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    MILWAUKEE (CBS) — The State of Wisconsin is investigating an outbreak of COVID-19 at a wedding in Milwaukee, in which five out of 12 people were infected with the omicron variant. The people who were infected were not residents of Wisconsin – they were all California residents who came to the wedding on Nov. 27, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. READ MORE: City Was Warned About Thousands of Corroding Light Poles But Failed to Fix Many, CBS 2 Investigation FindsA California state lab learned five of the 12 infected people were infected with the omicron variant. READ MORE: Neighbors Alarmed After Rash Of Robberies In Lakeview; Police Patrols Increased Along Southport AvenueThe 12 people diagnosed with COVID-19 were between the ages of 18 and 49. All were vaccinated, and most had received boosters. They are mildly symptomatic, and none have been hospitalized, the state said. The Wisconsin Department of Public Health Services and the City of Milwaukee Health Department have reached out to all Wisconsin residents who were close contacts, and isolation and quarantine protocols have been...
    City of MinneapolisSaray Garnett-HochuliLast week, the Minneapolis City Council approved the appointment of Saray Garnett-Hochuli as the director of the city’s Regulatory Services department. That puts Garnett-Hochuli in charge of the city’s regulatory arm, which enforces ordinances and codes, like housing and health codes, in order to make the “city safer, healthier and more inviting for all.”  In the announcement of her appointment, the city pointed to Regulatory Services as a department in City Hall that will focus on anti-racism issues — taking the approach that reducing disparities in Minneapolis isn’t just a policy goal but a regulatory task.  Garnett-Hochuli spoke with MinnPost about this approach and her goals for the department and the city. This interview took place during two conversations and has been edited for length and clarity.  MinnPost: Congratulations on the new job. But you’ve been at the department for a while, right? Saray Garnett-Hochuli: Thank you. I was the interim for six months. I was the deputy for about 18 months. So, I’ve been with the department for two years in October.  MP: Along with the...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – On Tuesday, the director of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), Bobby Cagle, notified county leaders that he plans to resign as of Dec. 31. Cagle has run the nation’s biggest child welfare agency since December 1, 2017. READ MORE: No. 1 Gonzaga Turns Showdown With No. 2 UCLA Into 83-63 RoutBoth the director and the department have been criticized over cases of abuse, and a recent fatality, involving children in DCFS care. The county agency announced in a news release that Cagle was leaving the department to pursue another career in the private sector. READ MORE: LA City Council Votes To Send Homeless Encampment Ban To Committee“It has been an honor to lead this important work and serve alongside all of you, the thousands of committed child welfare staff in LA County DCFS,” Director Cagle wrote in an email to staff members. “As always, I want to thank each and every one of you for your tireless efforts to protect children and strengthen families,” he added. MORE NEWS: Fatal Crash...
    This article was written by WTOP’s news partner InsideNoVa.com and republished with permission. Sign up for InsideNoVa.com’s free email subscription today. Draft reports by the Prince William County Racial and Social Justice Commission broadly commend county practices while acknowledging areas of needed growth and further study. The three draft committee reports were presented to the commission Nov. 18 during a meeting marked by disagreements, heated exchanges and personal jabs, leaving members visibly angry and frustrated. Click here to read the draft reports More Prince William Co. News The reports were displayed on screens at the meeting but not immediately made available to the public. InsideNoVa obtained copies of the reports following the meeting by filing a Virginia Freedom of Information Act request. The panel is tasked with delivering a report that examines “the state of racial and social justice for people of color” in the county and making recommendations to the county government. Its initial focus is on policing, the “provision of government services” and public education. The report by the government services committee was most direct with its overall findings. “The...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A longtime Bill de Blasio appointee is resigning. Steve Banks, who originally joined the de Blasio administration as commissioner of the Human Resources Administration in 2014 and went on to lead the Department of Homeless Services as part of the joint management structure called the Department of Social Services, is resigning. READ MORE: Supply Chain Issues: How Are Global Shortages Affecting Local Customers?Banks, who worked with the Legal Aid Society prior to his appointment, is going to join Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP as special counsel for the firm’s pro bono practice. Banks will step down as commissioner at the end of the de Blasio administration on Dec. 31. READ MORE: Holiday Food Giveaways Needed This Year More Than Ever, As Pandemic Food Insecurity Persists“For the past eight years, Commissioner Steve Banks has been a fearless advocate for the most vulnerable New Yorkers,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “From implementing the first-in-the-nation Right to Counsel Program, to ensuring services are readily available to those in need, Steve has delivered transformative change, moving mountains to make...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Department of Juvenile Services on Wednesday announced a realignment plan that will phase out four facilities and expand the Cheltenham Youth Detention Center in Prince George’s County. The department conducted an assessment of the current population and proposed realigning its facilities so youth can be closer to the communities where they live. READ MORE: Ex-Baltimore County Cop Accused Of Kidnapping Daughters Could Be With BCPD SergeantUnder the plan, the Thomas J.S. Waxter Children’s Center in Laurel, Alfred D. Noyes Children’s Center in Rockville, Mountain View in Swanton, and Green Ridge Youth Center in Flinstone will all close between 2022 and 2027. A new girls detention center will open at Cheltenham campus in 2025, offering 24 beds, and a new treatment center will open on the campus in 2027, adding 48 beds. READ MORE: COVID-19 In Maryland: 791 New Cases Reported, Positivity Rate Remains FlatThe department said the plan will lessen its footprint, increase efficiency and keep families closer together. “This realignment is about consolidating our resources, investing in our programs, and getting our young men and women...
    Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Deputy Commissioner for International Trade Mary Waters with U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves At a formal ceremony in Washington, D.C. last week Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Deputy Commissioner for International Trade Mary Waters accepted the President’s “E Star” Award for Export Service on behalf of the State of Georgia. The award, which is the highest honor given to providers of services to U.S. exporters, was presented by U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo. Georgia’s International Trade division earned the award in 2020, but due to COVID-19 restrictions, the ceremony was postponed. GDEcD is the first entity in the nation to earn a fourth “E” Award, and Georgia entered the Top Ten exporting states for the first time in 2020. Waters accepted the honor in recognition of ongoing “significant contributions to an increase in U.S. exports.” “I applaud the work of Georgia’s International Trade office for successfully assisting our state’s small and medium-sized businesses into new markets,” said Governor Brian P. Kemp....
    The Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) Commissioner Timothy C. Ward announced the appointment of Peter Adams to interim assistant commissioner of the Administration and Finance division effective November 1, 2021.  As interim assistant commissioner, Adams will be responsible for overseeing all functions under the administration unit to include human resources, grants management, fleet management and the call center. Additionally, he will supervise all functions under the finance unit to include budget services, business management, business processes, financial services, fiscal audits and purchasing for the agency. “Peter has brought a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the GDC team,” said Commissioner Timothy C. Ward.  “I am confident in his leadership skills, and we know he will excel in this vital role.” In 2000, Adams began his career with the State of Georgia at the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council as a financial auditor.  He has served as a budget officer for the Department of Human Recourses, followed by a position with the Board of Regents University System of Georgia.  Prior to joining...
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — More than 14,000 low-income children in Mississippi had their pandemic food cards mistakenly deactivated, prompting an apology from state officials and a promise that new cards would be mailed to their families within days. Children with an apostrophe in their first or last names all had their cards deactivated Monday by a processing partner, the Mississippi Department of Human Services said in a news release. It said that department and the Mississippi Department of Education were notified of the error on Tuesday. The cards are meant to provide federal assistance to families of children who qualify for free or reduced-price meals at school during the 2020-21 academic year. “We apologize for this error,” the state Department of Human Services said in its statement, attributing to the mistake to a contractual vendor. “Children will not lose any benefits because of this error.” The government agency said replacement cards have been issued for the children impacted by the mistake and, according to the release, parents should receive their children’s new cards in the mail within seven to...
    (CNN)Members of the New York City Fire Department gathered Thursday to protest the city's looming Covid-19 vaccine mandate as officials brace for mass staffing shortages. According to the mandate, members of the fire department, the New York Police Department and other city workers have until 5 p.m. Friday to have proof that they've received at least one dose of vaccine or be placed on unpaid leave. On Thursday, members of the FDNY opposed to the mandate crowded outside Gracie Mansion, the mayor's official residence, to demonstrate, with some attendees carrying signs that read, "Essential Workers aren't Disposable Heros (sic)," "My Body My Choice," and "#Natural Immunity.""In 21 years, we've been through the Trade Center, hurricanes, Covid, and just to come out and put this mandate on in such a short period of time, it's just not right," said Julian Eyre, who told CNN he's choosing to retire after 21 years with the fire department rather than get the vaccine. "I've been working a year and a half with Covid, I haven't gotten sick, I haven't tested positive. I've been healthy...
    State Department officials are struggling to operate the U.S. diplomatic mission in Russia, having lost 90% of their staff as a result of a sanctions-related controversy that could force the embassy in Moscow to the brink of closure. “We're not going to be able to carry on as we have over the last several years,” a senior State Department official told reporters in Washington. “We're going to confront the situation — not next month, but sometime next year — where it's just difficult for us to continue with anything other than a caretaker presence at the embassy.” Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government banned the U.S. Embassy from hiring Russian nationals earlier this summer. That measure came in apparent retaliation for U.S. sanctions imposed as punishment for major cyberattacks and the imprisonment of the Putin critic who survived an attempted assassination last summer, in tandem with a controversy involving the Czech Republic’s crackdown on an alleged Russian spy scandal. That acrimonious spiral that has cost the U.S. Embassy 90% of their staff over the last four years — from 1,200 people...
    An Instagram influencer has reportedly been arrested after beating up her boyfriend twice after going to several bars. Brianna Soares, known to her 12,900 followers as 'Breezzzzy' was arrested on Saturday on an assault warrant and an outstanding felony warrant, both documenting attacks on her boyfriend Justin Bennett, court records show. In both instances, she left him bleeding and injured, according to court records. The first incident occurred on July 3 when Soares inflicted Bennett him with multiple cuts, bruises and injuries from strangling him, striking him and scratching, according to court records obtained Scoop Nashville. Briana Soares, 27, known to her Instagram followers as Breezzzzy, was reportedly arrested on Saturday for assaulting her boyfriend She was reportedly served a felony warrant at the time.  More recently, on October 23, she was once again accused of attempting to grab his neck and assault him. Soares, 27, a family service worker at the Department of Children's Services, was then arrested. Court records obtained by DailyMail.com show she was charged with both felony and misdemeanor assault, aggravated assault and domestic bodily injury....
    A bomb threat at the Health and Human Services (HHS) Department prompted evacuations from at least three buildings in Washington, D.C., for about four hours on Wednesday morning, officials said.    The HHS sent an alert about the threat around 9:40 a.m. to staff at the agency's Humphrey Building. Shortly after, emails also went out to Capitol Hill staff informing them that the O'Neill House Office Building and the U.S. Botanic Garden had been evacuated.  The alerts said the U.S. Capitol Police were assisting the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Protective Service with a 'suspicious package.'   At least three buildings in Washington, D.C., were evacuated Wednesday morning due to a bomb threat at the Health and Human Services Department.  Law enforcement from multiple agencies gathered outside the Department of Health and Human Services after the agency received a bomb threat Sarah Lovenheim, a spokesperson for HHS, said in a statement that there was a 'bomb threat received' at the agency's main building and it was evacuated 'out of an abundance of caution.' She said there was 'no reported incident' and that authorities were 'monitoring...
    FEAR struck Washington DC on October 27, 2021, after reports of a bomb threat came in near the US Capitol building. As a precaution, roads were closed and building we evacuated as authorities conducted an investigation. 1A bomb threat was reported in DC on October 27, 2021 Was there a bomb threat at the Health and Human Services Department in Washington DC? According to HHS Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Sarah Lovenheim, there was a bomb threat at the Humphrey Building late Wednesday morning. An alert was issued around 9:40am local time causing an evacuation of at least three buildings according to reports. Email alerts were also sent out to Capitol Hill staff informing them that the O'Neill House Office Building and the U.S. Botanic Garden had also been evacuated. At this time, it remains unclear if the threat was legitimate or not. Most read in US NewsBIZARRE POST Laundrie's ex posts about case as autopsy didn't determine his cause of deathSHOCK FIND 'Gator bones' found where Laundrie's remains recovered after eerie pic postedSO MEME Anti-Biden 'Let's...
    A BOMB threat at the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) has prompted evacuation from at least three buildings in Washington DC, according to reports. An alert was issued by the HHS about the thread at around 9.40am this morning at the agency's Humphrey Buildings in the heart of the nation's capital. 1 Email alerts were also sent out to Capitol Hill staff informing them that the O'Neill House Office Building and the U.S. Botanic Garden had also been evacuated. A HHS spokesperson confirmed in a statement that there was a "bomb threat received" at the department's main building and, "out of an abundance of precaution", it was evacuated. There has been no reported incident and authorities are currently monitoring the situation along with officials from the Federal Protective Service, the statement continued. HHS oversees a variety of health agencies including the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most read in NewsSO MEME Anti-Biden 'Let's Go Brandon' rap removed from YouTube & lawmaker wears slogan maskBIZARRE POST Laundrie's ex...
    NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Last week the Biden administration announced COVID-19 vaccines will be an option for children as young as 5 years old after the Center For Disease Control authorizes Pfizer’s shot. And it could be available in North Texas for emergency use in physicians offices, schools and other trusted providers soon. The Texas Department Of State Health Services is holding a news conference on October 25 to lay out its plan. READ MORE: Texas Department Of Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller Admitted To HospitalPfizer said its children’s vaccine is ⅓ of what adults receive and is 90% effective in 5-11 year olds. With school back in session and the rise of the delta variant, COVID-19 cases among children are surging. Doctors at Cook Children’s are seeing more kids for COVID now than they did last winter. While children typically have milder symptoms from COVID-19 infection, they can become very ill and require hospitalization. In rare cases, life-saving measures such as ventilators and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), which oxygenates a patient’s blood outside of the body, have to be used on young...
                        Tennessee Department of Human Services (DHS) employees did not abide by their own policies as they documented and investigated certain complaints, and those lapses could have endangered the children they were supposed to help. This, according to an audit that Tennessee Comptrollers released this week. “Department management did not ensure CCS [Child Care Services] staff consistently followed policies when performing and documenting investigations. Department management did not ensure CCS staff conformed to the established timeframes for investigating complaints promptly and obtained and maintained relevant documentation, and department management did not ensure CCS supervisors performed sufficient review and oversight of the process,” according to the audit. “Parents and the public rely on the division to respond promptly and appropriately to reported complaints about childcare providers. When management does not ensure staff follow established policy, management increases the risk that children may be placed in potentially harmful or unsafe conditions while in the care of their childcare providers.” Specifically, Comptrollers called out the DHS for the following: • For seven...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG, Pa. (KDKA) – Applications are open for the annual Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP. READ MORE: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny County Reports 276 New Cases, 1 Additional DeathThe federally funded program has been extended and is open from Oct. 18 to May 6. “LIHEAP helps some of the commonwealth’s most vulnerable citizens – children, older Pennsylvanians, people with disabilities, and low-income families – make ends meet and keep their home safe through the winter. I encourage anyone who may need help, or anyone who has loved ones or neighbors who could benefit from this program, to apply for LIHEAP today,” said Department of Human Services Acting Secretary Meg Snead. READ MORE: COVID-19 In Pennsylvania: State Reports 3,584 New Cases, 134 More DeathsBecause of money through the federal American Rescue Plan Act, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services is able to provide increased LIHEAP benefits for the 2021-22 season. The minimum grant is bumping from $200 to $500, and the maximum is going from $1,000 to $1,500. For those who...
    ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – More change could soon be on the horizon for the Tri-County Health Department. The Adams County Board of Commissioners plans to give notice to TCHD about its intentions on leaving the group. Douglas County commissioners voted to leave the agency in September after months of contention. READ MORE: Aurora Fire Rescue Crews Visit Complex Where Adult, Child Were Injured Over The WeekendCommissioners in Adams County plan to bring up a resolution at its Oct. 26 public hearing. The county says it will remain with TCDH through December of 2022, as it’s legally obligated. (credit: CBS) Then, the next month, the county will start using its own health department. Commissioner and Board Chair Eva Henry says Douglas County’s decision forced their hand. READ MORE: Denver Breaks Ground On Affordable Housing Project For Homeless Residents“Douglas County’s decisions left us no choice but to reevaluate the future of public health services in Adams County,” said Henry in a news release. “As a result, Adams County must determine the best option to move ahead for a health board...
    A woman who claims she was sex trafficked from Costa Rica to the United States says she was victimized by the very people who were supposed to help her— the local police. The plaintiff, who filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for Eastern Virginia under the pseudonym “Jane Doe,” alleges that in 2010 she was approached by a woman who suggested she travel to the U.S. to work as an “escort”—a job she says was described as going on dates and attending lavish events with wealthy men. She claims she was not told she would be required to perform sexual acts. She flew to Virginia on a ticket purchased by her new employer in October 2010 and was allegedly driven to an apartment in Fairfax, Virginia, where she met her new boss, Hazel Marie Sanchez Cerdas. The plaintiff claims Sanchez told her that she would not be going on dates with men, but instead would be having sex with them—and that she knew where her family was and would have them harmed if she did not comply. The...
    MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) — The Germantown public library in Montgomery County reopened Saturday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebration. The branch was closed for renovations and this event marked the official reopening. READ MORE: Man Shot, Killed In A Timonium Bowling Alley“I am pleased the Germantown Library has now reopened its doors to the community,” said County Executive Elrich. “The entire facility has a more spacious, modern look while maintaining the warm, welcoming feel of a community library. The MCPL Refresh Program allows the branches to be refurbished and be updated at less cost and downtime than building new libraries. Come stop by and see the new look!” Some of the new changes that came to the library when it was closed include new ergonomic sit-stand circulation and information desks, renovation of the new public restrooms, upgraded lighting and a new shelving area. READ MORE: COVID-19 In Maryland: 936 New Cases Reported As Key Metrics Still Decline“It is a pleasure to cut the ribbon for this newly refreshed Germantown Branch,” said Anita Vassallo, Director of Public Libraries. “Our library staff...
    Share this: The Health Department on Wednesday released preliminary data on sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in 2019 and 2020 in New York City. According to the New York City STI Surveillance Data Report, from 2019 to 2020, rates of primary and secondary (P&S) syphilis – the stages during which syphilis is most infectious – increased 9% for men and 24% for women, rates of gonorrhea increased 5% for women and decreased 19% for men, and chlamydia rates decreased 29% for men and 23% for women during the same time period. While preliminary and subject to change, data from early 2021 indicate that numbers of reported STIs are rebounding to levels observed in 2019, though chlamydia cases remain much lower. As the city continues to reopen and health care services become more accessible, the Health Department urges New Yorkers to reengage with routine testing for STIs, including HIV and other sexual health care services.
    A Missouri judge on Tuesday ruled that the Kansas City Council violated state law when it approved plans to reallocate millions of dollars in funds away from the city's police department. KMBC reported Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas and the city council sought to reduce the budget for the Kansas City Police Department earlier this year by $42.3 million. After the city council approved the measures to cut down the budget, the Kansas City police board filed a lawsuit in May seeking to overturn those ordinances. The money taken out of the police budget was meant to be reallocated to community programs aimed at preventing crime and expanding community outreach. A Jackson County judge ruled that by approving these measures, the city council overstepped its authority and violated state laws, according to KMBC. The judge ordered that the funding that had been reallocated be restored to the police budget. Following the ruling, Lucas said, "The decision announced by the Court today has provided a pathway forward for the City to require the Kansas City Police Department to engage in discussions related to crime prevention throughout future budget cycles, should the...
    domesticviolence.org The Justice Department joins law enforcement partners, victim services professionals, advocates and communities across the country in observing October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and announces more than $476 million in Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) grants. The funding supports projects that meaningfully address the needs of underserved and marginalized survivors, improve access to justice, enhance survivor safety, hold accountable those who have caused harm, and provide training and technical assistance to an array of professionals and systems working to address sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking in every state and territory, as well as dozens of tribal communities. “Domestic Violence Awareness Month is a sobering reminder of the harm domestic violence inflicts across our country, at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic means that for many survivors, abuse may be compounded by being isolated with an abuser, loss of income and stress over the virus itself,” said Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco. “These OVW grants will provide local organizations with resources to support...
                        Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s (D) chief medical advisor is hitting the exit amid the latest coronavirus surge in the state. Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, a deputy director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and Whitmer’s point person in the virus, is leaving for a job in the private sector, the Iron Mountain Daily News reported. Khaldun will be replaced by a bureaucrat who temporarily left her state job to work for the World Health Organization. Via the paper: She will be replaced at least temporarily by Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian, an infectious diseases expert at the state Department of Health and Human Services who oversaw COVID-19 testing strategy. Bagdasarian, who will take over on Oct. 1, most recently has been on sabbatical to work with the World Health Organization on coronavirus planning. “At the height of COVID-19, we stood side by side to keep our state safe through one of the most difficult periods in our lives,” Whitmer said. Khaldun’s exit comes as cases are rising in...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The U.S. Department of Labor filed an administrative complaint against ABM Janitorial Services following a compliance evaluation that alleged systemic racial discrimination against Black and a smaller number of white applicants for cleaning positions at their Baltimore and Alexandria locations, according to officials. “No one should be denied an opportunity to work based on race. The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs will vigorously enforce the law to ensure that companies doing business with the federal government meet their equal employment opportunity obligations,” said Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs Director Jenny R. Yang. READ MORE: Owings Mills Couple Charged In $20M Insurance Fraud Scheme The complaint, filed on Sept 15., alleges that from at least 2015 until the present day, ABM Janitorial Services has discriminated against Black workers for cleaning positions at all three facilities and white workers at one of the facilities. Additionally, the complaint alleges that the ABM failed to document hiring decisions properly — masking its discriminatory hiring practices. The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs also found that ABM violated Executive Order 11246...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The U.S. Department of Labor filed an administrative complaint against ABM Janitorial Services following a compliance evaluation that alleged systemic racial discrimination against Black and a smaller number of white applicants for cleaning positions at their Baltimore and Alexandria locations, according to officials. “No one should be denied an opportunity to work based on race. The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs will vigorously enforce the law to ensure that companies doing business with the federal government meet their equal employment opportunity obligations,” said Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs Director Jenny R. Yang. READ MORE: Owings Mills Couple Charged In $20M Insurance Fraud Scheme The complaint, filed on Sept 15., alleges that from at least 2015 until the present day, ABM Janitorial Services has discriminated against Black workers for cleaning positions at all three facilities and white workers at one of the facilities. Additionally, the complaint alleges that the ABM failed to document hiring decisions properly — masking its discriminatory hiring practices. The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs also found that ABM violated Executive Order 11246...
    Gerlda B. Hines, State Accounting Officer and Candice Broce, Commissioner of the Department of Human Services & Director of the Division of Family and Children Services. Governor Brian P. Kemp administered the oath of office to Gerlda B. Hines to serve as State Accounting Officer and Candice Broce to serve as Commissioner of the Department of Human Services. Commissioner Broce will also serve as Director of the Division of Family and Children Services. “I am proud to appoint Gerlda B. Hines to serve as our new State Accounting Officer,” said Governor Kemp. “She has a wealth of experience and is a respected, valued leader in state government. I am confident she will continue to maintain the long-standing tradition of conservative fiscal management that enables Georgia’s AAA bonding and status as the top state for business.” “Candice Broce is a great fit to lead the Department of Human Services and the Division of Family and Children Services,” said Governor Kemp. “Given her experience serving in numerous leadership roles in my administration and her demonstrated...
    A Connecticut man was found shot to death after police responded to a shot spotter alert. The discovery was made around 8:15 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 8, on Newhall Street, in New Haven.  Trequon Lawrence, age 27, was rushed by American Medical Response to Yale-New Haven Hospital where he was pronounced dead, said Officer Scott Shumway, of the New Haven Police Department. New Haven Police Investigative Services and Bureau of Identification responded to the scene and continue to investigate. Lawrence was a New Haven resident. Police ask that any witnesses contact the New Haven Police Department Investigative Services Division at 203-946-6304.  Callers may remain anonymous or submit tips anonymously by calling 1-866-888-8477.
    University of the District of Columbia President Ronald Mason is once again the highest-paid person on the D.C. payroll, according to data from the city’s Department of Human Resources. Mason’s 2021 salary of $322,354 is tops, and the same amount he earned the previous year. He’s the only person on the payroll earning more than $300,000. The No. 2 and No. 3 spots on this year’s list are occupied by women working for the city’s Department of Behavior Health: Nancy Black, the director of the mental health services division ($288,528), and Morgan Medlock, chief medical officer and director of crisis and emergency services ($280,123). Lewis Ferebee, chancellor of D.C. Public Schools ($280,000), and Philip Candilis, director of medical affairs at Saint Elizabeths Hospital ($271,842.75), round out the top five. Kevin Donahue, who was appointed city administrator in January, is No. 8 on the list with a salary of $270,000 — significantly less than his predecessor, Rashad Young, who… Read the full story from the Washington Business Journal.
    WASHINGTON (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – The Justice Department said Monday, Sept. 6, it will not tolerate violence against anyone who is trying to obtain an abortion in Texas as federal officials explore options to challenge a new state law that bans most abortions. Attorney General Merrick Garland said the Justice Department would “protect those seeking to obtain or provide reproductive health services” under a federal law known as the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act. READ MORE: Suspected Killer Arrested Hours After Shooting Outside Nightclub On Botham Jean Blvd In Dallas Garland said in a statement federal prosecutors are still urgently exploring options to challenge the Texas law. He said the Justice Department would enforce the federal law “in order to protect the constitutional rights of women and other persons, including access to an abortion.” The federal law, commonly known as the FACE Act, prohibits physically obstructing or using the threat of force to intimidate or interfere with a person seeking reproductive health services. The law also prohibits damaging property at abortion clinics and other reproductive health centers. The new Texas...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) today announced the release of the Maryland Department of Health Facilities Master Plan. The plan will help align MDH’s projected patient care needs with the health care services offered or provided by the Department. READ MORE: National Weather Service Confirms EF-2 Tornado In Annapolis Wednesday MDH has 14 health care facility campuses located throughout the state, and eleven are currently operational and provide Marylanders with multiple health care services across a large number of buildings. Many of which are aging and no longer align with evolving patient care models. “Our goal through this ongoing process is to finalize a capital program that guides us through the rejuvenation of our facilities,” said MDH Secretary Dennis R. Schrader. READ MORE: OIG Issues Report Detailing Concerns Regarding The County’s Group Leadership Program Phase I of the Facilities Master Plan will occur from 2022-2026 and will entail: Divesting three closed facilities: Crownsville Hospital Center in Anne Arundel County, Regional Institute for Children & Adolescents (RICA) Southern Maryland in Prince George’s County and Upper Shore Community Mental Health Center in Kent County; Constructing four 24-hour regional crisis centers in Western Maryland, Central Maryland, Southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore; Identifying...
    Starting Monday, people will be able to enter Prince George’s County, Maryland, government buildings for the first time since before the COVID-19 pandemic set in. In a news release, the county said that most county government agencies will resume normal operations effective Aug. 30. That means some services will begin accepting walk-ins again; however, making appointments  is still encouraged and required in some departments to access services. Agencies that require appointments include the following: Department of Housing & Community Development; Department of Permitting, Inspections & Enforcement; Housing Authority; Office of Finance. The indoor public mask mandate is still in effect at county buildings, so all employees and visitors will need to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status. Those who do not wear a mask will be denied service.
    AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM) – Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas Department of State Health Services is deploying an additional 2,500 medical staff to support health care facilities in Texas, including hospitals and nursing homes. This will bring the total number of medical personnel deployed across the state to 8,100. In addition, DSHS is providing medical equipment requested by Texas medical facilities including ventilators, oxygen concentrators, heart monitors, IV pumps, feeding pumps, and hospital beds. “The medical personnel and equipment deployed by DSHS will provide crucial support to our health care facilities as they treat hospitalized cases of COVID-19,” said Governor Abbott. “Texans can do their part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and hospitalizations by getting the vaccine. It’s safe, effective, and your best defense against COVID-19.” Previously, 5,600 medical personnel, consisting mostly of nurses and respiratory therapists, were authorized for deployment. DSHS is now increasing that number to a total of 8,100. This operation follows the Governor’s directive on August 9 that DSHS utilize staffing agencies to provide out-of-state medical personnel to Texas health care facilities to mitigate...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Family and friends will gather Friday to remember two law enforcement officers who died from COVID. A celebration of life ceremony will be held for Fort Lauderdale police Officer Jennifer Sepot at the Abundant Life Church in Margate. Sepot had been with the department since 2017. READ MORE: Florida Judge Wont Dismiss Lawsuit Challenging School Mask Mandate Ban Jennifer Sepot (Courtesy of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department) A funeral service for Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Lazaro R. Febles will be held at Woodlawn Park Cemetery in southwest Miami-Dade. Febles served more than 11 years with the Florida Highway Patrol in Troop E – Miami. According to a GoFundMe page set up by friends and co-workers, he died of complications from COVID-19. READ MORE: Miami-Dade Schools Police Officer Dubraska Guevara Fired Over "Disorderly" Incident Lazaro R. Febles (Courtesy of the Florida Highway Patrol) On Thursday, the Miami Beach Police Department announced the loss of officer Edward “Eddie” Perez who they said died from COVID. MORE NEWS: Miami Weather: Hot & Humid Weekend Ahead (Courtesy of the Miami...
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CBS) — At the Illinois State Fair on Sunday, there was a salute to veterans, and to Gold Star families who have lost loved ones in military service. “We are here today to remember those we’ve lost, and to honor the families who carry a hole in their hearts that can never be filled,” said Gov. JB Pritzker. “We may never know what it’s like to stand in your shoes, but I want you to know that the good people of Illinois will always be grateful to you.” READ MORE: Nonprofit Who Is Hussain Chicago Fills Backpacks With School Supplies For CPS Students With those words, Gov. Pritzker, his wife MK, and Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton presented yellow roses to members of Gold Star families. The governor said some service members lost their lives fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, and some died helping others in the face of life-threatening storms – among other challenges. Gov. Pritzker also signed seven bills to help Illinois service members address challenges they face during and after their service. Those bills were: • HB...
    The wholesale prices of goods and services in the United States had a similar increase in July to June, but reached a record in 12 months, according to official data released on Thursday. Wholesale prices rose 1% in July over the previous month, a rise similar to the one they had between May and June, according to the Labor Department’s IPP index. However, this increase is double that expected by analysts (0.5%). Mayorkas will meet in Miami with Cubans and Haitians Compared to July 2020, on the other hand, the increase in wholesale prices reached 7.8%, a record since the annual data began to be calculated in November 2010. The PPI measures prices from the perspective of manufacturers and sellers, while the CPI measures them from the consumer side. The CPI, published on Wednesday, showed a slowdown in July (0.5%) and stability in one year (5.4%), something that was considered reassuring in the face of fears of a sustained increase in consumer prices. But “the PPI, unlike the CPI, is accelerating,” said Rubeela Farooqi, chief US economist at High Frequency...
    Performing a transgender surgery on a child constitutes sex abuse, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) Commissioner Jaime Masters confirmed Wednesday. Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott had called on DFPS Friday to say whether transgender surgeries for children constitutes child abuse. Masters quickly responded in a Wednesday letter calling these surgeries “genital mutilation of a child” and confirming that the surgeries constitute child abuse. “Genital mutilation of a child through reassignment surgery is child abuse, subject to all rules and procedures pertaining to child abuse,” Masters said. “Such mutilation may cause a ‘genuine threat of substantial harm from physical injury to the child.'” (RELATED: Abbott Asks Department Of Family Protective Services To Say Whether Trans Surgeries For Kids Are Child Abuse) “As you have described,” he continued, “this surgical procedure physically alters a child’s genitalia for non-medical purposes potentially inflicting irreversible harm to children’s bodies. Generally, children in the care and custody of a parent lack the legal capacity to consent to surgical treatments, making them more vulnerable.” WATCH: Masters said that the surgical procedures may not...
    Officials from a Florida county fire department are asking residents who may have less urgent medical needs to consider possible alternatives to calling 911 in light of high ICU bed use. Orlando Dominguez, the assistant chief of emergency medical services operations for Brevard County Fire Rescue, told NBC News during an interview on Wednesday that the fire department will never deny someone services if they call for emergency services. However, at the same time he stressed that some hospitals have run out of room to accommodate those going to the emergency department and suggested that those who do not have urgent emergency services find alternative means before heading to the hospital. “We're also conveying to the public that if you've fallen and might have hurt your knee or you have a cough, things like that, that are not emergent or urgent, they should follow up with their primary care physician or go into a walk-in clinic,” Dominguez told the news outlet.  NBC News reported that as of the middle of Wednesday, 81 percent of adult ICU beds in Brevard County were filled. Dominguez...
    Gov. Ron DeSantis doubted the validity of a news article reporting that Florida requested hundreds of ventilators from the federal government amid rising COVID-19 cases in the state. Miami-based ABC affiliate WPLG reported Monday that 300 devices were expected to be delivered by day's end “to replace expended state stores" and cited a planning document from the Department of Health and Human Services, although the report didn't include who was the requesting authority in Florida. “I have not heard about that, so I have to check to see if that’s true or not,” DeSantis said Tuesday when asked about the ventilator request. “I would honestly doubt that that’s true, but I’ll look. We have a lot of stuff that we stockpiled over the last year and a half through the department of emergency management. I have not had any requests across my desk. I haven’t been notified of that.” FLORIDA SCHOOL OFFICIALS COULD LOSE SALARIES OVER MASK MANDATES The Washington Examiner reached out to the Florida Department of Health and the federal Department of Health and...
                      by Mary Margaret Olohan  Gov. Greg Abbott asked the state’s Department of Family Protective Services (DFPS) Friday to say whether transgender surgeries for children constitutes child abuse. The Texas Republican called on Jaime Masters, commissioner of the DFPS, to make a determination of whether “genital mutilation of a child for purposes of gender transitioning through reassignment surgery constitutes child abuse” in a Friday letter. “Subjecting a child to genital mutilation through reassignment surgery creates a ‘genuine threat of substantial harm from physical injury to the child,’” Abbott wrote. “This broad definition of ‘abuse’ should cover a surgical procedure that will sterilize the child, such as orchiectomy or hysterectomy, or remove otherwise healthy body parts, such as penectomy or mastectomy.” Abbott pointed out that Texas already outlaws female genital mutilation of children, writing, “presumably that also constitutes child abuse.”  FYI the matter of 7 year old James Younger is being looked into by the Texas Attorney General’s Office and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. #JamesYounger — Greg Abbott...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Five Maryland counties have been picked by the Maryland Department of Human Services to take part in a federally backed program to support adopted children and foster families. Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, Prince George’s and Montgomery counties were selected by the state agency to create a Center of Excellence for Foster Family Development. This new program aims to have foster families remain in touch with their adopted child’s biological parents and play a role “in supporting parents’ efforts to regain custody of their children,” the agency said in a release. “We are putting in place programs that work toward breaking the cycle of multi-generational dependency,” Lourdes R. Padilla, secretary of the Maryland Department of Human Services, said in a statement. “By addressing the needs of the entire family, we help ensure that when children and parents leave our care, they have the tools needed to thrive.” The state received a four-year grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to launch the initiative. Under this model, foster parents will take training courses to encourage children to learn prosocial...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – An appeals court Friday declined to ask the Florida Supreme Court to take up a potentially far-reaching case about concealed weapons licensing. The 1st District Court of Appeal, in a 12-3 decision, rejected a request from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to take a step known as certifying a “question of great public importance” to the Supreme Court. READ MORE: Dania Beach Nursing Home Evacuated After Facility Loses Power The request came after the Tallahassee-based appeals court in June ruled that the department, which oversees concealed weapons licensing, improperly denied a license for a Florida resident who said his civil rights were restored after a 1969 conviction in Illinois. The ruling said the department should not have relied only on a check of a federal database known as the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, of NICS. A check of that system flagged the man’s decades-old felony conviction on a charge of stealing an eight-track tape player, leading to the department denying a license. READ MORE: Overwhelmed South Florida Hospitals Seeing Younger COVID Patients...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – An appeals court Friday declined to ask the Florida Supreme Court to take up a potentially far-reaching case about concealed weapons licensing. The 1st District Court of Appeal, in a 12-3 decision, rejected a request from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to take a step known as certifying a “question of great public importance” to the Supreme Court. READ MORE: Dania Beach Nursing Home Evacuated After Facility Loses Power The request came after the Tallahassee-based appeals court in June ruled that the department, which oversees concealed weapons licensing, improperly denied a license for a Florida resident who said his civil rights were restored after a 1969 conviction in Illinois. The ruling said the department should not have relied only on a check of a federal database known as the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, of NICS. A check of that system flagged the man’s decades-old felony conviction on a charge of stealing an eight-track tape player, leading to the department denying a license. READ MORE: Overwhelmed South Florida Hospitals Seeing Younger COVID Patients...
    Gov. Greg Abbott asked the state’s Department of Family Protective Services (DFPS) Friday to say whether transgender surgeries for children constitutes child abuse. The Texas Republican called on Jaime Masters, commissioner of the DFPS, to make a determination of whether “genital mutilation of a child for purposes of gender transitioning through reassignment surgery constitutes child abuse” in a Friday letter.  (RELATED: Liberal Activists Rebrand Sex Changes As ‘Gender-Affirming Medical Care’ To Bully State Officials Into Allowing The Mutilation Of Children) “Subjecting a child to genital mutilation through reassignment surgery creates a ‘genuine threat of substantial harm from physical injury to the child,'” Abbott wrote. “This broad definition of ‘abuse’ should cover a surgical procedure that will sterilize the child, such as orchiectomy or hysterectomy, or remove otherwise healthy body parts, such as penectomy or mastectomy.” Abbott pointed out that Texas already outlaws female genital mutilation of children, writing, “presumably that also constitutes child abuse.” (RELATED: Texas Candidate Challenging Gov Abbott Promises To End Trans Surgeries For Minors) FYI the matter of 7 year old James Younger is being looked into...
    The Department of Justice announced Thursday it has settled a lawsuit it filed against the state of New Jersey over voter registration opportunities for customers of disability transportation services. The lawsuit claimed disability transportation offices including NJ Transit Access Link and county-based Community Transportation programs have failed to provide voter registration opportunities to customers, in violation of the National Voter Registration Act. According to a consent decree announced Thursday, the NVRA requires that agencies that provide disability services are required to distribute a voter registration application with each new application for services, renewal or change of address notification unless the applicant declines in writing. The New Jersey's State House capitol in Trenton. The Department of Justice announced Thursday it has settled a lawsuit it filed against the state of New Jersey over voter registration opportunities for customers of disability transportation services. (iStock) NJ GOV. MURPHY ANNOUNCES PRIVATE HEALTH CARE WORKERS MUST VACCINATE OR GET REGULAR TESTS They also are required to assist applicants in completing applications and transit them to the appropriate election officials. Under the decree, New...
    Maryland will require state employees working in congregate facilities to be vaccinated or submit to regular COVID-19 testing and mask-use beginning Sept. 1, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Thursday. Hogan said the measures will impact state employees in 48 facilities, including: health care facilities of the Mayland Department of Health, facilities of Department of Juvenile Services, the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services and the Department of Veterans Affairs. “These actions are being taken to further protect our most vulnerable citizens,” Hogan said. “The state will lead by example with our own employees who are working in congregate facilities.” The governor urged privately-run nursing homes to implement the same requirements among their staff, saying there has been a recent uptick in unvaccinated employees in nursing homes contracting COVID-19. Hogan said there are no plans to institute new mask mandates or shutdowns. This is a developing story. Stay with WTOP for the latest. 
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — State leaders offered guidance for parents on how to keep their kids safe as the Delta variant spreads. For parents like Nathasha Hazelwood, vaccine approval for children under 12 years old can not come fast enough. Both she and her husband have been vaccinated, but their 6-year-old son is ineligible. READ MORE: Pennsylvania Department Of Health To Text People Who Missed 2nd Vaccine Shot Without the shot, life has stalled. “We are on canceling our third vacation,” Hazlewood said. “Every time we schedule something or go somewhere, the COVID numbers are rising.” With the rising coronavirus numbers, the Wolf administration used the Carnegie Museum of Natural History on Thursday to encourage other parents to be vigilant about the virus. READ MORE: After Pleas For His Release Fail, Terminally-Ill Washington County Man Dies Awaiting Trial “Please note that children, regardless of age, with underlying health conditions can be at risk of severe COVID-19 compared to other children,” said Meg Snead, the Pennsylvania acting secretary of the Department of Human Services. The Department of Human Services recommends...