DCYF Director Takes Actions to Ensure Safety and Security at the Rhode Island Training School Following Recent Incidents

DCYF is implementing the following actions at the Training School, effective immediately: * Training School Executive Director Kevin McKenna has stepped down from his position. He is being replaced on a temporary basis by former Training School Acting Superintendent Kevin Aucoin. * A Captain from the Rhode Island State Police has been put on a 90-day assignment to provide temporary safety and security support. The Department of Corrections will also dispatch a corrections expert for 60 to 90 days to provide additional consultation. * The Department of Corrections has agreed to dispatch assistance to the Training School as needed. There…
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Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses and Navigant Credit Union visit small businesses in Central Falls

The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program team walk the main commercial streets of Central Falls, visiting small businesses and tell them about the no-cost Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses education program at CCRI. The program provides Rhode Island small business owners with the knowledge and tools they need to grow their business and create jobs. Small business owners will be invited to attend a free Breakfast Information Session next week to learn more about this popular and highly effective small business growth program. Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is a 12-week, no-cost education program designed by Babson College--the nation’s…
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Langevin Leads Introduction of Bills to Protect Adopted Children

WASHINGTON, Today, Representatives Jim Langevin (D-RI), Karen Bass (D-CA), Brenda Lawrence (D-MI), Danny Davis (D-IL), Trent Franks (R-AZ), and Tom Marino (R-PA) introduced two bills aimed at eliminating "re-homing"- an illegal practice whereby parents transfer custody of their adopted child without going through the child welfare system. In many cases, these children end up in dangerous situations where they are at risk of neglect, exploitation or even sexual abuse. "All children deserve the love, stability and safety of a forever family," said Representative Langevin, co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth. "To ensure all adoptions succeed, we must prepare…
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Raimondo Meets with Mayors, Municipal Officials to Discuss Budget Impasse

PROVIDENCE - Governor Gina M. Raimondo convened a working meeting today in the State Room with mayors and officials from Rhode Island's cities and towns to discuss the impact of the nearly month-long legislative budget impasse on local communities. In June, the House and Senate both passed nearly identical budget bills, but have yet to reconcile their versions. Because of that, the state has not yet enacted a budget for FY18 and the state is currently operating according to the FY17 enacted budget. Mayors and town officials from 25 cities and towns attended the meeting. "In January, I introduced a…
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Constitution Requires Trump Get Approval for Military Action in Syria

WASHINGTON - Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) led nearly 70 of his House colleagues today in demanding that President Donald Trump submit a plan and request authorization for any future use of military force against the Syrian government. "The President's decision to escalate our military involvement in Syria is deeply concerning. Donald Trump does not have a blank check to put our troops in harm's way," said Cicilline. "The Constitution requires that he receive Congressional approval to take further military action. Our Constitution demands accountability, and it's what our brave men and women in uniform deserve." President Donald J. Trump…
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Governor to Host Beach Office Hours

PROVIDENCE, - Governor Gina M. Raimondo will host Beach Office Hours at East Matunuck State Beach tomorrow, weather permitting. Joined by Director of Veterans Affairs Kasim Yarn, Governor Raimondo will take questions from members of the public in a one-on-one setting. Beach Office Hours will give Rhode Islanders a chance to speak directly with the Governor while enjoying Rhode Island's beautiful state beaches.
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Nation’s Top Marine Scientists Gather at RWU to Investigate Coral Reef Conservation Strategies

Roger Williams University sponsors second workshop aimed at applying latest research on local corals toward solutions for declining tropical coral reef health around the globe BRISTOL, , July 27, 2017 - For a second year, Roger Williams University is leading an initiative to bring together the nation's top marine scientists to investigate how research into the temperate coral of New England waters can inform new research and solutions on the impact of climate change on tropical reefs across the globe. Led by RWU Assistant Professor of Marine Biology Koty Sharp, this year's workshop on Astrangia poculata, the Northern Star Coral,…
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Statement from DCYF Rhode Island

Cranston - Three staff and two juvenile residents were transported and treated at the hospital. All five people were treated and released from the hospital late last night. Three additional staff sustained injuries that did not require transport to the hospital. At this time, there is an ongoing and active investigation with the Rhode Island State Police. We are cooperating with them in gathering the details on what occurred and ensuring that they have access to staff and residents who need to provide statements. Per our protocol, we will be conducting our own review of the incident as well.
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RI State Police Seek Witnesses to Road-Rage Incident on Route 146 Suspect Fired Shots at Another Car Near I-295 Ramp

LINCOLN - Rhode Island State Police are seeking witnesses to a road-rage incident in which the occupant of a car travelling north on Route 146 fired several shots at another car near the on-ramp to Interstate 295 shortly after noon today. The suspect's vehicle was identified as a red, late-model (2014 or later) Nissan SUV (Rouge, Murano or Pathfinder). It was last seen traveling north on Route 146, at the intersection of Route 146 North and Route 146A in North Smithfield. The victim's car was a blue 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe. No one in that vehicle was injured. Captain Derek…
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Langevin Statement Regarding Senate Vote to Proceed on Unknown Health Care Bill

WASHINGTON, Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) issued the following statement on the Senate vote to take up an unknown health care bill: "It is unconscionable that Senate Republicans voted to proceed with their effort to undermine the health insurance of millions of Americans. "Rhode Islanders and people nationwide are looking for solutions to curb escalating premiums and dwindling health plan options. That's why I introduced the Individual Health Insurance Marketplace Improvement Act to establish a permanent stabilization fund that will create market certainty. This will help insurers offer competitive prices, which will enable individuals to benefit from lower premiums and more…
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