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Dunkin’ donuts, multicultural foodservice & hospitality alliance host career exploration event for local high school students

Listen to LPR News Podcast Providence - Local Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners and their crew members are teaming up with the Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance (MFHA) to put on an interactive career exploration program for local high school students in Rhode Island. The event Friday at Rhode Island College, is part of MFHA’s Showcase of the Stars™ program – a nationwide event series targeted toward urban youth and committed to highlighting the professional opportunities available in the foodservice industry. The program presents guest panelists, the “stars” of the event, who share stories of how they built their careers and…
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Explore Empathy and Stories of Coming to Rhode Island in Interactive Exhibit at Providence Children’s Museum

PROVIDENCE, RI – Step back in time at Providence Children’s Museum to explore a playfully reinvented version of its popular Coming to Rhode Island exhibit, which opened to the public on Friday, November 18. The dynamic environment offers an interactive, time-traveling exploration of the state’s history, immigration and culture through stories and engaging hands-on activities that encourage empathy and respect for diversity. For hundreds of years and continuing today, people have come from all over the world to what is now Rhode Island – whether voluntarily, coerced or forced – and everyone has stories about where their families are from…
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Reed Seeks to Help States & Communities Repair Deteriorating Dams

Sen. Reed urges Congress to pass his bipartisan bill to help fix dams deemed a threat to public safety and property JOHNSTON, RI - Rhode Island's mill dams helped shape the Industrial Revolution. Now, federal, state, and local officials are working together to try to keep Rhode Island's dams in better shape. Today, at the Almy Dam in Johnston, Senator Jack Reed joined with Mayor Joseph M. Polisena, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Director Janet L. Coit, and engineers and dam safety officials to highlight the need to repair "high hazard" dams across the state. High hazard potential…
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Mobile Museum of Black Artifacts visits State House

STATE HOUSE - At the invitation of Rep. Joseph S. Almeida, the Mobile Museum of Black Artifacts rolled up to the State House last week on the first stop of a weeklong tour from Rhode Island to Washington, The Rhode Island State House was the first of seven stops Moniz-John made on a tour that begins in Providence Nov. 10, and culminated in Washington, a week later, where she planned to park the museum at the new National Museum of African American History and Culture and near the White House. At the State House, the museum was open to the…
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Some Rhode Island Taxpayers Refunds to be Delayed

Federal Refunds Delayed to Feb. 15 for Rhode Island Taxpayers Claiming Two Key Tax Credits; Plan Ahead, IRS Says RI-2016-001, Nov. 17, 2016 WASHINGTON - The Internal Revenue Service today reminded Rhode Island taxpayers who claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) to plan on a refund delay until A recent federal law change aimed at making it easier for the IRS to detect and prevent refund fraud, requires the IRS to hold the refund of any tax return claiming either the EITC or ACTC until Feb. 15. By law, the IRS must hold…
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RIDOT ends Federal Fiscal Year with $174 million in its construction program

FFY16 program is $60 million higher than previous year The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today announced that RIDOT put $174 million out for bid during the 2016 Federal Fiscal Year (FFY2016) - $60 million more than it did in the previous year and $74 million more than it did in FFY2014. The details of the year-end accomplishments were published in RIDOT's latest quarterly report. The report covers the quarter ending September 30, 2016, the close of the federal fiscal year. "We closed out the prior quarter and the Federal Fiscal Year with an impressive number of accomplishments, not…
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Mayor Elorza Introduces New Licensing Kiosk to Business Community

Tool is Part of Innovation Efforts to Improve Customer Service, Efficiency, and Local Business Climate PROVIDENCE, RI- Mayor Jorge Elorza, Sin Bakery proprietor Jennifer Luxmoore, Department of Innovation Director Emmanuel Echevarria, as well as staff from Providence's Licensing Office today introduced the City's new Licensing Kiosk. The addition of the innovative tool and the Viewpoint digitized platform is part of Mayor Elorza's efforts to streamline licensing processes and improve the experience of customers when applying for a license through the Board of Licenses. "With the new Licensing Kiosk, our business owners can spend more time growing their businesses and less…
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Raimondo’s Statement on Rhode Island’s Economic Data

PROVIDENCE, - Governor Gina M. Raimondo today released the following statement on Rhode Island's latest jobs and unemployment data: "Job growth has been our focus since day one. With this month's growth, the Rhode Island economy has regained all private sector jobs that were lost during the Great Recession and private sector employment is at an all-time high. Along with our new Small Business Assistance Program - which will give microenterprises, minority and women-owned businesses, and other small businesses access to capital in order to grow - this very positive milestone shows momentum. We will continue to build a strong…
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Treasurer Magaziner Co-files Shareholder Proposal Calling on Wells Fargo to Address Unacceptable Consumer Fraud

PROVIDENCE, - Rhode Island has joined a group of institutional investors filing a shareholder proposal demanding Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) address recent revelations of widespread consumer fraud and take steps to protect customers and shareholders from illegal predatory banking going forward, General Treasurer Seth Magaziner announced today. "Wells Fargo allowed millions of Americans to fall victim to widespread fraud and the full extent of the damage to their customers, employees, and shareholders is still unknown," said General Treasurer Seth Magaziner. "On behalf of Rhode Island taxpayers and members of the State's pension system, we are entitled to know what Wells Fargo…
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Five RI civic leaders receive the 2016 National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) Medallion Award

PROVIDENCE, RI - Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea recognized two individuals and three institutions with the 2016 NASS Medallion Award at a ceremony held this afternoon at the State House. State Senator Harold M. Metts of Providence; Ani Haroian of Providence; DominicanosUSA; Generation Citizen; and the Rhode Island Association of Chinese Americans all received the NASS Medallion Award from Secretary Gorbea. "Rhode Island is fortunate to have such a diverse group of community leaders," Secretary Gorbea said. "Leaders who inspire Rhode Islanders from all walks of life into taking a more active role in their community." President of the…
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