Rhode Island State Police Offers Back-to-School Safety Tips and Reminders for Motorists

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 as children return to classrooms for the start of a new school year. Drivers need to be aware of an increased number of pedestrians and bicyclists on the road, especially near schools and school bus stops. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently released a study showing that 301 school-aged children nationwide were killed heading to and from school between 2006 and 2015. One third of the victims were pedestrians. The study…
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All RWU freshmen taking part in Feinstein Community Connections program on Monday

BRISTOL, RI ­­– Every member of the freshman class at Roger Williams University will take part in the Feinstein Community Connections program on Monday, fanning out to do community work at 33 sites across Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts. In all, some 1,300 students will take part in the 13th annual event, which this year is named for Rhode Island philanthropist Alan Shawn Feinstein, who funds the Feinstein Leadership Scholarship program at RWU. When this year’s work is complete, RWU students will have provided more than 69,500 hours of community service since the program began in 2005. This year, for…
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Rhode Island State Police Offers Cyber Safety Tips for College Students

As students head off to college, Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, Superintendent of State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety, stresses the importance of cyber safety on and off campus. She urges parents and students to protect computers, cell phones and other mobile devices, as well as protecting personal information from cyber criminals. "Students must remember the importance of cyber security as they return to school," Colonel Assumpico said. "Digital media has become an integral part of the college experience and whether they are returning to a dorm or to off-campus living, they should take the time to…
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Mayor Fung Receives Prestigious U.S. Sen. George F. Hoar Award

BOSTON, MA-Cranston Mayor Allan W. Fung was honored for his years of inspiring public service and acting as a positive role model for the Chinese-American community at the Chinese American Citizen Alliance Boston Lodge's annual gala in Boston on Saturday, Aug. 19. Mayor Fung was one of three individual recipients of the Sen. George Frisbie Hoar Award at the gala, joining Connecticut State Rep. William Tong and former Fitchburg, Mass. Mayor Lisa Wong in receipt of the tremendous honor. The award is named after former Massachusetts Sen. George F. Hoar, who served in the Senate from 1879 to 1904 and…
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YouthBuild Preparatory Academy Receives $1.1 Million Grant from U.S. Department of Labor

Grant will provide education and job training for at-risk youth PROVIDENCE, — Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline joined Anthony Hubbard, Executive Director of YouthBuild Preparatory Academy, in announcing a $ million grant from the Department of Labor (DOL) to provide educational opportunities and career development skills for at-risk Rhode Island students. This is part of an $80 million round of pre-apprenticeship grants awarded by DOL to 77 YouthBuild programs nationwide. YouthBuild Preparatory Academy provides vocational training and academic opportunities for students who have left high school without a diploma. The program helps…
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Reed Seeks to Educate RI Veterans About the New Forever GI Bill & How to Access Benefits

Expansion of college aid for military veterans will help more RI veterans successfully transition to new good-paying careers in high-demand fields PROVIDENCE, RI - After Congress passed a new law expanding veterans education benefits and extending the amount of time service members and their families have to use them, Senator Jack Reed wants to ensure Rhode Islanders can take advantage. On Tuesday, August 15 at 10:30 , Senator Reed will join with veterans and education leaders at the National Association of State Approving Agencies (NASAA) to discuss the benefits of the "Forever GI Bill" and opportunities for college aid for…
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Subject: RWU Criminal Justice Expert Creates Real-Time Overdose Tracker to Help Stem Opioid Epidemic

System provides the most up-to-date information in countywide effort to redefine how police respond to the issue BRISTOL, , August 9, 2017 ­­– Roger Williams University Criminal Justice Professor Sean Varano has been working with 27 police departments in Plymouth County, Mass., to develop a countywide model that is redefining how police track and respond to opioid overdoses – an epidemic that has swept across the nation. It's estimated that more than 2 million Americans abused opioids in 2015 and that more than 33,000 people died of overdoses in the that same year – up from 28,000 in 2014. To…
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Raimondo Signs Legislation Aimed at Preventing Opioid Overdoses and Saving Lives

PROVIDENCE, - Governor Gina M. Raimondo, joined by Health Director Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott and leaders from the state General Assembly, today hosted a ceremonial bill signing of legislation strengthening Rhode Island's response to the opioid overdose crisis. "This epidemic is our single greatest public health crisis, and the legislation I signed today will help our state fight back and save lives," Raimondo said. "I hear stories from families hurt by overdose everywhere I go. Fentanyl-related overdose deaths in Rhode Island have spiked in the past year, and I commend the General Assembly for passing legislation that specifically targets this problem.…
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Raimondo Signs Automatic Voter Registration Legislation

PROVIDENCE, - Governor Gina M. Raimondo, joined by Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea, Congressman David N. Cicilline, State Representative David A. Coughlin and State Senator Gayle L. Goldin, hosted a ceremonial bill signing of legislation making Rhode Island the ninth state in the nation to implement automatic voter registration. "We must do everything we can to help Rhode Islanders participate in and engage with government at every level," Raimondo said. "That means bringing our voting infrastructure into the 21st century. I am thankful to Secretary Gorbea and General Assembly leaders for working so hard to get this legislation to…
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Raimondo Meets with Mayors, Municipal Officials to Discuss Budget Impasse

PROVIDENCE - Governor Gina M. Raimondo convened a working meeting today in the State Room with mayors and officials from Rhode Island's cities and towns to discuss the impact of the nearly month-long legislative budget impasse on local communities. In June, the House and Senate both passed nearly identical budget bills, but have yet to reconcile their versions. Because of that, the state has not yet enacted a budget for FY18 and the state is currently operating according to the FY17 enacted budget. Mayors and town officials from 25 cities and towns attended the meeting. "In January, I introduced a…
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