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Air Force One Experience Ready for Take-Off at Quonset Airport in Only Scheduled New England Appearance

The Traveling Recreation of Iconic Presidential Plane Debuts Completion of Phase 1 with FREE Sneak Peak in RI before the start of National Tour North Kingstown, RI – September 14, 2017 – New York-based the Children’s Democracy Project, whose mission to teach children the importance and value of democracy, is pleased to unveil its newest educational exhibit unlike anything else in the world, the Air Force One Experience at Quonset State Airport in North Kingstown, RI. Created to inspire the next generation of leaders, the Air Force One Experience is focused on connecting children with the principles of American democracy…
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Rhode Island Adds 1,100 Construction Jobs in August

State's unemployment rate below the national average PROVIDENCE, - Governor Gina M. Raimondo released the following statement today regarding the August Jobs Report: "Rhode Island's job count remains at an all-time high, and our construction industry is helping to lead the way. Since the start of 2015, we've added nearly 5,000 construction jobs and nearly 17,000 jobs total. There are visible signs of this job growth with road projects being completed and cranes hanging over our Capitol City. "However, with recent news that Benny's will close later this year and Alexion will shut down its Rhode Island operation next summer,…
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2017 Rhode Island Schoolhouses Report Details Urgent Need for Generational Investment

Governor Raimondo creates Schools Task Force for recommendations in advance of FY19 budget PROVIDENCE, - School buildings in every district in the state get a failing grade in Rhode Island's first-ever statewide, independent study of public school facilities. The Department of Education (RIDE)'s 2017 State of Rhode Island Schoolhouses report, a year-long assessment commissioned by the School Building Authority (SBA) and completed by Jacobs Engineering, forecasts $ million in high-priority construction and repairs needed to keep students and teachers warm, safe and dry in their classrooms. The statewide cost to bring all school buildings into ideal condition is estimated at…
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Cicilline Highlights Four Rhode Island Dreamers on House Floor

WASHINGTON - Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) spoke on the House floor this morning to share the stories of four Rhode Islanders who are enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative. Cicilline is a co-sponsor of the bipartisan Dream Act () to establish a path to citizenship for Dreamers. Mr. Speaker, I also want to spend a moment to speak about President Trump's decision to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. It is one of cruelest presidential actions in recent memory. This was a shameful moment for our country. America has always stood as a…
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Mayor Elorza Unveils Community Led Vision for Kennedy Plaza

PROVIDENCE, RI - Mayor Jorge O. Elorza yesterday joined City and State elected officials, staff from the City’s Planning and Development Department, representatives from the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA), the Providence Foundation, the Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy (DPPC), and the Providence Parks Department, as well as business leaders and community members to unveil a vision for Kennedy Plaza that was created through a robust public engagement planning process. “Vibrant public spaces are a big part of Providence’s reputation as a fun and captivating destination,” said Mayor Jorge Elorza. “I’m thrilled that this vision will help transform Kennedy Plaza…
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Rhode Island State Police Will Increase Patrols and Enforcement Over Labor Day Weekend

Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Rhode Island Department of Public Safety, urges motorists to use extra care over the holiday weekend. Additional troopers will be assigned to provide increased enforcement - especially when it comes to driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs, distracted driving and aggressive driving. A recent study of federal highway statistics showed that Labor Day has the third highest number of fatal crashes of all major holidays, with Memorial Day and Fourth of July ranking first and second. That's why the Rhode Island State Police will…
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Providence Public Schools to expand free meals program

The district is expanding its pilot program from 13 to all 22 elementary schools. This September, all elementary school children in Providence Public Schools may eat breakfast and lunch for free due to the district's expansion of the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) federal program. "Providence Public Schools are committed to creating educational environments that support health and wellness," said Robert Gondola Jr., secretary for the Providence School Board and chairman of the board's Health and Wellness Committee. "The decision to make all elementary school meals free to students removes the financial stress some families may feel and ensures that students…
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Raimondo Signs Legislation Banning Conversion Therapy for Minors

PROVIDENCE, - Governor Gina M. Raimondo, joined by Youth Pride, Inc. and General Assembly leaders, today held a ceremonial bill signing of legislation banning conversion therapy for minors. Rhode Island is now the tenth state to take action to protect minors from the horrific ramifications of conversion therapy. "LGBTQ youth should know that there is a place for them in Rhode Island," Governor Raimondo said. "Conversion therapy is archaic, harmful, and should never be inflicted upon children. Countless studies have demonstrated that the psychological effects of conversion therapy are lasting and often devastating. As allies, we must continuously rededicate ourselves…
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Raimondo Administration Announces Second Round of Wavemaker Fellowship to Attract and Retain STEM Talent

PROVIDENCE - August 28, 2017 - Governor Gina M. Raimondo and the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation today announced it has selected the second round of recipients of the Wavemaker Fellowship awards. Following a competitive review process, a total of 224 college graduates who work in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and Design fields at Rhode Island employers will receive the award, which is a tax credit to defray the cost associated with student loan repayment for a minimum of two years. "I want our homegrown talent to live, work and thrive in Rhode Island," Governor Gina M. Raimondo said.…
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Raimondo to Sign Legislation Banning Conversion Therapy for Minors

PROVIDENCE, - Governor Gina M. Raimondo, joined by Youth Pride and General Assembly leaders, tomorrow will hold a ceremonial bill signing of legislation banning conversion therapy for minors. Conversion therapy encompasses a range of practices, many of which have been proven to be psychologically harmful, that aim to change an individual's sexual orientation or gender identification. It is rooted in pseudo-science and has been linked to higher rates of depression, alcohol and drug abuse, and even suicide. "LGBTQ youth should know that there is a place for them in Rhode Island," Governor Raimondo said. "As allies, we must continuously rededicate…
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