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State Correctional Institution Mahanoy Reports Inmate Death
FRACKVILLE, Pennsylvania, Nov. 13 -- The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections issued the following news release:

State Correctional Institution at Mahanoy Superintendent Theresa A. DelBalso reports the death of an inmate.

On November 11, 2019, at 3:20 PM,inmate Tyrone Briggswas involved in an altercation with another inmate on the walkway near their housing unit. While waiting to be processed into the restricted housing unit, Briggs became unresponsive. Medical was notified, and Briggs was transported to the prison's medical triage area where CPR was started. Briggs was pronounced dead by Dr. ... Show Full Article

Missouri PSC Approves Change in Fuel Adjustment Charge for Empire District Electric Customers
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, Nov. 13 -- The Missouri Public Service Commission issued the following news release:

The Missouri Public Service Commission has approved a request filed by The Empire District Electric Company (Empire) to change the fuel adjustment charge (FAC) on the monthly bills of its electric customers.

As a result of this filing, the FAC for a residential customer using 1,000 kWh (kilowatt-hours) of electricity a month will decrease by approximately $5.01 a month. The change is expected to take effect on December 1, 2019.

The FAC change reflects Empire's fuel and purchased power ... Show Full Article

Mich. State Rep. Markkanen: Rate Reduction Shows Car Insurance Reforms Are Working
LANSING, Michigan, Nov. 13 -- The Michigan House Republicans issued the following news release on behalf of State Rep. Greg Markkanen:

State Rep. Greg Markkanen today said a fee reduction announced by the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association is a positive indication that drivers across the Upper Peninsula will save money through the state's recent car insurance reforms.

The MCCA announced it will charge a $100 per vehicle assessment for the year-long period beginning July 2, 2020. That is down from the current $220 per vehicle - a 55 percent savings and a direct result of reforms supported ... Show Full Article

Maryland Approves Three New Apprenticeship Programs and Adds 11 Youth Apprenticeship Employers
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland, Nov. 13 -- The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation issued the following news release:

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- Expanding Opportunities for Marylanders While Building the State's Future Workforce

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The Maryland Department of Labor today announced that the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Council has approved three new registered apprenticeship programs and 11 new youth apprenticeship employers. These additions to Maryland's apprenticeship programs are expanding opportunities for students and workers in high-wage skilled trade jobs and non-traditional industries while ... Show Full Article

Illinois State Rep. Mah Measure Will Cap Insulin Costs for Patients in Need
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, Nov. 13 -- The Illinois House Democrats issued the following news on behalf of Illinois State Rep. Theresa Mah, D-Chicago:

State Rep. Theresa Mah, D-Chicago, is working to cap insulin costs for patients as part of her work to lower prescription drug prices for Illinoisans.

"It is wrong for patients in need of insulin treatments to be priced out of lifesaving health care," Mah said. "In Illinois, we will put an end to large insurance corporations and prescription drug companies putting profits ahead of people."

To ensure that individuals in need of insulin do not face outrageous ... Show Full Article

Georgia Gov. Kemp Names Eighteen Appointments
ATLANTA, Georgia, Nov. 13 -- Gov. Brian P. Kemp, R-Georgia, issued the following news release:

On Wednesday, November 13, 2019, Governor Brian P. Kemp conducted swearing-in ceremonies for eighteen (18) appointees to serve on the Georgia Film, Music, and Digital Entertainment Commission.

Georgia Film, Music, and Digital Entertainment Commission

Stephen "Steve" Weizenecker is an entertainment lawyer with Barnes and Thornburg in Atlanta. He earned a bachelor's degree from Emory University and law degree from J.D. Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He and his wife have two children.

Frank Patterson previously ... Show Full Article

Colorado A.G.: October Safe2Tell Report Shows Continued Increase in Tips
DENVER, Colorado, Nov. 13 -- Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser issued the following news release:

Safe2Tell released its monthly report for October today.

In October, the program received 2,622 tips, a 15% increase in monthly tip volume compared to the same time last year.

"By reporting any information that could be a threat to themselves or others, our Colorado students and families are helping keep our schools safe," said Attorney General Phil Weiser. "Safe2Tell aims to encourage students to speak up, and to know their tips are taken seriously."

To date for the 2019-2020 school year, ... Show Full Article