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Raimondo Directs U.S. and Rhode Island Flags to Fly at Half-Staff in Honor of the Victims of the Parkland School Shooting

PROVIDENCE, - In accordance with a Presidential Proclamation, Governor Gina M. Raimondo has ordered that the and Rhode Island flags at all state facilities and buildings be flown at half-staff until sunset on February 19, 2018 in honor of the victims of yesterday's school shooting in Parkland, Florida. "I pray for the victims of yesterday's shooting in Parkland and their families," said Raimondo. "I also pray that our nation's leaders finally, finally take action on guns. The lives lost yesterday could have been saved. We owe all American children the opportunity to learn without the threat of gun violence. I…
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Rhode Island Mother of Two Released from ICE Detention Following ACLU Lawsuit

PROVIDENCE, RI - The ACLU of Massachusetts and the ACLU of Rhode Island have announced the release of Lilian Calderon, a Rhode Island mother who was detained last month by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Calderon has lived in the United States since she was brought across the border at the age of three, and her sudden detention separated her from her husband and two young children. "Lilian's detention was inhumane and unlawful," said Adriana Lafaille, staff attorney at ACLU of Massachusetts. "We are pleased that she is back home with her family, and will continue to work to protect…
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Rhode Island Receives High Marks for Elections Security

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island is among 10 states receiving the highest grade for elections security in a new report published today by the Center for American Progress. The report, Elections Security in all 50 States – Defending America’s Elections, graded states on a number of indicators including security of voter registration systems, voter-verified paper ballots, and voting machine certification requirements. Rhode Island received a “B”, the highest grade given to any state. The Center for American Progress touted Rhode Island as “leading the states in election security, receiving ‘good’ scores for the three most important categories due to its…
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Rhode Island State Police Seizes More Than $400,000 Worth of Marijuana and Hash Oil During Traffic Stop

Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety, announces that Troopers seized more than $400,000 worth of marijuana and hash oil during a traffic stop on Interstate 95 in Warwick at approximately 3 Friday. The driver, identified as Jiacheng Liu, age 29, of San Francisco, CA, was arrested and charged with: • Delivery/Possession with Intent to Deliver and Manufacture a Controlled Substance – Two Counts • Manufacture/Possession/Delivery of Greater Than Five Kilograms of Marijuana – Two Counts The arrest occurred after troopers from the Hope Valley Barracks stopped a…
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BPD Special Investigations Unit & Law Enforcement Partners Make One of the Biggest Drug Busts in Massachusetts History

Thursday, February 8, 2018, members of the Boston Police Department Special Investigations Unit in collaboration with the DEA, FBI, MA State Police, Braintree Police Department, Randolph Police Department, and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office executed a warrant sweep as part of ongoing Operation High Hopes. As a result of the six-month long investigation which began in July of 2017, and today’s warrant sweep, the joint task force arrested a total of 37 target suspects and seized over 40 kilos of Fentanyl, cocaine, and heroin, two firearms, 6,500 pills of Fentanyl marked as another drug, and over a quarter of…
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Schatz, Cassidy, Reed Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Boost Cultural Heritage Tourism

WASHINGTON, DC - Today Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), and Jack Reed (D-RI) introduced the Explore America Act, legislation that supports the expansion of cultural heritage tourism by strengthening the Preserve America Grant Program. Changes to the program will help attract more visitors to American landscapes and cultural heritage sites in the National Parks System, enhance existing programs, and increase collaboration between communities and the federal government. "Every year, Hawaii sets new records for tourism growth in our state, but for too many people, it doesn't feel like that growth is helping small businesses, families, and young people…
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RI Delegation Seeks to Name Post Office in Honor of 1st Sgt. P. Andrew McKenna

McKenna sacrificed his life protecting his fellow service members during an insurgent attack in Afghanistan WASHINGTON, DC - Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen David Cicilline and Jim Langevin have introduced legislation to name a Post Office in honor of the late Army First Sergeant P. Andrew McKenna, a Green Beret. Introduced by Reed in the Senate and Cicilline in the House, the bill would designate the United States Postal Service facility at 515 Hope Street in Bristol, Sergeant McKenna's hometown, as the "First Sergeant P. Andrew McKenna Jr. Post Office." "Andrew McKenna was an extraordinary, courageous young…
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Cicilline Bill Honoring Rhode Island Hero Moves Towards House Floor

Cicilline Bill Honoring Rhode Island Hero Moves Towards House Floor Legislation to rename Bristol Post Office for First Sergeant P. Andrew McKenna Jr., who died fighting in Kabul in 2015, passes key House committee WASHINGTON - The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee today approved passage of , legislation introduced by Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01), and co-sponsored by Congressman Jim Langevin (RI-01), last December to rename the Post Office located at 515 Hope Street in Bristol, Rhode Island, as the "First Sergeant P. Andrew McKenna Jr. Post Office." "Throughout his life, Sergeant McKenna represented the very highest examples of…
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ACLU Sues to Release Mother of Two From ICE Detention

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a petition in federal court shortly before midnight yesterday to seek the immediate release of Rhode Island resident Lilian Calderon from an immigration detention facility. The lawsuit, filed in Boston by the ACLU of Massachusetts with support from the ACLU of Rhode Island, argues that Calderon’s continued detention is a violation of her constitutional right to due process and federal immigration laws and regulations. The petition for habeas corpus seeks her release from custody and a court order barring immigration officials from deporting her until she is provided the opportunity to receive decisions on,…
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