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Texas News from Federal Agencies Newsletter for Monday January 23, 2012


Texas News from Federal Agencies Newsletter for Monday January 23, 2012 ( 90 items )  

'Long Knife' Troops Keep Skills Sharp
FORT HOOD, Texas, Jan. 20 -- The U.S. Army issued the following news release: Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, ruck marched out to the Black Gap range complex in order to conduct rifle marksmanship training, here Jan. 11-12. The unit, which returned from a year long deployment to Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn last September, was focusing on returning to the basics in a training regimen geared toward continuously prepa  more

AFAF Video Contest Submissions Due Jan. 31
RANDOLPH AFB, Texas, Jan. 20 -- The U.S. Air Force Air Force Personnel Center issued the following news release: Air Force Assistance Fund officials reminded USAF videographers and YouTube fans that submissions for the AFAF 2012 fundraising campaign online video are due Jan. 31, 2012. The video contest was extended to allow participants more time to complete their video entries. "The contest is open to any individual or team and is not limited to one entry per base," said William D'Avan  more

AG Strange Praises Unanimous U.S. Supreme Court Ruling as a Victory for States
MONTGOMERY, Ala., Jan. 20 -- The Alabama Attorney General issued the following news release: Attorney General Luther Strange called a ruling today by the U.S. Supreme Court "a tremendously important victory for the rights of state legislatures to determine district lines for voting." In a unanimous decision in Perry v. Perez et al., the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a federal trial court was wrong to disregard the Texas Legislature's plan to redraw the State's district lines for the upcoming   more

Armed Bank Robber Sentenced to Nearly 12 Years in Federal Prison
DALLAS, Jan. 20 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas issued the following news release: John Ray Cheek was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater to 141 months in federal prison for committing the April 28, 2011, armed bank robbery at a Bank of America location in Irving, Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldana of the Northern District of Texas. Cheek pleaded guilty on October 14, 2011, to one count of bank robbery with a dangerous weapo  more

Army Expert Receives National Recognition for Combating Sexual Assault
QUANTICO, Va., Jan. 17 -- The U.S. Army issued the following news release: A military professional from the U.S. Army Law Enforcement community will be recognized in a big way this April for his significant contributions in combating sexual assault and violence against women. Russell Strand, a retired U.S. Army CID Special Agent and the current Chief of the Family Advocacy Law Enforcement Training Division at the U.S Army Military Police School (USAMPS), has been selected by the End Violen  more

Barrio Azteca Gang Member Pleads Guilty in Texas to Racketeering Conspiracy
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 -- The U.S. Department of Justice issued the following news release: A Barrio Azteca (BA) gang member pleaded guilty today for his participation in a racketeering conspiracy, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department's Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Robert Pitman for the Western District of Texas, FBI Assistant Director of the Criminal Investigative Division Kevin Perkins and Administrator Michele M. Leonhart of the U.S. Drug Enforcem  more

Bowie County Man Sentenced for Federal Drug Violations
TYLER, Texas, Jan. 18 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas issued the following news release: A 41-year-old Texarkana, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for drug violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today. Christopher Dale Conley pleaded guilty on Nov. 2, 2011, to the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine and the manufacture methamphetamine on premises where children are present and was sentenced to 100   more

Caldwell Man Sentenced for Trafficking Marijuana
BOISE, Idaho, Jan. 19 -- The U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho issued the following news release: The fourth person in a marijuana trafficking conspiracy was sentenced today in federal court in Boise, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Jose Cardona-Ramirez, 47, of Caldwell, Idaho, was sentenced to 84 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to manufacture/distribute 1,000 or more marijuana plants. Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill fined C  more

Caldwell Takes Command of Army North, Fort Sam Houston
FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas, Jan. 17 -- The U.S. Department of Defense's Northern Command issued the following news release: Lt. Gen. William Caldwell IV assumed command of U.S. Army North (Fifth Army) and Fort Sam Houston before a gathering of fellow senior leaders, state and local government officials, family, service members and civilian partners Jan. 12 at Fort Sam Houston's historic Quadrangle. Caldwell carries on a family legacy that commenced 34 years earlier when his father, Lt. Gen. W  more

Civil Engineers Honored At Annual Gala
ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga., Jan. 18 -- The U.S. Air Force Reserve Command issued the following news release: The Air Force's focus on engineering and environmental projects in 2011 will be highlighted during the 50th Annual Civil Engineer Awards dinner at the Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling Officers' Club Feb. 23 at 5 p.m. Military member award category winners will be able to wear the Air Force recognition ribbon and civilian winners will be given the Air Force recognition lapel pin. 2011 Ci  more

Civil Engineers Recognized At Annual Gala
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- The U.S. Air Force issued the following stories: The Air Force's focus on engineering and environmental projects in 2011 will be highlighted during the 50th Annual Civil Engineer Awards dinner at the Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling Officers' Club Feb. 23 at 5 p.m. Military member award category winners will be able to wear the Air Force recognition ribbon and civilian winners will be given the Air Force recognition lapel pin. 2011 Civil Engineer Awards are: The Air F  more

Colorado Resident Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Investors in Texas Real Estate Scheme
WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 -- The U.S. Department of Justice's Criminal Division issued the following news release: The owner and president of Evans Real Estate Group LLC and a property manager and organizer of real estate investment funds pleaded guilty today for his role in defrauding investors in real estate investment funds that invested in the acquisition, renovation and continued operation of existing apartment complexes in Texas, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Jus  more

CSF Director Visits Fort Hood, Meets with Soldiers
FORT HOOD, Texas, Jan. 19 -- The U.S. Army issued the following news release: The resilience of Soldiers, civilians and Family members at Fort Hood was on full display Jan. 12 during a visit from the new Director of the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program, Brig. Gen. Jim Pasquarette. Pasquarette, who was appointed to the position less than two months ago, is currently in the midst of a comprehensive review of the CSF program. He said the best way to see what is working, and what needs to  more

Dallas Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Child Pornography Offense
DALLAS, Jan. 20 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas issued the following news release: Tyler John Korzinek, 24, of Dallas, pleaded guilty yesterday afternoon before U.S. District Judge Jane J. Boyle to one count of possessing child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldana of the Northern District of Texas. If the Court accepts the plea agreement between the government and Korzinek, the parties agree that the appropriate term of imprisonment is 120 months. In a  more

Darnall's Staff, Services Ensure Positive Behavioral Health Experiences for Soldiers, Families
FORT HOOD, Texas, Jan. 18 -- The U.S. Army issued the following news release: Taking care of and supporting military families is a national necessity, as outlined in the 2011 Presidential report, Strengthening Our Military Families. The initiative's number one priority, "enhancing the overall well-being and psychological health of the military family" is right on target with Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center's mission, according to the hospital commander, Col. Patrick Sargent. "The na  more

Dutch Defense Minister Visits Hood
FORT HOOD, Texas, Jan. 19 -- The U.S. Army issued the following news release: Dutch Defense Minister Hans Hillen came to Fort Hood Jan. 10 to meet with his troops who are training in Texas under the 21st Cavalry Brigade (Air Combat). He liked what he saw as he met with III Corps and Fort Hood Commanding General Lt. Gen. Don Campbell Jr., as well as soldiers and airmen from the Royal Netherlands Army's 12th Air Assault Infantry Battalion and the Royal Netherlands Air Force's 11th Air Mobili  more

Dyess Revolutionizes B-1 Sortie Generation
DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas, Jan. 20 -- The U.S. Air Force Air Combat Command issued the following news release: In the words of President Woodrow Wilson, "I would rather fail in a cause that will ultimately triumph than to triumph in a cause that will ultimately fail." With this mindset, and in the face of possible failure, Dyess leadership implemented revolutionary changes over the last 16-months in the way it maintains B-1s, and how its sorties are generated. Ensuring aviators are mi  more

Everything is Roses for the Horse Cavalry Detachment
PASADENA, Calif., Jan. 20 -- The U.S. Army issued the following news release: The 1st Cavalry Division's Horse Cavalry Detachment rang in 2012 in Pasadena, Calif. by representing the First Team for the ninth time in the 123rd Annual Tournament of Roses Parade Jan 1. For some Troopers it was their second or third Rose Parade, but for Spc. Will Smith, a fire control repairer and currently the "swamper," or the assistant to the driver of the mule team, or "muleskinner," it was his first Rose   more

FBI's Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending January 20, 2012
WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 -- The U.S. Department of Justice's Federal Bureau of Investigation issued the following news release: 1. Houston: Four Men Indicted on Hate Crime Charges A federal grand jury indicted four individuals on federal hate crime charges related to a racially motivated assault of a 29-year-old African-American man. Full Storyhttp://www.fbi.gov/houston/press-releases/2012/four-men-indicted-in-houston-on-federal-hate-crime-charges-related-to-the-assault-of-african-american-man   more

Federal Jury Convicts Fraudster
DALLAS, Jan. 19 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas issued the following news release: Following a five-day trial before U.S. District Judge Barbara M. G. Lynn, a federal jury has convicted Bradley C. Stark, 37, on all counts of an indictment charging seven counts of wire fraud and one count of securities fraud related to his fraudulent securities offerings, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldana of the Northern District of Texas (NDTX). Each of the wire fraud counts car  more

FEMA Awards More Than $1.3M For City Of Mcallen, Tx Drainage System Upgrade
DENTON, Texas, Jan. 19 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded more than $1.3 million to the state of Texas for the construction of basic drainage infrastructure for the Retiree Haven subdivision in the city of McAllen. FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) will pay 75 percent or $1,350,756 of the more than $1.8 million project. The project in  more

FEMA Awards More Than $2.9M For Cancer Center Drainage System Upgrade
WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded more than $2.9 million to the state of Texas for upgrades to an existing storm sewer system at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) will pay 75 percent or $2,906,250 of the more than $3.8 million project. The drainage upgrade project involves ups  more

FEMA Working to Increase Assistance for Wildfire Survivors
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 17 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: More than $1 million in additional disaster assistance is getting to wildfire survivors as a result of a new initiative launched by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in Texas. Under the initiative, wildfire survivors in 23 Texas counties designated for FEMA Individual Assistance are getting follow-up phone calls from a team of FEMA outrea  more

FERC Issues Letter Order Accepting Southwestern Electric Power Company's 11/22/11 Filing of an Amendment to the Power Supply Agreement with Northeast Texas Electric Cooperative, Inc Effective 12/17/10 Under ER12-461
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued the text of the following delegated order: Steptoe & Johnson LLP 1330 Connecticut Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20036 Attention: Steven J. Ross, Attorney Reference: Revisions to Power Supply Agreement Dear Mr. Ross: On November 22, 2011, you filed on behalf of Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) an amendment to the Power Supply Agreement between SWEPCO and Northea  more

FERC Issues Letter Order Accepting Southwestern Electric Power Company's 11/30/11 Filing of Amendments to the Power Supply Agreement with East Texas Electric Cooperative et al Under ER12-499
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued the text of the following delegated order: Steptoe & Johnson LLP 1330 Connecticut Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20036 Attention: Steven J. Ross, Attorney Reference: Revisions to Power Supply Agreement Dear Mr. Ross: On November 30, 2011, you filed on behalf of Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) amendments to the Power Supply Agreement (PSA) between SWEPCO, East Tex  more

FERC Issues Letter Order Accepting Southwestern Electric Power Company's 11/30/11 Filing of Amendments to the Restated and Amended Power Supply Agreement with Tex-La Electric Cooperative of Texas, Inc under ER12-500
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued the text of the following delegated order: Steptoe & Johnson LLP 1330 Connecticut Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20036 Attention: Steven J. Ross, Attorney Reference: Revisions to Power Supply Agreement Dear Mr. Ross: On November 30, 2011, you filed on behalf of Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) amendments to the Restated and Amended Power Supply Agreement (Revised PS  more

FERC Issues Notice of Action Taken regarding ISO New England, Inc et al
WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued the following notice: NOTICE OF ACTION TAKEN The Commission acted on the following items at the January 19, 2012 Commission Meeting. Item No Docket No. Company E-1 ER10-787-005 EL10-50-003 EL10-57-003 ER10-787-006 EL10-50-004 EL10-57-004 ER10-787-007 EL10-50-005 EL10-57-005 ISO New England, Inc. and New England Power Pool Participants Committee New England   more

FERC Issues Notice of FERC Staff Attendance at the Entergy Regional State Committee Work Group and Stakeholder Meeting
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued the following notice: NOTICE OF FERC STAFF ATTENDANCE AT THE ENTERGY REGIONAL STATE COMMITTEE WORK GROUP AND STAKEHOLDER MEETING (January 18, 2012) The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission hereby gives notice that members of its staff may attend the meeting noted below. Their attendance is part of the Commission's ongoing outreach efforts. Entergy Regional State Committee Working Group   more

FERC Issues Notice of Petition for Declaratory Order re Magellan Pipeline Company, L.P under OR12-7
WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued the following notice: Magellan Pipeline Company, L.P. Docket No. OR12-7-000 NOTICE OF PETITION FOR DECLARATORY ORDER Take notice that on December 29, 2011, pursuant to Rule 207(a)(2) of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (Commission) Rules of Practice and Procedure, 18 CFR 385.207(a)(2)(2011), Magellan Pipeline Company, L.P. (Magellan) filed a petition for a declaratory or  more

FERC Issues Order to Enterprise Texas Pipeline LLC on Revised Statement of Operating Conditions
WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued the text of the following delegated order: In Reply Refer To: Letter Order Pursuant to section 375.307 Enterprise Texas Pipeline LLC Docket No. PR12-5-000 Enterprise Texas Pipeline LLC 1100 Louisiana Street Houston, TX 77002-5227 Attention: Jeffrey M. Molinaro Senior Specialist, Regulatory Affairs Reference: Revised Statement of Operating Conditions Dear Mr. Molin  more

Former Fort Worth Tax Preparer Sentenced to Four Years in Federal Prison
FORT WORTH, Texas, Jan. 17 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas issued the following news release: Iris Yolanda Smith was sentenced this morning by U.S. District Judge Terry R. Means to four years in federal prison and ordered to pay $103,044 in restitution following her guilty plea in October 2011 to one count of fictitious or false claims, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldana of the Northern District of Texas. Judge Means ordered that she surrender to the Bureau of Pr  more

Former Sec Head of Enforcement for the Fort Worth Office Settles Conflict of Interest Allegations
PLANO, Texas, Jan. 13 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas issued the following news release: Spencer Barasch, 54, of Dallas, and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Texas have entered into a settlement agreement today resolving federal conflict of interest allegations arising from Barasch's representation of Stanford Financial Group, announced Eastern District of Texas U.S. Attorney John M. Bales. Barasch has agreed to pay a fine of $50,000, which is the  more

Fort Hood Town Hall Taking New Approach
FORT HOOD, Texas, Jan. 19 -- The U.S. Army issued the following news release: III Corps and Fort Hood leaders are taking a groundbreaking approach to a community town hall event set for Jan. 26. The Fort Hood Facebook and TV Town Hall, which will run from 5-7 p.m. on Jan. 26, combines social media, over-the-air television broadcasts and Internet radio for the first time in an attempt to engage as many community members as possible during the event. "This effort is unprecedented," Lt. Gen.   more

General Officer Announcements
WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 -- The U.S. Department of Defense issued the following news release: Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta announced today that the President has made the following nominations: Army Maj. Gen. Daniel B. Allyn has been nominated for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and for assignment as commanding general, XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg, Fort Bragg, N.C. Allyn is currently serving as the commanding general, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas/co  more

Georgia Firm Pays $16,900 to Settle Grass Seed Case
WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service issued the following news release: The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced that Pennington Seed Inc., Madison, Ga., has paid $16,900 to settle alleged violations of the Federal Seed Act. This settlement resolves 18 cases involving shipments of grass seed. Thirteen shipments of grass seed mixtures were shipped to Georgia, Kentucky, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, an  more

HUD Provides $31 Million to Texas Communities to Recover From 2011 Disasters
WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 -- The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development announced the following grant for Texas: U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan today allocated $400 million in emergency aid to help communities in eight states to recover from presidentially declared natural disasters in 2011. Provided through HUD's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, these grants will support long-term disaster recovery efforts in areas with the greatest extent  more

HUD Provides $400 Million to Help Communities in Eight States to Recover From 2011 Disasters
WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 -- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development issued the following news release: U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan today allocated $400 million in emergency aid to help communities in eight states to recover from presidentially declared natural disasters in 2011. Provided through HUD's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, these grants will support long-term disaster recovery efforts in areas with the greatest extent of   more

HUD Provides $400 Million to Help Communities in Eight States to Recover from 2011 Disasters
WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 -- The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development announced the following grant for Pennsylvania: U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan today allocated $400 million in emergency aid to help communities in eight states to recover from presidentially declared natural disasters in 2011. Provided through HUD's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, these grants will support long-term disaster recovery efforts in areas with the greatest  more

HUD Provides $400 Million to Help Communities in Eight States to Recover From 2011 Disasters
WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 -- The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development announced the following grant for Vermont: U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan today allocated $400 million in emergency aid to help communities in eight states to recover from presidentially declared natural disasters in 2011. Provided through HUD's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, these grants will support long-term disaster recovery efforts in areas with the greatest exte  more

ICE HSI Tip Line Generates Investigative Leads
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued the following news release: A human smuggling ring was underway in Austin, Texas. The victims were illegal aliens, taken from their home country without their consent. Human smugglers were holding them ransom until family members paid exorbitant smuggling fees. Across the country, a violent MS-13 gang member, who was in the country illegally, was living and working near Silver Spr  more

Kradjian Imp Co is Doing an Expanded Recall of Cedar Tree Brand Tresse Cheese and Cedar Tree Brand Shinglish Cheese Because of Possible Health Risk
WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 -- The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' Food & Drug Administration issued the following recall notice: Kradjian Imp Co, Glendale, CA is recalling 231 Cases, 22Lb / Cs of Cedar Tree brand Tresse Cheese, 16 oz and Cedar Tree brand Shinglish cheese, 16 oz because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weaken  more

Late Supervisor's Lessons Live On
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas, Jan. 18 -- The U.S. Air Force issued the following stories: Commentary by Chief Master Sgt. Matt Proietti Air Force Public Affairs Agency The best Air Force boss I've ever had was a Navy brat who never served a day in uniform. Tracey Schwarze was my civilian supervisor in a reserve airlift wing from 1989 to 1991 when she was in her late 20s. I was five years younger and respected her immediately because she was bright, hardworking and serious a  more

Laughlin Named Busiest Airfield In AF For 2011
RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas, Jan. 19 -- The U.S. Air Force Air Education and Training Command issued the following news release: Laughlin was officially announced the busiest airfield and combined air traffic control tower in the Air Force for 2011 on Jan. 10 by the Air Force Flight Standards Agency for having a total of 337,439 operations. Controlling the busiest airfield in the Air Force is the 47th Operations Support Squadron radar approach control section and tower. The RAPCON was i  more

Loggerhead's, Canine Companions Dominate Coast Guard Video Contest
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Coast Guard issued the following news release: The U.S. Coast Guard announced the winner of its 2011 Video of the Year contest Tuesday, a contest that highlighted the year's most compelling cases from the work done every day by America's Coast Guard. The winning video features Coast Guard members partnering with Moody Garden's Aquarium and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to release eight Kemp's Rid  more

Man Sentenced to 105 Months on Federal Drug Charges
MONTGOMERY, Ala., Jan. 20 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama issued the following news release: Eduardo Leal-Arispe, 47, of McAllen, Texas, was sentenced yesterday to 105 months in federal prison, after being convicted on one count of possessing with the intent to distribute almost a kilogram of heroin and one count of interstate transportation in aid of racketeering enterprises, U.S. Attorney George L. Beck, Jr., announced today. On February 13, 2009, Leal was stopped  more

Manalapan, N.J., Woman Charged with Allegedly Sexually Abusing Minor Girl and Streaming Assault Live Over the Internet
WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 -- The U.S. Department of Justice's Criminal Division issued the following news release: A Manalapan, N.J., woman was charged today for allegedly sexually abusing a five-year-old girl on more than one occasion and streaming footage of a sexual assault over the Internet, Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department's Criminal Division and New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. A complaint filed today in the District of New Jersey char  more

Manalapan, N.J., Woman Charged with Sexually Abusing Girl, Streaming Assault Live Over the Internet
TRENTON, N.J., Jan. 19 -- The U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey issued the following news release: A Manalapan, N.J., woman is charged with the sexual exploitation of a 5-year-old girl after allegedly abusing the girl on more than one occasion and streaming footage of a sexual assault over the Internet, New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman and Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department's Criminal Division announced. A Complaint filed today charges J  more

Marine Helicopter Mechanic in Afghanistan Saves Lives with Maintenance Discovery
CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan, Jan. 17 -- The U.S. Marine Corps issued the following official news story: A Marine Corps sergeant in Afghanistan who unearthed a never-before-seen maintenance issue in a UH-1Y Huey was recently awarded by the Marine Corps for his potentially lifesaving find. The sergeant was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal in a ceremony at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, Jan. 12. Sgt. Christopher Lemke, a mechanic with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 36  more

Marubeni Corporation Resolves Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Investigation and Agrees to Pay a $54.6 Million Criminal Penalty
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- The U.S. Department of Justice's Criminal Division issued the following news release: Marubeni Corporation has agreed to pay a $54.6 million criminal penalty to resolve charges related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) for its participation in a decade-long scheme to bribe Nigerian government officials to obtain engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts, the Justice Department's Criminal Division announced today. The department filed a   more

Navy Medicine Announces New Eyeglass Frame
WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 -- The U.S. Navy issued the following news release: Navy Medical Logistics Command (NMLC) announced Jan. 19 that all active duty and Reserve personnel, including recruits will soon have a new standard issue eyeglass frame available. Since 1990, military personnel and recruits have received standard issue S9 eyeglass frames, often jokingly referred to as "birth control glasses" or simply "BCGs." Not any longer. "We are happy to announce that the New Year brings with i  more

New Truncal Tourniquet Ready for Battlefield Use
FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas, Jan. 19 -- The U.S. Army issued the following news release: Saving the lives of combat wounded is one of the main objectives at the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Research on pre-hospital care devices like the tourniquet has proven to save lives in the battlefield from a wound to the arms or legs, which was once the most common cause of preventable death. Now, after almost two years of research on a device to prevent the most c  more

NIH Announces Funding for New Learning Disabilities Research Centers
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' National Institutes of Health issued the following news release: Funding for four centers to conduct research on the causes and treatment of learning disabilities in children and adolescents has been provided by the National Institutes of Health. The centers were established in 1989 by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). The NICHD Learning Disabilities Research Ce  more

NOAA: 2011 a Year of Climate Extremes in the United States
WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Weather Service issued the following news release: According to NOAA scientists, 2011 was a record-breaking year for climate extremes, as much of the United States faced historic levels of heat, precipitation, flooding and severe weather, while La Nina events at both ends of the year impacted weather patterns at home and around the world. NOAA's annual analysis of U.S. and global conditions, conducted by   more

NOAA: 2011 a Year of Climate Extremes in the United States
WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 -- The U.S. Department of Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following news release: According to NOAA scientists, 2011 was a record-breaking year for climate extremes, as much of the United States faced historic levels of heat, precipitation, flooding and severe weather, while La NiAaa events at both ends of the year impacted weather patterns at home and around the world. NOAA's annual analysis of U.S. and global conditions, conducted  more

OCC Will Hold Hearing on Charges against Patrick Adams; Agency Seeks Personal Cease & Desist Order and $100,000 Civil Money Penalty
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 -- The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Comptroller of the Currency issued the following news release: The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) today announced a public hearing before an Administrative Law Judge beginning Monday, January 23, 2012, concerning an enforcement proceeding against Patrick Adams, former President and Chief Executive Officer of T Bank, N.A., Dallas, Texas. The OCC is seeking an order that would require Mr. Adams to refrain from invo  more

Public Asked to View Flood Maps in Llano County, Texas
DENTON, Texas, Jan. 17 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: In four short months, Llano County, Texas will have final flood maps that show the most current flood risks, giving homeowners, renters and business owners the information they need to make informed decisions. Local officials and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) expect the maps to become effective on May 2, 2012. In the meantime, everyone  more

Public Asked to View Flood Maps in Llano County, Texas
DENTON, Texas, Jan. 17 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: In four short months, Llano County, Texas will have final flood maps that show the most current flood risks, giving homeowners, renters and business owners the information they need to make informed decisions. Local officials and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) expect the maps to become effective on May 2, 2012. In the meantime, everyone  more

Public Asked to View Flood Maps in White County, Arkansas
DENTON, Texas, Jan. 17 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: In four short months, White County, Arkansas will have final flood maps that show the most current flood risks, giving homeowners, renters and business owners the information they need to make informed decisions. Local officials and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) expect the maps to become effective on May 2, 2012. In the meantime, every  more

Quality Assurance Airman Turns Hardship Into Strength
KUNSAN AIR BASE, South Korea, Jan. 17 -- The U.S. Air Force issued the following stories: (Editor's note: This story is part of "Through Airmen's Eyes". These stories and commentaries focus on a single Airman, highlighting their Air Force story.) Tech. Sgt. Barry Armstrong grew up in a broken home, living with his mother and siblings moving from town to town looking for work just to make ends meet. After graduating high school, he attended college at the Florida Institute of Technology   more

Regional Competitions Begin for the 22nd Annual National Science Bowl
WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 -- The U.S. Department of Energy issued the following news release: U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced today that the regional competitions of the 22nd Annual U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl will kickoff tomorrow, Saturday, January 21. Thousands of middle and high school students from across the country will face off against one another on a range of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, earth science, physics and astronomy, as well as m  more

San Angelo, Texas Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Child Pornography Offense
LUBBOCK, Texas, Jan. 19 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas issued the following news release: Clifford Ralph Blair, 58, of San Angelo, Texas, pleaded guilty this afternoon before U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to one count of receiving child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldana of the Northern District of Texas. Blair, who is on bond, faces a statutory sentence of not less than five years nor more than 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and up to a   more

Sex Offender Fugitive from Texas Arrested in Hawaii by U.S. Marshals Task Force
MILILANI, Hawaii, Jan. 15 -- The U.S. Department of Justice's U.S. Marshals Service issued the following news release: On January 13, 2012 in the late evening hours, members of the U.S. Marshals Service Adam Walsh Task Force arrested wanted fugitive Rodolfo "Rudy" Sanchez, age 41 of San Antonio, Texas, at a residence in Mililani. Sanchez was wanted by the law enforcement out of Harris County, Texas pursuant to two felony arrest warrants. On July 22, 2009, Sanchez was indicted by a Harris Coun  more

Shout Environmental Exploration Program from the Smithsonian Helps Educators Bring Learning to Life
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- The Smithsonian Institution issued the following news release: The Smithsonian is offering teachers a multidimensional resource for expanding and enriching curriculum with Shout, a free environmental exploration program. Through interactive webinars, comprehensive lesson-planning materials and hands-on activities, Shout features renowned Smithsonian scientists and other experts in the arts and humanities. Now in its second year, Shout is a joint project of the Smiths  more

SMA Chandler Visits Army South, Speaks to Soldiers
FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas, Jan. 18 -- The U.S. Army issued the following news release: Sgt. Maj. of the Army, Raymond F. Chandler III visited U.S. Army South Headquarters, conducted a town hall meeting with more than 300 enlisted Soldiers at Blesse Auditorium, and spoke about possible upcoming policy changes here Jan. 6. Chandler, hosted by Maj. Gen. Simeon G. Trombitas, Army South commander, received a mission brief from Command Sgt. Maj. Gabriel Cervantes, Army South command sergeant major  more

Sources Added Final Quarter of 2011
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- The U.S. Department of Education's Education Resources Information Center issued the following news: The ERIC Collection expanded during the fourth quarter of 2011 to include 35 additional organizations producing grey literature and books, and four journals. The lists below provide details of these additions. ERIC will index documents and journal articles upon receipt from the publisher in reverse chronological order, and release records to www.eric.ed.gov. Grey L  more

South Texas Grocer Sentenced To Nearly 4 Years In Prison For Food Stamp Fraud
BROWNSVILLE, Texas, Jan. 17 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued the following news release: The owner of a south Texas grocery store was sentenced Tuesday to nearly four years in federal prison for defrauding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamp fraud, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson, Southern District of Texas. Parviz Sheikh Rezaei, 56, the proprietor of Pariz Dollar Supermarke  more

Southeast Texas Man Sentenced To More Than 7 Years For Possessing Child Pornography
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, Jan. 17 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued the following news release: A Southeast Texas man was sentenced Tuesday to 87 months in federal prison for possessing child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson, Southern District of Texas. The investigation was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Corpus Christi Police Department   more

Spiritual Fitness Takes Soldiers to New Heights
HARKER HEIGHTS, Texas, Jan. 20 -- The U.S. Army issued the following news release: Several First Strike Soldiers along with the help of their battalion chaplain and his assistant, made small work of some oversized boulders while showing the true strength of their combined spiritual fitness. Forty Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 21st Field Artillery Regiment, 41st Fires Brigade took on the challenges at Boulders Sport Climbing Center located in Harker Heights during a battalion spiritual f  more

State Asks San Antonio District Court to Speed Up Scheduled Proceedings in Order for Elections to be Conducted April 3, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 20 -- The Texas Attorney General issued the following news release: Late today, the San Antonio District Court, in response to the U.S. Supreme Court striking down the court-drawn interim redistricting maps, set a scheduling order calling for a hearing on February 1, 2012. In response, the Office of the Attorney General immediately filed a Motion to Reconsider, because the court's schedule appears to delay when Texas primary elections could take place. In order for e  more

State Department Issues Background Note on Republic of Indonesia
WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 -- The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Intelligence and Research Electronic Affairs Publication Office issued the following Background Note: Official Name: Republic of Indonesia PROFILE Geography Area: 2 million sq. km. (736,000 sq. mi.), about three times the size of Texas; maritime area: 7,900,000 sq. km. Cities: Capital--Jakarta (est. 9.7 million). Other cities--Surabaya 2.8 million, Medan 2.1 million, Bandung 2.4 million. Terrain: More than 17,500 i  more

State Department Issues Background Note on State of Qatar
WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 -- The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Intelligence and Research Electronic Affairs Publication Office issued the following Background Note: Official Name: State of Qatar PROFILE Geography Area: 11,437 sq. km. (4,427 sq. mi.); about the size of Connecticut and Rhode Island combined. Cities: Capital--Doha 1,100,000 (2010 est.). Other cities--Messaieed, Al-Khor, Dukhan, Ruwais. Terrain: Mostly desert, flat, rocky, barren. Climate: Hot and humid in summ  more

Student 2 Student Welcomes Newcomers to Wiesbaden High School
WIESBADEN, Germany, Jan. 19 -- The U.S. Army issued the following news release: Looking back, Joseph Griffith would have enjoyed having someone official show him around when he moved to Germany from Texas in the seventh grade. That is one of the reasons he volunteers for Student 2 Student, an organization at Wiesbaden High School that has students orient new students at the school. Wiesbaden High, like most schools in a military community, receives a large number of new students. The   more

Supervisor Resource Center Moves To AF Portal
RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas, Jan. 17 -- The U.S. Air Force Air Force Personnel Center issued the following news release: Information, education and training critical to civilian supervisors is available at such online resources as the Supervisory Resource Center, which has moved to the Air Force Portal, SRC developers announced today. Formerly located on the Air Force Knowledge Now platform as a community of practice page, Air Force Materiel Command has managed the SRC in some form sinc  more

Tax Preparers and Others Indicted in Tax Refund Conspiracy
DALLAS, Jan. 20 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas issued the following news release: Five defendants, charged in an indictment with various offenses related to their conspiracy to fraudulently obtain income tax refunds by misusing the First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit, have been arrested by special agents with the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldana of the Northern District of Texas and Andrea D. Whelan, Special Agen  more

Team Bliss Cloth Diaper Brigade Shows How to Save Green
FORT BLISS, Texas, Jan. 17 -- The U.S. Army issued the following news release: Disposable diapers are one of the more costly expenses of raising children. Having to change diapers every few hours or so can cost a family more than $50 a week. Sabrina Halverson aims to show families that they have a choice in how they diaper their children. Halverson is the leader of the Fort Bliss Cloth Diaper Brigade, a group who shows families that there are options other than costly disposable diapers.   more

Texas Attorney General Secures $158 Million Agreement with Drug Maker Over Medicaid Fraud Allegations
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 19 -- The Texas Attorney General issued the following news release: Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today issued the following statement on Johnson & Johnson's agreement to pay $158 million to resolve the State's Medicaid fraud claims: "Today's agreement sends a strong message that the State will pursue those who defraud Texas taxpayers. Johnson & Johnson's scheme to profit from the Medicaid program by overstating the safety and effectiveness of an expensive drug and  more

Texas Businessman Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to 235 Months in Prison for Laundering Millions of Dollars for a Mexican Narcotics Trafficking Organization
WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York issued the following news release: Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that VIKRAM DATTA, the owner of multiple retail perfume stores located on the United States-Mexico border, was sentenced today in Manhattan federal court to 235 months in prison. In September 2011, he was found guilty after a two-week trial of conspiracy charges stemming from his use of his   more

Texas Firm Pays $16,200 to Settle Seed Case
WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service issued the following news release: The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced that James Reneau Seed Company, Shamrock, Texas, has paid $16,200 to settle alleged violations of the Federal Seed Act. The company settled these cases in agreement with AMS officials. The company neither admitted nor denied the charges brought against them. This settlement resolves   more

Texas Man Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine
FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill., Jan. 19 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois issued the following news release: On January 19, 2012, Nikias Bradley, a thirty-eight year old Lancaster, TX man pled guilty to one count of Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with the Intent to Distribute 5 Kilograms or More of Cocaine, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Sentencing is set for April 30, 2012, in East St. Louis, IL.  more

The Business Of The Boom
MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan., Jan. 17 -- The U.S. Air Force Reserve Command issued the following news release: Senior Master Sgt. Ray Lewis spends the majority of his work days lying flat on his stomach, cruising at more than 500 miles per hour, 30,000 feet above the surface of the earth, passing gas. It isn't a typical nine-to-five job ... but then again, Lewis' particular field of expertise isn't exactly typical either. Lewis is a refueling boom operator assigned to the 18th Air Ref  more

Training for the Games Wounded Warriors Gather for Army Warrior Games Shooting Camp
WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 -- The U.S. Army issued the following news release: Twenty five wounded Soldiers gathered from different installations to Fort Bliss and El Paso to participate in the WG Shooting Training Camp, Jan. 11-14. "This is our very first of three shooting clinics for selecting the 2012 WG Shooting team," said Master Sgt. Howard Day, Army Shooting Coach for Warrior Transition Command and student at United States Sergeants Major Academy. "We partnered with University of Texas El   more

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report
WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration issued the following news release: SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA In the week ending January 14, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 352,000, a decrease of 50,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 402,000. The 4-week moving average was 379,000, a decrease of 3,500 from the previous week's revised average of 382,500. The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemploymen  more

US Department of Labor's OSHA Orders AirTran Airways to Reinstate Pilot, Pay More Than $1 Million in Back Wages and Damages
ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 17 -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued the following news release: The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has ordered AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of Dallas, Texas-based Southwest Airlines Co., to reinstate a former pilot who was fired after reporting numerous mechanical concerns. The agency also has ordered that the pilot be paid more than $1 million in back wages plus interest and c  more

USAISR Research Benefits Everyone
WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 -- The U.S. Army issued the following news release: The research conducted on tourniquets at the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research is proving to be beneficial beyond the battlefield. The research that started in 2004 showed that tourniquets were effective at stopping blood loss from injuries to the arms and legs without long-term complications, saving the lives of wounded warriors. Shortly thereafter, the Department of Defense ordered that the Combat Application Tou  more

USS Houston Arrives at New Homeport
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- The U.S. Navy issued the following news release: Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Houston (SSN 713) arrived at its new homeport, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Jan. 17, after completing a change of homeport from Commander, Submarine Squadron 15 in Apra Harbor, Guam. Houston, with a crew size of 150, departed Guam Jan. 6 after nine years of being forward deployed. While at Pearl Harbor, Houston will be assigned to Commander, Submarine Squadron 7. "The c  more

Whidbey Island, 22nd MEU Conclude Port Visit in Malta
VALETTA, Malta, Jan. 17 -- The U.S. Navy issued the following news release: Deployed Sailors and Marines aboard amphibious dock landing ship USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) concluded a four-day port visit in Valetta, Malta, Jan. 16. The crew hosted a dinner reception aboard the ship Jan. 13, assisted with refurbishing a public park Jan. 14, and enjoyed tours and time off around the island during the visit. "We are extremely excited to be here in Malta before we head back home to the cold of  more

White House Highlights Arkansas Emergency Manager as a 'Champion Of Change'
DENTON, Texas, Jan. 18 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: On Thursday, Jan. 19, Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) Deputy Branch Chief for Homeland Security Chad Stover will be one of 17 local leaders honored at the White House as a "Champion of Change." These men and women have demonstrated significant innovation and creativity in working to get their communities ready for the unexpected. They h  more

White House Highlights Denton County Volunteer as a 'Champion Of Change'
DENTON, Texas, Jan. 18 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: On Thursday, Jan. 19, Denton County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Coordinator Brenda Gormley will be one of 17 local leaders honored at the White House as a "Champion of Change." These men and women have demonstrated significant innovation and creativity in working to get their communities ready for the unexpected. They have also embraced the a  more

Wichita Falls Earns Top AETC Community Support Award
RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas, Jan. 19 -- The U.S. Air Force Air Education and Training Command issued the following news release: The commander of Air Education and Training Command, Gen. Edward A. Rice Jr., announced Wichita Falls, Texas, as the winner of this year's Altus Trophy for outstanding community support. The Altus Trophy was established in 2010 to recognize the community that best supports its local AETC unit. Seven communities took part in the competition this year, said Dr.   more

Your Ideas for Putting Americans Back to Work
WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 -- The White House issued the following blog by Erin Lindsay, Deputy Director of Online Engagement: Back in November, for the latest installment of the White House's Advise the Advisor series, Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Nancy-Ann DeParle asked Americans for their ideas for executive actions or steps that President Obama could take, without waiting for Congress to act, to help out middle class families and small business and put Americans back to work. Over 18,00  more




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