Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Mount Carmel business owner charged with heroin possession - Kingsport Times News

Mount Carmel business owner charged with heroin possession - Kingsport Times News

Mount Carmel business owner charged with heroin possession - Kingsport Times News

Posted: 22 Oct 2019 04:45 PM PDT

Randall Alan "Randy" Smith, 51, 1439 Wolfe Lane, Mount Carmel, was reportedly found by Mount Carmel Police Department Officer Cory Young slumped over in a chair in the lobby of the garage with a tourniquet tied around his right arm and a syringe on the floor.

Police said that Smith had a container of Narcan nasal spray used to reverse opioid overdose in his desk with the instructions on how to use it on top of it.

Around 10:45 p.m. Friday, Young was dispatched to Randy's Auto Repair on Wolfe Lane on a report that a vehicle had been parked outside the business and left running with the lights on for a long period of time.

Young stated in his report that upon locating the vehicle he began looking for the driver and searching the area for signs of a break-in.

The front door that leads into the bay area of the garage was unlocked, and Young said he entered to make sure the business hadn't been burgled. That's when he reportedly found Smith unconscious in the lobby area.

"(Smith) was awakened after a couple of attempts and identified himself as Randall Alan Smith," Young stated in his report. "Due to the condition I found Mr. Smith in, and he advising me that he recently shot up heroin into his arm, Hawkins County EMS was requested to respond and check Mr. Smith."

Upon searching the garage lobby for items that could be seen in plain view, police allegedly located a white container on the desk containing two individually wrapped bags of heroin, three pills believed to be Alprazolam and one gray pill believed to be Oxycodone

Police also allegedly located two sets of scales, three metal spoons with residue, two makeshift tourniquets and numerous syringes.

He was charged with simple possession of Schedule I narcotics, simple possession of Schedule II narcotics, simple possession of Schedule IV narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia.

In February, Smith was sentenced to a year of probation for possession of drug paraphernalia and driving on a revoked license.

As of Monday, he remained held in the Hawkins County Jail pending arraignment in Sessions Court. 

Bridgewater business owner hopes Nationals' postseason run helps business - WHSV

Posted: 22 Oct 2019 04:23 PM PDT

BRIDGEWATER, Va. (WHSV) -- The Washington Nationals continue their postseason run Tuesday night in game one of the World Series.

Landes said she'll be watching the Nationals because of her love for baseball.

As their season continues, a business owner in Bridgewater hopes the Nats boost the bottom line.

"The first night you might not see as many, but the further they get into the series, more and more people come out," Pattie Landes, owner of The Cracked Pillar, said.

Landes said she thinks the Washington Nationals making the World Series helps business as fans come to watch the games. Football is the biggest draw for sports fans but baseball is not too far behind, according to Landes.

"Baseball is a close second to that, depending on the season of course," Landes said. "In the spring time you're going to get a bigger draw. But now for the finals, we're going to start seeing a bigger flow come in."

You can watch the World Series on The Valley's Fox.

Family of man shot in back by business owner speaks out - WREG NewsChannel 3

Posted: 22 Oct 2019 02:18 PM PDT

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Less than one week after a local business owner was charged with murder for shooting a man accused of stealing from his business, the victim's family is speaking out.

The legal team and family of LaMorris Robinson will admit that he wasn't always an angel. He had just gotten out of prison after what they call an "extended term" when he allegedly stole a small chainsaw from a business on Mt. Moriah last week.

That's when police said Charles Kalb shot him in the back with an illegal sawed off shotgun. Investigators said Robinson was unarmed.

Charles Kalb

Kalb is now charged with murder, and Robinson's family wants this case to be about their lost loved one, not his past mistakes.

"Mr. Robinson was shot in the back, fleeing a scene," said Howard Manis, the Robinson family's attorney. "The law is clear in the state of Tennessee. This is not about Mr. Robinson; this is about Mr. Kalb. And we will make sure our case is about Mr. Kalb."

Kalb is out of jail, despite facing a first-degree murder charge, after paying part of a $1 million bond.

Robinson's family was emotional Tuesday morning, but they wouldn't react to Kalb being a free man.

"Whether the judge's bond is appropriate, I'll leave that up to the discretion of the court of appeals," Manis said. "I don't think that's something that the family needs to get in the middle of."

Lamorris Robinson

Robinson's family opted not to talk Tuesday, instead allowing their attorney to speak on their behalf. But they still made their feelings clear: LaMorris did not receive true reform, despite a long sentence in prison.

They feel he had a lack of options upon his release.

"We as a society need to step forward and force our politicians and our leaders to evaluate whether or not we're doing an effective job helping all individuals get back on their feet and become productive citizens," Manis said.

Kalb's next court date is set for next Friday.

As for Robinson's criminal background, the TBI sent us his record, and it's 25 pages long and includes drug and weapons charges.

He was also considered a violent sex offender.

Business owner challenges environment-focused senator in Norfolk, Eastern Shore district - Virginian-Pilot

Posted: 22 Oct 2019 11:00 AM PDT

Lewis has almost $100,000 cash on hand as of Sept. 30, compared to about $39,000 for Lankford, according to the Virginia Public Access Project. His campaign's top donors include the state's Democratic party, the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, and the National Association of Realtors, from which he's received $25,000.

8 Small Business Owners On What It’s Really Like To Start Your Own Company - Refinery29

Posted: 22 Oct 2019 09:10 AM PDT

Starting a small business is hard. Creating a successful, lasting business is even harder. As Small Business Month comes to a close, we spoke with small business owners about what it's really like to start your own company. From a two-person travel production company to a gender-fluid lingerie line to puberty products worth $3.3 million, these female founders have taken the business world by storm. Blending a unique set of skills with business savvy has led them to not only start unique, world-changing companies, but also to foster a longevity that is rare in the fickle, novelty-obsessed start-up world. Ahead, we speak to the founders of seven small businesses about the highs, lows, and surprises of running your own company.

Facebook posts biggest quarterly lobby tab, as business, health interests dominate K Street - Roll Call

Facebook posts biggest quarterly lobby tab, as business, health interests dominate K Street - Roll Call

Facebook posts biggest quarterly lobby tab, as business, health interests dominate K Street - Roll Call

Posted: 22 Oct 2019 12:44 PM PDT

Facebook is on pace to spend more on federal lobbying this year than ever before, according to public disclosures out this week, as the social media giant's CEO prepares to testify Wednesday on Capitol Hill.

The company — at the center of debates over the spread of false information, data privacy and others — spent $12.3 million to lobby the federal government in the first nine months of the year. In 2018, Facebook shelled out $12.6 million for 12 months of lobbying.

[Disinformation moves from fringe sites to Facebook, YouTube]

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg will appear Wednesday before the House Financial Services Committee, which is probing the company's role in the housing market and in a new cryptocurrency called Libra.

The tech company's investment in K Street, a record $4.77 million in the third quarter of this year, has catapulted it into the top 10 biggest clients in Washington, D.C.

Impeachment no impediment

Health care, pharmaceutical, and broader big-business interests, along with a liberal organization, dominated the top tier during the first three-quarters of 2019, new lobbying disclosures filed with the clerk of the House and the secretary of the Senate show.

Lobbyists say that even with Capitol Hill and the White House absorbed in House Democrats' official impeachment inquiry, lawmakers and the executive branch have continued to fuel K Street activity, especially in health care, technology, immigration and trade policy.

"We continue to see clients ramping up their engagement in D.C., especially in trying to improve the playing fields that shape policymakers' views of tough issues — trade, technology regulation, immigration, and travel, to name a few," said Stewart Verdery, a GOP lobbyist who runs Monument Advocacy.


Not only are clients looking to wrap up debates in 2019, but they also are looking toward next year's elections.

"We are also increasingly being asked to map up what 2021 looks like under various election scenarios, especially if there were to be all-left control of power," added Verdery, whose registered lobbying clients include the drug industry's leading trade group, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, as well as Starbucks and PepsiCo.

Amazon and Google

The only other tech company among the top tier for 2019 is Amazon, which disclosed lobbying on numerous policy matters including cybersecurity, trade, and the National Defense Authorization Act. Google's spending on federal lobbying, $9.1 million so far this year, has declined, as the company has restructured its in-house roster of lobbyists and its network of outside consultants.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, meanwhile, continued its long run as the top spender on federal lobbying campaigns, while the National Association of Realtors came in at No. 2.

The chamber's top legislative priority is getting the revised North American Free Trade Agreement, known as the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, passed, said Neil Bradley, executive vice president and chief policy officer at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber also has lobbied against a Democratic prescription drug pricing bill, but Bradley said the group does support some "compromises," including helping patients with out-of-pocket expenses and accelerating the regulatory approval of generics, but not changing patent protections for name-brand medications.

Liberals spending too

The Open Society Policy Center, a liberal organization with ties to the big donor George Soros, disclosed spending nearly $16 million on lobbying campaigns from July 1 through Sept. 30. 

Sarah Margon, director of foreign policy advocacy at the center, said in an email that, among other matters, the group is working with "a broad, bipartisan coalition of good- government, national security, and human rights groups to persuade Congress to reassert its critical role when it comes to war powers, emergency powers, and arms sales."

"Congress' power to authorize war is a fundamental principle in our Constitution, which has been deeply eroded over decades," Margon added. "Members of Congress in both parties have failed to live up to this responsibility, not only when it comes to authorizing the use of force but more generally across a range of other related national security powers and oversight obligations."

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, the city's largest federal lobbying practice as measured in publicly disclosed revenue, has reported earning $31.2 million from clients so far this year.

"Contrary to conventional wisdom about legislative activity in Washington, this year has been exceptionally busy for our firm and our clients, leading to both our largest quarter and our largest back-to-back quarters in firm history," said Akin Gump partner Hunter Bates, a former top aide to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

The firm added a trio of recent lawmakers: ex-Sen. Joe Donnelly, a Democrat from Indiana, and former GOP Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida and Texan Lamar Smith.

Walk and chew gum

Health care, transportation, technology and regulatory work across the executive branch have been major areas for another top federal lobbying practice, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck.

"What Congress is proving to be is they can walk and chew gum," said Marc Lampkin, who manages the firm's Washington, D.C., office. "If you listen to all the talking heads, you'd think there was nothing going on but impeachment and oversight. There's a lot more."

He noted that work on the NAFTA re-do and continued interest in the congressional budget and appropriations process as the big drivers of K Street business.  

Health care, long a dominant issue on K Street, has continued to fuel the lobbying sector with PhRMA, the American Medical Association, and the American Hospital Association all reporting multimillion-dollar expenditures.

The policy debates, both in Congress and on the 2020 campaign trail, over "Medicare for All" and prescription drug prices have sparked record levels of spending among some organizations not known for big lobbying tabs.

The conservative lobbying and grassroots group FreedomWorks disclosed spending more than $2.7 million, the most it ever has reported shelling out, in just this year's third quarter alone — more than it disclosed spending in all of last year ($1.9 million).

"I would imagine we're going to continue doing actions on health care proposals that take the wrong approach," said Jason Pye, FreedomWorks' vice president of legislative affairs.

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Facebook slides after state-led antitrust probe ramps up to include 47 attorneys general (FB) | Markets - Business Insider

Posted: 22 Oct 2019 10:27 AM PDT

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  • Shares of Facebook traded as much as 4.4% lower on Tuesday as an antitrust probe led by New York Attorney General Letitia James expanded to include 47 state attorneys general. 
  • The investigation is expected to focus on how Facebook has handled consumer data and whether the company has stifled competition.
  • The probe was initially announced in September with the backing of eight states including New York. 
  • Watch Facebook trade live.

Facebook's stock price tumbled as much as 4.4% on Tuesday as an antitrust probe led by New York grew to include 47 attorneys general from US states and territories. 

The investigation was initially announced in September with the support of eight states including New York. The probe is expected to focus on whether Facebook's handling of consumer data and if the company has engaged in any anti-competitive practices.

"Our investigation now has the support of 47 attorneys general from around the nation, who are all concerned that Facebook may have put consumer data at risk, reduced the quality of consumers' choices, and increased the price of advertising," New York Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement on Tuesday. 

The expanded probe comes as Facebook already faces a different antitrust investigation being carried out by the Federal Trade Commission. Facebook also paid the agency a $5 billion fine to settle another probe regarding the social media giant's data privacy practices. 

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is also set to testify on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to answer question's about Libra, the company's cryptocurrency project. 

For a full list of the attorneys general joining New York's antitrust probe and their statements, click here.

Shares of Facebook are up roughly 40% year-to-date. 

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Facebook: Russian trolls are back. And they're here to meddle with 2020 - CNN

Posted: 22 Oct 2019 02:24 AM PDT

UK lawmaker challenges Facebook on political ads - SCNow

Posted: 22 Oct 2019 05:01 AM PDT

LONDON (AP) — An influential British lawmaker challenged Facebook's new effort to safeguard elections on Tuesday, warning that they will place a heavy constraint on the company's ability to combat misinformation.

Damian Collins, the chair of the Parliament media committee, wrote to Facebook after the Silicon Valley giant outlined its preparations for an expected U.K. election.

In an article for the Daily Telegraph newspaper, the company said it had learned lessons from the Russian misinformation campaign during 2016 U.S. presidential elections and would set up a "dedicated operations center" to help remove content that breaks Facebook's rules.

But Facebook's vice president of policy solutions, Richard Allan, wrote that the new rules for the era of digital campaigning need to be decided by Parliament and regulators.

"While we are taking a number of steps, there are many areas where it's simply not appropriate for a private company like Facebook to be setting the rules of the game or calling the shots," he said. "For instance, we do not believe it should be our role to fact check or judge the veracity of what politicians say — not least since political speech is heavily scrutinized by the media and our democratic processes."

Starting next week, those placing advertisements relating to social issues such as immigration will have to go through the same verification process as political advertisements, which requires advertisers to reveal who they are and where they live. Political ads will be labelled as such.

Posts reported by Facebook's U.K. fact-checking partner Full Fact found to contain fake news will be labelled as being false.

But with an election in the U.K. likely soon, Collins questioned the "focus on a decision by the platform to drop a ban on political advertising that have 'deceptive, false or misleading content' and instead only banning ads that 'include claims debunked by third-party fact-checkers.'"

Collins and his influential British parliamentary committee have urged the government to bring forward new laws addressing campaigning techniques in the digital age, insisting that democracy itself is under threat without speedy action.

The work has heaped pressure on social media companies, which have faced global scrutiny following allegations that political consultant Cambridge Analytica used data from tens of millions of Facebook accounts to profile voters and help U.S. President Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign.

Allan's comments came as Facebook announced plans Monday in the United States to step up its efforts to ensure it is not used as a tool to interfere in politics and democracies globally. The company said it will also label state-controlled media as such, label fact-checks more clearly and invest $2 million in media literacy projects.

The company said it has removed four networks of fake, state-backed misinformation-spreading accounts based in Russia and Iran. These networks sought to disrupt elections in the U.S., North Africa and Latin America.

Facebook Says Libra Won't Launch Without US Approval - U.S. News & World Report

Posted: 22 Oct 2019 02:25 PM PDT

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Nike CEO Mark Parker to Step Down in January - U.S. News & World Report

Nike CEO Mark Parker to Step Down in January  U.S. News & World Report

Pound drops below $1.29 after Brexit vote; factory downturn worsens – business live - The Guardian

Pound drops below $1.29 after Brexit vote; factory downturn worsens – business live  The Guardian

AP Top Business News at 12:02 a.m. EDT - Beloit Daily News

AP Top Business News at 12:02 a.m. EDT  Beloit Daily News

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Businesses talk innovation for Strengthening Stark Week - News - Canton Repository

Businesses talk innovation for Strengthening Stark Week - News  Canton Repository