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Retirement Planning- Tips to Prepare for Retirement



Retirement Planning- Tips to prepare for retirement

If you are a working adult, you must be stressed just like the majority of us. Your office life is probably consuming most of the time which has resulted that you are no longer in the state of fulfilling the promise of dining out to your wife that you made in the morning. We have entirely invested ourselves in our careers, and yet the average American citizen still struggles to make savings at the end of the month with the monthly mortgage payments and some of us are still paying our student loans despite being in our 30s. Now that majority of you agree with what I have said in the above lines, how many of you have actually thought of your life after retirement and what have you done so far about it. some of the best retirement plannings are lifestyle retirement villages.

Everyone is aware that they will not be employed forever as more than half of the working Americans expect to work until they are 65 years old. Considering this, it is astonishing that according to a survey, three out of four Americans had a saving under twenty-five thousand. According to economists, future retirees need to save more money, work longer compared to the retirees of today. The following tips will help you if you do not have a retirement plan yet.

1. Start Saving:

You should make an effort to decrease your expenses so that you can save more. The younger you are, the higher the value of your savings will be when the time for retirement comes. Consider that two colleagues Mr. X and Mr. Y, contribute two hundred dollars per month to their company and earn a five percent rate. The difference is that Mr. X started investing when he was twenty-five years old until he was forty-five. Mr. Y began investing when he was forty-five years old until his retirement. When both of them retired at the age of sixty-five, Mr. X had a balance of $225,307 while Mr. Y had $83,092. The difference is due to the power of time.

2. Use Tax Laws to your Advantage:

Compared to the 1980s, taxes are now lower for the average citizen in the USA. Even though there are various types of taxes implemented in the USA, there are laws that provide the opportunity for citizens to decrease their tax liability. Such exemptions legally assist you to save funds for your retirement planning. There are tax-deferred plans available which exempt you from paying a particular type of tax after you cross the age of fifty. Although the fees for building a retirement portfolio is expensive, you can use the benefit of tax exemption to fund them to the fullest.

3. Make Investments:

Investing in stocks, real estate, or even gold can help to increase your money which you will require when you retire. Different investments require different levels of risk from the owner. Since the prices fluctuate due to market speculation, investment generally provides a higher return compared to savings. Since the aim of retirement funds is to provide future income, they invest in assets and diversify their portfolio. It leads to a decrease in risk since what you lose in one stock can be gained in another. When you are young, you can afford to take risks to increase your return, but that is not encouraged near the retirement age when you should go for a steady income.

4. Avoid wasting money:

In the world of globalization, it is easy to lose oneself to the charm of marketers and advertisement and buy additional products that you regret later. Emotional manipulation and the availability of easy credit has driven a consumer behavior within the population and has resulted in citizens like us chained by debts worth thousands of dollars. You don’t need to buy the latest model of car, mobile phones and go on vacation every year. Cutting such costs can save you thousands of dollars which can go to your retirement funds.  Remember that you do not need to be cheap and stingy to save money, but certain precautions taken over a while may help you to save money which will benefit you in the long run.

5. Prioritize your Health:

Although the government funds the majority of the medical expenses, it does not pay for everything if a person is over sixty-five years old. There are individual premiums along with deductibles that you need to pay for the price of medical expenses as they increase. There is a debate about whether the elderly should be asked to spend more money for their medical expenses.

The irony is that the majority of the problems that the elderly face is due to the poor lifestyle that they chose when they were young, although the issues do not appear until later on. Smoking, alcohol, and obesity all have adverse effects on your health which will force you to face the consequences later on. If you eat healthy and workout regularly, you significantly decrease your chances of sickness and avail the opportunity of a better quality of life in your old age. You do not need to make significant changes to be healthy but gradually such choices will reward you in the long run when you no longer need to worry about medical bills at the later stage of time since you always cared about your health.


If you want to adapt to all the tips mentioned above, it doesn’t ask you to make significant lifestyle changes, and all of the tips are still achievable if a person stays focused on them. With proper preparation, there is no excuse why retirement cannot be what you dreamt about, but you have to take responsibility early on in your life, and you should be cautious and use common sense when it comes to your shopping and eating habits. You can make suitable investments to increase your returns, but at the same time, there is no need to be greedy and take additional risks when the retirement time comes.

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Ticker: Registry resumes some services; Twitter to pay $809.5M to settle lawsuit



Ticker: Registry resumes some services; Twitter to pay $809.5M to settle lawsuit

The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles on Monday resumed offering some services that had been put on hold during the coronavirus pandemic.

Twenty-one locations statewide will offer appointments for in-person vehicle and driver services, walk-in visits, and business-to-business transactions, which includes bulk transactions for auto dealers and insurance agents, the agency said.

Walk-in services will be available at Braintree, Brockton, Danvers, Easthampton, Greenfield, Fall River, Haverhill, Boston (Haymarket), Lawrence, Leominster, Milford, New Bedford, Pittsfield, Plymouth, Revere, Springfield, Yarmouth, Taunton, Watertown, Wilmington and Worcester.

Twitter to pay $809.5M to settle lawsuit

Twitter said Monday it will pay $809.5 million to settle a consolidated class action lawsuit alleging that the company misled investors about how much its user base was growing and how much users interacted with its platform.

The San Francisco company said the proposed settlement, which must still be signed off by a judge, resolves all claims against it without Twitter admitting any wrongdoing. The original lawsuit filed in 2016 claimed that Twitter executives “knowingly made inaccurate public statements regarding these metrics, and failed to disclose internal information about them, resulting in an inflated share price that fell when the truth about user engagement became known.”

The company said it plans to use cash on hand to pay the settlement in the fourth quarter of 2021. It expects to record a one-time charge as a result.

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Minnesota Bank and Trust expands into east metro with new St. Paul office



Minnesota Bank and Trust expands into east metro with new St. Paul office

Minnesota Bank and Trust is making its first foray into St. Paul and the east metro with new banking offices along the Green Line.

On Sept. 27, the Minnetonka-based personal, small business and commercial bank plans to open a branch within the Court International Building at 2550 University Ave. West. The bank currently maintains banking centers in Minnetonka and Edina.

Two commercial bankers, Heath Stanton and Eric Britt, will be joined by a team of bank partners to offer private banking, wealth management and other products to customers throughout the Midway and east metro.

The bank, which has $956 million in assets, is a subsidiary of Heartland Financial USA, Inc., which is located in Dubuque, Iowa, and oversees some $18 billion in combined assets.

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Body found in Wyoming believed to be Gabby Petito; search continues for fiancé



Body found in Wyoming believed to be Gabby Petito; search continues for fiancé

NORTH PORT, Fla. (NewsNation Now) — Authorities say a body discovered Sunday in Wyoming is believed to be Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito.

The FBI said the body was found by law enforcement agents who had spent the past two days searching campgrounds on the east boundary of the park.

Petito and her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, left in July on a cross-country trek in a converted van to visit national parks in the U.S. West.

Police said Laundrie was alone when he drove the van back to his parents’ home in North Port, Florida, on Sept. 1. Petito’s family filed a missing person report on Sept. 11 with police in Suffolk County, New York.

Police searched a vast Florida wildlife reserve on Sunday for Laundrie, a person of interest in the case. The 23-year-old was last seen Tuesday by family members in Florida, and investigators have been searching for him for the past two days in a 24,000-acre wildlife reserve near Sarasota, Florida.

Police say Laundrie’s missing status is “certainly a twist.”

“We’re hopeful that he’s out here,” says Josh Taylor, a North Point Police spokesperson. “Certainly, we’ve prepared for all different possibilities, but our goal is to locate him and bring him back to North Port.”

Authorities used drones, scent-sniffing dogs and all-terrain vehicles in the reserve, which has more than 100 miles of trails, as well as campgrounds. Investigators took some of his clothing from his parents’ home Friday night to provide a scent for the search dogs.

“His family says they believe he entered the area earlier this week,” North Port Police tweeted Saturday.

Investigators in Florida were hopeful Laundrie was somewhere in the wildlife reserve near Sarasota. Depending on his skills, he could survive out in the reserve for some time, said police spokesperson Josh Taylor at a news conference.

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“Certainly, we prepare for all different possibilities, but you know, our goal is to locate him and bring him back to North Port,” Taylor said.

Police said the conversation Friday evening was the first time they’d spoken with the Laundries in detail about the case and that the meeting came at the family’s request. An attorney for the family called FBI investigators and said they wanted to talk about Laundrie’s disappearance, police said.

Investigators were trying to verify the story told by Laundrie’s family members that he went in the reserve with only a backpack, Taylor said. One mystery is how Laundrie got to the reserve. Family members told investigators he took his car, but the vehicle was found back at his family’s home, not at the reserve.

Earlier, the North Port Police said in a statement that they understood the community’s frustration over the lack of progress in finding the missing woman.

“We are frustrated too,” the statement said. “For six days, the North Port Police Department and the FBI have been pleading with the family to contact investigators regarding Brian’s fiance, Gabby Petito. Friday is the first time they have spoken to investigators in detail.”

“It is important to note that while Brian is a person of interest in Gabby’s disappearance, he is not wanted for a crime,” North Port police said in Friday’s statement.

Attorneys for the Petito family released a statement saying Laundrie was not “missing.”

“All of Gabby’s family want the world to know that Brian is not missing, he is hiding. Gabby is missing,” the statement from the law office of Richard B. Stafford said.

Earlier in the week, Petito’s family pleaded for the Laundrie family to tell them where their son last saw her. Petito and Laundrie were childhood sweethearts who met while growing up on Long Island, New York. His parents later moved to North Port, about 35 miles south of Sarasota.

The couple’s trek in the Ford Transit van began in July from Long Island. They intended to reach Oregon by the end of October, according to their social media accounts, but Petito vanished after her last known contact with family in late August from Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, authorities said.

Police video released by the Moab Police Department in Utah showed that an officer pulled the van over on Aug. 12 after it was seen speeding and hitting a curb near the entrance to Arches National Park. The bodycam video showed an emotional Petito, who sat inside a police cruiser while officers also questioned Laundrie.

Ultimately, Moab police decided not to file any charges and instead separated the couple for the night. Laundrie checked into a motel and Petito remained with the converted sleeper van.

The Associated Press and NewsNation affiliate contributed to this report.

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Missouri records fewer than 1,000 COVID cases for second time this month



Missouri records fewer than 1,000 COVID cases for second time this month

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – For just the second time this month and the fourth time since Aug. 1, Missouri health officials have recorded fewer than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases.

According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, the state has recorded 663,282 cumulative cases of SARS-CoV-2—an increase of 902 positive cases (PCR testing only)—and 11,063 total deaths as of Monday, Sept. 20, an increase of 1 over yesterday. That’s a case fatality rate of 1.67%.

Please keep in mind that not all cases and deaths recorded occurred in the last 24 hours.

State health officials report 53.1% of the total population has received at least one dose of the vaccine. Approximately 64.4% of all adults 18 years of age and older have initiated the process.

The state has administered 63,391 doses of vaccine in the last 7 days (this metric is subject to a delay, meaning the last three days are not factored in). The highest vaccination rates are among people over 65.

Boone County, the city of Joplin, St. Louis County, and St. Charles County are the only jurisdictions in the state with at least 50% of its population fully vaccinated. Fourteen other jurisdictions in the state are at least 40% fully vaccinated: Franklin, Atchison, Jackson, Cole, Gasconade, Greene, Shelby, Nodaway, Montgomery, Cape Girardeau, and Christian counties, as well as Kansas City, Independence, and St. Louis City.

Vaccination is the safest way to achieve herd immunity. Herd immunity for COVID-19 requires 80% to 90% of the population to have immunity, either by vaccination or recovery from the virus.

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(Source: Missouri Dept. of Health and Senior Services)

The Bureau of Vital Records at DHSS performs a weekly linkage between deaths to the state and death certificates to improve quality and ensure all decedents that died of COVID-19 are reflected in the systems. As a result, the state’s death toll will see a sharp increase from time to time. Again, that does not mean a large number of deaths happened in one day; instead, it is a single-day reported increase.

At the state level, DHSS is not tracking probable or pending COVID deaths. Those numbers are not added to the state’s death count until confirmed in the disease surveillance system either by the county or through analysis of death certificates.

The 10 days with the most reported cases occurred between Oct. 10, 2020, and Jan. 8, 2021.

The 7-day rolling average for cases in Missouri sits at 1,620; yesterday, it was 1,640. Exactly one month ago, the state rolling average was 1,953. 

Approximately 49.3% of all reported cases are for individuals 39 years of age and younger. The state has further broken down the age groups into smaller units. The 18 to 24 age group has 82,384 recorded cases, while 25 to 29-year-olds have 56,784 cases.

People 80 years of age and older account for approximately 44.1% of all recorded deaths in the state.

Month / Year Missouri COVID cases*
(reported that month)
March 2020 1,327
April 2020 6,235
May 2020 5,585
June 2020 8,404
July 2020 28,772
August 2020 34,374
September 2020 41,416
October 2020 57,073
November 2020 116,576
December 2020 92,808
January 2021 66,249
February 2021 19,405
March 2021 11,150
April 2021 12,165
May 2021 9,913
June 2021 12,680
July 2021 42,780
August 2021 60,275
September 2021 32,255
(Source: Missouri Dept. of Health and Senior Services)

Missouri has administered 6,896,446 PCR tests for COVID-19 over the entirety of the pandemic and as of Sept. 19, 16.9% of those tests have come back positive. People who have received multiple PCR tests are not counted twice, according to the state health department.

According to the state health department’s COVID-19 Dashboard, “A PCR test looks for the viral RNA in the nose, throat, or other areas in the respiratory tract to determine if there is an active infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. A positive PCR test means that the person has an active COVID-19 infection.”

The Missouri COVID Dashboard no longer includes the deduplicated method of testing when compiling the 7-day moving average of positive tests. The state is now only using the non-deduplicated method, which is the CDC’s preferred method. That number is calculated using the number of tests taken over the period since many people take multiple tests. Under this way of tabulating things, Missouri has a 10% positivity rate as of Sept. 17. Health officials exclude the most recent three days to ensure data accuracy when calculating the moving average.

The 7-day positivity rate was 4.5% on June 1, 10.2% on July 1, and 15.0% on Aug. 1.

As of Sept. 17, Missouri is reporting 1,750 COVID hospitalizations and a rolling 7-day average of 1,911. The remaining inpatient hospital bed capacity sits at 17% statewide. The state’s public health care metrics lag behind by three days due to reporting delays, especially on weekends. Keep in mind that the state counts all beds available and not just beds that are staffed by medical personnel.

On July 6, the 7-day rolling average for hospitalizations eclipsed the 1,000-person milestone for the first time in four months, with 1,013 patients. The 7-day average for hospitalizations had previously been over 1,000 from Sept. 16, 2020, to March 5, 2021.

On Aug. 5, the average eclipsed 2,000 patients for the first time in more than seven months. It was previously over 2,000 from Nov. 9, 2020, to Jan. 27, 2021.

The 2021 low point on the hospitalization average in Missouri was 655 on May 29.

Across the state, 439 COVID patients are in ICU beds, leaving the state’s remaining intensive care capacity at 17%.

If you have additional questions about the coronavirus, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is available at 877-435-8411.

As of Sept. 20, the CDC identified 42,031,103 cases of COVID-19 and 672,738 deaths across all 50 states and 9 U.S.-affiliated districts, jurisdictions, and affiliated territories, for a national case-fatality rate of 1.6%.

How do COVID deaths compare to other illnesses, like the flu or even the H1N1 pandemics of 1918 and 2009? It’s a common question.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), preliminary data on the 2018-2019 influenza season in the United States shows an estimated 35,520,883 cases and 34,157 deaths; that would mean a case-fatality rate of 0.09 percent. Case-fatality rates on previous seasons are as follows: 0.136 percent (2017-2018), 0.131 percent (2016-2017), 0.096 percent (2015-2016), and 0.17 percent (2014-2015).

The 1918 H1N1 epidemic, commonly referred to as the “Spanish Flu,” is estimated to have infected 29.4 million Americans and claimed 675,000 lives as a result; a case-fatality rate of 2.3 percent. The Spanish Flu claimed greater numbers of young people than typically expected from other influenzas.

Beginning in January 2009, another H1N1 virus—known as the “swine flu”—spread around the globe and was first detected in the US in April of that year. The CDC identified an estimated 60.8 million cases and 12,469 deaths; a 0.021 percent case-fatality rate.

For more information and updates regarding COVID mandates, data, and the vaccine, click here.

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Kiszla vs. O’Halloran: At 2-0, are undefeated Broncos the real deal or fool’s gold?



Kiszla vs. O’Halloran: At 2-0, are undefeated Broncos the real deal or fool’s gold?

Kiz: For the first time in what seems like forever to you, me and linebacker Von Miller, there’s a happy orange glow in Broncos Country. Everything’s going according to plan for coach Vic Fangio and the gang. After two weeks, the Broncos are not only undefeated and in first place of the AFC West, but they are also one game ahead of Kansas City in the standings. As the team returns to Denver for the home opener, is it too early to start selling playoff tickets?

O’Halloran: As long as they’re refundable, why not? In 2018, my first year covering the Broncos, they started 2-0 but all I seem to remember is a tepid excitement. In Week 1, the defense stood tall after three Case Keenum (remember him?) interceptions to beat Seattle, 27-24. In Week 2, they survived darn-near 100% accuracy from Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (29 of 32) to win 20-19 with six seconds remaining. The bottom fell out the next week in Baltimore. This team appears different. They faced two teams they should have beaten and once they got going late in the first half, they won both by double-digits.

Kiz: Maybe it wasn’t particularly fair or especially wise for Miller to compare quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to Hall of Famer Peyton Manning. While nobody expects Bridgewater to be enshrined in Canton, the comparison is apt in one important respect. Under the unrelenting spotlight of playing QB in a city where John Elway set impossibly high standards, Bridgewater is the first player since Manning not to be unnerved by the unreasonable expectations for the position in Broncos Country.

O’Halloran: Spot on about Bridgewater both on the field and at the podium. On the field, he just never appears to get rattled. Pass rush breaks down? Scramble. First receiver is covered? Move on to the second or third options. Face a third-and-long? Check out of the called play and hand off to running back Javonte Williams for the conversion. At the podium, he’s insightful, critical and amusing all rolled into one No. 5 jersey. Vic’s decision to go with Teddy has been the right one so far.

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Bipartisan bill to give ‘Documented Dreamers’ path to citizenship blocked by Senate parliamentarian



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A proposed bipartisan bill aimed at giving so-called “Documented Dreamers” a path to permanent residency hit a roadblock on Sunday after Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough ruled against including immigration reforms in Democrats’ $3.5 trillion, 10-year spending plan

Rare bipartisan support: Last week, Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Calif., and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., unveiled the “America’s Children Act” legislation that aims to grant children of long-term visa holders a means to apply for their own green card, the New York Times reported.

  • Under the bill, “Documented Dreamers” are defined as those who came to the U.S. as children and grew up legally on a parent’s work visa. Many of them face deportation when they reach age 21 as they become too old to stay on dependent status without a green card.
  • Those who are eligible for green cards as children often get caught in the application backlog and eventually get removed from the queue before they reach 21 years old.
  • According to the official press release, the bill would create “a pathway to permanent residency for individuals who were brought to the United States as dependent children of workers admitted under approved employer petitions, have maintained status in the United States for 10 years (including four years as a dependent) and have graduated from an institution of higher education.”
  • The bill also prescribed to freeze the children’s ages at the time their parents apply for the family’s permanent residency instead of the availability date of the green card to prevent potential future problems.
  • Those who grew up as derivative family members of high-skilled work U.S. visa holders and who do not have a path to a green card will also benefit from the bill.
  • Democrats were hoping to pass the Documented Dreamers Act along with other immigration reforms through the $3.5 trillion social policy package they passed in August.


A chance for all: Improve the Dream, an organization that advocates for Documented Dreamers, celebrated the introduction of the bill on Tuesday.

  • “For too long, young immigrants like us, who have been raised and educated here as Americans, have been forced to leave the country we call home,” Improve the Dream founder Dip Patel said. “The introduction of America’s Children Act means so much to thousands of us who have only known America as their home.”
  • If passed, the legislation would help over 200,000 Documented Dreamers who “have been waiting for years, and often decades for a green card.”
  • Padilla, who chairs the Judiciary Committee’s immigration panel, said, “We cannot turn our backs on the ‘Documented Dreamers’ who have spent most of their lives in this country, contributing to their communities and our economy but face continued uncertainty and risk deportation once they turn 21.”
  • Paul said that such individuals “shouldn’t be penalized by the government’s failures in addressing green card backlogs.”

Not in this budget: Citing Senate rules, MacDonough argued that provisions are not allowed in such bills if their effect on the budget is “merely incidental” to their overall policy impact, reported the Associated Press.

  • In her ruling, MacDonough said, “The reasons that people risk their lives to come to this country — to escape religious and political persecution, famine, war, unspeakable violence and lack of opportunity in their home countries — cannot be measured in federal dollars.”
  • Padilla and Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released a joint statement expressing disappointment in MacDonough’s decision but said they “have prepared an alternative proposal for the Parliamentarian’s consideration in the coming days.”

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Judge tosses some convictions against ex-Fall River mayor Jasiel Correia



Judge tosses some convictions against ex-Fall River mayor Jasiel Correia

A federal judge on Monday tossed out several convictions against the Massachusetts mayor elected at just 23 years old who was found guilty by jurors of bilking investors and extorting hundreds of thousands of dollars from marijuana businesses.

U.S. District Judge Douglas Woodlock overturned eight counts of the jury’s guilty verdict against against ex-Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia that the judge said prosecutors failed to prove during trial.

Corriea, who maintains he is innocent, remains convicted of multiple counts of wire fraud, extortion conspiracy and extortion, but the trimming of his convictions will undoubtedly impact the punishment he receives.

Correia, now 29, was expected to be sentenced on Monday, but the judge said he was unpersuaded that there was enough evidence to back up several fraud counts against him stemming from allegations that Correia misused money he got from investors who backed his smartphone app called “SnoOwl” on lavish purchases for himself and his then-girlfriend.

The judge said that prosecutors failed to prove six wire fraud counts by showing that wires — or electronic communications — were used to process the checks Correia got from the investors. The judge also ruled that prosecutors failed to prove two counts of filing false tax returns.

Before the judge acquitted Correia on several counts, prosecutors had asked for 11 years in prison, pointing to what they described as Correia’s continued defiance. His lawyers had asked for three years behind bars.

“This case evokes the legend of Icarus. Mr. Correia flew early, high, and fast. The verdict points to a hubristic loss of moral compass and, now, a crash into the sea. But Mr. Correia’s story need not end there,” Correia’s defense attorneys wrote in court papers.

The charges against Correia in 2018 marked a stunning collapse for the politician who was elected on a promise to rejuvenate the struggling mill city and was once seen as a rising Democratic star.

Prosecutors alleged that Correia looted a bank account of funds investors gave him for his smartphone app to buy things for himself and shower his girlfriend in expensive gifts. Prosecutors said he spent investor funds on dinners at high-end restaurants, luxury hotels, casino trips and such lavish items as a Mercedes, a helicopter tour of Newport, Rhode Island, and a $700 pair of Christian Louboutin shoes.

Throughout his trial, prosecutors depicted him as a greedy liar who misled those who pumped money into his app the same way they say he deceived voters to get elected by portraying himself as a successful entrepreneur. Investors told jurors that they had been impressed with Correia and trusted him to use their cash to build up the business and make them more money.

After becoming mayor in 2016, prosecutors say Correia began soliciting bribes from marijuana vendors in exchange for letters of approval from the city they needed in order to get a license. During the trial, prosecutors had one vendor use fake money to show jurors how he said he stuffed $75,000 in cash in a metal box clipboard before handing it to Correia in the mayor’s city-issued vehicle.

Correia was found guilty in May of extortion, extortion conspiracy, wire fraud and filing false tax returns after 23 hours of jury deliberations over four days. The jury acquitted him on three counts, including accusations that he forced his chief of staff to give him half of her salary in order to keep her city job.

For months after his arrest, Correia resisted calls to leave office and survived a bizarre election in March 2019 during which he was recalled by voters and reelected the same night. But after federal agents arrested him a second time — this time for the extortion scheme — he agreed in October 2019 to take a leave of absence. He was ousted by voters the next month.

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Severe thunderstorm warning in East Metro and Southeast Minnesota



Severe thunderstorm warning in East Metro and Southeast Minnesota

The National Weather Services issued a severe thunderstorm warning for several counties in Southeastern Minnesota and Western Wisconsin, including Washington and Dakota County in the metro.

There is a chance of thunderstorms, hail, winds up to 70 miles per hour and tornados until 10 p.m. The storm will hit the mero in the mid to late afternoon and move into Southeastern Minnesota in the late afternoon to early evening.

There is currently a low probability for tornados but high probability for wind and hail.

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Gabby Petito timeline: Remains found in Wyoming fit description of missing 22-year-old



Gabby Petito timeline: Remains found in Wyoming fit description of missing 22-year-old

MOOSE, Wyo. — Authorities say a body discovered Sunday in Wyoming is believed to be Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito. The FBI said the body was found by law enforcement agents who had spent the past two days searching campgrounds.

An FBI agent said the cause of death not yet been determined. Petito and her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, left in July on a cross-country trek in a converted van to visit national parks in the U.S. West.

Police said Laundrie was alone when he drove the van back to his parents’ home in North Port, Florida, on Sept. 1. Laundrie has been identified as a person of interest in the case.

He was last seen Tuesday and investigators have been searching for him.

This is a timeline of what we know about the disappearance of and search for Gabby Petito:

July 2: Petito and Laundrie start road trip

Petito and Laundrie left Blue Point, New York on Long Island on July 2 for a cross-country road trip to national parks out west in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming.

They documented their travels every step of the way in photos and videos posted to YouTube and Instagram under the name “Nomadic Statik.”

Aug. 12: Argument in Utah

On Aug. 12, Petito posted photos twice on Instagram from a visit to Arches National Park in Moab, Utah.

That same day, 8 On Your Side learned Moab City police responded to a witness report of an argument and physical altercation involving the couple.

“Officers conducted an investigation and determined that insufficient evidence existed to justify criminal charges,” Chief Bret Edge said in an email.

Moab police decided the fight didn’t rise to the level of “domestic assault as much as that of a mental health crisis.”

Police recommended the couple spend the night apart. Petito stayed with the van. Police helped Laundrie get a hotel room at a family crisis center in Moab.

Aug. 21: Petito’s last FaceTime with her father

Nine days after the reported incident in Moab, on Aug. 21, Joseph Petito said he had his last FaceTime call with his daughter. He said he helped order her food in Salt Lake City.

“No red flags that popped out,” Mr. Petito said in a Zoom interview Tuesday from his home in Vero Beach. “I’m trying to wrap my brain – Monday morning quarterback it, you know what I mean – still nothing is popping in my head.”

Aug. 25: Petito’s last phone conversation with mother

Petito’s mother, Nichole Schmidt, said during an emotional news conference Monday she last spoke with her daughter on Aug. 25 while she was near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

“I wasn’t getting responses,” Schmidt said. “I believe she was in a place with no service. It was like day eight and nine I became really concerned. I figured she couldn’t be off the grid that long.”

Aug. 30: Petito’s mom receives final text from her

“The last text I got from her was on Aug. 30,” Schmidt said. “I don’t know if that was her texting me or not.”

Sept. 1: Laundrie returns home to Florida

North Port police, who are now the lead agency in the missing person investigation, say Laundrie returned to his parent’s home with the van on Sept. 1.

Sept. 11: Petito reported missing

Ten days later, on Sept. 11, concerned family members reported Petito missing to Suffolk County Police in New York.

Later that night, North Port Police confirmed they recovered the van at Laundrie’s parents’ home. Police said the young couple also lived there.

Sept. 15: Laundrie named person of interest

Laundrie was officially named a “person of interest” in Petito’s disappearance by North Port police on Wednesday as he refuses to cooperate with the investigation.

“As a father, I can imagine the pain and suffering Gabby’s family is going through,” North Port Police Chief Todd Garrison said. “We are pleading with anyone, including Brian, to share information with us on her whereabouts in the past few weeks. The lack of information from Brian is hindering this investigation. The answers will eventually come out. We will help find Gabby and we will help find anyone who may be involved in her disappearance.”

The Laundrie family attorney did not respond to 8 On Your Side’s request for comment Wednesday about police naming Brian a person of interest.

“This is understandably an extremely difficult time for both the Petito family and the Laundrie family. It is our understanding that a search has been organized for Miss Petito in or near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming,” Attorney Steven Bertolino said in a statement Tuesday. “On behalf of the Laundrie family it is our hope that the search for Miss Petito is successful and that Miss Petito is re-united with her family. On the advice of counsel the Laundrie family is remaining in the background at this juncture and will have no further comment.”

“I don’t know about you, but their child is home,” Mr. Petito said. “My child is somewhere in the continental United States with no phone, no car. It’s not as hard on them as it is on us.”

Sept. 16: Petito’s family begs for help

During a North Port police news conference on Sept. 16, Chief Todd Garrison voiced his frustration with the lack of answers on Petito’s disappearance.

“Two people went on a trip. One person returned. And that person that returned isn’t providing us any information,” he said.

Garrison added that there is no criminality suspected in the case at this time and police are only investigating a missing person case with the sole focus of finding Gabby Petito.

Petito’s father spoke during the news conference, begging ayone with information to come forward.

“I’m asking for help from everyone here, I’m asking for help from everyone at home. I’m asking for help from the parents of Brian. I’m asking for help from the family members and friends of the Laundrie family as well,” Joe Petito said. “Whatever you can do to make sure my daughter comes home, I’m asking for that help. There is nothing else that matters to me now.”

Later in the day, a family attorney in New York read a letter from Petito’s family to Laundrie’s parents that called on them for help.

“As a parent, how could you let us go through this pain and not help us? As a parent, how could you put Gabby’s younger brothers and sisters through this?” they said. “Gabby lived with you for over a year. She’s going to be your daughter-in-law. How can you keep her location hidden?”

Sept. 17: Laundrie reported missing

A family attorney confirmed Friday night that the whereabouts of Brian Laundrie were unknown.

“The FBI is currently at the Laundrie residence removing property to assist in locating Brian. As of now, the FBI is now looking for both Gabby and Brian,” the attorney said in a statement.

That statement came after police spent more than two hours at the Laundrie family home, at the family’s request.

Sept. 19: Body found in Teton Park

FBI Denver confirmed Sunday that remains found in Wyoming fit the description of missing 22-year-old Gabby Petito. The body was found in Teton Park.

The FBI has set up a national hotline to receive tips about Petito’s disappearance. Those with information are being asked to call 1-800-CALLFBI (225-5324). 

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Dierbergs to close on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and day after Christmas



Dierbergs to close on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and day after Christmas

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Front elevation rendering of Dierbergs Lake Saint Louis Store, opening late 2021

ST. LOUIS– Dierbergs Stores will close three days this holiday season as a thank you to associates. The local chain will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and the day after Christmas.

“My family wants to show our appreciation for our hard-working Associates by closing the stores for an additional day this holiday season, so they can spend a long weekend with their families,” said Greg Dierberg, President and CEO.  “We are fortunate to work with an amazing group of people that make Dierbergs a great place to shop.”

The store is usually closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day but is adding December 26th this year.

Dierbergs says it is making the announcement early so associates can make their holiday plans now.

In addition, stores will close at 5:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve and resume normal operating hours outside of these dates.

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