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Hundreds attend swearing-in ceremony for Colonel Ann Assumpico

PROVIDENCE, RI – (January 30, 2017) Colonel Ann C. Assumpico today was officially sworn in by Governor Gina M. Raimondo as the 13th Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police in a formal ceremony attended by hundreds of law enforcement officers, state and local officials and other well-wishers from throughout New England. She has been serving as Superintendent of State Police and Director of the Rhode Island Department of Public Safety since Nov. 3, 2016, when she was appointed by Governor Raimondo to replace outgoing Colonel Steven O’Donnell, who retired from the post last fall. “Colonel Assumpico has come up…
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250 Providence High School Students Receive Free Mobile Devices and Wireless Service as Part of the Sprint 1Million Project

Press Conference Providence is one of 11 pilot markets to test program helping to close the "Homework Gap" PROVIDENCE, RI - JANUARY 27, 2017 - Providence Public School District (PPSD) students will have a new way to keep up with their school work from home. As part of the Sprint (NYSE:S) 1Million Project, 250 Providence Public high school students will receive a free mobile device and free wireless connectivity as the pilot program kicks off at Dr. Jorge Alvarez High School today. Mayor of Providence Jorge Elorza, PPSD Superintendent Christopher N. Maher and local Sprint executives will be on hand…
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Statement from the Governor about the FRA’s plan for a high-speed rail line after meeting with members of the Charlestown Town Council and local legislators

"I appreciated the opportunity to meet today with Charlestown leaders to discuss their concerns about the Federal Railroad Administration's proposed high-speed Northeast Corridor Rail Line. I am very pleased that Providence is included as a major hub of the line, which promises to have a significant positive impact on the state's quality of life and our economy. Increasing connectivity and cutting down travel times to New York and Boston will make it easier for businesses to grow here in Rhode Island. "However, I share the Charlestown community's concerns about quality of life implications, environmental threats and historic preservation, and until…
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Governor to Announce Manufacturing Initiative

PROVIDENCE, RI - Governor Gina M. Raimondo will visit Luca + Danni tomorrow to release details on the Rhode Island Manufacturing Initiative, a comprehensive package of proposals that are designed to expand modern manufacturing and ensure that Rhode Islanders have access to workforce training programs to learn the necessary skills to compete in the advanced economy. The Governor has made revitalizing Rhode Island's manufacturing industry a key focus for her administration. In her State of the State address and FY 2018 budget submission, she has proposed new initiatives that will not only assist in growing the manufacturing industry in Rhode…
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Remarks by Joe Paolino today on future of Providence’s St. Joseph Hospital

When I became Chairman of the Board of the Downtown Improvement District, Mayor Elorza and I started a public dialogue and met with the hardworking social service partners that you see here today. Meeting with them and creating a series of recommendations, we realized that what our city and state need more than anything is affordable and accessible housing. And so what began in the summer as a goal to ban smoking in Kennedy Plaza and panhandling in the City of Providence has been expanded to help not just our homeless veterans, who deserve a warm, safe place to sleep…
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Raimondo Announces Next Generation Library Challenge

Press Conference PROVIDENCE, RI - Governor Gina M. Raimondo today announced the Studio Rhode Next Generation Libraries Challenge, an innovative approach to supporting public libraries with new technology and training to engage with Rhode Islanders in the digital age. "Libraries are an integral part of every community," Raimondo said. "My grandfather learned English at his local public library, and it was hearing about the closure of libraries around the state that inspired me to get involved with public service. As our world changes, Rhode Islanders need these vital centers of knowledge to keep up with the times, so they can…
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Fmr. RI House Finance Chairman to Plead Guilty to Fraud, Aggravated Identity Theft, Tax Charges

Fmr. RI House Finance Chairman to Plead Guilty to Fraud, Aggravated Identity Theft, Tax Charges PROVIDENCE – According to signed documents filed in District Court in Providence today, Raymond E. Gallison, Jr., 64, of Bristol, , a former member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives and House Finance Committee Chairman, has agreed to plead guilty to federal mail fraud, wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and filing false tax return charges. According to signed court documents, Gallison will admit to wide-ranging fraudulent and deceptive conduct to steal private money and hide his misuse of public money, and covering his tracks…
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Obama’s ‘thank you’ letter to the American people on final day as president

My fellow Americans, It's a long-standing tradition for the sitting president of the United States to leave a parting letter in the Oval Office for the American elected to take his or her place. It's a letter meant to share what we know, what we've learned, and what small wisdom may help our successor bear the great responsibility that comes with the highest office in our land, and the leadership of the free world. But before I leave my note for our 45th president, I wanted to say one final thank you for the honor of serving as your 44th.…
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Raimondo Host Free College Rally at Cranston East

Governor Gina M. Raimondo, joined by Education Commissioner Ken Wagner and seniors at Cranston East High School, rally in support of her proposal to knock down the financial barriers to obtaining a college degree by providing two years of free college to all Rhode Islanders. Raimondo's plan guarantees two years of free college for every Rhode Island student at who graduates on time from the Community College of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College and the University of Rhode Island, beginning with high school seniors who graduate this spring. RHODE ISLAND'S PROMISE
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