Reed Announces Release of Additional $4.5 Million in LIHEAP Energy Assistance for RI

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) today announced that the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) decision to release approximately $ million to states through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) means an additional $ million will be made available to Rhode Island. This funding, in addition to the $ million already allocated to the state, brings the Ocean State's total to approximately $ million this fiscal year. "This additional funding will provide an important measure of relief to many Rhode Islanders in need and some added budget certainty to community organizations distributing the assistance," said…
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Providence Awarded $20,000 TD Green Streets Grant for Huntington Avenue Urban Forestry Initiative

Providence, RI —TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, and the Arbor Day Foundation announced that the City of Providence Department of Parks and Recreation will receive a $20,000 grant from TD Green Streets to support innovative urban greening and tree-planting projects along Huntington Avenue. The grant is being managed by the Forestry Division in partnership with the Providence Neighborhood Planting Program. The grant funds will be used to bring together a coalition of community partners and stakeholders to collaboratively plan, prepare, plant and steward a mix of shade trees and shrubs along Huntington Avenue. The project will kick-off on Arbor…
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Protestas por Seguro Social en Nicaragua dejan tres muertos

Voz de América Tres personas fallecieron el jueves en manifestaciones a favor y en contra de una polémica reforma de la Ley del Seguro Social en Nicaragua. El segundo día de protestas dejó heridos y detenidos así como la censura de cinco canales independientes que retransmitieron los incidentes violentos. La Policía Nacional reportó la muerte del oficial antidisturbios Jilton Manzanarez por un disparo de escopeta en las inmediaciones de la Universidad Politécnica de Nicaragua, así como de un joven estudiante del centro que participa en las protestas, en un deceso que las autoridades calificaron de “pleito de pandillas”. En el…
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Earth Day Call to Arms: Skip the Straw

VOA News/Steve Baragona WASHINGTON — The United Kingdom is proposing a ban on disposable plastic straws. With Earth Day coming up this Sunday, advocates are asking everyone to follow suit and skip the straw. Straws and stirrers are among the top 10 items found in coastal cleanups worldwide, according to the nonprofit Ocean Conservancy, which has been conducting annual trash pickups for more than 30 years. The group says the ocean is littered with 150 million metric tons of plastic trash, clogging coastlines, ensnaring wildlife and even littering land far from any human settlement. And each year, another 8 million tons…
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Are Undocumented People Seeking Sanctuary in US Churches Safe?

  Aline Barros/VOA News   The number of undocumented people taking refuge in places of worship across the United States has increased six-fold in the past 15 months. Nationwide, there are now at least 42 people trying to avoid deportation by living in sanctuary in 28 cities. “We didn't see the numbers go up until after the elections … when it was like seven people. Now you have over 40 people that are currently taking sanctuary,” Myrna Orozco, an associate with the Church World Service's Immigration and Refugee Program, told VOA. The number of churches, mosques and synagogues offering sanctuary…
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Power Almost Fully Restored in Puerto Rico

VOA News/Gianpaolo Pietri/Wayne Lee     SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO — Eighty-percent of the more than million customers who were left without electricity in Puerto Rico have had power restored, the territory's power company said Thursday. The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) said power would be restored to the remaining 326,000 customers by late Thursday. It was the second island-wide blackout in a week. PREPA, the highly indebted company that generates and delivers all public power on the island, said Wednesday the blackout was caused when Cobra Energy, a private contractor, hit a transmission line with a crane, causing multiple…
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America Remembers Barbara Bush

Former first lady Barbara Bush has died at 92. A family statement said she died Tuesday evening with her family beside her. “My dear mother has passed on at age 92,” former President George W. Bush said in a statement. “Laura, Barbara, Jenna, and I are sad, but our souls are settled because we know hers was. Barbara Bush was a fabulous first lady and a woman unlike any other who brought levity, love, and literacy to millions. To us, she was so much more. Mom kept us on our toes and kept us laughing until the end. I’m a…
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Cicilline, Langevin Announce $450K in Federal Funding for Affordable Housing, Community Development

WASHINGTON - Congressmen David N. Cicilline (D-RI) and Jim Langevin (D-RI) today announced that Rhode Island community organizations are receiving nearly $450,000 through NeighborWorks America to support affordable housing and revitalizing local communities. NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley is receiving a grant of $258,000, while the West Elmwood Housing Development Corp. is receiving $188,000 in new funds. "Quality affordable housing is the bedrock of the middle class, and this investment will give more Rhode Island families the opportunity to find a new home," said Cicilline who advocated for a $35 million increase in annual federal support for NeighborWorks America. "Benefitting families…
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Bret Williams Way to Help Homeless People in Rhode Island with showers and essential services

“This is a project that I am extremely passionate about as it will have a direct impact on thousands of our fellow Rhode Island neighbors who are truly struggling,” said Team Williams, LLC. President Bret Williams. “At a very young age, I was in a shelter and if it were not for my parents who adopted me, I am not sure how life would have turned out. It is our goal to provide basic hygiene needs and assistance to better their situations and that of their families. There is no program offering all of these services in the United States,…
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Nueva Investigación de Preescolar revela que las Políticas Estatales para los Niños de Lenguaje Dual ‘Necesitan Avanzar’ CA, TX Entre los Estados que Lideran en Cobertura y Soportes a Niños de Lenguaje Dual

New Brunswick, NJ— Más del 20 por ciento de todos los niños en edad preescolar en los EE. UU. hablan un idioma diferente al inglés en su hogar, sin embargo, la mayoría de los programas estatales de preescolar no reúnen datos sobre el idioma del hogar de los niños, lo que hace casi imposible diseñar soportes efectivos para niños de lenguaje dual (DLL), de acuerdo con un nuevo informe del Instituto Nacional de Investigación en Primera Infancia (NIEER, por sus siglas en inglés). El Anuario del Estado del Preescolar 2017, basado en datos del año académico 2016-17, es el único…
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