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Officials Look for Links Between IS, Texas Attack Gunmen

authorities are trying to determine if there are any connections between the Islamic State group and two gunmen who attacked a contest in Texas where cartoonists drew pictures of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad. Investigators have been looking at Twitter accounts linked to one of the men as well as electronic devices used by both. Federal authorities confirmed Wednesday a Twitter account belonging to Elton Simpson, one of the gunmen killed Sunday at the event, posted a final tweet about 20 minutes before the shooting that said: "May Allah accept us as mujahideen," or holy warriors. Among the hashtags used by…
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Arrivals Update – Volvo Ocean Race in Newport

Newport - Today's the day! After 17 long and tiring days sailing north from Itajaí, Brazil, the fleet is moving ever closer to Rhode Island - and the excitement is growing by the hour! The American flags are out in force to welcome these boats to the only North American stopover of the 2014-15 edition - the race's first ever visit to Newport! Racing close all the way to the finish, the boats are still battling it out for first place, and the leaders are expected to arrive between 2000UTC and 0300UTC tonight! (That's between 00-07 UTC time on 7 May)…
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Volvo Ocean Race Fleet Expected To Finish This Evening Between 8 PM And 3 AM

The past 24 hours have been swift for the six boats competing in the Volvo Ocean Race and the leader’s estimated time of arrival is now expected tonight, between 8 and 3 tomorrow morning. The Volvo Ocean Race Newport Race Village at Fort Adams State Park will remain open past the scheduled 7 closing time to accommodate race fans and families of the sailors who will be on hand to welcome the weary sailors after a 5,000-nautical mile leg. Based on this morning’s position report of 8:40 EDT (12:40 UTC), Dongfeng Race Team, skippered by Frenchman Charles Caudrelier, led the…
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Raimondo, Paiva Weed Officially Open New State Pier At Fort Adams

PROVIDENCE,  – Governor Gina M. Raimondo, Rhode Island Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed and Director of the Department of Environmental Management Janet Coit today officially opened the new public pier at Fort Adams State Park. Construction on the pier began in April 2014 to improve public access to Narragansett Bay. “Increasing public access to Narragansett Bay is a great way to attract visitors to one of our beautiful state parks,” Governor Raimondo said. “Completing this type of project demonstrates Rhode Island is ready to welcome residents and tourists alike to enjoy all our state has to offer.” “This investment…
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Providence Fire Department promotes twenty-four members to various ranks within the department

PROVIDENCE, RI- Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, Public Safety Commissioner Steven M. Paré and Fire Chief Clarence A. Cunha joined at City Hall this afternoon for a promotional ceremony of twenty-four members of the Providence Fire Department.   “The Providence Fire Department is simply as fine as they come. I congratulate all of the firefighters being promoted this afternoon and thank them for their continued service to the City,” said Mayor Elorza.   “I would like to congratulate the members of the Providence Fire Department being promoted this afternoon,” said Chief Cunha.  “I commend for their commitment, hard work and compassion…
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RIDOT Accelerates Opening of Washington Bridge Linear Park

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) announced today that it will open the new linear park on the historic Washington Bridge in Providence on weekends beginning Saturday, May 2; this to allow the public to take advantage of the spring weather and enjoy the new bike path as soon as possible. The park will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from dawn to dusk; this schedule will be in effect until the project is completed and the park is fully opened in late June. As part of this project, the original bike path - which was closed in 2012…
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Baltimore Riots Shut Down Baseball, Businesses, Schools

Baltimore is struggling to return to normal following a night of violence, with schools and other key parts of city life shut down. The city's Major League Baseball team, the Baltimore Orioles, used social media to announce its second game postponement Tuesday, after canceling a game Monday night against the Chicago White Sox. "After consultation with MLB & state & local officials, tonight's game between the Orioles & the White Sox at Oriole Park has been postponed," said the Orioles' official Twitter account. Some offices and businesses also opted to close, including the Baltimore campus of the Social Security Administration,…
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Obama: ‘No Excuse’ for Riots in Baltimore

President Barack Obama Tuesday said there's “no excuse” for Monday night's violence in the eastern city of Baltimore and called for those who looted and burned buildings "to be treated as criminals." Riots erupted in the city after the funeral for 25-year-old Freddie Gray, an African-American man who died in police custody earlier this month. Obama said what happened Monday in Baltimore "distracted" from the multiple days of peaceful protests that were focused on what he described as "entirely legitimate concerns" over Gray's death. "There's no excuse for the kind of violence that we saw yesterday," Obama said, making his…
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Boston Marathoners under deary skies, but full of energy

The skies are dreary, the air is chilly and downpours are on the way, but the runners have hit the road for the 119th running of the Boston Marathon. Enveloped as it was last year in a heavy security blanket of multiple armed law enforcement agencies, the National Guard and bomb-sniffing canines, the world’s oldest competitive race got under way at 8:50 with the first field of mobility impaired participants. Marcel Hug, of Switzerland, won the men’s wheelchair race with a time of 1:29:53. Tatyana McFadden won the women’s wheelchair race, finishing in 1:52:53.  
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Elorza & Reed Kick Off Campaign to Help Enroll Eligible Children in RIte Care

PROVIDENCE, RI – Last week, Congress passed a bipartisan bill to extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), as well as for community health centers.  This is great news for thousands of children in low and moderate-income households in Rhode Island who will have health coverage through RIte Care as a result.   On Monday, April 20 at 11 , Mayor Jorge O. Elorza and Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) will be joined by Merrill Thomas, CEO of the Providence Community Health Centers, and Elizabeth Burke Bryant, executive director of Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, to discuss the importance of…
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