugandans, and ensure that election authorities and security forces act impartially.  We also call on the Ugandan government to create a safe environment for civil society and non-governmental organizations to undertake election training and monitoring.  While measures taken to reduce the spread of COVID-19 are imperative, they must not be used as justification for repression and violence.  Security officials responsi...
Meetings During Biegun’s Travel to the Republic of Korea
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Meetings During Biegun’s Travel to the Republic of Korea

Meetings During Deputy Secretary Biegun’s Travel to the Republic of Korea (STL.News) On December 11, Deputy Secretary of State and Special Representative for North Korea Stephen E. Biegun met with Republic of Korea (ROK) Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha at the conclusion of his December 8-11 trip to Seoul. During his meetings with senior ROK officials in Seoul, Deputy Secretary Biegun expressed appreciation for the ROK’s continued partnership in COVID-19 response, discussed how to ensure the U.S.-ROK Alliance is prepared to face the challenges of the next 70 years, and reaffirmed our commitment to continued coordination with the ROK to achieve the complete denuclearization of North Korea. On December 10, Deputy Secretary Biegun participated in a discussion with Asan Institute experts on “T...