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Brown, WaterFire to bring historic Rosa Parks house to Providence this spring

PROVIDENCE, —After months of planning, final preparations are underway for the former family house of civil rights pioneer and American icon Rosa Parks to arrive at Brown University. The house is making its way to Providence in a trans-Atlantic voyage from its most recent home in Germany for a three-month exhibition expected to open to the public on April 3. Brown University’s Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice (CSSJ) has organized the repatriation of the house to the and is partnering with WaterFire Providence to make it accessible to the public. Since 2016, the house has been on…
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Warren, Markey Urge FEMA to Extend Benefits for Transitional Shelter Assistance Program to Puerto Rico Evacuees

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) today sent a letter to Brock Long, Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), requesting that FEMA allow Puerto Rico evacuees currently enrolled in the Transitional Shelter Assistance (TSA) program to continue living in TSA shelters until March 20, 2018, regardless of whether FEMA determines that their homes in Puerto Rico are habitable. FEMA's Transitional Shelter Assistance program provides temporary shelter to individuals whose homes are "(uninhabitable) or inaccessible due to a Presidentially-declared disaster." Under the TSA program, eligible applicants can stay free of charge…
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Reed Warns President Trump’s Budget Would Be a Major Disaster for American People & U.S. Economy

WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) today issued the following statement on President Trump’s irresponsible budget that cuts non-defense priorities from student aid to the State Department by $ trillion over the next ten years, yet still adds at least $ trillion to the debt: “This budget blueprint is a disaster. The Trump Administration is using the same phony accounting it did when it claimed that a $ trillion tax bill would pay for itself or that Mexico would pay to build a border wall. “The President talks about a big infrastructure program, but most of that money is…
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RI REPUBLICAN PARTY FILES ETHICS COMPLAINT AGAINST GOVERNOR GINA RAIMONDO

Warwick, RI - Recently, Governor Gina Raimondo’s re-election campaign entered into a secret agreement of mutual support with the Providence Democratic City Committee, which at the time was led by Patrick Ward, who was recently hired as a state employee by the Raimondo Administration. The Rhode Island Republican Party has filed a complaint with the Rhode Island Ethics Commission against Governor Raimondo regarding this financial transaction with a subordinate state employee, which appears to violate Regulation 36-14-5011. Republican Party Chairman Brandon Bell commented: “The secret agreement entered into between Raimondo’s campaign and Ward’s Providence Democratic City Committee is a financial…
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Raimondo, Whitehouse, Langevin and Cicilline United in Opposition to Offshore Oil Drilling Proposal

Encourage Rhode Islanders to Voice Concerns at Upcoming Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Public Meeting PROVIDENCE, RI - Looking out onto Narragansett Bay, Governor Gina M. Raimondo was today joined by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressman Jim Langevin and Congressman David Cicilline as they reaffirmed their opposition to the Trump administration's proposal to open coastal waters for offshore oil drilling. Offshore drilling would dangerously threaten the Ocean State's 400 miles of coastline and sensitive marine ecosystems and could have lasting environmental and economic repercussions. "Here in Rhode Island, we know that the future is offshore wind power, not offshore oil…
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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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Senators Question Mattis on Cost to Taxpayers of President Trump’s Military Parade

WASHINGTON, DC – Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Jack Reed (D-RI) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) today sent a letter to Department of Defense Secretary James Mattis to explain the impact of President Trump’s directive to conduct a military parade in Washington, DC on American taxpayers. “At a time of war, with American servicemembers serving in harm’s way, such a parade seems to be inappropriate and wasteful,” the Senators wrote. “Every penny of the millions of dollars that the parade would cost and every second of the tens of thousands of personnel hours its execution would require, should be…
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Langevin, Thompson Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Recognizing National Career and Technical Education Month

WASHINGTON, - Congressmen Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Glenn 'GT' Thompson (R-PA), co-chairs of the Congressional Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, today introduced a resolution recognizing National CTE Month, which is celebrated every February. "I'm thrilled to join Congressman Thompson in recognizing National CTE Month, a time to celebrate CTE programs across the United States and raise awareness about how they help build a skilled national workforce," said Congressman Langevin. "Too many businesses in Rhode Island struggle to fill job openings because of a lack of skilled workers. As co-chair of the CTE Caucus, I'm proud to support programs that…
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