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By on Sep 30, 2017 in Press Release | 0 comments

Press Release For Immediate Release Diverse, growing coalition asks for delay of ELD mandateMore than 30 organizations make an appeal for delay of electronic logging device mandate (Grain Valley, Mo., Sept. 27, 2017) A diverse group of industries have formed a coalition that is growing in membership while making an appeal to delay a federal regulation requiring trucks to be equipped with electronic logging devices.  See full press conference here. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is just one member of the group of 31 organizations in the coalition (listed below). Industries represented include agriculture, pyrotechnics, utility contractors, livestock and several others that will be negatively impacted by the mandate. “The electronic logging device mandate is written so broadly that it has far reaching implications well beyond the traditional trucking industry,” said Todd Spencer, executive vice president of OOIDA. The group supports a bill proposed by U.S. Representative Brian Babin (R-TX-36) that would delay the ELD mandate for two years. Babin’s bill, H.R.3282,  the ELD Extension Act of 2017, would extend the current implementation date from December 2017 to December 2019. The coalition says the mandate should be delayed until the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) addresses numerous unresolved issues identified by impacted stakeholders. There are significant technological and real-world concerns that have not been addressed by FMCSA. These concerns include the certification of devices (or lack thereof), connectivity problems in remote areas of the country, cybersecurity vulnerabilities, and the ability of law enforcement to access data. The FMCSA’s inability or refusal to resolve these issues makes the enactment of H.R. 3282 unquestionably necessary. The ELD mandate is estimated to cost impacted stakeholders more than $2 billion, making it one of the most expensive federal transportation rulemakings over the last decade. This is a massive unfunded mandate that provides no safety, economic, or productivity benefits for most ensnared by the mandate. Notwithstanding the significant costs associated with the rule, it simply will not be ready for implementation on December 18, 2017. H.R. 3282 will provide FMCSA and impacted stakeholders more time to work out fundamentalproblems associated with the rule. Commercial truck drivers are restricted to a limited number of working and driving hours under current regulations. The FMCSA’s mandate...

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NEWS RELEASE: Student privacy cannot obstruct public access to records of campus sexual-assault cases, SPLC tells …

By on Sep 30, 2017 in Press Release | 0 comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SEPT. 29, 2017 Contact: Hadar Harris, Executive Director (202) 785-5450 / hharris@splc.org College journalists are entitled to public records that reflect how their universities handle complaints of sexual assault through the disciplinary system, the Student Press Law Center argues in a legal brief supporting a public-records lawsuit against the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. In the friend-of-the-court brief, which the North Carolina Court of Appeals accepted for filing Friday, the SPLC argues that UNC is misapplying federal student privacy law to obstruct access to records that would enable the public to see the outcomes of disciplinary cases in which students are found liable for conduct equating, in the off-campus legal system, to serious sex crimes. “It is difficult to think of an issue where the public more urgently needs access to records to independently assess whether powerful government agencies (in this case, a flagship state university) are doing their jobs,” the SPLC states in the brief. “Without these records, the public will be left with a ‘trust-me’ honor system, relying on the assurances of colleges that have every motive to misrepresent this urgent safety risk.” The case originated with an October 2016 open-records request by the independent student newspaper at UNC, the Daily Tar Heel, which has intensely covered the university’s response to sexual assault and has regularly feuded with the university over its aggressive use of FERPA privacy to withhold public records. The newspaper is seeking records of cases in which students or faculty were found to have committed sexual assault or sexual harassment, and in those cases, what penalties were imposed. But the university turned down the request on the grounds of student confidentiality, and the student newspaper, joined by a coalition of professional media organizations, filed suit. In May 2017, a trial-court judge ruled that UNC has discretion to turn down the open-records request, relying on a federal regulation that says universities “may” disclose the outcomes of cases where students are found responsible for sex crimes. But in the brief, the SPLC points out that Congress expressly carved out as unprotected the exact records that the Daily Tar Heel is seeking, those reflecting how offenders are disciplined through the student conduct process for...

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Entergy to Continue Operating Palisades Power Plant Until Spring 2022

By on Sep 29, 2017 in Press Release | 0 comments

“In light of the Michigan Public Service Commission’s order issued September 22, which granted Consumers Energy recovery of only $136.6 million of the $172 million it requested for the buyout of the PPA, the parties have agreed to terminate the buyout transaction,” said Charlie Arnone, site vice president and Entergy’s top official at Palisades. Today’s announcement reverses Entergy’s December 2016 decision to close Palisades on October 1, 2018, but Entergy remains committed to its strategy of exiting the merchant nuclear power business. “We greatly appreciate the continued patience of our employees and the local community in Southwest Michigan throughout this regulatory process, and we will continue to focus on the plant’s safe and reliable operations,” Arnone added. “Entergy will continue to make all necessary investments and maintain appropriate staffing, in accordance with strict licensing standards.” Financial Implications The impact of the decision on free cash flow is expected to be positive $100 million to $150 million compared to the PPA amendment with Consumers Energy. In addition, due to the change in operating assumptions, under applicable accounting rules we no longer expect fuel, refueling outage costs and capital expenditures to be expensed as incurred. Instead, these expenditures will be amortized or depreciated over their useful lives and the expense will be included in operational results. About Palisades and Entergy Corp. The Palisades Power Plant employs about 600 workers and has been a part of the Van Buren County community since it began generating electricity in 1971. The plant generates 811 megawatts of virtually carbon-free electricity, enough to power more than 800,000 homes. Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including nearly 9,000 megawatts of nuclear power. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.9 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of approximately $10.8 billion and nearly 13,000 employees. Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements In this news release, and from time to time, Entergy Corporation makes certain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements include, among other things, Entergy’s statements of its plans, beliefs...

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Aurora theater shooter relocated to high-security federal prison in Pennsylvania

By on Sep 29, 2017 in Press Release | 0 comments

The Colorado Department of Corrections on Wednesday said James Holmes, sentenced to life in prison for murdering 12 people and wounding dozens of others, has been transferred to federal prison. “The State sought to place the inmate in the Federal System several months ago, but placement required finding space at a facility that could provide appropriate security,” the department said in a news release. “That space recently became available and the move to the Federal prison was secured.” Late Wednesday, the federal Bureau of Prisons had not announced where Holmes was transferred. Early Thursday morning, Holmes’ location was updated to USP Allenwood, a high-security federal prison in Pennsylvania, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons inmate tracker. Holmes, who is serving 12 consecutive life sentences plus more than 3,000 years extra, was transferred out of state in January 2016, a few months after he was attacked at a maximum-security prison in Colorado in an incident that also injured a guard. Holmes was sentenced in August 2015 for the Aurora theater shooting. Holmes was housed at the Colorado State Penitentiary, where he was assaulted on Oct. 8, 2015. After moving Holmes out of state, Colorado prison officials refused to disclose where he was being held, causing public controversy and deep concern for survivors and their families. In June 2016, after two hours of debate, the Department of Public Safety’s Victims Rights Act Subcommittee split 3-3 over whether the Colorado corrections was breaking the law by refusing to tell theater shooting victims of Holmes’ location. The deadlock kept the secretive location at status quo. At that point, state prison officials would say only that Holmes had been moved to an out-of-state prison to protect his and correctional officers’ safety. Theresa Hoover, mother of Alexander “AJ” Boik, an 18-year-old murdered by Holmes, at the subcommittee meeting referred to the non-disclosure as “unconscionable.” Related Articles July 20, 2017 PHOTOS: Candlelight vigil marks the 5th anniversary of the Aurora theater shooting July 20, 2017 Five years after theater massacre, Aurora honors victims, first responders at candlelight vigil July 19, 2017 Five years ago they survived Aurora and Sandy Hook. Then they found each other. April 13, 2017 Theater gunman’s secret prison transfer should have been better disclosed, victims’ rights committee says June 27, 2017 Aurora...

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Press Release: LA CLIPPERS ANNOUNCE TRAINING CAMP ROSTER

By on Sep 28, 2017 in Press Release | 0 comments

The L.A. Clippers today announced their 2017-18 training camp roster. The team signed free agents LaDontae Henton, Marshall Plumlee, Tyrone Wallace and C.J. Williams to bring the roster 19 players. Henton, 25, spent the 2016-17 season with the Golden State Warriors’ G League affiliate, the Santa Cruz Warriors. In 37 games for Santa Cruz, he averaged 13.6 points and 5.2 rebounds in 28.9 minutes. Undrafted out of Providence in 2015, Henton, 6’6”, 215 pounds, played internationally with CB Sevilla of the Spanish ACB League and the Alaska Aces of the Philippine Basketball Association prior to his stint in Santa Cruz. Plumlee, 25, spent the 2016-17 season with the New York Knicks organization. Undrafted out of Duke in 2016, he appeared in 21 games for New York in his rookie year, and averaged 1.9 points and 2.4 rebounds in 8.1 minutes. Plumlee, 7’0, 250 pounds, also appeared in 15 games for the Knicks’ G League affiliate, the Westchester Knicks, and averaged 12.3 points and 9.1 rebounds in 30.7 minutes. Plumlee is a former McDonald’s All-American. Wallace, 23, spent the 2016-17 season with the Utah Jazz’s G League affiliate, the Salt Lake City Stars. Selected 60th overall by the Jazz out of the University of California, Berkeley in 2016, Wallace, 6’5”, 198 pounds appeared in 38 games for Salt Lake City, and averaged 14.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.3 steals in 27.0 minutes. Williams, 27, spent the 2016-17 season with the Dallas Mavericks’ G League affiliate, the Texas Legends. In 50 games for Texas, he averaged 12.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 29.3 minutes. Undrafted out of North Carolina State in 2012, Williams, 6’5”, 230 pounds, has played internationally with ETHA Engomis of the Cypriot League, A.S. Pistoia Basket of Italy’s Serie A League, and JDA Dijon Basket of France’s Pro A League, in addition to the Los Angeles Lakers’ G League Affiliate, the Los Angeles D Fenders. NO.PLAYERPOSHTWTDOBCOLLEGE/COUNTRYYRS21Patrick BeverleyG6’1″185 lbs7/12/1988Arkansas / USA5 Years in the NBA7Sam DekkerF6’9″230 lbs5/6/1994Wisconsin / USA2 Years in the NBA1Jawun EvansG6’0″190 lbs7/26/1996Oklahoma State / USARookie8Danilo GallinariF6’10″225 lbs8/8/1988Olimpia Milano / Italy8 Years in the NBA32Blake GriffinF6’10″251 lbs3/16/1989Oklahoma / USA7 Years in the NBA5Montrezl HarrellF/C6’8″240 lbs1/26/1994Louisville / USA2 Years in the NBA19LaDontae HentonF6’6″215 lbs1/6/1992Providence...

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