Friday - June 23, 2017
Federal - Executive Branch

News releases, reports, statements and associated documents from the U.S. Executive Branch, covering all aspects of the Obama administration including cabinet departments, federal agencies, regulatory and independent agencies.

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West Rutland Man Sentenced to Six Years of Imprisonment for Distribution of Heroin and Crack Cocaine
BURLINGTON, Vt., June 22 -- The Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Vermont, Eugenia A.P. Cowles, issued the following news release:

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Demar Neal (a.k.a. "D"), 31, was sentenced by United States Chief District Court Judge Christina Reiss to a six-year term of imprisonment for conspiring to distribute heroin and crack cocaine in the Rutland area in 2015 and 2016. Neal previously pled guilty to this offense. Neal is originally from the Catskill, New York area, but at the time of his arrest lived on Harrison Avenue ... Show Full Article

NLRB Regional Director Issues Decision on PRG (California) v. AFL-CIO
WASHINGTON, June 22 -- The National Labor Relations Board issued the following decision on PRG (California) v. AFL-CIO:

PRG (CALIFORNIA), INC.

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INTERNATIONAL ALLIANCE OF THEATRICAL STAGE EMPLOYEES, MOVING PICTURE TECHNICIANS, ARTISTS, AND ALLIED CRAFTS OF THE UNITED STATES, ITS TERRITORIES AND CANADA, AFL-CIO, CLC

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Case 31-RC-198609

DECISION AND DIRECTION OF ELECTION

On May 11, 2017, the Petitioner, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists, and Allied Crafts of the United States, its Territories ... Show Full Article

Man Sentenced for Illegal Re-Entry Charges
COLUMBIA, S.C., June 22 -- The U.S. Attorney for the District of South Carolina, Beth Drake, issued the following news release:

United States Attorney Beth Drake stated today that Jose Hernandez Guerrero, age 39, from Pamplico, was sentenced in federal court in Florence, South Carolina, for Illegal Re-entry into the United States after deportation, in violation of 8 U.S.C. section 1326(a)(2). United States District Judge R. Bryan Harwell, of Florence, sentenced Guerrero to 15 months imprisonment followed by three years of supervised released.

Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing ... Show Full Article

Fishers Tax Preparer Sentenced in Fraud Scheme
INDIANAPOLIS, June 22 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, Josh J. Minkler, issued the following news release:

United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler announced today that a tax preparation business owner was sentenced in federal court for his role in directing the filing over 2300 false tax returns. David R. Franklin, 44, previously pleaded guilty to three counts of making and filing false tax reports and was sentenced to 48 months (four years) imprisonment by U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt.

"Mr. Franklin did not steal from an agency in Washington, he stole from ... Show Full Article

FCC Commissioner Pai Issues Statement on Payphone Compensation Rules
WASHINGTON, June 22 -- The Federal Communications Commission issued the following statement by Chairman Ajit Pai on modernization of payphone compensation rules:

Re: Modernization of Payphone Compensation Rules, WC Docket No. 17-141; Implementation of the Pay Telephone Reclassification and Compensation Provisions of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, CC Docket No. 96-128; 2016 Biennial Review of Telecommunications Regulations, WC Docket No. 16-132.

"In Maroon 5's 2012 chart-topper 'Payphone,' Adam Levine sang 'I'm at a payphone trying to call home. All of my change I spent on you.' But those ... Show Full Article

Education Secretary DeVos Issues Statement on Regulatory Reform Task Force Progress Report
WASHINGTON, June 22 -- The U.S. Department of Education issued the following statement by Secretary Betsy DeVos on the Regulatory Reform Task Force's first progress report as required by President Trump's Executive Order 13777:

"The Regulatory Reform Task Force has been hard at work over the last few months cataloguing over 150 regulations and more than 1,700 pieces of policy guidance on the books at the Department of Education. As their work continues, they have been tasked with providing recommendations on which regulations to repeal, modify or keep in an effort to ensure those that remain ... Show Full Article

Charleston Man Sentenced to Over 20 Years in Federal Prison for Gun and Drug Crimes
CHARLESTON, W.Va., June 22 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia, Carol A. Casto, issued the following news release:

A Charleston man who violated his federal supervised release by committing gun and drug crimes was sentenced to prison today, announced United States Attorney Carol Casto. Marcus W. Taylor, 39, previously pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. In today's hearing, he was sentenced to 20 years and eight months in federal prison and fined $20,000 for those ... Show Full Article