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Rhode Island State Police Computer Crimes Unit Arrests North Scituate Man

Colonel Steven G. O’Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of Public Safety, announces that on January 29, 2014, members of the Computer Crimes Unit arrested George Demedeiros of 90 Pine Hill Road, North Scituate Rhode Island for Obtaining Money Under False Pretenses over $ via the online auction site The investigation was initiated by the State Police Computer Crimes Unit after information was received by two separate complainants regarding purchases made on the on-line auction website  Each complainant stated they paid between $ and $ to purchase a Playstation4 from the seller, but never received the…
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Pell kick offs campaign for RI governor

Pell for Governor Pell on Licenses for Undocumented Workers PROVIDENCE – Offering a bold platform of new ideas focused on restoring hope and rebuilding the Rhode Island economy, Clay Pell formally launched his campaign to win the Democratic gubernatorial nomination today. “It is time for Rhode Island come together, to bring in fresh perspectives and new approaches, and to once again think big,” Pell said in remarks to a packed room at the Rhode Island Convention Center. Pell, 32, of Providence, was introduced by his grandmother, Nuala Pell, widow of Rhode Island’s longest-serving United States senator, Claiborne Pell, who authored the legislation…
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Marian Wright Edelman Keynote at RI Kids Count Luncheon

Rhode Island KIDS COUNT hosted a 20th Anniversary Special Kick-Off Luncheon, Wednesday, January 29th, 2014, celebrating two decades of advocacy for children The keynote speaker was Marian Wright Edelman, Founder and President of the Children's Defense Fund who is the nation's foremost child advocate. LPR Coverage of RI Kids Count Event 1/29/2014 Marian Wright Edelman by Latino Public Radio Victor Capellan by Latino Public Radio The Children's Defense Fund's Leave No Child Behind(r) mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful passage…
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Michael Solomon Annouces Candidacy For Mayor

PROVIDENCE - Today, Michael Solomon, president of the Providence City Council, announced his candidacy for Mayor of Providence. Michael, who owns several businesses in the city, spoke before family, friends, and supporters at Building Futures in Olneyville this morning, a non-profit organization dedicated to building career pathways for unemployed Providence residents. LPR Coverage of Solomon's Bid for Providence Mayor "I am running for Mayor to make Providence a city of opportunity for all," Michael said. "We must build upon the progress and hard work of the last three years. We must focus on growing the city's middle class, rebuilding our schools, and revitalizing our neighborhoods. We have come…
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Gordon Fox Fined $1500 by Ethics Commission

After failing to disclose the income he earned from legal work he performed for the Providence Economic Development Partnership (PEDP), House Speaker Gordon Fox on Tuesday agreed to pay a $1,500 fine. The Ethics Commission voted unanimously to approve a settlement with Fox. All state-appointed and elected officials are required to file annual financial disclosures that detail certain sources of income – including payments from any state or municipal agency. The PEDP is quasi-public agency within the city’s Department of Planning and Development that administers a federally funded small business loan fund. Because the speaker was paid by the law…
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Fung Releases Documents Pertaining to Fatal Car Crash

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, Republican candidate for Rhode Island governor, has released four pages of his 1995 application to practice law, where applicants are asked about their criminal history. Fung said he lost consciousness while driving and hit a man who was changing a tire on Interstate 95 in Cranston in 1989, when he was 18. He said drugs and alcohol weren’t involved and a grand jury declined to indict him. He had his arrest record sealed in the 1990s. Fung publicly revealed the accident two weeks ago.  
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Cianci Diagnosed with Cancer

Former Providence Mayor Vincent “Buddy” Cianci said Monday he has been diagnosed with cancer, but he expects a full recovery. Cianci was elected mayor in 1974 and held the job until 1984, when he resigned after pleading no contest to assaulting a man in his East Side home. He was elected to mayor’s office again in 1990 and remained there until he was again forced to resign, in 2002, after being convicted on a racketeering conspiracy. He served five years in federal prison.
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Rare Winter Storm in Southern US

The southern cold snap is part of an Arctic front that has put much of the Northeast and northern Plains under warnings and advisories for dangerous wind chills. Parts of those regions could feel as cold as -30 Fahrenheit on Tuesday. This has prompted schools to close, airlines to cancel flights and emergency officials to warn of icy roads. The winter storm could extend from southern Louisiana and the Gulf Coast into northern Florida and through the Carolinas and deposit 1-2 inches of snow in some areas.
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Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island Participates in 2014 Corporate Equality Index Score of 90 reflects company-wide commitment to a diverse and inclusive workplace

PROVIDENCE, RI (January 27, 2014) –  Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) received a score of 90 out of 100 on the 2014 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. BCBSRI’s score reflects a commitment to LGBT workplace equality with respect to tangible policies, benefits, and practices. BCBSRI was recognized for its workplace practices including a non-discrimination policy, providing protections to LGBT employees, and offering employee health benefits to spouses and domestic partners. …
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Hi, I’m Clay Pell

Providence - LPRnews I am announcing my candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Governor of Rhode Island. Over the last few months, I’ve traveled across our state. and have heard from so many people who are frustrated and who are worried about the future. I decided to run for governor because I believe that I can help to restore hope and economic growth in our state. I bring a distinct set of skills and problem solving experience from outside of politics. As an officer in the Coast Guard, I led men and women in uniform. As Director for Strategic Planning…
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