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Federal Tipoffs Involving Alabama Newsletter for Sunday June 21, 2020 ( 10 items )  

Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts: Virtual Internships Provide Inside Look at Court
WASHINGTON, June 17 -- The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts issued the following news: For more than a decade, an annual summer intern program hosted by the Northern District of Alabama has given law students a vivid close-up view of the criminal and civil process. This year, the highly hands-on program was jeopardized by wide shutdowns related to the coronavirus (COVID-19). But with imagination and persistence, more than 50 students will still get a memorable learning experience--most  more

Air University: Class is Back in Session for Barnes Center
MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Alabama, June 16 -- Air University issued the following news: After a short break due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Thomas N. Barnes Center for Enlisted Education has begun virtual in-residence remote courses, June 1, 2020. The courses currently in session are the Chiefs Leadership Course and three Noncommissioned Officer Academies: Airey, Vosler and Kadena. Students and faculty are engaging with one another via video conferencing software and are afforded the same mat  more

Ala. U.S. Attorney: Inmate, Corrections Officer Sentenced in Federal Court on Drug Conspiracy Charges
MOBILE, Alabama, June 17 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama, Richard W. Moore, issued the following news release: United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Wiggins Washington, 52, of Bay Minette, Alabama, and Michael Rashard Dread, 34, of Foley, Alabama, were sentenced on June 2, 2020, in federal court for their involvement in a scheme to smuggle two ounces of methamphetamine ice into Fountain Correctional Facility in Atmor  more

Army News Service: With Airlines Lagging, Army Looking to Bring Former Aviators Back
FORT RUCKER, Alabama, June 16 -- The U.S. Army News Service issued the following news: With airlines running a reduced flight schedule and generally not hiring, the Army is open to accepting former aviators and crew members back into the service, according to the Army's command chief warrant officer for the aviation branch. Chief Warrant Officer 5 Jon Koziol appeared on a Facebook livestream Wednesday evening from Fort Rucker, Alabama, and explained the opportunities to those tuning into the p  more

Commodity Futures Trading Commission: Federal Court Orders Alabama Man to Pay $755,000 for Binary Options Fraud
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- The Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued the following enforcement news release: The Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced that the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama issued an order granting a permanent injunction against Aaron B. Butler, a former resident of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and requiring him to pay a combined $755,000 in restitution and civil monetary penalty for violations of the Commodity Exchange Act and CFTC regulations.  more

Corps of Engineers: Mobile District Signs Partnership Agreement With Alabama State Port Authority
MOBILE, Alabama, June 18 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Mobile District issued the following news release: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District is pleased to announce it has entered into a Project Partnership Agreement with the Alabama State Port Authority, to deepen and widen the Mobile Harbor Ship Channel in Mobile, Alabama. Colonel Sebastien P. Joly, Commander of the Mobile District, and John C. Driscoll, Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Alabama State Port Author  more

Labor Dept. Recovers $15,385 in Wages After Huntsville, Alabama, Dry Cleaners Missed Payroll
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama, June 16 -- The U.S. Department of Labor issued the following news release: After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Copeland Cleaners Inc. - a dry cleaning enterprise based in Huntsville, Alabama - has paid $15,385 in wages to 29 employees to resolve minimum wage violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). WHD investigators determined Copeland Cleaners Inc. - operating as Copeland Cleaners and Wilson Cleaners at five Ala  more

Maxwell-Gunter Child Development Centers Open for Mission-Essential Personnel
MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Alabama, June 16 -- Air University issued the following news: The Maxwell Air Force Base & Gunter-Annex Child Development Centers are currently offering services exclusively to mission-essential personnel and those unable to telework. Children currently enrolled, whose parents or guardians now do not meet the current requirements for child care, have not lost their slot but will be unable to attend until full operations have resumed. If not previously enrolled, parents  more

U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $1.6 Million to Establish Critical Stormwater Drainage Infrastructure in Muscle Shoals, Alabama
WASHINGTON, June 17 -- The U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration issued the following news release on June 16: U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department's Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $1.6 million grant to the city of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, to make stormwater drainage infrastructure improvements to protect businesses from the impact of future storms. The EDA grant, to be matched with nearly $407,000 in local inve  more

U.S. European Command: Alabama, Romania Strengthen Ties Through COVID-19 Response
MONTGOMERY, Alabama, June 16 -- The U.S. Department of Defense's European Command issued the following press: The Alabama National Guard hosted a delegation of civilian and military personnel from its partner nation, Romania from the end of May through early June. This visit was part of the National Guard Bureau's State Partnership Program which allows for the exchange of knowledge and experiences between states and the partnered nations. "Working with Romania increases our readiness and impr  more