UMass Law professor and alumnus propose prenatal opioid screenings for expectant mothers

Article will run in the Summer 2017 issue of the Harvard Journal on Legislation In an article that will run in the Summer 2017 issue of the Harvard Journal on Legislation . University of Massachusetts School of Law Professor Jeremiah Ho and alumnus Alexander Rovzar (UMass Law ’16) propose a bold policy that would promote voluntary prenatal opioid screenings for expectant mothers. The article, “Preventing Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome within the Opioid Crisis: A Uniform Facilitative Policy,” examines the rise of NAS among pregnant women affected by the nation’s opioid epidemic. NAS is a cluster of health complications that can occur…
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Open letter to President-elect Trump by senator Sheldon Whitehouse

This is an open letter to President-elect Trump. I want you to know that America expects better of you as president than what it saw in the campaign you ran. You are now to be our president, and that brings new responsibilities. I hope you feel the call of history to live up to them. That history calls on you to remember that America is a wonderfully diverse country. We are Christian and Jewish and Muslim and Hindu and none of the above. We are gay and straight. We are black, brown, white and innumerable combinations. We are young and…
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Division of Marine Fisheries Reopens Wellfleet Harbor to Shellfishing

BOSTON - November 10, 2016 - Effective sunrise on Monday, November 14, 2016, the Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) will reopen all approved and conditionally approved shellfish areas in the Town of Wellfleet which were closed on October 13, 2016 as a result of a Norovirus outbreak linked to shellfish harvested from the area. Federal requirements mandate a minimum 21 day closure following a confirmed Norovirus outbreak within shellfish growing areas in order to ensure adequate flushing of both water and shellfish. Based on analysis conducted by DMF and in consultation with the US-Food and Drug Administration (FDA) it was…
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UMass Dartmouth establishes 62 all-gender restrooms across campus

Initiative uses single-occupancy restrooms to expand access and strengthen commitment to diversity, equality and inclusion In a continuing effort to extend its commitment to diversity, equality and inclusion, UMass Dartmouth has converted more than 62 single-occupancy restrooms to all-gender restrooms are located in all but two campus buildings. Eighty percent of the all-gender bathrooms are also handicapped accessible. A web-based map indicates where each of these bathrooms are located. The all-gender restrooms are identified via signage with the hand washing symbol and the word "restroom." Bathrooms that are also accessible to wheelchair uses will include the International Symbol of Access.…
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New Bedford Industrial Pretreatment Program Recognized for Excellence

BOSTON – The New Bedford Industrial Pretreatment Program in New Bedford, Mass. was recently selected by EPA for a 2016 Regional Industrial Pretreatment Program Excellence Award. The pretreatment program staff of New Bedford, led by Wayne Perry, Industrial Pretreatment Program Engineer, under the supervision of Jamie Ponte, Wastewater Superintendent, was recognized by EPA's New England Office for exceptional work in inspecting, permitting and sampling of industrial users that discharge industrial waste into the City’s collection system. Mr. Perry’s efforts to regulate the numerous amount of dentists that discharge dental amalgam waste into the City’s sewer system was one of the…
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Historic Drought Conditions Continue for Commonwealth, Cape and Islands Downgraded to Drought Advisory

Monitoring of Water Resources to Continue, Water Conservation by Public Necessary BOSTON - November 9, 2016 - While portions of Massachusetts have experienced measurable amounts of rainfall in the past month, large portions of the state continue to experience rainfall amounts remaining below average. As a result, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton today declared the following drought levels throughout the Commonwealth: a Drought Warning for the Connecticut River Valley, Western, Central, Northeast, and Southeast Massachusetts, unchanged for the Connecticut River Valley, Central, Northeast and Southeast Regions, and up from a Drought Watch for the Western Region in…
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Reed Statement on Death of Janet Reno

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, after it was reported that Janet Reno, the first woman to serve as Attorney General, passed away at the age of 78, Senator Jack Reed issued the following statement: "Janet Reno was a woman of uncommon integrity, intellect, and perseverance. Through her work as Attorney General, and later with the Innocence Project, she never shied away from tough decisions and didn't let Parkinson's disease prevent her from making a positive difference. We are grateful for her service and mourn her loss."
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Drum & Bugle Corps Competition Summer Music Preview Returns to Cranston in 2017

CRANSTON, RI—On the heels of a successful first performance at Cranston Stadium this past summer, the annual Fourth of July Drum and Bugle Corps Competition Summer Music Preview will return to the city once again in 2017, Cranston Mayor Allan W. Fung announced Monday. The 28th annual show, which features drum and bugle corps from around the country, is scheduled for July 3. After such a successful experience this past summer, Summer Music Preview Chairman Tony Mederos said the show will be even bigger next year with nine World Class corps in the lineup, up from the six that performed…
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Art & Life

WATERFIRE’S NEW ART CENTER

Groundbreaking ceremony at the WaterFire Arts Center Providence, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo We all know how special WaterFire Providence is to Rhode Island. It's a shining example of how the arts can be an economic driver and create jobs. Everywhere I travel, people bring up WaterFire- I tell them, come visit Rhode Island and check it out! WaterFire draws 1 million visitors to downtown Providence each year. They stay in our hotels, eat at our restaurants and shop at our businesses. Now, WaterFire is building on those strengths by constructing a new Arts Center. Senator Jack Reed Congressman Jim…
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Reed Tours Federally-Funded Salt Marsh Restoration in Narragansett

NARRAGANSETT, RI - Four years after Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast in October 2012 and damaged several coastal wildlife refuges and marshes in Rhode Island and other communities, a new, federally-funded saltmarsh restoration project is underway within the John H. Chafee National Wildlife Refuge on the Narrow River. Today, Senator Jack Reed joined officials from the Fish and Wildlife Service, the Nature Conservancy, and the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) for a firsthand look at the cooperative effort to rebuild these important natural buffers in order to make them more resilient in the future for people, wildlife,…
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