California Governor, First Partner Honor Senior Airman Jason Khai Phan


SACRAMENTO, CA (STL.News) On behalf of all Californians, Governor Gavin Newsom and First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom honor Senior Airman Jason Khai Phan, who bravely gave his life in service to our state and nation.  The Governor and First Partner extend their deepest condolences to his family and friends at this difficult time.

In memorial, Governor Newsom ordered that flags be flown at half-staff over the State Capitol.

Airman Phan, 26, of Anaheim, CA, died September 12 in a single-vehicle, non-combat related accident while conducting a routine patrol outside the perimeter of Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait.  The cause of the accident is under investigation. Airman Phan was assigned to the 66th Security Forces Squadron, Hanscom Air Force Base, MA.  He was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.

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After a Wildfire, The Time to Buy Flood Insurance is Now!


SALT LAKE CITY, UT (STL.News) Wildfire season is once again raging, and areas throughout the West are feeling the impact. Once the fires are out, people and communities are at risk for another threat ─ flooding.

Wildfires leave the ground charred and unable to absorb water.  This creates a flash flooding potential for years to come, even in areas that rarely experienced flooding in the past.  Sometimes these flash floods can pick up ash and large debris, turning into mudflows that are highly destructive.

Floods are the most common and expensive natural disaster in the U.S. Just an inch of water in an average-sized home can cause $25,000 in damage.  However, unlike many causes of damage, flooding and mudflows are generally not covered by a homeowners’ policy.  An uninsured flood loss can eat into your life’s savings.

A National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policy protects against such losses and can ensure that a flood doesn’t bring financial ruin.  Because there’s a 30-day waiting period for an NFIP policy to go into effect, it’s important to purchase a policy now to protect your property against the continuing threat of flooding.

Flood insurance is easy to get, the only requirement is that you live in a community that participates in NFIP.  These include cities, counties and other jurisdictions that manage development.  You don’t need to live in a floodplain to purchase a policy.  If you live outside a floodplain, insurance will likely cost less than for those living in a higher risk area.

You can usually purchase flood insurance from your current agent.  If that isn’t possible, NFIP representatives can help you find one.

As with any insurance, be sure to talk with your agent about the specifics of your policy.  Find out more about your risk and flood insurance at www.floodsmart.gov. To purchase flood insurance or find an agent, call 1-800-427-4661.



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Minister Garneau announces appointments and reappointments in the transportation sector


Ottawa, Canada (STL.News) The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau, today announced two appointments and three reappointments in the transportation sector.  The appointees have experience in a number of fields and are active members of their communities.  They bring a wide array of knowledge and senior executive and corporate governance expertise to their transportation positions.

Canadian Transportation Agency

Allan Matte (Ottawa, Ontario) appointed to the roster of candidates for temporary member, effective September 2, 2020, and subsequently appointed from that roster as a temporary member for a term of one year, effective September 14, 2020.

Halifax Port Authority

  • Josef Meier Spatz, Q.C. (Halifax, Nova Scotia) reappointed as federal director for a term of two years, effective September 2, 2020.

Port Alberni Port Authority

  • Allan Robert Haggard, (Port Alberni, British Columbia) reappointed as a director for a term of two years, effective June 25, 2020.
  • Dennis Lawrence Jonsson, (Courtenay, British Columbia) reappointed as a director for a term of two years, effective June 25, 2020.

Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada

  • Patrick Vermette (Kingston, Ontario) appointed as interim chairperson for a term of one year, effective September 2, 2020.

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Bates City, MO Man, Daniel Dewayne Gregg Charged With Illegal Firearms, Drug Trafficking


KANSAS CITY, MO (STL.News) A Bates City, Missouri, man has been charged in federal court after law enforcement officers seized nearly two dozen firearms and illegal drugs from his residence.

Daniel Dewayne Gregg, 57, was charged in a two-count criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Mo., on Friday, Sept. 11.  The federal criminal complaint charges Gregg with one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and one count of possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.

According to an affidavit filed in support of the federal criminal complaint, law enforcement officers identified Gregg as a major supplier of methamphetamine trafficking following several controlled drug purchases.  Officers executed a search warrant at Gregg’s residence on Friday, Sept. 11, and placed him under arrest.

Gregg told officers that he had been dealing crystal methamphetamine continuously for at least the past six months, the affidavit says.  Gregg stated that he was a kilogram-level dealer of crystal methamphetamine and had sold, at a conservative minimum, at least 12 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine per month for the past six months.  Gregg stated he had several large-scale customers who purchased at least a half-kilogram of methamphetamine from him at a time.  Gregg said he purchased methamphetamine for $12,000 per kilogram and sold it for about $13,000 per kilogram.

Officers located a large firearms safe in the basement of Gregg’s residence that contained 22 firearms and a large amount of cash. Officers also searched Gregg’s vehicle and found 151.6 grams of methamphetamine, 436.5 grams of marijuana, and 207 prescription pills in unlabeled pill bottles.  Officers also found methamphetamine inside a fanny pack.  They found a loaded Smith and Wesson .40-caliber semi-automatic pistol on top of the fanny pack.  Gregg told officers he had the firearm because he had been threatened by individuals wanting to do him harm, the affidavit says, and Gregg stated he had the firearm in case those individuals came to his residence to harm him.

The charges contained in this complaint are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt.  Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Trey Alford.  It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Operation LeGend

Operation LeGend is a federal partnership with local law enforcement to address the increase in homicides and violent crime in Kansas City, Mo., in 2020.  The operation honors the memory of four-year-old LeGend Taliferro, one of the youngest fatalities during a record-breaking year of homicides and shootings.  Additional federal agents were assigned to the operation from the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the U.S. Marshals Service.

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CFTC Charges 3 Texas Men and 1 Florida Man in Fraudulent Digital Asset Scheme


Washington, DC (STL.News) The Commodity Futures Trading Commission today filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas against four individuals for fraudulently soliciting funds from customers to speculate in Bitcoin price movements.  The defendants are Texas residents Mayco Alexis Maldonado Garcia, Cesar Castaneda, and Rodrigo Jose Castro Molina, and Florida resident Joel Castaneda Garcia.

The complaint alleges that from at least August 2016 through October 2017, the defendants falsely represented to actual and potential customers that their business, named Global Trading Club (GTC), employed “master traders” who had years of experience trading “crypto currency,” and used “cutting edge trading robots” to trade Bitcoin for customers “24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”  The defendants further falsely represented that customer earnings would increase based on the amount of their deposits.  Customers were also falsely promised a bonus for referring others, in the form of a multi-level marketing scheme.  To conceal their fraud, the defendants caused misleading trading statements to be posted online.

The complaint further alleges that at least 27 individual customers deposited at least $989,000 with one or more representatives of GTC.

The CFTC seeks disgorgement of ill-gotten gains, civil monetary penalties, permanent registration and trading bans, and a permanent injunction against further violations of the Commodity Exchange Act and the Commission’s regulations, as charged.

The Division of Enforcement staff members responsible for this case are Maura Viehmeyer, James A. Garcia, Aimée Latimer-Zayets, and Rick Glaser.



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Entergy Arkansas, LLC Announces Redemption of First Mortgage Bonds


Entergy Arkansas, LLC Announces Redemption of First Mortgage Bonds, 4.90% Series due December 1, 2052, and First Mortgage Bonds, 4.75% Series due June 1, 2063

NEW ORLEANS, LA (STL.News) Entergy Arkansas, LLC, a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR), announced today that on Oct. 14, 2020 (the “Redemption Date”), it will redeem all (i) $200,000,000 principal amount of its outstanding First Mortgage Bonds, 4.90% Series due December 1, 2052 (the “2052 Bonds”) and (ii) $125,000,000 principal amount of its outstanding First Mortgage Bonds, 4.75% Series due June 1, 2063 (the “2063 Bonds”), at the redemption price of 100% of the principal amount of the 2052 Bonds and 100% of the principal amount of the 2063 Bonds (each, a “Redemption Price”), plus accrued interest thereon to but excluding the Redemption Date.  The 2052 Bonds and the 2063 Bonds are each listed on the New York Stock Exchange and trade under the symbols EAB and EAE, respectively.

On the Redemption Date, provided that the trustee has received sufficient funds to complete the redemption of the 2052 Bonds and the 2063 Bonds, the Redemption Price for the 2052 Bonds and the Redemption Price for the 2063 Bonds, in each case, together with accrued interest thereon to but excluding the Redemption Date, shall become due and payable, and on and after the Redemption Date, such 2052 Bonds and 2063 Bonds shall cease to bear interest.  Payment of the Redemption Price for, and accrued interest on, the 2052 Bonds and 2063 Bonds will be made on or after the Redemption Date upon presentation and surrender of such bonds to DB Services Americas, Inc., MS JCK01-D218, 5022 Gate Parkway, Jacksonville, Florida 32256, Attn: Redemption Payment Unit.



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Chubb Limited Announces Pricing of $1.0 Billion Senior Notes Offering by Subsidiary


ZURICH (STL.News) Chubb Limited (NYSE: CB) announced today that its subsidiary, Chubb INA Holdings Inc. (Chubb INA), has priced a public offering of $1.0 billion of 1.375% senior notes due 2030.  The notes are guaranteed by Chubb Limited.

Chubb INA intends to use the net proceeds from this offering plus available cash to repay at maturity the $1.0 billion of its 2.875% senior notes due November 3, 2022.

The joint book-running managers for the offering are Citigroup Global Markets Inc. and J.P. Morgan Securities LLC.

This press release is for informational purposes only and does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any of the senior notes or any other securities, nor will there be any offer, solicitation or sale of the senior notes or any other securities, in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.  The offering is being made only by means of a prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus, copies of which may be obtained by calling Citigroup Global Markets Inc. toll-free at (800) 831-9146 or J.P. Morgan Securities LLC collect at (212) 834-4533.

Alternatively, the prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus may be obtained by visiting EDGAR on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) website at www.sec.gov.



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