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First National Bank Alaska (FBAK: OTCQX U.S. Premier) | Quarterly Report

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CIB Marine Bancshares, Inc. (CIBH: OTCQB) | Proxy Statement

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‘Empire’ creator reveals cast has felt ‘pain, anger, sadness and frustration’ over Jussie Smollett scandal

 Empire creator Lee Daniels is opening up about the Jussie Smollett “incident” for the first time since the return of the hit Fox show last Wednesday.

Daniels took to Instagram Wednesday afternoon to share a video in which he admits, “These past couple of weeks have been a freakin’ roller coaster.”

“Me and my cast have experienced pain, anger, sadness and frustration,” Daniels continued. “And [we] really don’t know how to deal with it, ya know?”

The filmmaker and prolific producer — who co-created Empire with Danny Strong and remains an executive producer on the series — never mentioned Smollett by name in his remarks, and coyly danced around the elephant in the room when he stressed that the episodes that have aired over the last two weeks were filmed “prior to the incident,” referring to Smollett’s allegedly faked attack on Jan. 29 in Chicago, his subsequent arrest and indictment.

Daniels went on to say that the drama surrounding the 36-year-old actor is “not what this show was made for.”

“This show was made to bring America together,” Daniels shared. “To talk about the atrocities that are happening right now in the streets.”

The Instagram post came just a few hours before Wednesday night’s episode of Empire aired, during which time Daniels live-tweeted about the show multiple times, notably never mentioning either Smollett or any scenes involving his character, Jamal Lyon.

Daniels conspicuously avoided mentioning both last week as well during his Empire live-tweet session, despite the character being central to many of the premiere’s biggest plotlines.

This week’s episode actually opened on Smollett’s character playing the piano and singing an original song called “Perfect Place” that, much like the song he sang during last week’s episode, has some lyrics that seem particularly ironic in the light of the scandal that has enveloped the actor.

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The questionable-in-retrospect lyrics include, “All the shine I left behind/Now I’m here, to my surprise,” and “Was it worth the sacrifice?/’Cause being here is all a lie,” as well as, “Oh, it’s a shame, ’cause now I finally/Found a place that’s all mine… Another place that’s gone.”

Additionally, one of Smollett’s other scenes in this week’s episode — which felt notably lighter on scenes including the embattled star — saw Jamal admonishing two singers who work for the Empire record label for getting into a fight on a red carpet and publicly embarrassing the company — a moment that also felt uniquely ironic as well.

Additionally, the dramatic tease for next week’s episode suggested fans might get more clues as to which member of the Lyon family is in the coffin — which we’ve seen in flash forwards in earlier episodes and has been a driving mystery throughout the season. However, most fans are pretty confident that it’s going to be Jamal who gets killed off, since Smollett has already been removed from the last few episodes of season five.

Smollett recently pleaded not guilty after being indicted on 16 felony counts by a grand jury in Chicago — for allegedly making false statements to police regarding being the victim of a hate crime. The actor has staunchly denied the allegations.

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Trinity Capital Partners, Inc. (TCPP: Pink Limited) | Quarterly Report

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Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA (FSNUY: OTCQX International Premier) | Annual Report

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On heels of scandals, USC announces new president

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The University of Southern California on Wednesday announced a new school president who will usher in “a new era” following a series of high-profile scandals that culminated last week with a massive college admissions bribery case.

Carol Folt will become the university’s 12th president on July 1 following a lengthy nationwide search. She’ll be the first full-time female president in school history. The announcement comes a week after news broke of a college bribery scandal involving USC and other universities across the country.

Folt most recently was chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was forced out early in a dispute over a Confederate monument.

Folt will take over USC from interim President Wanda Austin, who stepped in after former President C.L. Max Nikias resigned last summer amid two major controversies: reports that the school ignored complaints of widespread sexual misconduct by a longtime campus gynecologist and an investigation into a medical school dean accused of smoking methamphetamine with a woman who overdosed.

USC said in a statement that Folt will “promote positive cultural change and uphold the highest values of excellence, integrity and trust across USC.”

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Rick Caruso, chair of the USC Board of Trustees, said in a statement that Folt is “a brilliant, principled leader with clarity of purpose and integrity to lead the university forward and upward.”

Last week, prosecutors announced federal criminal charges that targeted prestigious schools including USC, Georgetown and Yale.

Prosecutors say wealthy parents — including Hollywood actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin — either paid bribes to have a college counselor rig standardized tests or get their children admitted as recruits of sports they didn’t play.

More than half the 32 parents charged were trying to bribe their children’s way into USC.

The school fired senior associate athletic director Donna Heinel and water polo coach Jovan Vavic, who won 16 national titles. Both were accused of taking bribes. Two former USC coaches also were named in the scheme.

Folt said in a statement that she is “aware that our community is deeply troubled by a number of immediate challenges.”

“I assure you that we will meet these challenges together, directly, decisively and with honesty and candor,” she said. “This is a moment of responsibility and opportunity, and we will seize them both.”

Folt became the first woman to lead UNC-Chapel Hill in July 2013 and left less than six years later amid a controversy over a Confederate statue torn down on campus.

Folt had also inherited an academic scandal at UNC, which included a department that offered irregular courses with significant athlete enrollments dating back years before her arrival. The courses were misidentified as lecture classes that didn’t meet, required a research paper or two for typically high grades with little to no faculty oversight.

While internal and external probes had occurred before she arrived at Chapel Hill, Folt was leading the school in 2014 when it hired an outside attorney who later determined the problems dated back 18 years and affected more than 3,100 students.

Around the time of the report’s release in 2014, Folt said the university had little choice but to conduct the probe.

“It is hard for me to imagine how any person of character could’ve said, ‘No, sorry, don’t want to hear it,’ ” she said in 2014. “So we didn’t have a choice. This is the right thing to do.”

In the following years, protests grew around the Confederate statue known as “Silent Sam” in a main campus quad, with demonstrators decrying what they said were its white supremacist origins. Protesters toppled it in late 2018, as both supporters and detractors pressured top university administrators over the statue’s fate.

Earlier this year, Folt ordered the statue’s empty pedestal be removed and put in storage, while also announcing plans to resign. She had planned to stay on until the end of the academic year, but was forced to leave in January after the chairman of the statewide university board complained about her decision to remove the remnants of the statue.

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Associated Press writer Jonathan Drew contributed to this report from Raleigh, North Carolina.

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InPlay Oil Corp. (IPOOF: OTCQX International) | Annual Report

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InPlay Oil Corp. (IPOOF: OTCQX International) | Management Discussion and Analysis

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Flooding will continue into next week in storm-ravaged Midwest

March 20 (Reuters) – The flooding that devastated the U.S. Midwest is likely to last into next week, as rain and melted snow flow into Kansas, Missouri and Mississippi, the National Weather Service said. Floods driven by melting snow in the Dakotas will persist even as Nebraska and Iowa dig out from storms that have killed four people, left one missing and caused more than a billion dollars in damage to crops, livestock and roads.

“It’s already not looking good downstream for the middle and lower Mississippi and Missouri (rivers) into Kansas, Mississippi and Missouri,” Bob Oravec, a meteorologist with the NWS’s Weather Prediction Center, said early Wednesday.

The floodwaters have inundated a swath of Iowa and Nebraska along the Missouri River, North America’s longest river. Half of Iowa’s 99 counties have declared states of emergency.

“That snow pack is still there and it’s going to keep melting, and that’s bad news,” Oravec said.

About an inch of rain is predicted for Saturday in the region, Oravec said. “It’s not a lot, but any precipitation is bad right now.”

Vice President Mike Pence toured some of Nebraska Tuesday and promised to help expedite federal help to the region.

Gabe Schmidt, owner of Liquid Trucking, back right, travels by air boat with Glenn Wyles, top left, Mitch Snyder, bottom right, and Juan Jacobo, bottom left, as they survey damage from the flood waters of the Platte River, in Plattsmouth, Neb., Sunday, March 17, 2019. Hundreds of people remained out of their homes in Nebraska, but rivers there were starting to recede. The National Weather Service said the Elkhorn River remained at major flood stage but was dropping. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Gabe Schmidt, owner of Liquid Trucking, right, talks to Glenn Wyles, second right, as they survey by air boat flood damage from the flood waters of the Platte River, in Plattsmouth, Neb., Sunday, March 17, 2019. Hundreds of people remained out of their homes in Nebraska, but rivers there were starting to recede. The National Weather Service said the Elkhorn River remained at major flood stage but was dropping. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Gabe Schmidt, owner of Liquid Trucking, top right, travels by air boat with Glenn Wyles, top left, Mitch Snyder, bottom left, and Juan Jacobo, bottom right, as they survey damage from the flood waters of the Platte River, in Plattsmouth, Neb., Sunday, March 17, 2019. Hundreds of people remained out of their homes in Nebraska, but rivers there were starting to recede. The National Weather Service said the Elkhorn River remained at major flood stage but was dropping. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Vice President Mike Pence and Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, second right point to flooded areas, with Neb. Gov. Pete Ricketts, left, during a helicopter flight over areas affected by the flooding of the Missouri and Elkhorn Rivers, Tuesday, March 19, 2019, in Nebraska. Pence flew to Omaha, Neb., Tuesday to view damage and to offer support to first responders, volunteers and those displaced by the floods. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

RETRANSMISSION TO CORRECT SURNAME – Tom Wilke, center, his son Chad, right, and Nick Kenny, load a boat out of the swollen waters of the North Fork of the Elkhorn River after checking on the Witke’s flooded property, in Norfolk, Neb., Friday, March 15, 2019. Heavy rain falling atop deeply frozen ground has prompted evacuations along swollen rivers in Wisconsin, Nebraska and other Midwestern states. Thousands of people have been urged to evacuate along eastern Nebraska rivers as a massive late-winter storm has pushed streams and rivers out of their banks throughout the Midwest. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

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Nebraska, Iowa and Wisconsin and Mississippi all declared states of emergency after the floods, which stemmed from a powerful winter hurricane last week. The flooding killed livestock, destroyed grains and soybeans in storage and cut off access to farms because of road and rail damage.

Authorities said they had rescued nearly 300 people in Nebraska alone, with some rivers continuing to rise. Rescuers could be seen in boats pulling pets from flooded homes. Some roadways crumbled to rubble and sections of others were submerged. In Hamburg, Iowa, floodwaters covered buildings.

$1 BILLION IN DAMAGE

Nebraska officials estimated flood damage for the state’s agriculture at more than $1 billion so far, according to Craig Head, vice president of issue management at the Nebraska Farm Bureau. Head said that was likely to grow as floodwaters recede.

“It’s really too early to know for sure how bad this is going to get. But one thing we do know: It’s catastrophic for farmers,” said Matt Perdue, government relations director for the National Farmers Union. “We’re hoping it’s only $1 billion, but that’s only a hope.”

Nebraska officials estimate the floods have also caused $553 million in damage to public infrastructure and other assets, and $89 million to privately owned assets, according to the state’s Emergency Management Agency on Tuesday.

The water covered about a third of Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha, Nebraska, home to the U.S. Strategic Command, whose responsibilities include defending against and responding to nuclear attacks.

The Army Corps of Engineers is distributing 400,000 sandbags to operators of 12 levees along the Missouri River in Missouri and Kansas that are threatened by flooding, the Army Corps said in a news release on Tuesday.

Roads leading to the Nebraska Public Power District’s Cooper nuclear plant near Brownville were engulfed by floodwaters from the Missouri, but the facility was still operating safely at full power on Tuesday.

The plant operator was flying staff members and supplies to the plant by helicopter, power district spokesman Mark Becker said.

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Sandy Steele Unlimited Inc. (SSTU: Pink No Information) | Supplemental Information

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