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01/09/2024 12:34 PM EST
Paz Gomez-Magdaleno, a 43-year-old resident of Cameron County, was sentenced in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas to 60, 120 and 240 months for the transportation of undocumented noncitizens, possession of child pornography, and enticement of a minor, respectively.


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12/28/2023 07:00 AM EST
The leader of a bank fraud conspiracy pleaded guilty on Dec. 21.



08/10/2023 08:00 AM EDT
Corporación Financiera Colombiana S.A. (Corficolombiana), a Colombian financial services institution, has agreed to pay over $80 million to resolve parallel bribery investigations by criminal, civil, and administrative authorities in the United States and Colombia stemming from the company’s involvement in a scheme to pay millions of dollars in bribes to high-ranking government officials in Colombia. 


08/11/2023 08:00 AM EDT
SAN DIEGO – Former U.S. Postal Service mail carrier Tracy Rumley of El Cajon was sentenced in federal court this morning to five years of probation and 200 hours of community service for stealing mail from customers on her postal route in the Santee area of San Diego.


New York Man Charged with Fraudulently Obtaining More Than $1 Million

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Jersey

NEWARK, N.J. B A New York man was arrested this morning on charges he fraudulently obtained more than $1 million in a COVID-19 scheme, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

Terrell Fuller, 33, of Brooklyn, New York, is charged by complaint with one count of wire fraud. Fuller is scheduled to appear this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Edward S. Kiel in Newark federal court.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was a federal law enacted in or around March 2020 that was designed to provide emergency financial assistance to Americans suffering the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The CARES Act enabled the Small Business Association (SBA) to offer funding through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program to business owners negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In September 2021, a fraudulent EIDL application was made to the SBA on behalf of a business. The SBA provided $1.2 million in response to the application. According to a representative of the business, the business did not make the application. Approximately $400,000 of the funds paid out by the SBA in response to the application were eventually deposited into bank accounts to which Fuller was the sole signatory.

The charge of wire fraud is punishable by a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of the greater of $250,000, twice the gross profits or twice the gross loss suffered to the victims of his offense, whichever is greatest.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James E. Dennehy in Newark, and special agents of IRS – Criminal Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Tammy Tomlins, with the investigation leading to today’s arrest. He also thanked the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in Newark, the New York Police Department and FBI – New York for their assistance.

The government is represented by Senior Trial Counsel Andrew Kogan of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Cybercrime Unit in Newark.

The charge and allegations contained in the complaint are merely accusations and the defendant is considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.





Former Union President Admits Filing False Report to Hide Embezzlement; Agrees to Repay Union $36,000

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of California

SAN DIEGO - Felix Luciano, the former President of Local 2805 chapter of the American Federation of Government Employees and former Department of Homeland Security officer, pleaded guilty in federal court today, admitting he filed a false report to conceal his embezzlement of thousands of dollars in union dues.

Local 2805 is a labor union which represents Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement employees in San Diego and Imperial Counties. Additionally, Luciano agreed to pay a $10,000 fine and repay Local 2805 $36,000 as money that he embezzled.

According to court records, Luciano was president of Local 2805.  From January of 2016 to December of 2018, Luciano used some of Local 2805’s money for a variety of personal expenses, including shopping, travel reimbursements, groceries, dining, dry cleaning, and paying for non-union accounts. He did this by writing checks from Local 2805’s checking account and using Local 2805’s debit and credit cards to directly pay personal expenses. As a result of Luciano’s actions, he caused a total loss of $36,000 to Local 2805. 

As Local 2805’s president, Luciano was required to file an annual Form LM-3 financial report with the United States Department of Labor, Office of Labor-Management Standards. A Form LM-3 is a report containing information about the organization over the prior year, including assets, liabilities, and disbursements to officers. A Form LM-3 is sworn under penalty of perjury. In the LM-3 report he filed in 2018, Luciano underreported the amount of money that he received from Local 2805 and Local 2805’s cash balance. In doing so, Luciano attempted to hide his embezzlement from the Department of Labor, his fellow union officers, as well as the union membership whose dues were the source of the embezzled funds. 

“When workers, who are the backbone of our community, devote their hard-earned money to labor unions, they rightly expect the officers to be honest stewards of their dues,” said U.S. Attorney Randy Grossman. “Felix Luciano abused the trust of the ICE government employees represented by Local 2805 by using the union’s money for his own personal benefit and enrichment, and then filed a false financial report that concealed the misappropriation of those funds.”

Grossman thanked the prosecution team and investigation agencies for their work on this case.

“While the vast majority of union officials do their work diligently and without incident, unfortunately criminal violations do occur.  When they do, it is the union and its members that are the victims.  Felix Luciano embezzled over $36,000 from AFGE Local 2805 that should have been used for its members’ benefit,” said Ed Oquendo, District Director, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Labor-Management Standards.  “OLMS is committed to hold accountable anyone who unlawfully exploits their position for financial gain at the expense of their fellow union members.”

Carroll Harris, Postal Inspector in Charge of the Los Angeles Division stated, “This investigation was an excellent example of a partnership between federal law enforcement agencies, working together in the pursuit of justice.  I fully commend the hard work and countless hours put forth by all the law enforcement agencies involved.” 

Luciano is scheduled to be sentenced on September 15, 2023 at 9:00 a.m. before U.S. District Judge Jinsook Ohta. 

DEFENDANT                       Case No. 22CR2201-JO


Felix Luciano                          Age: 61                       San Diego, California


False Statement, a felony, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1001.

Maximum Penalty:  Five years in custody; a fine of $250,000 


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Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General

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05/17/2023 12:00 AM EDT

Today, the Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a Clean Air Act Settlement with BP Products North America Inc., (BPP), a subsidiary of BP p.l.c., requiring control technology expected to reduce benzene by an estimated seven tons per year, other hazardous air pollutants (HAP) by 28 tons per year and other volatile organic compound emissions (VOC) by 372 tons per year at its Whiting Refinery in Indiana.



Consumer Alerts from the Federal Trade Commission

By Sam Levine

You get your regular shipments of dog food, have your gym membership set to auto-renew each month, and have a free trial subscription to some genealogy site. Helpful, keeps you from having to remember to pay every month, lets you try new stuff for free. But what about when you want to cancel? How is that working for you?

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03/21/2023 12:29 PM EDT

EDINBURG, Texas – The Rio Grande Valley Sector (RGV) Missing Migrant Program (MMP) has deployed numerous landmark markers to aid migrants who become lost during their journey into the United States. On March 16, RGV MMP, in collaboration with the…
03/21/2023 11:06 AM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Air and Marine Operations (AMO) air crews worked together to save a 65-year-old injured woman near Tanque Verde Falls in Arizona last week. U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Air and Marine…
03/21/2023 10:06 AM EDT

EDINBURG, Texas – The Rio Grande Valley Sector (RGV) Missing Migrant Program (MMP) has deployed numerous landmark markers to aid migrants who become lost during their journey into the United States. On March 16, RGV MMP, in collaboration with the…



Continued discrimination against who U.S. allows into the Country.

03/09/2023 01:25 PM EST

AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico –US Border Patrol Agents apprehended 21 non-citizen migrants from Haiti and the Dominican Republic that entered illegally into Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands in separate incidents. On Mar. 8, Ramey Sector Border…
03/09/2023 10:49 AM EST

McAllen, Texas — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the General Services Administration (GSA), and the Anzalduas International Bridge Board (AIBB) began construction this week on a donated project that will improve commercial infrastructure…



CDC/OSHA Notes Dangers of Silica Sand  

Silica Sand is seen being hauled all over the country but at what risk to the people driving

cars on the high near these silica sand trucks.


U.S. Department of Justice


03/16/2023 12:00 AM EDT

Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite, Jr. of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division yesterday convened a meeting of Joint Task Force Alpha (JTFA) in El Paso, Texas, to bring together law enforcement leaders to discuss dismantling human smuggling and trafficking networks operating along the Southwest Border.



07/25/2022 12:00 AM EDT
05/13/2022 12:00 AM EDT

Jesus Manuel Menocal Jr., 34, a former Hialeah Police Department sergeant, was sentenced in federal court in Miami, Florida, to three years in prison and one year of supervised release, the statutory maximum sentence. 
05/13/2022 12:00 AM EDT

A federal grand jury in Madison, Wisconsin, returned an indictment charging a corn milling company, a company vice president, two environmental coordinators and three additional supervisors with crimes related to worker safety, fraud, air pollution and obstruction of justice, the Department of Justice announced. 
05/11/2022 12:00 AM EDT





04/08/2022 05:45 PM EDT

PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge Cargo Facility intercepted $13,600,000 in alleged fentanyl, cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine.“The Pharr cargo facility continues...
04/08/2022 05:35 PM EDT

DEL RIO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers working at the Del Rio Port of Entry seized mixed narcotics worth over $608,000 in street value."This is the second narcotics seizure within this...
04/08/2022 05:09 PM EDT

CALEXICO, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a United States citizen with an active warrant and multiple firearms Wednesday afternoon. At approximately 2:55 p.m., agents were conducting anti-smuggling duties in the desert east...
04/08/2022 12:00 AM EDT



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❗ Read for critical vehicle recall information ❗

Owners of select Model Year 2014-2016 Kia Sportage, 2016-2018 Kia K900 and 2016-2018 Hyundai Santa Fe vehicles should park their cars outside and away from homes, even if the vehicle is turned off, until their vehicles have been repaired, due to a new recall for the risk of fire.

Kia and Hyundai have identified an increasing risk of an engine compartment fire. Although the cause remains unknown, the manufacturers believe an electrical component in the anti-lock brake system may experience an internal electrical short circuit that could increase the risk of fire both while the vehicle is being driven or parked.

The Kia recall notice is available here, and the Hyundai recall notice is available here.

NHTSA encourages all consumers to report any safety concerns to the agency online or by calling our Vehicle Safety Hotline (Toll-Free: 1-888-327-4236 / Hearing Impaired (TTY): 1-800-424-9153).


February 8, 2022

Vehicle owners can visit and enter their 17-digit vehicle identification number to see if their vehicle is under recall.  If it is, vehicle owners should call their nearest dealership immediately to schedule a FREE repair.

Additional Resources

>> Consumer Advisory 

>> Report a possible defect 

>> Learn more about our recalls process

>> Download NHTSA's SaferCar app



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Offices of the United States Attorneys

01/26/2022 12:00 AM EST

Defendants Sold Textbooks They Rented Through Amazon’s Textbook Rental Program

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12/13/2021 12:00 AM EST

A 35-year-old Houston resident has admitted to four counts of theft of public money


Fugitive Spotlight

Faramarz Poost

Members of the public can anonymously report tips about fugitives and other criminal activity on If someone is in imminent danger, call 911 or your local police immediately.

You can also submit a tip to the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) about wanted fugitives, or email the USMS tip line at

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Wyatt's Story

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Wyatt Williamson, a young man with a bright personality, had an energy that lit up a room. At only 23 years old, Wyatt passed away after taking a pill he thought was Xanax, but was actually laced with fentanyl.

By sharing his story, Wyatt's mother Julie Hofmans hopes to save other families from tragedy and heartache.

“Are you willing to take a chance with your life … to take a pill and you don’t know where it came from?”

View His Story




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U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

12/06/2021 02:25 PM EST

Issued Date: 12-06-2021
Case#: 21-14098
Docket#: 3:21-cv-02722-MCR-HTC
Type: ORD


11/29/2021 12:00 AM EST

A New York City lawyer, who simultaneously represented the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) and a ratepayer suing it in the wake of the department’s billing debacle, has agreed to plead guilty to a bribery charge for accepting an illegal payment of nearly $2.2 million for getting another attorney to purportedly represent his ratepayer client in a collusive lawsuit against LADWP, the Justice Department announced today.


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News Release: DHS S&T Partners with Fannie Mae to Improve Use of Flood Insurance

WASHINGTON – The Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) to carry out collaborative research related to flood insurance in support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration. S&T and Fannie Mae will conduct joint research to identify ways to expand the use of flood insurance to reduce the financial losses suffered by homeowners and creditors in future storms.

“By examining correlations between insurance perils and federal assistance programs aimed at closing insurance gaps, S&T and Fannie Mae’s partnership will help strengthen community resilience,” said David Alexander, S&T Senior Science Advisor for Resilience. “S&T will also leverage this research as we consider current and future strategic priorities to enhance our nation’s climate and flood resilience.”

This CRADA enables the participating organizations to enhance the sharing of information, knowledge, and expertise. S&T, FEMA, and Fannie Mae will collaborate to study the linkages between flood damage at the individual property level, flood insurance, and mortgage loan outcomes. This partnership will help develop a more comprehensive and accurate picture of the effects of flood insurance coverage.

“When we increase the number of insured survivors of flood events, we help reduce disaster suffering. That’s why this alliance with S&T and Fannie Mae is so crucial,” said David Maurstad, senior executive of the National Flood Insurance Program. “Flood insurance is the best financial defense against the perils of flooding. We are enthusiastic about this new phase of collaboration with these important partners.”

Fannie Mae’s analysis of post-Hurricane Harvey loan performance for its loans confirms that property damage increased the risk of forbearance, loan modification, and serious delinquency. That risk increases in areas outside of the Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHA), where flood insurance take-up rates are far lower. Homeowners with a mortgage are required to purchase flood insurance when properties are located in an SFHA, which are areas that will be inundated by a flood event having a one-percent chance of being equaled or exceeded in any given year, also known as the 100-year flood.


Consumer Alerts from the Federal Trade Commission

by Alvaro Puig
Consumer Education Specialist, FTC

Scammers are impersonating FTC Chair Lina Khan in a new phishing scheme. The email says the FTC wants to send you Coronavirus relief funds and tells you to send some personal information, like your name, address, and date of birth. The FTC is not distributing Coronavirus economic stimulus or relief money to people. The email is a scam. Don’t reply.

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08/03/2021 04:12 PM EDT

PHARR, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists at the Pharr International Bridge discovered a rare pest, a first in nation discovery, in a shipment of fresh vegetables. “Our agriculture specialists help protect American...
08/03/2021 04:09 PM EDT

AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico – US Border Patrol and Air and Marine Operations (AMO) agents, along with Puerto Rico Police Joint Forces for Rapid Action (FURA) collaborated to seize 5,294 Pounds (2,402.11 Kilos) of cocaine in two separate incidents over...
08/03/2021 03:55 PM EDT

BROWNSVILLE, Texas — Agriculture Specialists with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Veterans International Bridge import cargo lot intercepted a rare “First in Nation” pest in a shipment of flowers.“The work...
08/03/2021 03:32 PM EDT

EAGLE PASS, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Eagle Pass Station located three lost unaccompanied migrant children near Eagle Pass, Aug. 2.At approximately 8:50 a.m., the Del Rio Sector Border Intelligence Center received a 911 call...
08/03/2021 03:29 PM EDT

MISSION BEACH, Calif. — U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) agents assigned to the San Diego Sector’s newly formed Marine Unit intercepted a sports fishing vessel on Saturday night that was carrying 16 undocumented migrants.On July 31 at approximately 7:45 p....
08/03/2021 02:20 PM EDT

EDINBURG, Texas – Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector agents, in coordination with local partners, discover 33 migrants in two human smuggling stash houses.Yesterday morning, Rio Grande City Border Patrol Station (RGC) agents received information...
08/03/2021 02:17 PM EDT

EDINBURG, Texas – Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector agents recently encountered three large groups of migrants.Friday morning, Rio Grande City Border Patrol Station agents observed a large group of migrants, comprised of mostly families,...




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U.S. Department of Justice

07/19/2021 12:00 AM EDT
07/19/2021 12:00 AM EDT
WASHINGTON – A Florida man was sentenced today to eight months in prison, to be followed by 24 months of supervised release, and a special assessment of $100, for his role in the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, which disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress that was in the process of ascertaining and counting the electoral votes related to the presidential election.


06/30/2021 12:00 AM EDT
DES MOINES, IA – A Des Moines woman was sentenced today by United States District Court Judge Rebecca Goodgame Ebinger to eight years in federal prison for Conspiracy to Damage an Energy Facility. Jessica Rae Reznicek, age 39, was ordered to serve three years of supervised release to follow her prison term and pay $3,198,512.70 in restitution.
06/30/2021 12:00 AM EDT




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Statement by Secretary Mayorkas on the Approval of a Jones Act Waiver in Response to Eastern Seaboard Oil Supply Constraints

Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas released the following statement on the announcement that the Department of Homeland Security will approve a temporary and targeted Jones Act Waiver in response to eastern seaboard oil supply constraints.  


“In the interest of national defense, I have approved a temporary and targeted waiver request to an individual company. This waiver will help provide for the transport of oil products between the Gulf Coast and East Coast ports to ease oil supply constraints as a result of the interruptions in the operations of the Colonial Pipeline. The decision to approve the waiver was made after careful consideration and consultation with interagency partners across the federal government. The Departments of Transportation, Energy, and Defense were consulted in order to assess the justification for the waiver request and ensure the approval of the waiver is in the interest of national defense.” 


The Jones Act is vital to maintaining the strength of the American shipbuilding and maritime industries by requiring all maritime cargo transport between U.S. ports to occur on U.S. flagged vessels. When U.S. flagged vessels are not available to meet national defense requirements, the Department of Homeland Security may grant a waiver to the Jones Act only if the proposed shipments are in the interest of national defense and after careful evaluation of the issue. 


Earlier this week, President Biden directed a whole of government response to address the impacts of the Colonial Pipeline shut down. This limited waiver is part of that effort. 



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FAA Awards $898.9 Million in Airport Improvement Grants

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced the award of more than $898.9 million in infrastructure and safety projects through the FY2021 Airport Improvement Program (AIP). This total includes $113.5 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding to award all grants at a 100-percent federal share.

“Investing in our nation’s infrastructure is how our country helped spark an aviation industry that now supports millions of jobs,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg. “These Airport Improvement Program grants will help modernize America’s airports and ensure that our air transportation system remains the safest and most efficient in the world.”

Grant projects funded through the Airport Improvement Program promote safety, efficiency, environmental stewardship, infrastructure, and security at the nation’s airports. Today’s announcement includes 488 grants to 447 airports in 49 states and American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands and Puerto Rico. Today also marks the 75th anniversary of the legislation that established federal investment in our Nation’s airport infrastructure.

“These grants represent the legacy and vital role of airport infrastructure grant programs in helping the air transportation system operate safely,” said FAA Administrator Steve Dickson. “Investing in our nation’s infrastructure through AIP grants is a cornerstone of our commitment to safety.”

Examples of airports receiving grants for projects in this round include:

Glendale Municipal, Glendale, Arizona, $1.4 million – To rehabilitate 3,500 feet of the existing southern portion of Taxiway A pavement to extend its useful life and enhance safety by  minimizing foreign object debris.

Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California, more than $18.9 million – To resurface and seal the pavement for the airport’s primary Runway 16R/34L. This project will extend the useful life of the runway pavement. Van Nuys airport is one of the busiest general aviation airports in the United States in terms of aircraft operations. Work is scheduled to begin in February 2022 and be completed in November 2022.

Bradley International, Windsor Locks, Connecticut, almost $11.3 million  For reconstructing the Taxiway S and to bring the connector taxiways to current federal design standards.

Denver International, Denver Colorado, nearly $26.7 million – To rehabilitate the pavement and lighting systems on Runway 16L/34R to enhance safe airfield operations during low-visibility conditions and to rehabilitate a taxiway.

Valdosta Regional, Valdosta, Georgia, nearly $5.7 million – To rehabilitate 8,000 feet of Runway 17/35 maintaining the structural integrity of the pavement and minimize foreign object debris.  Additionally, this project enhances safety by removing vegetation obstructions from the Runway 35 approach and departure paths. 

Scott AFB/MidAmerica, Belleville, Illinois, more than $12.6 million – For expanding the terminal building to accommodate existing passenger demand and meet security and American with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. The airport has seen an increase in enplanements from 20,000 in 2015 to more than 150,000 in 2018. The security checkpoint is being relocated to the first floor of the terminal and expanded by an additional lane to meet Transportation Security Administration design requirements.

Frederick Municipal, Frederick, Maryland, more than $4.8 million – For extending Runway 05/23 to meet the operational needs of the airport. Additionally, this project relocates the parallel taxiway to meet federal design standards for separation between runways and taxiways.

President Harry Truman established the first program to provide federal investment for airport infrastructure and development of the nation's civil airports when he signed the Federal Airport Act of 1946. The first grant was awarded to Twin Falls, Idaho, to help construct an airport. Since 1946, the FAA has issued more than 89,000 grants totaling $96 billion.

The Airport Improvement Program receives approximately $3.2 billion in congressional funding each year. The FAA will award more than 1,500 grants this year. A complete listing of grants (PDF) and an interactive map of airport recipients is maintained on the FAA website.


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News Release  

U.S. Coast Guard 8th District Heartland

Coast Guard closes portion of Lower Mississippi River near I-40 bridge

NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard issued a waterway restriction to all vessel traffic on the Lower Mississippi River Tuesday near the I-40 bridge in Memphis, Tennessee. 

The waterway restriction closes the river to all vessel traffic between mile marker 736 and mile marker 737 on the Lower Mississippi River and was put into place due to a crack discovered by the Arkansas Department of Transportation on the I-40 bridge near the center span.

There are currently 16 vessels with a total of 229 barges in the queue. 

“The Coast Guard is currently working with Arkansas Department of Transportation, Tennessee Department of Transportation and river industry stakeholders on this developing situation," said Capt. Ryan Rhodes, captain of the Port of Memphis. "Based on the current information available, we have closed a portion of the Lower Mississippi River out of an abundance of caution. The captain of the port is monitoring the situation and will continue to ensure the safety of the maritime environment and surrounding community.”

The Coast Guard captain of the port determines when to issue a river closure by following a waterways action plan, which provides marine industry, the U.S. Coast Guard, state and local governments with a coordinated plan for facilitating the safe and orderly movement of traffic. Media queries about the waterway restriction should be directed to Lt. Mark Pipkin of Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River at 901-361-0003. 



2020 Census Total Population Counts Released


Total Population


Today the U.S. Census Bureau released the national and state total population counts from the 2020 Census which is the first data released from that census. Louisiana’s 2020 Census total population is 4,657,757 which is a population growth of 2.7% compared to the population at the time of the 2010 census (see table below and attached Percent Change in Population map). Total populations and population changes for all states can be found in the Apportionment 2020 Table E that is also attached as an Excel file



2020 Census Resident Population

2010 Census Resident Population

Numeric Change

Percent Change






U.S. Total








Every 10 years, population counts from the decennial census determine how many seats each state gets in the U.S. House of Representatives through a process called apportionment. With the release of the total population figures released this afternoon, the U.S. Census Bureau also released apportionment counts for all states. Louisiana’s total number of representatives will remain unchanged at six; thus, Louisiana will not gain or lose a seat. There are 13 states that will either gain or lose a seat which are noted in the table below and depicted in the attached 2020 Census Apportionment map.



(APRIL 1, 2020)






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Gain 1

New York



Lost 1

North Carolina



Gain 1




Lost 1




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Lost 1




Gain 2

West Virginia



Lost 1


Additional Resources

·         Historical Population Change 1910 to 2020

·         Historical Apportionment Data Map

·         Additional data tables released today





The United States Department of Justice


May 11, 2021




Antitrust Division and Fellow Members of the Multilateral Pharmaceutical Merger Task Force Seek Public Input

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division is pleased to be a part of the Multilateral Pharmaceutical Merger Task Force (Task Force), along with its counterpart competition enforcement agencies — the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Canadian Competition Bureau, the European Commission Directorate General for Competition, the United Kingdom’s Competition and Markets Authority, and Offices of State Attorneys General.

The Task Force, initiated by the FTC, seeks to identify concrete and actionable steps to refresh and update the analysis of pharmaceutical mergers. To facilitate a robust discussion of the ways to study the impact of pharmaceutical mergers, the Task Force requests public input, including from health policy experts, economists, attorneys, scientists, health care practitioners, academics, and consumers, on issues potentially implicated with pharmaceutical mergers. For more details about providing comments to the Task Force, including submission and timing information, please see the FTC’s Notice. Following public comment, the Task Force anticipates hosting a public workshop.

“The division is excited to participate in this initiative, and we encourage and welcome public input and feedback on this important topic,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Richard A. Powers of the Antitrust Division. “We look forward to partnering with the Task Force members and engaging with consumers and other market participants in the development of future enforcement and policy efforts relating to pharmaceutical mergers.”



Audits by the Office of the Inspector General at the Department of Transportation
Audit Initiated of FAA's Oversight of Boeing 737 MAX Return to Service
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On March 13, 2019, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a grounding order for the Boeing 737 MAX fleet after two accidents involving 737 MAX 8 aircraft raised significant safety concerns. At the request of the former Secretary of Transportation and members of Congress, our office has undertaken a series of reviews related to FAA’s certification of the 737 MAX 8 and its safety oversight. In this review—our third in the series— we will examine FAA’s actions following the two accidents, including FAA’s risk assessments, the grounding of the aircraft, and its subsequent recertification in November 2020. Accordingly, our objective is to evaluate FAA’s processes and procedures for grounding aircraft and implementing corrective actions, including for the Boeing 737 MAX.



Consumer Alerts from the Federal Trade Commission

by Bridget Small
Division of Consumer & Business Education

The FTC is sending a total of almost $50 million to nearly 147,500 students of the University of Phoenix. The money comes from the University’s 2019 settlement with the FTC, when the FTC charged the school with using deceptive ads to attract students.

FTC sends refunds to University of Phoenix students. $50 million in refunds. 147,000+ students. Are you eligible?

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03/11/2021 12:00 AM EST


03/11/2021 12:00 AM EST
Two Louisiana men, former jail supervisors, were sentenced today to five years in prison and over four years in prison respectively for being
deliberately indifferent to an inmate’s serious medical needs.


TED KOPPEL "Lights Out"

Book on cyber threat to American Electric Grid







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