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Gunmen Barricaded in Barcelona Bar After Fatal ‘Terrorist’ Van Attack

VOA News Two armed men barricaded themselves in a bar in Barcelona's city center Thursday after a van hopped a curb on a busy street and crashed into dozens of people, leaving several injured. The Spanish publication El Periodico reported gunfire in the area of La Boqueria Market, although it did not cite the source of the information. Police confirmed in a statement on Twitter there had been fatalities from the “huge collision” in the Las Ramblas tourist district of Barcelona’s city center, but did not specify how many. Local media report at least two people died and about 20 more were…
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Al menos 10 muertos tras un atentado en Barcelona

  El ocupante del vehículo habría huido a pie y fuentes no oficiales hablan de decenas de heridos Una furgoneta ha atropellado esta tarde sobre las 17 horas a decenas de personas en La Rambla de Barcelona, según han confirmado los Mossos d'Esquadra. Los hechos habrían sucedido por encima de la calle Hospital y las primeras investigaciones apuntan a que el vehículo, una furgoneta de color blanco, iba conducido a gran velocidad por una sola persona por la acera central de la mítica avenida. Según fuentes oficiales, habría al menos doce muertos y decenas de heridos. Los Mossos ya se han referido a los…
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Reed Seeks to Educate RI Veterans About the New Forever GI Bill & How to Access Benefits

Expansion of college aid for military veterans will help more RI veterans successfully transition to new good-paying careers in high-demand fields PROVIDENCE, RI - After Congress passed a new law expanding veterans education benefits and extending the amount of time service members and their families have to use them, Senator Jack Reed wants to ensure Rhode Islanders can take advantage. On Tuesday, August 15 at 10:30 , Senator Reed will join with veterans and education leaders at the National Association of State Approving Agencies (NASAA) to discuss the benefits of the "Forever GI Bill" and opportunities for college aid for…
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Subject: RWU Criminal Justice Expert Creates Real-Time Overdose Tracker to Help Stem Opioid Epidemic

System provides the most up-to-date information in countywide effort to redefine how police respond to the issue BRISTOL, , August 9, 2017 ­­– Roger Williams University Criminal Justice Professor Sean Varano has been working with 27 police departments in Plymouth County, Mass., to develop a countywide model that is redefining how police track and respond to opioid overdoses – an epidemic that has swept across the nation. It's estimated that more than 2 million Americans abused opioids in 2015 and that more than 33,000 people died of overdoses in the that same year – up from 28,000 in 2014. To…
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Raimondo Signs Legislation Aimed at Preventing Opioid Overdoses and Saving Lives

PROVIDENCE, - Governor Gina M. Raimondo, joined by Health Director Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott and leaders from the state General Assembly, today hosted a ceremonial bill signing of legislation strengthening Rhode Island's response to the opioid overdose crisis. "This epidemic is our single greatest public health crisis, and the legislation I signed today will help our state fight back and save lives," Raimondo said. "I hear stories from families hurt by overdose everywhere I go. Fentanyl-related overdose deaths in Rhode Island have spiked in the past year, and I commend the General Assembly for passing legislation that specifically targets this problem.…
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Raimondo Signs Automatic Voter Registration Legislation

PROVIDENCE, - Governor Gina M. Raimondo, joined by Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea, Congressman David N. Cicilline, State Representative David A. Coughlin and State Senator Gayle L. Goldin, hosted a ceremonial bill signing of legislation making Rhode Island the ninth state in the nation to implement automatic voter registration. "We must do everything we can to help Rhode Islanders participate in and engage with government at every level," Raimondo said. "That means bringing our voting infrastructure into the 21st century. I am thankful to Secretary Gorbea and General Assembly leaders for working so hard to get this legislation to…
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Raimondo Meets with Mayors, Municipal Officials to Discuss Budget Impasse

PROVIDENCE - Governor Gina M. Raimondo convened a working meeting today in the State Room with mayors and officials from Rhode Island's cities and towns to discuss the impact of the nearly month-long legislative budget impasse on local communities. In June, the House and Senate both passed nearly identical budget bills, but have yet to reconcile their versions. Because of that, the state has not yet enacted a budget for FY18 and the state is currently operating according to the FY17 enacted budget. Mayors and town officials from 25 cities and towns attended the meeting. "In January, I introduced a…
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Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation® announces new scholarship recipients, having awarded more than $2.5 million to date

MIAMI, FL (July 25, 2017) — The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation® announced today its annual list of scholarship recipients – talented musicians from around the world who will use these awards to overcome financial hurdles and achieve their dreams. To date, more than 100 scholarships totaling a remarkable $ million has been gifted by the Foundation, which continues to support Latin music in many ways, including by recognizing individuals who are looking to start or continue their music education. With today’s announcement, the Foundation has set new annual records in 2017, presenting $870,000 in scholarships to 44 recipients. This includes…
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Homeland Security Advisory Board’s Inaugural Meeting Delves into Future of Homeland, Cybersecurity in RI

PROVIDENCE - Tying into a prominent theme of the National Governors Association (NGA) Summer Meeting, the Rhode Island Governor's Homeland Security Advisory Board (HSAB) held its first meeting last Wednesday to discuss the future of the state's homeland and cybersecurity initiatives. "I participated in many discussions on cybersecurity and resiliency with my colleagues across the nation last week, and one thing is clear: Rhode Island is moving in the right direction on helping to protect our citizens and infrastructure from the complex threats that exist today," said Governor Gina M. Raimondo. Established by Governor Raimondo's Executive Order 17-05, the HSAB…
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Latino Policy Institute at RWU names new director

BRISTOL, , July 20, 2017 ­­– The Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University on Thursday announced that Gabriela Domenzain will become LPI’s new director on Aug. 15. Domenzain brings to the job a broad range of experience in policy, politics and the press, plus a wealth of knowledge about issues involving Latinos and immigration. In 2015 and 2016, she worked as deputy campaign manager for former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s presidential campaign, serving as his chief spokesperson on immigration policy and Latino issues. She was a principal in The Raben Group, the nation’s largest majority-minority progressive consulting firm, based…
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