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Police charge Albany man in connection with May shooting incident

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WASHINGTON COUNTY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – On Tuesday, September 21 Washington County reported their daily COVID update.

For Monday, September 20 case activity, 18 new COVID cases were added/processed, there were 24 new recoveries of active cases, nine current cases are hospitalized. 12 of the 18 new cases with ties to other cases/investigations (including household spread cases, workplace spread, and other school and/or community activities) and the remaining six cases have no identified origin of exposure at this time. Of the Tuesday, September 21 new cases were added, six have been fully vaccinated (five received the Pfizer series, one received the Moderna series).

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Judge rejects Missouri’s residency rule for medical marijuana

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Judge rejects Missouri’s residency rule for medical marijuana

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A federal judge has struck down Missouri’s requirement that a majority of the owners of companies that dispense, grow, or manufacture marijuana must be state residents.

U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey last week ordered a permanent injunction against the residency requirement. She had issued a temporary injunction against the rule in June. Missouri voters approved creation of a medical marijuana industry in the state in 2018.

One of the regulations required that state-licensed marijuana cultivation plants, dispensaries, and manufacturing facilities must be at least 51% owned by Missouri residents.

The rule was challenged by a Pennsylvania-based investor, who argued it violated the U.S. Constitution.

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Do TLC’s 1000-lb Sisters stop in St. Louis for family vacation?

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ST. LOUIS– The starts from the TLC reality show 1,000-lb Sisters announced they are taking a family trip on season 3 and some are wondering if they are heading to St. Louis.

The series follows Amy and Tammy Slaton who live in Dixon, Kentucky, a three-hour drive from St. Louis. The reality show follows the two morbidly obese sisters who are trying to lose weight.

In the season three trailer, Amy announced they are going on a family trip. In the video, the family gets an RV and goes on the road. They are also seen dressing up and posing for an old town photo.

It’s unclear where the family is visiting by the clips in the video. It’s also unclear when the family vacation took place but they are wearing warm-weather clothes.

In July, Amy shared a YouTube video of her son’s first family trip to St. Louis. They take a trip on The Wheel at Union Station. She also said they visited the aquarium. There are also pictures with some bronzed animals which appears to be the St. Louis Zoo.

So was the season 3 family trip in St. Louis? Well, the video only shows three people, not the entire family. So it is still unclear.

However, there are a few other possible locations that are not too far away from Western Kentucky. It’s only a 6-hour drive to Gatlinburg, Tennessee. And if you head west, it is about a 6.5-hour drive to Branson, Missouri. There is even a route that will take you through St. Louis.

We will have to wait to find out where they took a vacation. The premiere date for Season 3 of 1000-Lb. Sisters is Monday, November 15 at 10/9c.

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Man who shot Cherry Hills Village officer is sentenced to 44 years in prison

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A 20-year-old man has been sentenced to 44 years in prison for shooting a Cherry Hills Village police officer during a 2018 home invasion robbery.

Angelo Alston was sentenced on Monday by Arapahoe County District Court Judge Eric White, according to a news release from the district attorney’s office. Officer Cory Sack was shot in the Aug. 20, 2018, incident.

On Aug. 2, Alston pleaded guilty to on count of attempted murder of a police officer and three counts of aggravated robbery, the release said.

“I cannot think of a more flagrant violation of the laws that hold our society together than trying
to kill a peace officer,” said District Attorney John Kellner, in the release. “This wasn’t a robbery when no one was home. This was an invasion of a home when the perpetrators knew people were inside. And those perpetrators brought guns.

“When Officer Sack ran to the aid of that family, this defendant unloaded his clip right at the
officer. We are lucky to still have Officer Sack. An incredible investigative effort brought this
defendant to justice, and rightly so.”

Six people were home at the time of the robbery. The armed robbers forced open a safe and stole cash and valuables. There were three accomplices in the robbery. Sack responded to a 911 hang-up call to the home and interrupted the robbery. Sack was shot as he entered the home.

“The reason he wanted me dead was the badge I was wearing,” Sack told the court Monday during the sentencing, according to the release. “Only the lowest of the low will try to kill a police officer trying to help others in their most vulnerable time. … He left me there to die.”

Sack was released from Swedish Medical Center On Sept. 13, 2018, after being treated for a gunshot wound to each leg. He returned fire during the shooting and was deemed justified, by the district attorney’s office, in firing his weapon during the attack.

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National Guard helps get Illinois soldier’s family out of Afghanistan

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WMBD) – An intelligence officer with the Illinois Army National Guard said the military went above and beyond to get his family out of Afghanistan.

2nd Lt. Fahim Masoud began working for the U.S. Army as an interpreter at age 17 and came to the United States in 2007. Now an intelligence officer, Masoud is based in northern Virginia but travels to Bloomington for monthly drills with Illinois Army National Guard.

Masoud said his family did not plan to leave Afghanistan, but once Kabul fell to the Taliban on Aug. 15, they had to get out. He reached out to Maj. Gen. Richard Neely, commander of the Illinois National Guard, for assistance.

“He’s an awesome commander. He’s an awesome leader. I reached out to his aide-de-camp, and right away you know they move to do everything they could to get the family out,” he said.

Masoud said his family was outside Kabul Airport on Aug. 26 when suicide bombers attacked, but they made it out safely. From Kabul, Masoud’s family was transported to Qatar, then Ramstein Air Base in Germany. They arrived at Dulles Airport on Sept. 10, and being processed and vetted at the naval base in Quantico, Virginia.

“It really took a village to get my family out,” Masoud said. “It was just, you know, I can’t tell you how grateful I am to the efforts of many many great people.”

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Boat still stuck on the Mississippi’s Chain of Rocks after a week

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ST. LOUIS– A large sailboat is still stuck in the Mississippi River nearly a week since firefighters rescued two people from the vessel.

Bommarito Automotive Group Skyfox flew over the Chain of Rocks area of the Mississippi River this morning and spotted the boat still stuck as the current rushed by it.

The boat got stuck on the Chain of Rocks in the river last Tuesday afternoon.

There is a canal that allows boat traffic to bypass the chain. The vessel, a 44-foot sailboat, mistakenly went down the main river channel.

Last week, a tow company deployed three boats to recover the vessel stuck on the Chain of Rocks but determined they would need a barge and crane to safely move it. There was a concern the river current could take the rescue boats over the dam.

The tow company hoped the boat would have been retrieved Wednesday but it is still in the river.

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Colorado first state to require some health insurance plans to cover gender-affirming care

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Colorado first state to require some health insurance plans to cover gender-affirming care

Starting in 2023, health insurance plans covering about one-quarter of the market in Colorado will have to pay for gender-affirming care, some additional mental health services and pain-management alternatives like acupuncture.

The changes will affect plans sold on the individual and small group markets — so it won’t apply to people who get their insurance from large employers or government programs like Medicare.

Gender-affirming care is an umbrella term for services to transgender or nonbinary people, which can include hormone treatments, permanent facial hair removal, counseling, speech therapy, or surgery. Cisgender people sometimes also seek gender-affirming care, such as breast reconstruction after a mastectomy (though they may not think of it in those terms).

The state legislature would need to act in order to require large employers’ insurance plans to cover gender-affirming care.

Transgender people who have received gender-affirming care have lower rates of depression than those who were denied care, and are less likely to report thoughts of suicide.

Colorado Insurance Commissioner Michael Conway estimated the new benefits will cost about 64 cents per customer each month. Gov. Jared Polis said in a news conference that they will ultimately save money by reducing the odds of serious mental health problems in the future.

“I had to convinced this will save more than 64 cents per month,” he said.

The requirement that plans cover an annual mental health check-up and alternatives to opioids came from bills passed in the most recent legislative session, which also require large-group plans to offer the same coverage. The gender-affirming care requirements came from an administrative process, with the Division of Insurance consulting with stakeholders before asking the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for permission.

Sen. Brittany Pettersen, a Jefferson County Democrat, said the requirement to cover non-drug pain treatments, like acupuncture, will give patients options to avoid the risk of addiction from opioids. Some studies have found acupuncture provides pain relief, though debate is ongoing about how much of the improvement is due to a placebo effect.

“For decades, we had a system that incentivized overprescribing,” she said. Doctors “often talk about, ‘This (opioid medication) is the only thing covered by insurance.’ That is unacceptable.”

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Gabby Petito autopsy update expected today

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(NewsNation Now) — A Wyoming coroner is expected to update the public on Gabby Petito’s autopsy Tuesday afternoon.

Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue has not disclosed the 22-year-old vlogger’s cause of death, but did rule it was a homicide.

Petito vanished while on a cross-country road trip with her boyfriend Brian Laundrie in a converted camper van. The trip was well-documented on social media until it abruptly ceased, allegedly somewhere in Wyoming. The couple documented most of their trip, which started in July, on a YouTube Vlog called “VAN LIFE”.

Petito, 22, was reported missing Sept. 11 by her parents after she did not respond to calls and texts for several days. Petito’s body was found Sept. 19 just outside Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

Blue said he will discuss the autopsy at 2:30 p.m. ET. NewsNation will live stream the press conference in the player above.

It has been weeks since any firm new details emerged in the case as authorities search for Petito’s boyfriend. Brian Laundrie’s parents say they last saw him Sept. 13 when they said he took the car to a 24,000-acre Florida reserve. He was reported missing Sept. 17.

Despite searching for nearly a month in the Carlton Reserve, police have not found him or even said they’ve found clues.

“We need to find something,” North Port police Officer Josh Taylor told NewsNationNow.com Friday. “I think there’s so much attention on this. I don’t know that this case would ever get to be a cold case. We’ll continue to search. You know, we could be searching that Carlton Reserve and nearby lands for a long, long time.”

The FBI has issued an arrest warrant for Laundrie. He is wanted for “use of unauthorized access device” related to his activities following Petito’s death. The FBI says he used a debit card and a PIN to access two bank accounts Aug. 30 and Sept. 1.

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Ponzi scheme payback: Fraudsters ordered to pay $1.5M back to Missouri investors

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A Scottsdale, Arizona man and affiliated security service companies have been ordered to pay restitution for defrauding investors from the Kansas City, Missouri area through a Ponzi scheme.

The Missouri Secretary of State Securities Division found the scheme promised investors higher performance on their retirement savings in the amount of a 10-12% annual rate of return.

Authorities said John D. Myers and Daniel S. Madasz Sr. convinced victims to invest in alternative investments in the form of illiquid and risky promissory notes to fund the growth and expansion of their fledgling businesses, Skytec Security Services and Skytec Service KC.

However, once Myers and Madasz received money from investors, they misappropriated the funds for their own benefit and used the money to pay earlier investors.

Missouri investors lost more than $1 million as a result of the scheme. Most investors received virtually none of their investments back.

Missouri’s Securities Division ordered Myers and the companies to pay $600,000 in civil penalties, and more than $1.5 million in restitution including interest and to pay investigation costs.

Meanwhile, Madasz is currently incarcerated in the state of Kansas for securities fraud committed during the same period of time with investors in Kansas.

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17-year-old dies in Centennial Park; Swansea police investigating

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Car strikes concrete post, woman dies in crash early Saturday in St. Louis

SWANSEA, Ill. – Swansea police detectives, the St. Clair County Coroner’s Office, and Illinois State Police are investigating the overnight death of a 17-year-old girl.

According to a police spokesperson, officers were called to Centennial Park along North Belt East around 1:30 a.m. for a person not conscious and not breathing.

Information was provided to dispatchers at the time indicating the teenager had suffered a possible overdose.

Swansea police used a defibrillator to try and keep the young woman alive. Firefighters and EMTs arrived soon thereafter but they were unable to save her.

The 17-year-old’s identity has not been disclosed, pending notification of family members.

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Two Colorado spots make it on The New York Times’ 2021 best restaurants list

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Two Colorado spots make it on The New York Times’ 2021 best restaurants list

In a time of such unprecedented struggle in the hospitality sector, naming any “best restaurants” can be tricky, if not altogether beside the point.

But The New York Times on Tuesday made its attempt at a national “Restaurant List” for 2021 — during a year when many dining establishments have shuttered from the immediate effects of the pandemic, and many others have faced crippling staffing shortages that underscore a larger reckoning with the whole labor system.

The Times’ 50-restaurant list is meant to guide diners as they explore restaurants again after 19 months of closures and restrictions in place, it says. The list includes American classics and newcomers alike, and represents the “rich mosaic” of dining across the country now, showcasing the places that editors and dispatchers are most excited about.

Two Colorado restaurants, very different in their styles and approach, made the cut.

Josie Sexton, The Denver Post

An end-of-summer crudo at Frasca Food and Wine in Boulder. Frasca was named one of the 50 most exciting restaurants in America in 2021, according to The New York Times. (Josie Sexton, The Denver Post)

In Boulder, Frasca Food and Wine has been perfecting its culinary game for 17 years and counting, which is an eternity in the restaurant world. That’s especially true considering the accolades Frasca has received along the way.

Over the past 19 months of the pandemic, Frasca’s ownership switched gears to become a leader in the national independent restaurant community, fighting for government legislation and aid for small businesses. But beyond this recent work, the owners, sommeliers and chefs here have also stayed true to their original mission of translating a tiny Italian regional cuisine from Fruili-Venezia Giulia to an even tinier town in Colorado.

According to The Times, “On a recent summer tasting menu, a crudi misti with cucumber and buttermilk (pictured) elegantly balanced tang and freshness, while a meticulously constructed cjalson pasta was filled with a silky mixture of beet and smoked ricotta. The Rockies are a long way from Trieste, but the flavors here make the journey beautifully.” frascafoodandwine.com

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