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Federal Tipoffs Involving Missouri Newsletter for Sunday October 13, 2019 ( 20 items )  

$10 Million Funding Available for Sport Fish Restoration in Eight States
WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 -- The U.S. Department of the Interior's U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it expects to award a discretionary grant for the restoration of sport fish populations in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin. The award ceiling for this funding opportunity is $10 million. The agency said the grant was associated with natural resources. The funding is open to state governments. The agency description of the grant states: "The Sport  more

$10 Million Funding Available for Wildlife Restoration, Basic Hunter Education in Eight States
WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 -- The U.S. Department of the Interior's U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it expects to award a discretionary grant for wildlife restoration and basic hunter education in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin. The award ceiling for this funding opportunity is $10 million. The agency said the grant was associated with natural resources. The funding is open to state governments. The agency description of the grant states: "The  more

$30 Million Funding Available for Hunter Education, Safety in Eight States
WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 -- The U.S. Department of the Interior's U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it expects to award a discretionary grant for hunter education and safety in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin. The award ceiling for this funding opportunity is $30 million. The agency said the grant was associated with a) education and b) natural resources. The funding is open to state governments. The agency description of the grant states: "The  more

Bureau of Labor Statistics Issues Consumer Price Index in Denver-Aurora-Lakewood for September 2019
KANSAS CITY, Missouri, Oct. 10 -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics - Mountain Plains Regional Information Office issued the following news release: * * * - Area prices up 1.4 percent over the past two months; up 2.7 percent over the year * * * Prices in the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood area, as measured by the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U), increased 1.4 percent for the two months ending in September 2019, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported  more

Bureau of Labor Statistics Issues Consumer Price Index in Midwest Region for September 2019
KANSAS CITY, Missouri, Oct. 10 -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics - Mountain Plains Regional Information Office issued the following news release: * * * - Area prices were unchanged over the past month, but up 1.4 percent from a year ago * * * Prices in the Midwest Region, as measured by the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U), were unchanged in September, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (See table A.) Food prices increased 0.2 p  more

CMSAF Wright Visits Whiteman AFB Strikers
WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Missouri, Oct. 11 -- The U.S. Air Force Whiteman Air Force Base (509th Bomb Wing) issued the following news: Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright visited Airmen stationed at Whiteman Air Force Base, October 6-8, 2019. Chief Wright is the Air Force's top enlisted leader and provides direction to the entire enlisted force. Wright visited the Professional Development Center and Honor Guard, and met with Airmen from the 509th Medical Group, Operations Grou  more

Corps of Engineers Completes Draft Study for Lower Grand Watershed; Hosts Public Meetings
KANSAS CITY, Missouri, Oct. 8 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued the following news release: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District, has partnered with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Missouri Department of Conservation to evaluate potential solutions for the Lower Grand River watershed. Channel instability, stream bank erosion, sedimentation, logjams and stream capture alter water flowing in streams, impair public infrastructure, affect landowners a  more

Corps of Engineers: Fall Programs at Table Rock Lake
BRANSON, Missouri, Oct. 8 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued the following news release: 2019 marks the 60th anniversary of the completion of Table Rock Dam's powerhouse. Since 1959, generators from the powerhouse have supplied the region with clean, renewable hydropower. Rangers and volunteers at the Dewey Short Visitor Center are celebrating the powerhouse's 60th anniversary by displaying multiple historic construction photos of the dam and powerhouse throughout the fall season. Chil  more

Leading Missouri Truck Carriers Earn Distinction for Efficiency at Annual SmartWay Excellence Awards
LENEXA, Kansas, Oct. 9 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) honored three Missouri top performers in the freight industry with its annual SmartWay Excellence Awards today at the 2019 American Trucking Association's Management Conference and Exhibition in San Diego, California. Awardees are shippers, carriers, and logistics providers that excel at saving fuel and shrinking their emissions footprints. "Over the p  more

Mo. U.S. Attorney: Former Chief Executive Officer of Mozaic Group Ltd. Pleads Guilty to Bank Fraud
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, Oct. 10 -- The office of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri issued the following news release: Mary Ann Gibson, 63, of St. Louis, Missouri, pleaded guilty to one felony charge of bank fraud. Gibson appeared this morning in front of United States District Judge Henry E. Autrey who accepted her plea and set her sentencing date for January 16, 2020. According to court documents, Gibson obtained a line of credit for Mozaic Group Ltd. from Enterprise Bank an  more

Mo. U.S. Attorney: Former Chief Financial Officer of Boyd Group Pleads Guilty to Stealing More Than 3.5 Million Dollars
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, Oct. 10 -- The office of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri issued the following news release: Bryan G. Vonderahe, 45, of Kirkwood, Missouri, pleaded guilty to three felony counts of wire fraud. Vonderahe appeared in federal court today before U.S. District Judge Ronnie L. White who accepted his plea and set his sentencing date for January 16, 2020. According to court documents, beginning during January 2012 and continuing through January 2019, Vonderah  more

Mo. U.S. Attorney: Former Dental Clinic Owner Sentenced for $1 Million Health Care, Payroll Tax Fraud
SPRINGFIELD, Missouri, Oct. 10 -- The office of the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri issued the following news release: A Marshfield, Missouri, woman has been sentenced in federal court for multiple fraud schemes totaling more than $1 million that involved Medicaid payments to her dental clinics, failing to pay over payroll taxes and collecting unemployment benefits she wasn't entitled to receive. Pamela M. Van Drie, 59, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool  more

Mo. U.S. Attorney: Four Health Care Professionals Indicted for Stealing Controlled Substance Medications for Their Own Personal Use
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, Oct. 10 -- The office of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri issued the following news release: Four licensed health care professionals were indicted today by a federal grand jury for receipt of controlled substance medications by deceit, fraud and misrepresentation. They stole Schedule II controlled substances from the locked medication cabinets where they worked and falsified patient and/or pharmacy records to conceal the theft. The following individual  more

Mo. U.S. Attorney: Jury Convicts Two Former Corrections Officers of Assaulting Inmate
KANSAS CITY, Missouri, Oct. 7 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, Tim Garrison, issued the following news release: * * * - Two Former Officers Plead Guilty to Civil Rights Violation * * * Two former corrections officers at the Jackson County Detention Center have been convicted by a federal jury of physically assaulting an inmate in violation of his Constitutional protection against unreasonable force. "These corrections officers abused their authority by physically a  more

Mo. U.S. Attorney: Two Brothers Plead Guilty to Preparing False Tax Returns
KANSAS CITY, Missouri, Oct. 9 -- The office of the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri issued the following news release: Two brothers who formerly operated a tax preparation business in Kansas City, Missouri, pleaded guilty in federal court today to preparing false tax returns. Eliyas Jiregna, 34, of Kansas City, and his brother, Eyob Jiregna, 42, of Memphis, Tennessee (formerly of Kansas City), pleaded guilty in separate appearances before U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Bough.  more

NASS - Heartland Regional Field Office: Missouri Crop Production
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, Oct. 10 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service - Heartland Regional Field Office issued the following news release: Corn: Planted area is estimated at 3.25 million acres, down 7 percent from last year. Harvested area, forecast at 3.05 million acres, is down 8 percent from 2018. Based on October 1 conditions, the Missouri corn yield is forecast at 155 bushels per acre, down 5 bushels from last month but up 15 bushels from 2018. Produ  more

Offutt Air Force Base: Retiree Appreciation Day Celebrates Five Decades of Service
OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Nebraska, Oct. 9 -- The U.S. Air Force (55th Air Wing) issued the following news: Team Offutt is scheduled to host its 50th annual Retiree Appreciation Day Oct. 19, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Offutt Exchange. This annual event will offer a variety of free services to retirees, spouses, widows and widowers from more than 20 on-base organizations. The event is sponsored by the Offutt Retiree Activities Office which serves military retirees and their families. More than 30,000  more

Transportation Secretary Chao Issues Remarks at AASHTO Annual Meeting
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, Oct. 8 -- The U.S. Department of Transportation issued the following remarks by Secretary Elaine L. Chao at the AASHTO annual meeting: "It is a great pleasure to be here with Governor Parson. I also want to mention Senator Blunt and Senator Hawley, who are also great advocates for the transportation infrastructure needs of Missouri and our Nation. "I would like to acknowledge FHWA Administrator Nicole Nason. It is good to have her onboard. "It's great to be here with you   more

Whiteman Air Force Base Graduates 10th Ever Female Stealth Bomber Pilot
WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Missouri, Oct. 7 -- The U.S. Air Force (509th Bomb Wing) issued the following news: Capt. Lauren Kram graduated from Initial Qualification Training, making her the tenth woman to become a B-2 Spirit pilot, Oct. 4. In the B-2's 30-year history, only 498 pilots have qualified to fly the long-range stealth bomber aircraft. The first female pilot to fly the B-2 was retired Lt. Col. Jennifer "Wonder" Avery. She was the 278th pilot to qualify and is the only female who has f  more

Whiteman Air Force Base: Making History - Ten Women Make Up Elite, Small Cadre of B-2 Pilots
WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Missouri, Oct. 9 -- The U.S. Air Force (509th Bomb Wing) issued the following news: In the B-2's 30 year history, there have been nearly 700 people airborne in the two-person cockpit of this $2.2 billion stealth bomber. About 500 of them have been pilots, 10 of which have been women. The 10th woman to become a B-2 pilot, Capt. Lauren Kram, graduated from her training course at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, on October 4, 2019. "Nine incredible women have come befo  more