San Angelo Health Department Confirms COVID-19 Death

The San Angelo Health Department has confirmed another COVID-19-related death in Tom Green County: Female, 70s, Howard County This brings the total COVID-19-related death count in Tom Green County to 42: 31 from Tom Green County and 11 from other counties. We do not have any further information about the patient at this time.

Justice Department Expands Operation Legend

Today, the expansion of Operation Legend was announced in Indianapolis. Operation Legend is a sustained, systematic and coordinated law enforcement initiative in which federal law enforcement agencies work in conjunction with state and local law enforcement officials to fight violent crime. The Operation was first launched on July 8 in Kansas City, MO., and expanded…

Justice Department Shuts Down Entities Exploiting COVID-19 Panic for Personal Gain

The U.S. Department of Justice announced today that it has obtained a Temporary Restraining Order in federal court to combat fraud related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  The enforcement action, filed in Tampa, Florida, is part of the Justice Department’s ongoing efforts prioritizing the detection, investigation, and prosecution of illegal conduct related to the pandemic.  The…

NASA, SpaceX Announce Dragon Crew-1 Launch Date

NASA and SpaceX are targeting no earlier than October 23 for the first operational flight with astronauts of the Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station as a part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program. NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 mission will be the first of regular rotational missions to the space…

U.S. Department of Justice Seizes Iranian Fuel Tankers in Largest Ever Seizure

The Justice Department today announced the successful disruption of a multimillion dollar fuel shipment by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a designated foreign terrorist organization, that was bound for Venezuela. These actions represent the government’s largest-ever seizure of fuel shipments from Iran. On July 2, 2020, the United States filed a complaint seeking to…

Department of Commerce Looks to Complete Accurate 2020 Census

The U.S. Census Bureau is well on its way to delivering a complete and accurate 2020 Census. I am proud to oversee this essential activity which is clearly outlined in the United States Constitution. Critics claim incorrectly that the Census Bureau is shortchanging the count. This is not an accurate depiction of the current state…

UN: Intercepting Migrants No Solution for Problem

Intercepting boats full of migrants attempting to cross the English Channel, is not the solution to deter them from attempting to reach the United Kingdom, UN agencies have stressed, warning that deployment of large naval vessels to block small, flimsy dinghies could lead to fatal incidents. Instead, governments in Europe and elsewhere should increase search…

UN Calls for Accountability in Beirut Explosion

The catastrophic blast which led to the deaths of more than 200 in Beirut on 4 August, has prompted more than three dozen independent rights experts on Thursday, to issue a call for justice and accountability on behalf of the Lebanese people. “The scale and impact of the lethal explosion are unprecedented”, the UN human…

United Nations Human Rights Experts Monitoring Belarus

UN human rights experts on Thursday, strongly criticized the level of violence being used by security forces across Belarus against peaceful protesters and journalists, following five days of demonstrations over the disputed presidential election. Large numbers of protesters have been detained, and the experts have called on the international community to put pressure on the…

Fort Worth Announces FY2021 General Fund Budget

The City Council got its first look at a proposed $782 million fiscal 2021 general fund budget Tuesday, one that reflects some belt-tightening in the wake of the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, yet maintains the current rate of capital investment. Noting that Fort Worth is still growing, City Manager David Cooke presented a…

UN Celebrates International Youth Day

Commemorating International Youth Day, top UN officials have called on leaders around the world to “do everything possible” to enable young people to reach their fullest potential. Against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic, which has upended young peoples’ lives and aspirations and heightened their vulnerabilities, UN Secretary-General António Guterres praised the younger generation’s resilience,…