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ACLU SETS UP HOTLINE FOR UHIP-RELATED FOOD STAMP COMPLAINTS

In recognition of a continuing backlog causing undue hardship to hundreds of poor residents, the ACLU of Rhode Island has set up a telephone hotline for people to call if they are having trouble with their SNAP (food stamp) application being processed in a timely manner.   The hotline is a supplement to a pending class-action lawsuit filed last month by the ACLU and the National Center for Law and Economic Justice, charging that the ongoing UHIP system failures violate the constitutional and statutory rights of Rhode Islanders entitled to timely decisions on their SNAP applications under the law.  The…
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Local News

Department of Human Services Director Melba Depeña Affigne have resigned

Raimondo Takes Decisive Action to Address UHIP Challenges   Governor replaces DHS, IT leadership, withholds millions from project vendor Deloitte PROVIDENCE, - Governor Gina M. Raimondo took decisive action today to address challenges related to the rollout of the state's new health and human services eligibility computer system, announcing the resignations of Human Services (DHS) Director Melba Affigne Depeña and Chief Digital Officer Thom Guertin, who has been responsible for overseeing the technical implementation and design of the system. Governor Raimondo also announced that she will withhold nearly $15 million in payments to United Healthcare Infrastructure Project (UHIP) vendor Deloitte while the…
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Entertainment

R1 Indoor Karting, the first of its kind in Rhode Island, opens its doors to the public

1 is the fastest indoor karting track in the United States Lincoln, RI - R1 Indoor Karting, the first karting track of its kind in Rhode Island, has opened its doors to the public. The owners of the Collyer building, along with veteran European Go-Kart operator and world-renowned race car driver Mike Hezemans, have teamed up and made a $5 million private investment to convert 90,000 SF of warehouse space into R1 Indoor Karting, the anchor tenant of a dynamic / multi-sport entertainment complex. The karting tracks are now open, while the rest of the complex, which will feature upscale…
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World News

Fears of IS Threat Grow in Turkey After Attack

VOA NEWS ISTANBUL — Rather than uniting Turkey, the so-called Islamic State attack on an Istanbul nightclub, which killed 39 on New Year's Day, appears to have only deepened societal divisions. Some social media posts have supported the attack, denigrating the revelers as decadent and anti-Islamic and therefore having gotten what they deserved. One theologian declared the attack was a message that “Turkey is not the old Turkey, and that the pious will bring all others to their knees.” “There were those who gloated over this attack and who seem to celebrate it, rather than mark the tragedy that happened in…
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US News

VW Faces Reforms, Oversight for 3 Years Under US Settlement

VOA NEWS Volkswagen AG, as part of a $ billion settlement with regulators, on Wednesday agreed to sweeping reforms, new audits and oversight by an independent monitor for three years to resolve diesel emissions cheating investigations. Under the settlement of charges it installed secret software in vehicles to allow them to emit up to 40 times legally allowable pollution, the German automaker agreed to change the way it operates in the United States and other countries. VW will separate the jobs of product development and certification and testing and monitoring into different organizations. The independent monitor will have access to…
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US News

EE.UU. logra acuerdo con VW por pruebas de emisiones

VOA NEWS Volkswagen acordó pagar millones de dólares por penas civiles y criminales por el escándalo de pruebas de emisiones. El Departamento de Justicia de Estados Unidos llegó a un acuerdo con el fabricante de automóviles alemán Volkswagen por cargos de que engañó al gobierno en sus pruebas de emisiones de combustible diesel. Al realizar el anuncio, la fiscal general Loretta Lynch dijo que: “Como parte de esta resolución, Volkswagen se declara culpable de tres delitos: conspirar para defraudar a Estados Unidos para cometer transacciones ilegales, violar la Ley de Aire Limpio obstruyendo la justicia e importación de bienes mediante…
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US News

EPA Accuses Fiat Chrysler of Cheating on Emissions Standards

VOA NEWS The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday accused Fiat Chrysler of using hidden software to cheat on emissions tests for thousands of diesel vehicles. The software hid emissions of nitrogen oxide, allowing the vehicles to appear to comply with regulations set forth in the Clean Air Act, while still emitting more of the gas than is allowed. At issues are the 2014 to 2016 models of Grand Cherokees and Dodge Ram 1500 pickup trucks with 3-liter diesel engines sold in the United States, around 104,000 vehicles in total, the EPA said. In a statement, Cynthia Giles, Assistant Administrator for…
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US News

Arizona: Piden declarar en desacato a Patrulla Fronteriza

VOA NEWS Una coalición de grupos intercesores y abogados de inmigración de Arizona han solicitado que se declare en desacato a la Patrulla fronteriza por no proporcionar videos de vigilancia que muestran las condiciones en las que son retenidos los inmigrantes en ese estado. La demanda fue presentada originalmente en junio de 2015 y se argumentó que el Sector Tucson, el cual abarca la mayor parte de Arizona e incluye ocho estaciones, mantiene a los migrantes en celdas extremadamente frías e inmundas que los inmigrantes han bautizado como "hieleras". Los inmigrantes normalmente son retenidos por la Patrulla Fronteriza sólo por…
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US News

Gobierno investigará acciones del FBI sobre emails de Clinton

VOA NEWS Los demócratas atribuyen la derrota de Hillary Clinton, en parte, a los anuncios del director del FBI, James Comey sobre el estatus de la investigación. El departamento de Justicia estadounidense investigará las acciones del FBI y de su propio departamento sobre los correos electrónicos de Hillary Clinton antes de las elecciones de noviembre de 2016. La investigación evaluaría si el FBI siguió los procedimientos adecuados a la investigación sobre el uso de un servidor privado de correo electrónico de la candidata presidencial demócrata Hillary Clinton cuando servía como secretaria de Estado. El anuncio hecho por el inspector general de…
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US News

US Justice Department Inspector to Probe DOJ, FBI Pre-Election Actions

VOA NEWS WASHINGTON — The Justice Department's Inspector General announced Thursday that he will investigate the actions of the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) during the 2016 presidential campaign. The stated intention is to determine how FBI Director James Comey and the deputy director handled the probe into Democrat Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, and to ensure that the FBI and the Justice Department followed their own policies and procedures. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Thursday he hopes the investigation follows the evidence. "This administration has assiduously protected the independence of inspector generals…
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