After learning of the decision made by Care New England’s Board, Mayor Donald R. Grebien issued the following statemen

I am extremely disappointed in this decision by Care New England to abandon our community hospital during their transactions, putting their agreement with Partners above the one with Prime Healthcare. I think closing Memorial could have been avoided, rather than giving up on an urban community and the Blackstone Valley. Our community needs are important and should not be dismissed for profit. Memorial Hospital provides access to quality care for our residents and is one of our largest employers. We have kept in touch with all sides and with the state, however, it's difficult not being at the negotiating table.…
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DNC on Tom Marino Withdrawal

In response to Rep. Tom Marino’s decision to withdraw his name from consideration to be President Trump’s drug czar, DNC spokesperson Daniel Wessel released the following statement: “Tom Marino’s withdrawal does nothing to show that Trump is taking the opioid epidemic seriously. Despite his rhetoric and months of repeated promises, Trump still hasn’t declared the opioid crisis a national emergency. On top of that, Trump’s harmful proposals would only make the epidemic worse. As this epidemic takes more lives each day, Trump has yet to offer any meaningful solutions, just more political bluster. While Trump refuses to step up, Democrats…
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Puerto Ricans Who’ve Come to RI Following Natural Disasters May be Eligible for Food Assistance

CRANSTON, (October 11, 2017) – The US Department of Agriculture has advised the RI Department of Human Services that Americans who’ve left their homes in Puerto Rico due to Hurricanes Maria and Irma may be eligible for temporary SNAP benefits. Puerto Ricans who are recipients of the Nutrition Assistance Program (NAP) and have left their homes temporarily may be eligible to receive two months of federally funded SNAP benefits. Courtney Hawkins, Director of the RI Department of Human Services encourages those in need to seek assistance. “Rhode Island welcomes these American citizens who have sought temporary shelter here after evacuating…
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Natalia Denegri, la Hassenfeld Family Foundation, Adamari López y Johnny Lozada llevaron ayuda a Puerto Rico

Miami, FL - La actriz, presentadora y productora argentina Natalia Denegri junto a la fundación Hassenfeld Family Foundation donaron un avión para ayudar a la isla del encanto Puerto Rico en estos momentos en los que más lo necesitan. El vuelo fue encabezado por Adamari López, Johnny Lozada y Henry Zakka, que salió de Miami, rumbo a Puerto Rico con un cargamento de ayuda que incluía agua, comida, leche para niños, juguetes, productos de limpieza e higiene, así como pañales para bebé y artículos de primera necesidad. Acompañaron también al grupo, la primera dama de Miami, Ana Regalado, así como…
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Education

SPRINT’S 1MILLION PROJECT TO CONNECT 600 STUDENTS IN THE 2017•2018 SCHOOL YEAR

PROVIDENCE, RI - October 4, 2017 - Sprint (NYSE: S) and the Providence Public School District announced today that 600 high school students will receive the equipment and connectivity they need to complete their schoolwork from home as part of the 1 Million January, the Providence Public School District was one of 11 districts across the country to participate in the pilot launch of Sprint's 1 Million Project. The school district received 250 devices at that time. The 2017-2018 school year marks the first year of the initiative with more 180,000 students in 1,300 schools across 30 states. Every year…
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Providence Police Department to deploy Axon 2 Body Worn Cameras

Providence, RI- The Providence Police Department announces the implementation of body worn cameras (BWC’s) for all officers serving within the patrol bureau of the department.  Officers will begin training throughout the month of October and BWC’s will be fully operational in the field within 8-12 weeks from the start of training. Axon 2 Body Worn Cameras are being utilized by the PPD to help contribute to officer safety, provide evidence for criminal prosecutions, assist in resolving citizen complaints and to foster positive relationships within the community. The privacy and safety of the Providence community will not in any way be…
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Rhode Island State Police Announces Recruitment Drive for 2018 Rhode Island Police Training Academy

North Scituate, RI - Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety held a news conference at State Police Headquarters to announce the launch of a recruitment drive for the 2018 Rhode Island State Police Training Academy. Colonel Assumpico was joined by Cheryl A. Burrell, Associate Director of the Rhode Island Office of Diversity, Equity and Opportunity, as well our community outreach partners. They discuss some of the specific new initiatives that will be undertaken to attract and retain a gender- and racially diverse group of men and women…
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Wexford Innovation Complex Breaks Ground

PROVIDENCE, - Governor Gina Raimondo today joined state and local officials, representatives from Wexford Science and Technology, Brown University, the Cambridge Innovation Center, Johnson & Johnson, and members of the public to break ground on the Wexford Innovation Complex. The projects, which are being constructed on former I-195 land in the heart of Providence's Innovation and Design District, will generate approximately $100 million in additional revenues to the State over the next 20 years. The Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) (63,000 square feet), Brown University's School of Professional Studies (50,000 square feet), and Johnson & Johnson (31,000 square feet) will be…
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Treasurer Magaziner’s Bill Expanding Support for Minor Witnesses of Homicide and Domestic Violence Now Law

PROVIDENCE, RI: A bill proposed by Treasurer Seth Magaziner, which expands the State's Crime Victim Compensation Program to include support for minors who witness homicides or domestic violence, has been signed into law today by Governor Gina Raimondo, during a ceremonial signing ceremony at the Rhode Island State House. "I am grateful to everyone who has played a role in expanding Treasury's Crime Victim Compensation Program to include support for the most vulnerable Rhode Islanders", said Treasurer Seth Magaziner. "Children in Rhode Island are estimated to be present at over a third of domestic violence arrests. This bill recognizes that…
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Raimondo Announces Initiative to Pay DACA Renewal Fees for Rhode Island DREAMers

PROVIDENCE, - Governor Gina M. Raimondo announced today that she and a coalition of individuals and organizations have secured more than $170,000 in commitments from donors to cover the $495 renewal fee for every DREAMer in Rhode Island who is eligible to apply for renewal of their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status by October 5, 2017, the final date by which all such applications must be received by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). "A couple of weeks ago, when the Trump administration announced its plan to end the DACA program, we gathered in Central Falls and…
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