DHEC Issues Order to New Indy to Correct Undesirable Level of Air Contaminants

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 7, 2021

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) today issued an order to the New Indy Containerboard facility in Catawba to correct the undesirable level of air contaminants. The order is a result of DHEC’s ongoing active investigation of the sources of strong and persistent odors in Lancaster and York counties.

“This order clearly defines immediate actions that New Indy must take to ensure good air quality for the people who live and work near the facility,” said Dr. Edward Simmer, DHEC Director. “As the state’s public health and environmental protection agency, it is our duty to ensure that companies in South Carolina are good stewards of our beautiful state and that our residents have clean, odor-free air to the extent we can control.” 

“This decisive action is the result of a vigorous, cooperative investigation by DHEC and its partners,” said Gov. Henry McMaster. “I’m confident that this order will bring long-term resolution to this matter and ease the concerns of York and Lancaster County residents.”

To date, DHEC has received 17,135 complaints about odor from citizens near the New Indy plant. This investigation is a great example of federal and state partners working together to protect South Carolina’s beautiful environment and ensure pollution does not harm our citizens. 

In addition to DHEC’s own monitoring and investigation, at DHEC’s request, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) assembled a technical team with expertise in air, water and waste from across the Agency to analyze modeling data and screen potential sources of sulfur compounds in the area.

“We are hopeful that affected residents will begin to see a quick and lasting improvement to these odors,” said Simmer.

DHEC will continue to keep the public, media and other stakeholders informed as New Indy works toward resolving these odor issues. For more information, visit the investigation web page.

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Oil spill cleanup success hinges on quick response, right equipment

The longer oil is in the environment, the more damage it does. Staging emergency response spill equipment around the state saves precious time when something goes wrong. We provide more than $1 million each year in grants to local governments, fire departments, and other first-responding agencies to ensure that, when the worst happens, the equipment to contain and clean up hazardous spills will not be far away. 

“Equipment” actually encompasses not just the physical tools responders need for a spill — such as absorbent booms and wildlife rescue gear — it’s also the goods, services, and training that goes into building a capable and effective response. Ecology grants are used for everything from air toxics monitoring equipment, to response boats, breathing gear, equipment trailers, communications devices, and firefighting foam. 

“Oil spills, even very small ones, can have significant negative impacts on the environment,” said Laura Hayes, Spills Progam fund coordinator. “We cannot be everywhere around the state when an incident occurs. The state and the public rely on our partners to help with spill response. It’s critical that those partners have the tools to keep themselves safe, the public safe, and to respond to a spill or hazardous materials incident.” 

Some notable projects in the past include the White Salmon Fire Department’s request for breathing apparatus. Shortly after they received the equipment, the White Salmon fire team responded to an industrial fire with a potential ammonia leak. They were the first department on scene that could approach the blaze since they were able to get protective equipment required for such a hazardous response. But during that same incident, White Salmon found they could not communicate with other responders on scene. They and other departments later applied for upgraded radios using Ecology grant funding.

Ecology staffer Geoff Baran shows off an equipment trailer purchased through an Ecology grant near Pasco in 2018.

In 2019, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife received funding for an airboat that will help them respond to spills in sensitive areas, such as waters that contain eel grass beds. WDFW also got funding for equipment to rescue oiled sea otter. For more on the WDFW airboat, visit our previous blog about that purchase.

Another example: The Pierce County hazardous incident team was using old beer delivery trucks to haul their decontamination equipment. After receiving grant funds, they replaced the trucks with trailers that require much less maintenance and are more compatible with other vehicles and needs on the scene of an emergency response.

And finally, the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe on the Olympic Peninsula applied for funds to purchase a response vessel so they can respond to oil on the water, sinking boats, or other emergencies. The vessel will help mitigate the risk to responders while they are on the water. The vessel helps close an important gap, since the Port Angeles and Sequim area does not have many response capabilities nearby. 

Spill responders talk onboard a vessel purchased by the Samish Indian Nation using an equipment grant.

How are the grants funded?

The current grant program is a result of the Oil Transportation Safety Act in 2015. The program is entirely state funded through the Model Toxics Operating Account, with no federal funding, and is usually about $3.1 million per biennium, depending on what the Legislature appropriates. 

A workgroup of emergency first responders, oil spill response cooperatives, businesses that receive bulk crude oil, and representatives from the oil and rail industries helped develop the guidelines for how the funding will be spent.

How can I apply?

Equipment grants are open to Washington counties, cities and municipalities, ports, public utility districts, special purpose districts like clean air agencies and fire protection groups, federally recognized tribal governments, and Washington state agencies. Recipients of previous grant cycles are eligible to apply again. 

The application process is entirely online. Applicants can apply by setting up a Secure Access Washington account, accessing Ecology Administration of Grants and Loans (EAGL) and searching for our grant.  

Ecology’s Spills team will screen the applications for eligibility and then work with the workgroup to evaluate and score the applications based on need and the risk of spill in the applicant’s area. Applications are also scored for coordinating with other response organizations, such as a county working with a fire department to purchase equipment. There are also points awarded if an application demonstrates economic hardship or environmental health disparities in their area. The scores are averaged together and ranked in priority. Generally, the list is funded from highest priority down until the funding runs out. 

Applications will be accepted now through 5 p.m. June 29. For details on the funding guidelines, visit our guidelines page.

Questions? Reach out to Laura Hayes at larura.hayes@ecy.wa.gov, or 425-495-2632.


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Mayor Bowser Kicks Off Disparity Study on Use of Minority- and Women-Owned Businesses in DC Government Contracting

(Washington, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) has kicked off a citywide disparity study to examine the availability and utilization of minority- and women-owned business under DC procurement and contracting activities. The study, a Joint Venture (JV) comprising BBC Research and Consulting and two Certified Business Enterprises (CBEs), Pantera Management and Tiber Hudson, will collect and analyze four years of contracting data (FY17-FY20) over the next year.

“As we build back and recover from this pandemic, we have before us a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rethink how we build more equitable and inclusive communities,” said Mayor Bowser. “We know from years of increased spending with small and local businesses that when DC Government is intentional about who we contract with, that creates jobs and opportunity for our community and makes our city’s prosperity more inclusive. With this study, we can learn more about what’s working and what isn’t, and in doing so, create better opportunities for women and people of color who do business in DC.”

The results and outcome of the disparity study will help the District assess whether there is disparity in its contracting with businesses owned by people of color and women, compared to the availability of such firms. The team will perform a comprehensive, effective, and legally supportable and enorfceable disparity study. The solicitation, issued in November 2020, was a set-aside for CBEs or Joint Ventures that included a CBE partner. Submissions were reviewed and scored by a technical evaluation panel.

“Mayor Bowser continues to be intentional and data-driven when it comes to advancing inclusive economic development,” said Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development John Falcicchio. “Selecting the BBC-Pantera-Tiber team to conduct the District’s comprehensive disparity study is a significant step towards ensuring that our businesses owned by people of color and women in the District have a fair shot at contracting with the District. I am excited that this study is underway and looking forward to its findings.”

Over the course of the next year, the BBC-Pantera-Tiber team will engage the District’s small business community, conduct rigorous data collection and analysis, and offer recommendations to improve the experience of small businesses in the District contracting system. The team will submit its final report in April 2022. The study was prompted by legislation introduced by Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, Chairman of the Committee on Business and Economic Development.

“I secured $750,000 to fund this disparity study in the budget because women and minority entrepreneurs deserve fair and meaningful opportunities to participate in the District’s nearly $1B procurement portfolio,” said Councilmember McDuffie. “This is a significant step along the path to re-establishing a Minority and Women Business Enterprise (MWBE) program, an essential ingredient to help grow District-based small businesses and strengthen our Black middle class.”

The BBC-Pantera-Tiber team is a Joint Venture created specifically to propose on and conduct the 2021 District of Columbia Disparity Study. The JV is 51 percent owned and controlled by CBEs. BBC Research and Consulting (BBC) has conducted more than 125 disparity studies for different organizations across the country, including recent studies for the Commonwealth of Virginia, the city of Virginia Beach, the City of Boston, the City of San Diego, the City of Indianapolis, and the City of Denver. The firm has also provided extensive litigation support in the successful defense of numerous minority- and women-owned business programs. Pantera is a Black American-owned CBE and a local leader in the regulatory compliance field, specializing in contract compliance, prevailing wage compliance, business inclusion certification, and procurement outreach. Tiber Hudson is a premier Washington, D.C.-based law firm specializing in government contracting, CBE certification and compliance, and minority- and women-owned business programs.

“We are a joint venture that brings together decades of expertise in disparity studies, program implementation, contracting law, and the D.C. marketplace,” said BBC-Pantera-Tiber. “We are dedicated to conducting a disparity study for District government that meets the highest research and legal standards and providing the guidance it needs to encourage minority- and woman-owned business participation effectively and in a legally-defensible manner. We look forward to engaging with the local business community frequently over the next year.”

More information on the Disparity Study can be found here or by contacting the BBC-Pantera-Tiber team at [email protected].


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Dutton Mill Road to Close Next Week for Pipe Replacement in Aston Township

King of Prussia, PA – Dutton Mill Road is scheduled to close between Pancoast Drive and Turner Industrial Drive in Aston Township, Delaware County, on Monday, May 10, and Tuesday, May 11, from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM, for pipe replacement, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today.

During the closure, which is weather permitting, motorists will be directed to use Concord Road and Route 452 (Pennell Road). Local access will be maintained up to the work zone.

Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling near the work area because backups and delays may occur.

Work on this operation will be in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and state Department of Health guidance as well as a project-specific COVID-19 safety plan, which will include protocols for social distancing, use of face coverings, personal and job-site cleaning protocols, management of entries to the jobsite, special signing, and relevant training.

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 1,000 traffic cameras.

For a complete list of construction projects impacting state-owned highways in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, visit www.penndot.gov/District6TrafficBulletin.

Information about infrastructure in District 6 including completed work and significant projects, is available at www.penndot.gov/D6Results. Find PennDOT’s planned and active construction projects at www.projects.penndot.gov

Follow PennDOT on Twitter at www.twitter.com/511PAPhilly and like the department on Facebook at www.facebook.com/groups/phillypenndot and Instagram at www.instagram.com/pennsylvaniadot.

MEDIA CONTACT: Brad Rudolph, 610-205-6800

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UPDATE: Officer Involved Critical Incident at the Radisson Hotel in the Village of Ashwaubenon

VILLAGE OF ASHWAUBENON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) is investigating an officer involved critical incident in the Village of Ashwaubenon at the Radisson Hotel that occurred in the evening of Saturday, May 1, 2021. Additional incident details are available from the Brown County Sheriff’s Office.

 

During the incident, law enforcement contact teams responded to the active threat and came into contact with the suspected shooter near the first-floor parking ramp on the east side of the Radisson Hotel complex. Three Green Bay Police Department officers fired their weapons and struck the subject. The subject was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

DCI is leading the investigation into the shooting of the suspected shooter. The Brown County Sheriff’s Office is leading the investigation of the double homicide and attempted homicide that occurred that night.

 

All involved law enforcement are fully cooperating with DCI during this investigation. The involved officers have been placed on administrative leave, per department policy. The involved officers are:

  • Sergeant Brian Jordan, 21 years with Green Bay Police Department
  • Officer Makayla Wolfe, two years with Green Bay Police Department
  • Officer Ben Snyder, nearly two years with Green Bay Police Department

 

DCI is continuing to review evidence and determine the facts of this incident and will turn over investigative reports to the Brown County District Attorney when the investigation concludes.

 

DCI was assisted by the Brown County Sheriff’s Office, Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory, DOJ Office of Crime Victim Services, Wisconsin State Patrol and FBI.

 

Other law enforcement agencies that responded to the initial call for service were the Oneida Police Department, Ashwaubenon Public Safety, Hobart-Lawrence Police Department, De Pere Police Department, Wrightstown Police Department, Outagamie County Sheriff’s Office, Appleton Police Department, Brown County Rescue, Green Bay Metro Fire Department, Howard Fire Department, Airport Fire Department, De Pere Fire Department, Seymour Fire and Rescue, and Luxemburg Rescue.

 

 The investigation is ongoing and no further information is currently available.

 

Please direct media inquiries regarding the shooting of the suspected shooter to Wisconsin DOJ.

 


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Governor Newsom Announces Appointments to First-in-the-Nation Task Force to Study Reparations for African Americans

After signing landmark legislation last year to advance racial justice, the Governor has appointed five individuals with a range of expertise and diverse backgrounds to serve on the state’s task force on reparations

SACRAMENTO – As the country continues to confront a history of racial injustice, deeply rooted in the legacy of slavery and systemic racism, today, Governor Gavin Newsom appointed five individuals to serve on the newly formed Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans. The formation of this task force was made possible by the Governor’s signing of AB 3121, authored by then-Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego), which established a nine-member task force to inform Californians about slavery and explore ways the state might provide reparations.

“California is leading the nation, in a bipartisan way, on the issue of reparations and racial justice, which is a discussion that is long overdue and deserves our utmost attention,” said Governor Newsom. “Last year, I signed into law a number of key bills focused on leveling the playing field in our society and ensuring that everyone has a fair shot at achieving the California dream. Today’s appointment of individuals with an expansive breadth of knowledge, experiences and understanding of issues impacting the African American community is the next step in our commitment as a state to build a California for all.”

The five individuals selected by the Governor to serve on this task force represent diverse backgrounds and meet the statutes required by law, which include choosing one candidate from the field of academia with expertise in civil rights and an additional two appointees selected from major civil society and reparations organizations that have historically championed the cause of reparatory justice. Other key factors considered for committee candidates included a background in economics and community development, health and psychology, law and criminal justice, faith-based and community activism, and an expertise in the historic achievement of reparatory justice.

The Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans (Reparations Task Force) will have a total of nine members, with two individuals appointed by the Senate and two members appointed by the Assembly.

After months of interviews and careful consideration, the Governor made the following appointments:

Dr. Cheryl Grills

Cheryl N. Grills, Ph.D., 62, of Inglewood, has been appointed to the Reparations Task Force. Grills was recently chosen to serve as President’s Professor at Loyola Marymount University, a designation bestowed upon LMU’s most distinguished faculty who already hold the rank of tenured full professor and are acknowledged leaders in their respective fields, having achieved national and international recognition of their work. In addition to her community-based research, her work focuses on racial stress and trauma, implicit bias and community healing focused on the needs of people of African ancestry. Grills has been a Professor of Psychology and Director of Psychology of the Applied Research Center at Loyola Marymount University since 1987.  She is Commissioner and Vice Chair of the LA County Sybil Brand Commission, where she has served since 2011. She was President of The Association of Black Psychologists from 2011 to 2013. She is the leader of the Global Emotional Emancipation Circles Training Team, where she has served since 2009. She is current lead on a national Impact of COVID-19 on Communities of Color Needs Assessment for several Congressional Caucuses and national civil rights organizations. Grills was leader of the Emotional Emancipation (EE) Circle process under the Community Healing Network in 2009. Grills earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Bachelor’s degree from Yale University with a double major in Psychology and African American Studies. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is per diem compensation for not more than ten meetings. Grills is a Democrat.

Dr. Amos Brown

Amos C. Brown, Th.D., 80, of San Francisco, has been appointed to the Reparations Task Force. Brown is a renowned civil rights leader who studied under Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and was later arrested with King at a lunch counter sit-in in 1961 and joined the Freedom Riders who protested segregation in the South. Brown was awarded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Ministerial Award for outstanding leadership and contributions to the Black Church in America and was also inducted into the International Hall of Fame at the King International Chapel at Morehouse College. Brown has been a Pastor at the Third Baptist Church of San Francisco since 1976. He was a Pastor at Pilgrim Baptist Church from 1970 to 1976 and at Saint Paul’s Baptist Church from 1966 to 1970. Brown is President of the San Francisco Branch and a Member of the Board of Directors of the NAACP. He earned a Doctor of Theology degree from United Theological Seminary and a Master of Theology degree from Crozer Theological Seminary. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is per diem compensation for not more than ten meetings.  Brown is a Democrat.

Lisa Holder

Lisa Holder, J.D., 49, of Los Angeles, has been appointed to the Reparations Task Force. Holder has dedicated her career to racial and social justice and systems change. Holder is a nationally recognized, award-winning trial attorney who has been identified as a “Super Lawyer” by Los Angeles Magazine for four consecutive years. Holder has been Of Counsel at Equal Justice Society since 2016 and Principal Attorney at the Law Office of Lisa Holder since 2010. She was Lecturer in Law and Adjunct Professor at UCLA School of Law from 2017 to 2019. Holder was Adjunct Professor at Occidental College from 2012 to 2016 and Associate Attorney at Hadsell Stormer Keeny Richardson from 2005 to 2009. Holder was Deputy Alternate Public Defender at the Office of the Los Angeles County Alternate Public Defender from 2001 to 2005. She was awarded a Soros Justice Fellowship through the Open Society Foundation in 2001. She was an Investigator and Analyst at the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem from 1995 to 1997. Holder is a Steering Committee Member of the Equal Opportunity 4 All Coalition and Vice Chair of the Child Care Law Center. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from the New York University School of Law and a Bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is per diem compensation for not more than ten meetings. Holder is a Democrat.

Don Tamaki

Donald K. Tamaki, J.D., 69, of Piedmont, has been appointed to the Reparations Task Force. Tamaki is known for his historic work serving on the pro bono legal team that reopened the landmark Supreme Court case of Korematsu v. United States, overturning Fred Korematsu’s conviction for refusing incarceration during the mass roundup and internment of Japanese Americans during World War II and providing a key legal foundation in the decades long Japanese American Redress Movement. He is also Co-Founder of StopRepeatingHistory.Org, a campaign focused on drawing parallels between the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II and the targeting of minority groups based on race or religion. The campaign’s current work is focused on the intersectionality of the Japanese American Redress Movement and that of African-American Reparations, with an emphasis on creating solidarity and promoting public awareness on the importance of advancing reparations for African-Americans. Tamaki has been Senior Counsel at Minami Tamaki LLP since 2020, where he also served as Managing Partner from 2006 to 2020 and was Partner from 1987 to 2020. He was Owner of the Law Offices of Donald K. Tamaki from 1984 to 1987. Tamaki was Executive Director at the Asian Law Caucus – Advancing Justice from 1980 to 1984. He was a Reginald Heber Smith Staff Attorney at Community Legal Services of San Jose from 1976 to 1979 and Co-Founder of the Asian Law Alliance. Tamaki is a Member of the Bar Association of San Francisco and Asian American Bar Association of the Bay Area. He received the State Bar of California Loren Miller Award in 1987 and the American Bar Association’s Spirit of Excellence Award in 2020. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is per diem compensation for not more than ten meetings. Tamaki is a Democrat.

Dr. Jovan Scott Lewis

Jovan S. Lewis, Ph.D., 38, of Berkeley, has been appointed to the Reparations Task Force. Lewis is an Economic Anthropologist and Geographer who researches reparations, the political economy of inequality and race in the United States and the Caribbean. His current work focuses on the history and contemporary circumstances of the historic Black community of Greenwood in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the consequences of the 1921 Tulsa race massacre. Lewis is an Associate Professor and the incoming Chair of the Department of Geography at the University of California, Berkeley, where he has taught since 2015. At Berkeley, he has also been Co-Chair of the Economic Disparities research cluster at the Othering and Belonging Institute and Faculty Affiliate in African American Studies since 2015. He earned Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Science degrees in Economic Anthropology from the London School of Economics and a Master of Arts degree in Administration from the University of Miami. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is per diem compensation for not more than ten meetings. Lewis is a Democrat.

The Task Force will select their own chair and vice chair and their work will be staffed by the Attorney General’s Office. Members will meet over the next year and conclude their work with a written report on their findings, along with recommendations which will be provided to the Legislature.

Today’s action builds on the Newsom Administration’s work to acknowledge historic wrongs and combat structural racism and bias in our institutions. In March of 2019, the Governor issued a moratorium on the death penalty, which is unfairly applied to people of color, people with mental disabilities and people who cannot afford costly legal representation. Governor Newsom also took action to secure safe drinking water for the 1 million Californians in underserved communities who lacked access to safe water. He took the historic step of formally apologizing to California Native Americans for the exploitation and violence our predecessors inflicted upon them, and announced the Administration’s support for tribal access to co-manage and acquire ancestral lands. Governor Newsom has also taken action to combat decades-long economic inequality by expanding the California Earned Income Tax Credit to millions, including undocumented Californians.

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Santiago Ribeiro is exhibiting in Evora, Portugal for the first time since the pandemic

The surrealist Santiago Ribeiro is exhibiting in Portugal for the first time since the pandemic, while a video dedicated to him is depopulating on the web

BENEVENTO, BN, ITALIA, May 8, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Santiago Ribeiro has exhibited all over the world, carrying out his project called “New Surrealism Now” which exalts the surrealism inspired by Max Ernst, with great success. Now the artist is in Evora, Portugal, the land that gave birth to the most famous contemporary surrealist artist in the world, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This is Ribeiro's first exhibition after the pandemic, going on these days. The initiative is from the company MatosCar, an automotive group present in the Portuguese cities of Guarda, Fundao, Castelo Branco, Portalegre, Evora and Beja.

The exhibition will be permanent because the entrepreneurial group has decided to buy about a dozen works, including the painting "Metropolis 5000", a work that is currently in the United States where it was exhibited in New York at the Artifact Gallery.

Ribeiro's art greatly attracts the public, experts and not: his little pink men who represent the automatisms of our mind, the confused thoughts of the unconscious, ourselves without free will and the will to do good, are a catalyst for those who look, especially in this historical moment, where we are intolerant to the restrictions due to the health emergency.

Ribeiro's surrealism can be a valid ally of Christianity, as it shows us what it could be if we totally free our subconscious; we would be naked and blind men who hit the stakes of immorality and masochism. However, our will, our conscience and our freedom of choice come to our aid and make us truly free, since the human being is not just a biochemical complex.

The video that has more than 100,000 thousand views, made by the journalist and art curator Annalina Grasso, the poet Vincenzo Calì, who composed a poem for Ribeiro entitled "Profluvi", recited by the actor Maurizio Bianucci, actor from, it wants to be a way to disseminate art in an original and immediate way, letting the question settle in our minds: can we look at the pandemic, the changing world, in a different perspective? How many times have we thought about releasing our impulses? We are educated, even cultured, but emotionally are we "fruitful" or sterile?

Ribeiro implies that the mind is not a simple set of biochemical functions of the brain, but something more complex and wonderful, which ignites the ability to be visionaries, to imagine consciousness not as a product of the brain in spite of what scientific reductionism says. which, on closer inspection, has little scientific knowledge.

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Bridge rehab work on I-25 near Missile Drive continues

CHEYENNE — Crews with the Wyoming Department of Transportation and S&S Builders will resume bridge work on I-25 near Missile Drive starting Monday, weather permitting.

Part of a district-wide bridge rehabilitation project, work will focus on column repairs to the northbound structure over the railroad tracks, at about mile marker 10.78.

Motorists should expect potential delays from speed limit reductions, lane closures and other construction activity through the area. Interstate off- and on-ramps at the Missile Drive interchange will still be accessible. Avoid distractions like cell phones in work zones and obey all posted signage and flaggers, if present.

There will be a 14-foot width restriction in place for the duration of the project, which is expected to take about one month. All project scheduling is subject to change, including due to inclement weather or material and equipment availability.

For information about this news release, contact WYDOT District 1 public information specialist Jordan Achs at (307) 745-2142. For the latest road conditions, visit WYDOT’s 511 website, call 5-1-1, or download the Wyoming 511 app. Follow District 1 on Facebook and on Twitter.


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In Effort to Increase Transparency, Attorney General Bonta to Accelerate Release of Peace Officer Use-of-Force and Misconduct Records

SACRAMENTO – In an effort to increase transparency, California Attorney General Rob Bonta today announced steps that the California Department of Justice (DOJ) is taking to accelerate the release of third-party peace officer use-of-force and misconduct records — covered under Senate Bill 1421 — in DOJ’s possession. Today’s announcement comes as part of a court-approved agreement with the First Amendment Coalition and KQED to complete, by September 26, 2021, DOJ’s review, redaction, and production of requested, written records. As part of that process, DOJ will continue to work with the First Amendment Coalition, KQED, and the San Francisco Superior Court to ensure that responsive, non-exempt records are released in a timely fashion, while keeping important safeguards — including those that are meant to protect witnesses — in place. 

“For decades, peace officer misconduct records have been shrouded in secrecy,” said Attorney General Bonta. “With Senate Bill 1421, that era of California’s history has come and gone. When we fight for transparency and accountability, we’re fighting to strengthen our institutions. And, by shining a light on misconduct where it occurs, we’re also working to rebuild trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve. Ultimately, that trust is a fundamental part of providing public safety in the 21st century. Today’s announcement is not an end; rather, it is key step forward on the path toward justice. At the California Department of Justice, we know it’s on us to set the standard and we’re ready to take on this important challenge.”

Senate Bill 1421 is a landmark piece of legislation that created a framework for the disclosure of certain law enforcement records under California law. Specifically, the law works to increase transparency relating to serious uses of force, officer-involved shootings, and specific types of peace officer misconduct, including sustained findings of filing false reports or the destruction of evidence, or sexual assault involving a member of the public. The law works to empower Californians by giving them the information they need to help hold law enforcement agencies accountable.

The records covered under today’s announcement relate to written documentation, in DOJ’s possession, requested by the First Amendment Coalition and KQED of incidents involving other state and local law enforcement personnel that occurred from 2014 through 2018. Under the agreement, DOJ will review hundreds of thousands of records for responsiveness and will aim to complete its production of responsive, written records sought by the First Amendment Coalition and KQED by September 26. The agreement also provides for further proceedings, if necessary, to obtain further guidance from the court and to resolve any outstanding questions relating to the scope of the production. In addition, as part of the ongoing efforts to increase transparency, DOJ will take steps to identify mechanisms to streamline the tracking and disclosure of records subject to Senate Bill 1421 in DOJ’s possession and to help provide clear standards for complying with the statute’s transparency requirements for law enforcement partners across the state. To date, DOJ has released records pertaining to its own law enforcement personnel and more than 16,000 pages of responsive, non-exempt third-party records.

A copy of the stipulated agreement approved by the court today is available here.


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State House Passes Medicaid Managed Baylor Scott and White Healthcare Program

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State House Passes Medicaid Managed Baylor Scott and White Healthcare Program 

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by: Rep. Shine, Hugh

05/07/2021

AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas House of Representatives officially passed House Bill 3662 on Friday, May 7. State Representative Hugh D. Shine (Temple) Joint Authored the bill with Representative Brad Buckley (Killeen), Representative Kyle Kacal (College Station) and James Talarico (Round Rock).

Supported by Baylor Scott and White, House Bill 3662 is a local bill that extends current protections in Central Texas by ensuring that the Scott and White Health Plan is offered to more Medicaid recipients by allowing the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to contract with Managed Care Organizations, like Baylor Scott and White, to provide services.

House Bill 3662 is a landmark piece of legislation for Central Texas because the area is predominately rural and lacks a tax base large enough to create a public healthcare system as seen in major cities around Texas. Central Texas does, however, have Baylor Scott and White as an anchor for the region’s healthcare infrastructure.

This bill only effects the Central Texas Medicaid region, and does not exclude other plans from participating with the program. This protection will promote competition and choice for Medicaid patients by ensuring more access to healthcare for those in the region on Medicaid to high quality care.

If passed into law, House Bill 3662 would take effect on September 1, 2021.

House Bill 3662 passed the Texas House on May 7, having passed with 99 ‘Aye’ Votes. The Senate companion, Senate Bill 1403, is carried by Senator Dawn Buckingham (R-Lakeway). The legislation now goes to the Senate. Following passage in the Senate, House Bill 3662 would need to be signed into law by the Governor.

Contact: Charlotte E. Blakemore

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Room GS.6

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768

(512)463-0630

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4 South 1st

Temple, TX 76501

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