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Virginia Gov. Northam Issues Proclamation on Virginia Hospital Week
RICHMOND, Virginia, May 11 -- Gov. Ralph S. Northam, R-Virginia, issued the following proclamation:

WHEREAS, public health is critical to sustaining and improving the Commonwealth; and

WHEREAS, a hallmark of Virginia's public health network is the extensive collaboration among its hospitals and health systems; and

WHEREAS, frontline caregivers in hospitals and health systems throughout the Commonwealth have rapidly responded to the COVID-19 pandemic while demonstrating great resilience and working tirelessly to keep Virginians safe and healthy; and

WHEREAS, Virginia hospitals have treated and ... Show Full Article

Va. A.G. Herring Urges Facebook to Abandon Launch of Instagram Kids
RICHMOND, Virginia, May 11 -- Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring issued the following news release:

Citing serious concerns about the safety and wellbeing of children and the danger social media poses to young people, Attorney General Mark R. Herring has joined a bipartisan coalition of 44 attorneys general in urging Facebook to abandon its plans to launch a version of Instagram for children under the age of 13. In a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Attorney General Herring and his colleagues contend that social media can be detrimental to children for a myriad of reasons and that ... Show Full Article

Tenn. A.G. Slatery Leads Coalition Urging Facebook to Abandon Launch of Instagram Kids
NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 11 -- Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery III issued the following news:

Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III is leading a coalition of 44 attorneys general urging Facebook to abandon its plans to launch a version of Instagram for children under the age of 13.

"Facebook has a record of failing to protect the safety and privacy of children," said General Slatery. "Let's not take their word for it that this time- and with a product specifically created for children- is going to be any different."

In their letter to CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the attorneys general express ... Show Full Article

N.Y. State Comptroller DiNapoli: Amazon Shareholders Urged to Support Audit of Company's Policies on Racial Inclusion
ALBANY, New York, May 11 -- New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli issued the following news release:

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today released a statement on behalf of the New York State Common Retirement Fund (Fund) to fellow Amazon shareholders in advance of the company's annual shareholders' meeting on May 26, 2021. The statement calls on shareholders to vote for the Fund's shareholder proposal seeking an independent audit of the company's practices related to civil rights, racial equity, diversity and inclusion, and how they affect the company's business.

The Fund's ... Show Full Article

N.Y. Gov. Cuomo Announces Eight New Pop-Up Vaccination Sites at MTA Stations
ALBANY, New York, May 11 -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-New York, issued the following news release on May 10, 2021:

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced eight new pop-up vaccination sites at MTA station stops in the New York City, Long Island and Mid-Hudson regions. The sites will serve up to 300 walk-ins per day on a first come, first served basis utilizing the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The MTA will provide incentives to get vaccinated at the sites, including a free seven-day MetroCard or free round trip Long Island Rail Road or Metro-North ticket. The MTA will partner with SOMOS Community ... Show Full Article

Del. Gov. Carney Nominates Kevin O'Connell as Chief Defender for the State of Del.
DOVER, Delaware, May 11 -- Gov. John C. Carney, D-Delaware, issued the following news release:

Governor John Carney on Monday nominated Kevin O'Connell to serve as the next Chief Defender for the State of Delaware, leading the Delaware Office of Defense Services (ODS). The Delaware Senate is expected to consider his nomination next week.

"Kevin has the experience, character, and commitment to justice for all Delawareans that is so critical for a public defender," said Governor Carney. "I'm confident he will be a strong leader of the Office of Defense Services and continue to provide important ... Show Full Article

California PUC Issues Decision Granting Petition for Modifications Involving Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority
SAN FRANCISCO, California, May 11 -- The California Public Utilities Commission issued the following decision granting petition for modifications (Agenda ID No. 19439):

BEFORE THE PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA

Application of the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority for an order authorizing construction of two light rail tracks and one freight track, for three (3) highway-rail crossings at (1) Wheeler Avenue, (2) A Street and (3) D Street in the City of La Verne in Los Angeles County, California.

DECISION GRANTING PETITION FOR MODIFICATION OF DECISION ... Show Full Article