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Cicilline Bill Honoring Rhode Island Hero Moves Towards House Floor

Cicilline Bill Honoring Rhode Island Hero Moves Towards House Floor Legislation to rename Bristol Post Office for First Sergeant P. Andrew McKenna Jr., who died fighting in Kabul in 2015, passes key House committee WASHINGTON - The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee today approved passage of , legislation introduced by Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01), and co-sponsored by Congressman Jim Langevin (RI-01), last December to rename the Post Office located at 515 Hope Street in Bristol, Rhode Island, as the "First Sergeant P. Andrew McKenna Jr. Post Office." "Throughout his life, Sergeant McKenna represented the very highest examples of…
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Rhode Island’s top youth volunteers of 2018 named today by Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

PROVIDENCE, – Alison Hornung, 17, of North Kingstown and Sarah Lavoie, 14, of Coventry today were named Rhode Island's top two youth volunteers of 2018 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism. As State Honorees, Alison and Sarah each will receive $1,000, an engraved silver medallion and an all-expense-paid trip in late April to Washington, , where they will join the top two honorees from each of the other states and the District of Columbia for four days of national recognition events. During the trip, 10 students will be…
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AMPR and AFT on Puerto Rico Gov. Rosselló’s Bad Plan for Puerto Rico Schools

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico—Asociación de Maestros de Puerto Rico President Aida Diaz and American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten issued the following joint statement responding to Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló’s misguided plan for Puerto Rico public schools. “Gov. Rosselló has it exactly the wrong way around: In the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria, he needs to invest in public schools to support and stabilize kids’ learning, not abandon and privatize schools. You can’t, in one breath, claim to support the things Puerto Rico kids urgently need, including strengthening technical and bilingual education, or the things teachers need,…
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RIEMA Director Peter Gaynor to Testify at Homeland Security Committee Hearing on Emergency Preparedness

WASHINGTON, — Congressman Jim Langevin has invited Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) Director Peter Gaynor to testify today before the Homeland Security Committee’s Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communication to discuss the alert and warning systems used by federal, state, and local governments. The hearing, entitled “Ensuring Effective and Reliable Alerts and Warnings,” was called following a false missile warning issued in Hawaii on January 13. “As RIEMA’s director since 2015 and the former director of Providence EMA, Peter is an expert in the field of emergency management, and I’m sure my colleagues on the subcommittee will benefit…
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Father of gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung dies

The father of gubernatorial candidate and Mayor of the City of Cranston Allan Fung passed away on Sunday. Allan Fung Even the greatest of rides one day come to an It is with profound sadness we announce the passing of our father, Kwong-Wen Fung, from complications of Parkinson's. Born in a small fishing village in Communist China, he came to Rhode Island and truly became the embodiment of the American Dream. His life of endless hard work, devotion to his family, and endearing kindness is one we do not mourn, but truly celebrate tonight.
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Statement of Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police in Response to Grand Jury Report

Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety, today issued the following statement in response to the results of the Grand Jury investigation into a police-involved shooting on November 9, 2017: "The Rhode Island State Police believes the Grand Jury made the right decision. The men and women of the Rhode Island State Police and the Providence Police Department did what they are trained to do - to protect the lives of innocent people who were in imminent danger that day."
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Cicilline Making Bipartisan Wager on Super Bowl

WASHINGTON – Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) and Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) are making this year’s Super Bowl a little more interesting by placing a friendly wager on the game. Following the outcome of Super Bowl LII, the loser will have to pose for a social media photo while wearing the winning team’s jersey. “New Englanders are blessed to be living through an unprecedented era of dominance by our pro sports teams. No team has given us more years of joy over the past two decades than the New England Patriots,” said Cicilline. “This Sunday, I’m looking forward to seeing…
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Pawtucket Police Launch Explorers Program for Local Youth

PAWTUCKET - Mayor Donald R. Grebien, Police Chief Tina Goncalves and the Boy Scouts of America Narragansett Council announced the launch of a Police Explorers Program for local youth. The Police Department is currently recruiting young men and women ages 14-20 from Pawtucket and the local area interested in public service and a future in law enforcement to apply to the yearlong program. Explorers will learn about police work, techniques and investigations, as well as get hands on experience assisting the Department. "The Explorers Program is a worthy investment to connect our youth with meaningful career training and for them…
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Los estudiantes de último año de secundaria pueden solictar $80.000 en becas universitarias

Los estudiantes de último año de secundaria tienen hasta el 12 de febrero para solicitar becas universitarias de hasta $ a través de la iniciativa CARTER ROGER WILLIAMS en la Fundación Rhode Island. La beca fue Concebida y fundada por los filántropos Letitia y el último John Carter. El programa honra los principios del padre fundador del estado. “Roger Williams representó los ideales que están tan presentes hoy como lo estuvieron en los comienzos de nuestro estado. Gracias a la visión hacia el futuro de la familia Carter, una nueva generación de ciudadanos de Rhode Island se conectará con su…
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Treasurer Magaziner Tells Opioid Distributor to Come Clean on Lobbyists

State Treasurer Seth Magaziner today announced that the Rhode Island pension fund has co-filed a shareholder proposal at McKesson Corporation (NYSE: MCK), one of the largest pharmaceutical distributors in the United States, requesting full disclosure of the pharmaceutical giant's direct and indirect lobbying activities and expenditures - to assess whether McKesson's lobbying is consistent with its expressed goals and in the best interests of stockholders. "As investors, we have a right to know if pharmaceutical executives are using our money to influence lawmakers," said Treasurer Magaziner. "I am particularly concerned with the possibility that McKesson is using investors' dollars to…
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