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(Office of the Governor) — As a result of discussions between the Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force, Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. and education stakeholders from Northern Marianas College, the Public School System, and the Commonwealth Coalition of Private Schools, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres announced on Thursday that schools are permitted to safely reopen subject to approval of reopening plans and assessment of facilities.

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(DPS) — On Wednesday, July 29, 2020, at about 8:57 a.m., the CNMI Department of Public Safety  received a call reporting a theft incident, from the Villaroyal Pawnshop in San Jose, Saipan. Police were dispatched to the area.

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HAGÅTÑA (USDOL) — After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division or WHD, Citi Development & Construction Inc. — a construction contractor in Guam — will pay $141,755 to 57 employees for violating the Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime, minimum wage and recordkeeping requirements. The employer also will pay $23,000 in penalties.

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(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality analyzes water samples collected from Saipan's west coast recreational beaches and storm drainages every week.

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(RISCA) — The Rota Island Specialty Crop Association in collaboration with the Rota Mayor’s Office, 17th Rota Municipal Council, Indigenous Affairs Office, and Department of Lands and Natural Resources extends its appreciation to all its producer members and participants in attendance at the RISCA Conference held on July 15, 2020 in Sinapalo, Rota.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Tuesday picked Sen. Kamala Harris as his choice for vice president, making her the first Black woman on a major-party U.S. presidential ticket and giving him a partner well prepared to go on the attack against Republican President Donald Trump.

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(Office of the CNMI Congressional Delegate) — Veterans and their eligible family members will now be able to use their GI Bill educational benefits to cover the cost of preparatory courses for license and certification exams. Legislation drafted by U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan and added to the Ryan Kules and Paul Benne Special Adaptive Housing Improvement Act of 2019 was signed by President Donald Trump on Saturday. This is Sablan’s second veterans bill to become law this year.

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(CUC) — Since 2016, the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. has regularly detected levels of  perfluorooctanesulfonic acid or PFOS, and perfluorooctanoic acid or PFOA that exceed the United States Environmental Protection Agency lifetime health advisory level of 70 parts per trillion or ppt in a limited area of its drinking water system.

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ASAN, Guam (Department of the Navy) — The Department of the Navy announced Thursday its decision to implement its Preferred Alternative, Alternative 2, to continue training and testing activities within the Mariana Islands Training and Testing or MITT Study Area.

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(Press Release) — Following a recent disruption to wireless, internet and landline services caused by cable cuts in Kagman during road construction, IT&E reminds contractors, construction companies, government agencies and residents to call before digging for any type of construction or renovation.

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(Press Release) — Beginning on May 26, 2020, the Settlement Fund office will resume normal office hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except for holidays. 

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