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Maine Governor Mills Administration Announces Maine to Enter Stage 4

Starting October 13, indoor seating limits are increased, enforcement of face coverings is strengthened statewideAugusta, ME (STL.News) The Mills Administration announced today that Maine will move into Stage 4 of the Plan to Restart Maine’s Economy beginning Tuesday, October 13, 2020.  With cold weather months approaching, Stage 4 increases limits on indoor seating to 50 percent capacity of permitted occupancy, or 100 people – whichever is less – and maintains the critical public health measures outlined in COVID-19 Prevention Checklists, such as enhanced cleaning practices and physical distancing.  Today’s Executive Order also further strengthens the State’s face covering mandate by requiring that a broader set of entities, such as private schools and municipal buildings, ensure that emp

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Pennsylvania Governor Wolf Orders Flags to Half-Staff to Honor Montgomery County Firefighter

Harrisburg, PA (STL.News) Governor Tom Wolf ordered the commonwealth flag on all commonwealth facilities, public buildings and grounds in Montgomery County to fly at half-staff immediately in honor of firefighter Edward Minnick of the Colmar Volunteer Fire Company who died in the line of duty on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020.The commonwealth flag shall be flown at half-staff until sunset on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020 – the day of Minnick’s funeral.The commonwealth flag has flown at half-staff since Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in honor of the victims of the COVID-19 pandemic and should continue to fly at half-staff until further notice.  The United States flag is to remain at full-staff.All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute.CLICK to VIEW SOURCE Source link

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Wyoming Governor Gordon Welcomes U.S. Supreme Court Order in Coal Port Case

CHEYENNE, WY (STL.News) On October 5 the U.S. Supreme Court issued an order related to the Wyoming coal port original action case filed in January.  The Court invited the acting Solicitor General to file a brief expressing the views of the United States.  Governor Gordon has issued the following statement in response to the order:It is encouraging that the Supreme Court is a step closer to taking up our Commerce Clause question against Washington State for inappropriately using the Clean Water Act to block our access to overseas markets.  This issue is extremely important to Wyoming and Montana, and it appears members of the Supreme Court recognize the significant Constitutional issue of one State’s actions preventing another State from shipping a product, in this case coal, to willing mar

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Maryland Governor Hogan Announces Grant Awards to Create Apprenticeship Opportunities

Governor Hogan Announces Over $2.8 Million in Grant Awards to Create and Expand Apprenticeship OpportunitiesInvesting in the Future of the State’s Workforce Through Registered Apprenticeship ProgramsANNAPOLIS, MD (STL.News) Governor Larry Hogan today announced that the Maryland Department of Labor has awarded over $2.8 million to assist businesses and organizations creating and expanding apprenticeship opportunities in Maryland.  The total number of registered apprentices has increased by more than 35% under the Hogan administration.“Our administration remains committed to strengthening our economy by building a 21st century workforce that meets and surpasses the needs of Maryland’s businesses,” said Governor Hogan.  “This investment in apprenticeships will help connect businesses with a s

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West Virginia First Lady Cathy Justice Invites Students to Participate in Halloween Contest

First Lady Cathy Justice invites students to participate in Halloween coloring page contestCHARLESTON, WV (STL.News) West Virginia First Lady Cathy Justice is inviting young West Virginia students to participate in a Halloween coloring page contest.This will be the seventh installment of her First Lady Student Artist Series, an art program started to promote the importance of the arts in schools throughout West Virginia.All students attending public or private school in kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades are eligible to participate in this Student Artist Series.Click here to download coloring pageStudents must use the provided coloring page and include the following:Student nameSchool nameSchool countyGradeStudent phone numberTeacher name and emailThe finished coloring pages must be complet

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Washington Governor Inslee: on Trump comments downplaying dangers of COVID-19

Olympia, WA (STL.News) Gov. Jay Inslee released a statement on President Trump’s tweet downplaying the threat of COVID-19.“The president’s reckless comments reflect exactly the same nonsense thinking behind his failed pandemic response that increased the risk of COVID, a virus that has caused 210,000 deaths in the United States already — and hundreds more each day.  He hasn’t learned a thing.  Since he tested positive for COVID, more than 2,000 additional Americans have died and downplaying this danger is the best he can do?“His only statement now should be an acknowledgement that COVID is dangerous; that he was wrong when discouraging the use of masks and wrong to mock the experts.  He certainly should not be telling people there isn’t anything to worry about.“It is easy for him to downpl

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Pennsylvania Governor Wolf Requests Disaster Declaration for Damages from Tropical Storm Isaias

Harrisburg, PA (STL.News) Governor Tom Wolf today requested that the president declare a major disaster for nine counties in Pennsylvania in the wake of devastating flooding and damages caused by Tropical Storm Isaias in early August.“My request today includes not only Public Assistance for government to pay for costs associated with its response and repairs, but also Individual Assistance for homeowners who need federal assistance to help them on their path to recovery,” said Governor Wolf.  “The damage assessment and validation processes, which are for the first time being conducted virtually due to the pandemic, are ongoing and I have the option of adding other counties as we learn more.”The governor’s request includes Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery, Northam

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North Dakota Governor Burgum kicks off Main Street ND Summit

Burgum kicks off Main Street ND Summit, announces new tools for community planning and developmentBISMARCK, ND (STL.News) – North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum today kicked off the third annual 2020 Main Street ND Summit, delivering opening remarks about building community resiliency and announcing two new tools to aid communities with planning and development.The interactive, virtual summit serves as a forum for information on the community planning principles behind the three pillars of the governor’s Main Street Initiative: a 21st century workforce; smart, efficient infrastructure; and healthy, vibrant communities.Burgum welcomed the more than 800 participants who registered for the summit and provided a Main Street Initiative overview and accomplishments spanning the last year among the

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New Mexico State launches COVID-safe, family-friendly Halloween events

SANTA FE, NM (STL.News) The state of New Mexico on Tuesday announced a calendar of 13 family-friendly Halloween activities New Mexicans can safely enjoy at home all through the month of October.By visiting TogetherNM.org, New Mexicans will find recipes, arts and crafts ideas and other suggestions on how to celebrate Halloween safely.“This is a year like no other, as we all know,” said Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.  “We can’t spend time with friends and our neighbors the way we want to.  But a holiday is a time to remember that we are all together in this struggle even when we’re physically apart, and I hope New Mexico families can safely enjoy this Halloween by partaking in some of these safe, fun events.”Beginning Oct. 11, people can post their creations on the TogetherNM.org site and are

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Arkansas Governor Hutchinson Orders Flags to Fly at Half-Staff in Memory of Officer Kevin Collins

LITTLE ROCK,  AR (STL.News) Governor Asa Hutchinson has ordered the United States flag and the flag of the State of Arkansas to be lowered to half-staff in tribute to the memory of Officer Kevin Collins of the Pine Bluff Police Department, who was killed in the line of duty on Monday, October 5, 2020.  The flag shall be lowered immediately and remain at half-staff to the day of interment.The full proclamation can be found HERE.Governor Hutchinson released a statement on the passing of Officer Collins:“I was deeply saddened to learn that Officer Kevin Collins was shot and killed in the line of duty yesterday.  Officer Collins spent his 5-year career at the Pine Bluff Police Department protecting and serving his community.  He selflessly put his life on the line each day in the violent crime

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2020 U.S.-Vietnam Human Rights Dialogue

Washington, DC (STL.News) The US Department of State released the following statement:The 24th Annual U.S.-Vietnam Human Rights Dialogue was held on October 6, 2020 via virtual sessions. Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs Ambassador Atul Keshap welcomed the Vietnamese delegation to the Dialogue, highlighting the strong ties between our two countries as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations.Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Scott Busby and Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Department of International Organizations Director General Do Hung Viet led their respective delegations. U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel Kritenbrink and Ambassador Ha Kim Ngoc of the Embassy of th

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Colorado Governor Polis Takes Action to Address COVID-19 & the Cameron Peak Fire

Governor Polis Takes Action to Address COVID-19 Pandemic & the Cameron Peak FireDENVER, CO (STL.News) Colorado Governor Jared Polis took further action to address the COVID-19 pandemic and the Cameron Peak fire.The Governor extended the Protect Our Neighbors Executive Order.  The Governor also extended an Executive Order concerning changes to 2020 election activity to limit in-person contact while allowing the election to proceed safely and without interruption to the Secretary of State’s operations.Gov. Polis signed an Executive Order memorializing a verbal disaster declaration from September 6, 2020, for the Cameron Peak Fire.  The Executive Order enables State agencies to coordinate and makes resources available for fire suppression, response, consequence management, and recovery ef

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Secretary Pompeo’s Quad Meeting with Japanese, Indian, & Australian Foreign Ministers

Secretary Pompeo’s Quad Meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi, Indian Foreign Minister Jaishankar, and Australian Foreign Minister PayneWashington, DC (STL.News) The US Department Of State released the following statement:Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, Indian Minister of External Affairs Dr. S. Jaishankar, and Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne to reaffirm collective Quad efforts to advance a free, open, and inclusive Indo-Pacific.  In regard to responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, the participants discussed ways to deepen cooperation to create resilient supply chains, promote transparency, counter disinformation, and advance shared efforts to support a post-pandemic recovery.The participants also reviewed rece

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Pompeo’s Meeting with Indian External Affairs Minister Jaishankar

Washington, DC (STL.News) The US Department Of State released the following statement:Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Indian Minister of External Affairs Dr. S. Jaishankar on the margins of the United States-India-Australia-Japan Quadrilateral Consultations.  Secretary Pompeo and Minister Jaishankar discussed ongoing bilateral and multilateral cooperation on topics of international concern.  They reaffirmed the strength of the United States-India relationship, reviewed our efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, and asserted the need to work together to advance peace, prosperity, and security in the Indo-Pacific and around the globe.  The Secretary and the Minister agreed to continue close cooperation on a full range of regional and international issues and look forwar

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Counselor Brechbuhl’s Travel to Mexico, Panama, & Uruguay

Washington, DC (STL.News) The US Department Of State released the following statement:Department of State Counselor T. Ulrich Brechbuhl will travel to Mexico City, Mexico, Panama City, Panama, and Montevideo, Uruguay, October 6-9, 2020.In Mexico, Counselor Brechbuhl will meet with Foreign Minister Ebrard to discuss Mexico’s continued commitment to addressing irregular migration, economic integration, and the need for Mexico to comply with its water treaty obligations.  The Counselor will also discuss combating transnational crime.In Panama, Counselor Brechbuhl will meet with several Panama government officials to discuss U.S.-Panama cooperation in areas of COVID-19 assistance, investment, and efforts to combat money laundering.  Counselor Brechbuhl will also preside over a donation of 50 a

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