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UMass Dartmouth honors September 11 with community service

The 8th annual 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance brings together students, faculty, staff, and community members On Saturday, September 8, 2018, from 1:00-3:00 , the UMass Dartmouth community along with Sharing the Harvest Community Farm at the Dartmouth YMCA will once again collaborate on the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance. This community service event, hosted by the Leduc Center for Civic Engagement, works to harvest thousands of pounds of fresh produce for local food pantries including Arnie’s Cupboard, located on campus. “This event not only raises awareness about hunger issues, but the hands-on experiences of harvesting fresh produce fosters teamwork…
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Raimondo Bringing New Job Training Center to Woonsocket

Governor announces four employer partnerships, funding to establish Northern Rhode Island Higher Education Center WOONSOCKET, RI - Governor Gina M. Raimondo officially announced a new public-private partnership that will bring a new job training and higher education center to Woonsocket. At a press conference outside Woonsocket City Hall, the Governor announced four employer partners -- including Amica, CVS Health, Fidelity and AAA Northeast -- that will help develop curricula and training programs offered at the Northern Rhode Island Higher Education Center. The Center is modeled on the successful Westerly Education Center that Governor Raimondo established through a public-private partnership with Electric…
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At ‘Beach Office Hours’ Stop in Narragansett, Raimondo Announces State Commitment to ‘Tackle Plastics’

Governor's Executive Order Takes Aim at Plastic Pollution by Establishing Task Force to Recommend Best Approaches to Avoiding Unnecessary Use of Disposables, Preventing Waste, and Increasing Recycling NARRAGANSETT, RI - Governor Gina M. Raimondo Monday afternoon signed an Executive Order aimed to reduce reliance on single-use plastics that often end up in Rhode Island's waters. The Tackling Plastics Executive Order targets single-use disposables such as shopping bags, bottles, cups and straws - along with items like six-pack rings and balloons - that become unsightly, dangerous and all-too-familiar litter on land and in coastal waters. The Governor signed the Executive Order at…
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US Charges Russian Woman With Conspiracy to Infiltrate American Organizations

VOA News/Masood Farivar WASHINGTON — A self-styled Russian gun rights advocate who cultivated close ties with the National Rifle Association on behalf of Russia was charged on Monday with conspiracy to infiltrate political organizations as part of Moscow's influence operations in the United States. Maria Butina, 29, whose Twitter account describes her as the founder and board member of the "Right to Bear Arms" group and who worked as a special aide to a top Russian government official, was arrested on Sunday by the FBI in Washington. Butina appeared in federal court on Monday afternoon to face charges of conspiracy to…
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France Takes World Cup With 4-2 Win Over Croatia

VOA News France has won its second World Cup championship, defeating Croatia 4-2 Sunday at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium France led 2-1 at halftime, thanks to an own-goal by Croatian Mario Mandzukic, who headed a free kick into his own team's net, and a penalty kick by Antoine Griezmann. Croatia's Ivan Perisic briefly leveled the game around 30 minutes in, scoring Croatia's first goal. Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappé scored two more goals for France in the second half, followed by a final surprising goal by Croatia's Mandzukic gifted by French keeper Hugo Lloris. Despite losing the final, Croatian captain Luka…
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UMass Trustees Approve $188 Million Capital Improvements to UMass Dartmouth Student Housing and Dining, and Science and Engineering Building

Package includes $ million public-private partnership to replace outdated residence halls and right-size dining facilities, and $ million to renovate university’s largest academic building The University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees today approved a $ million UMass Dartmouth plan to replace outdated first-year student residence halls and right-size student dining facilities. The Board also gave initial approval to a $ million renovation of the university’s science and engineering building. These projects will be the first phase of Chancellor Robert E. Johnson’s plan to focus capital investment on the 710-acre UMass Dartmouth main campus, which has seen just one major state-funded…
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Governor’s Office Announces Dates for 2018 Summer Office Hours

Raimondo, Coit to kick off Summer Hours at Scarborough Beach on Monday; Governor to sign Executive Order to reduce reliance on single-use plastics PROVIDENCE, RI - The Governor's Office announced today dates for Governor Raimondo's Summer Office Hours at state beaches and parks. The first open Summer Office Hours is scheduled for Monday, July 16 at Scarborough Beach in Narragansett. The Governor will be joined by members of her Office of Constituent Services who will be available to offer assistance connecting Rhode Islanders with various services. "There's no better way to spend a summer day in Rhode Island than at one…
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Reed Helps RI Land New State-of-the-Art Research Ship

URI-led consortium selected by National Science Foundation to operate new research ship to replace R/V Endeavor WASHINGTON, DC – In an effort to advance ocean exploration and modernize America’s fleet of Regional Research Vessels, Senator Jack Reed has worked for years helping to provide $250 million to allow the National Science Foundation (NSF) to build a new generation of ocean research vessels.  And this week, NSF announced the selection of the East Coast Oceanographic Consortium, led by the University of Rhode Island’s (URI) Graduate School of Oceanography, to operate one of three new oceanographic research ships that are scheduled to be…
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Raimondo Signs Executive Order Announcing 2018 Governor’s Bay Day

PROVIDENCE, RI - Governor Gina M. Raimondo today signed an Executive Order announcing that the 30th Governor's Bay Day celebration will take place on Sunday, July 29, 2018. Governor's Bay Day will include free parking at all Rhode Island state beaches, as well as fishing in Rhode Island's saltwaters without a fishing license. The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) will also waive the roundtrip fare on all service to South County beaches on Route 66 (URI/Galilee). Service to the beach will be provided on a first come, first served basis. "Rhode Island's beaches are some of the best in the world--after all,…
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Senate Passes Reed Motion to Strongly Reaffirm U.S. Commitment to NATO Alliance

WASHINGTON, DC – In advance of the upcoming NATO Summit in Brussels and the Trump-Putin Summit in Helsinki, the Senate today voted 97-2 to pass a motion to instruct authored by Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), the Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, to reaffirm the ironclad commitment under Article 5 to the collective defense of the NATO Alliance. Members of both parties overwhelmingly approved Senator Reed’s motion to instruct Senate conferees of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019 conference committee to ensure that the final conference report on the NDAA reaffirms the commitment to NATO…
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