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Raimondo Appoints Melissa A. Long to Superior Court

PROVIDENCE, - Governor Gina M. Raimondo today announced her appointment of Melissa A. Long to the Rhode Island Superior Court. Her name will be submitted to the state senate this week for confirmation. "Melissa brings decades of experience in public service and public interest law to the bench," Raimondo said. "As a court of record, the Superior Court must protect the public interest by making decisions on a wide variety of legal topics. I am confident that Melissa's varied background will serve her well in this new role." Melissa A. Long, Esq. has been the Deputy Secretary of State and…
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Cicilline Statement on CBO Score for Senate Health Care Bill

WASHINGTON - Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) issued the following statement after the Congressional Budget Office projected that 22 million Americans will lose health insurance by 2026 under the Senate Republican health care proposal: "This is not a health care bill. It's a huge tax cut for the wealthy. And it's not worth the paper it's printed on." "We should be working to strengthen the Affordable Care Act, bring down premiums, reduce the cost of prescription drugs, and expand health care coverage. Instead, Republicans are racing ahead to eliminate health care coverage for 22 million honest, hardworking Americans, reduce the…
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Reed Statement on CBO Score of Senate Trumpcare Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a score of the Senate Trumpcare bill that is expected to be voted on later this week. CBO found that the bill would leave 22 million Americans without health insurance over 10 years. After the analysis was released, Senator Jack Reed issued the following statement: "This CBO score shows that the Republican Trumpcare bill will increase costs for everyone, which is a major reason why 22 million people will lose coverage. The report highlights the fact that struggling families could be priced out of the market entirely and average…
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USCIS Introduces Redesigned Form for Green Card Applicants

Agency Publishes Revised Form I-485 and Instructions WASHINGTON— Citizenship and Immigration Services today published a revised Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status (Form I-485). The new Form I-485 and instructions have been substantially updated to reduce complexity after collecting comments from the public and stakeholders. The revised version gives applicants better information to accurately complete Form I-485, including clear navigation to the parts of the form and isntructions that are relevant to the applicants’ specific situations. These updates should increase the efficiency of the adjudication process by reducing errors and requests for evidence. Applicants living in the United…
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Schedule Changes for Providence Recreation Centers for Week of June, 26, 2017

PROVIDENCE, RI - The City of Providence advises residents that from Monday, June 26, 2017 to Thursday, June 29, 2017 recreation centers will operate on a revised schedule in preparation for a busy summer season that will include various new camps and activities for youth. The schedule will allow for cleanups and programming development during a week when Providence recreation centers see a decrease in attendance numbers. To maintain access for residents throughout the week the rotation of closures ensures that a neighboring recreation center is open for those interested. Notices will be posted at closed centers to inform visitors…
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ICE expande su presencia digital con sitio web, Twitter en español

WASHINGTON – El Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas de Estados Unidos (ICE, por sus siglas en inglés) lanzó hoy , una expansión de su presencia en español en el sitio web de la agencia. El sitio traducido no solo ofrece información sobre ICE y la misión de la agencia, sino también comunicados de prensa y reportajes especiales. “El nuevo es nuestro paso más reciente en aumentar el acceso a información importante y precisa sobre ICE,” dijo Liz Johnson, directora adjunta de relaciones públicas. “Ofrecer información en otros idiomas ayuda a ICE a alcanzar una audiencia más amplia y…
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Rhode Island Hospital marks opening of recovery center dedicated to helping patients overcome opioid addiction

PROVIDENCE, - Rhode Island Hospital and Lifespan leadership were joined today by federal and state officials to mark the opening of the Lifespan Recovery Center. The Rhode Island Hospital program will provide comprehensive outpatient treatment for those seeking to overcome opioid addiction. The center officially opened June 16 with 250 patients already under the care of Lifespan physicians. The center can treat up to 650 individuals. "This new clinic will provide a single touchpoint to some of our most vulnerable community members - those struggling with addiction," said Rhode Island Hospital President Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH. "We are…
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RI State Police earlier today arrested a wrong-way on I-95 driver for DUI; seize gun from another motorist stopped for driving 100+ MPH

SCITUATE, RI -- Rhode Island State Police early today arrested two people for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, including one motorist stopped for driving the wrong way on Interstate 95 in Hopkinton. Also today, in an unrelated incident, troopers seized a gun from a motorist who was allegedly travelling at speeds over 100 miles an hour on Interstate 95 in Warwick. Captain Matthew Moynihan said the wrong-way driver was arrested about 2:15 after several people called 911 to report a car driving north in the southbound lanes of Interstate 95 near Exit 1 in Hopkinton. Troopers…
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Providence City Council Formalizes Support for Paris Climate Accord

PROVIDENCE, RI— The Providence City Council on Thursday unanimously approved and cosponsored a resolution introduced by Councilman Luis Aponte (Ward 10) that formalizes the body’s support for the Paris Climate Accord. “Our federal government has chosen to neglect its duty to protect America and the world from the harmful effects of climate change,” said Aponte. “Ignoring climate change does not lessen its threat. More responsibility now lies in the hands of local governments across the country to enact policies that protect our planet from further destruction. Cities house the majority of industry and population, which makes it more important than…
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Providence City Council Approves First Passage of Fiscal Year 2018 Budget

Fiscally responsible budget streamlines spending, reforms tax penalties, improves quality of life in every Providence neighborhood PROVIDENCE, RI— The Providence City Council tonight approved first passage of the $737M city budget for the 2018 fiscal year. The budget is the result of strong collaboration and shared goals between the City Council and Elorza Administration to produce a fiscally responsible budget that includes no tax increases, invests in schools and neighborhoods, includes strategies to stimulate the economy and ensures city departments streamline operations and maximize efficiencies. The 2018 budget strengthens contributions to the rainy day fund to increase the city’s bond…
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