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Bichon Frise For The Win! Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Crowns 11th "Best in Show" Champion

ST. LOUIS -  For the 11th time in 12 years, the "Best in Show" winning dog at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is a Pro Plan-fed dog*. Last night, GCH Belle Creek's All I Care About Is Love, or Flynn, for short, a Bichon Frise handled by Bill McFadden, joined an elite group of canine competitors by taking home the exclusive title at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Purina Pro Plan has a long, rich history in conformation and the sport of purebred dogs. The brand has fueled many of the world's elite dogs to victory through innovative products and outstanding nutrition. In addition to the "Best in Show" winner from the Non-Sporting Group, the remaining six Westminster Group winners, as well as 97 of the top 100 AKC All-Breed Show Champions, are Purina Pro Plan fed1.

"Our outstanding nutrition has been fueling champions in the ring and the champion dogs in our own lives for more than 26 years," said Christi Maginn, brand director, Purina Pro Plan. "From James in 2007, to Flynn in 2018, we're proud to have been part of 11 champions' journeys to the Westminster winner's circle and congratulate Flynn and Bill on their well-earned success."

A leader in the performance nutrition category, Purina Pro Plan offers more than 70 formulas across five distinct nutritional platforms to meet the nutritional needs for dogs of all ages and activity levels.

"Though Flynn might not look like an athlete, we think of him as one and Purina Pro Plan has always been a champion of providing quality formulas for dogs which helps with the quality of his coat and muscles," said McFadden. "We do a lot of dog shows and nutrition plays an important aspect for him, so it's nice to have a dog food company that has the best interests for our dogs at heart."

The ten previous Westminster "Best in Show" winners fueled by Purina Pro Plan include:

  • 2016 -- GCH Vjk-Myst Garbonita's California Journey ("CJ"), German Shorthaired Pointer 
  • 2015 – GCH Ch Tashtins Lookin For Trouble ("Miss P"), Beagle
  • 2014 – GCH Afterall Painting The Sky ("Sky"), Wire Fox Terrier
  • 2013 – GCH Banana Joe V Tani Kazari ("Banana Joe"), Affenpinscher
  • 2012 – GCH Palacegarden Malachy ("Malachy"), Pekingese
  • 2011 – GCH Foxcliffe Hickory Wind ("Hickory"), Scottish Deerhound
  • 2010 – GCH Roundtown Mercedes of Maryscot ("Sadie"), Scottish Terrier
  • 2009 – GCH Clussexx Three D Grinchy Glee ("Stump"), Sussex Spaniel
  • 2008 – GCH K-Run's Park Me In First ("Uno"), Beagle
  • 2007 – GCH Felicity's Diamond Jim ("James"), English Springer Spaniel

Canadian Prime Minister Concludes Visit to the United States

OTTAWA -  The Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today concluded his visit to Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. During his visit, the Prime Minister met with several political and business leaders to underscore the importance of the Canada-US relationship, and create more opportunities for Canada's middle class.

In Chicago, the Prime Minister met with Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel to discuss the importance of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), as well as climate change, cross border tourism, and the energy sector. He also spoke to students at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics, where he stressed the importance of civic duty, youth engagement, gender equality, and multiculturalism.

World Ag Expo - Top 10 New Products Winners

TULARE -  Results are in for World Ag Expo’s Top-10 New Products Competition, sponsored by Bank of America. The winners will be showcased February 13-15, 2018, during the World Ag Expo in Tulare, California.

An impressive field of cutting-edge, cost-saving, and resource-managing products were submitted for the contest by exhibitors of the largest annual agricultural show of its kind. The contest judges were made up of farmers, ranchers and industry professionals. The Top-10 New Products competition is once again sponsored by Bank of America, which has an industry leading agribusiness group that delivers end-to-end banking and finance solutions to ag producers and related businesses.

Attempted Homicide of a Correctional Lieutenant Under Investigation

CORCORAN – A correctional lieutenant is recovering from injuries sustained during an attack by an inmate Saturday at Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison, Corcoran (SATF).

At around 4:45 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, a SATF correctional lieutenant was conducting a Rules Violation Report hearing with inmate Jarvis Bell, 33, regarding his alleged participation in a fight. During the hearing, Bell assaulted the lieutenant with an inmate-manufactured weapon, stabbing the lieutenant twice in the face. Bell was able to gain control of the lieutenant’s pepper spray, using it against the injured lieutenant.

Roseville Wealth Advisor Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Investment Fraud Scheme

SACRAMENTO -  Lee Loomis, aka Lawrence Leland Loomis, 60, of Granite Bay, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez to 12 years in prison for schemes that caused millions of dollars in losses to more than 183 investors, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

On January 29, 2016, Loomis pleaded guilty to wire fraud. According to court documents, from 2006 through 2008, Loomis was president of Loomis Wealth Solutions, a business operating in California, Illinois, Washington and elsewhere. Through seminars and face-to-face meetings, he induced individuals to invest money in the Naras Funds, which he claimed were liquid savings account-like investments that yielded a 12 percent annual return. He also claimed the investment was secured by a third party that was using the money to make loans secured by residential properties.

Tulare County Resident Sentenced to 4 Years in Prison for Tax and Investment Fraud

FRESNO - A Porterville woman was sentenced to four years in prison for tax and investment fraud and ordered to pay more than $1.3 million in restitution. Marie E. Sherrill, 57, of Porterville, was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge Dale A. Drozd for wire fraud and tax fraud, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced. In addition to the repaying the fraud victims, she was ordered to pay $255,900 to the IRS.

According to court documents, Sherrill was a registered tax return preparer operating a bookkeeping and tax preparation business in Porterville under the name Sherrill Financial Services. Between January 2011 and December 2014, Sherrill prepared false tax returns for her clients containing false deductions to maximize their tax refunds, which caused a loss to the IRS of approximately $255,900.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital & Lyft Partner to Allow Riders to Round Up & Donate to Help End Childhood Cancer

MEMPHIS, Tenn -  Starting today, Lyft riders can Round Up & Donate to support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital® and its mission of finding cures and saving children battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases. To help launch the new partnership, country music superstar and St. Jude supporter Brett Eldredge surprised a group of St. Jude patients at a recent concert.

A video highlighting the moment Eldredge invited St. Jude patients to be his personal guests at an upcoming concert, as well as backstage footage from the event, is now live at Lyft.com. Eldredge is a longtime supporter of the hospital.

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