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Cuyahoga County children and family services worker indicted on theft in office charges used stolen money for lavish travel, prosecutor says

“She created more than 300 accounts between February 2018 and September 2019 and funneled money into the bank accounts, prosecutors say” writes Cleveland Com for cleveland.com. Garrison resigned from her position at the county agency in September.Ramonia Garrison, 40, used her access to a county computer software program to divert money from the Kinship Permanency Incentive program into her and her boyfriend’s checking accounts, then used the money to fund vacations to Niagara Falls, New Orleans, California and Hawaii, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley’s office said. Source: cleveland.com

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U.S. Fed buys $1.8 billion of mortgage bonds, sells none

“NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Federal Reserve bought $1.754 billion of agency mortgage-backed securities in the week from Nov. 7 to Nov. 13, compared with $828 million purchased the previous week, the New York Federal Reserve Bank said on Thursday” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. In a move to help the housing market begun in October 2011, the U.S. central bank has been using funds from principal payments on the agency debt and agency mortgage-backed securities, or MBS, it holds to reinvest in agency MBS. The New York Fed…

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State Farm becomes the latest marketer to drop the classic ad agency of record model after cutting its marketing budget by 15%

“State Farm has become the latest major brand to drop the classic agency-client model in another sign of challenges reshaping the ad industry” writes Patrick Coffee for businessinsider.com. “We’re not moving forward with the ‘lead agency’ model, but our relationship with Omnicom is still intact.”. It’s a loss for State Farm’s longtime agency of record DDB, also part of the Omnicom network.Morris said the decision came after an extensive internal review and a yearlong period during which DDB served as lead agency on State Farm’s business. Source: businessinsider.com

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The EPA is reportedly planning to restrict the science experts can use to draw up rules to protect public health

“The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to introduce tighter restrictions on the scientific evidence officials can draw on to assess the public health impact of policies, The New York Times reported” writes Tom Porter for businessinsider.com. The EPA in a statement defended the decision, claiming that “the science supporting agency decisions is transparent and available for evaluation by the public and stakeholders.”. A lot of the health studies that EPA relies on use health data supplied under confidentiality agreements, but that would be inadmissible under the rule change, the…

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Former ICE chief plans bid against ICE enemy, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

“Gillibrand has called for the end of ICE, wants it folded into some other agency, and wants it put to work to protect illegal immigrants” writes Andrew Harnik Ap for washingtonexaminer.com. The longtime immigration professional said that he is no longer a New York resident but would return to challenge Gillibrand.Tom Homan, the former New York police officer who was President Trump’s first acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, is already plotting a 2024 campaign against the agency’s archenemy, New York Sen. Source: washingtonexaminer.com

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The billionaire behind California’s sweeping new data privacy law reveals his plans to further regulate the ad industry and fight big tech lobbyists

“That revelation led the private real estate developer to spend more than $3 million of his own money to pass the country’s toughest data privacy regulation” writes Patrick Coffee for businessinsider.com. It also would set up a new agency called the California Privacy Protection Agency that would operate alongside the Attorney General’s office.He acknowledged CCPA and CPREA could hurt sellers of third-party data and their media agency customers, though.In a survey conducted by IPG ad agency Huge, considerable majorities of people said Facebook should not be able to target ads…

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Iran able to enrich uranium up to 60%, says atomic energy agency spokesman

“(Reuters) – Iran has the capacity to enrich uranium up to 60%, a spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) said on Saturday, far more than is required for most civilian uses but short of the 90% needed to make nuclear bomb fuel” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. “The organization has the possibility to produce 5%, 20% and 60%, and has this capacity,” AEOI spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi said during a news conference at the underground Fordow nuclear plant, the official IRIB news agency reported.Iran said on Thursday…

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Inspector general accuses EPA officials of giving staff ‘free rein’ to flout investigations

“The Environmental Protection Agency’s acting inspector general accused top agency officials Thursday of seeking to undermine him” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Last week, the watchdog office accused EPA chief of staff Ryan Jackson of stonewalling two investigations, at least one of which dates back to the tumultuous tenure of former Administrator Scott Pruitt. Source: washingtonexaminer.com

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Ad holding company WPP is continuing its consolidation spree with Wunderman Thompson network absorbing 3 more agencies

“WPP will continue its year-old restructuring spree by absorbing three agencies into the Wunderman Thompson organization that was created by the 2018 union of Wunderman and J. Walter Thompson” writes Patrick Coffee for businessinsider.com. Two high-level sources with direct knowledge of the matter said the digital agencies Possible, Mirum, and iStrategyLabs would become one with Wunderman Thompson, with each eventually dropping its name.Back in 2011, the holding company combined four existing digital agencies to form Possible.The three agencies had already become part of the same network following the merger of…

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Tigers’ minor-league free agents include 5 who played in Detroit in 2019

“The free agents below include six-year minor league free agents, whose original minor-league contract has been renewed six times” writes Evan Woodbery for mlive.com. More than 500 minor-league free agents have joined their Major League counterparts on the open market.Of the Tigers’ free agents, some might still return to the organization, others will find new homes and some simply won’t find a job in affiliated baseball.Their absence from the list of free agents means the Tigers signed them to new minor-league deals at some point before this week. Source: mlive.com

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