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Officials: 147 Dead in Al-Shabab Attack in Kenya

NAIROBI—Kenyan officials say 147 people are dead after al-Shabab militants attacked a university in northeastern Kenya Thursday. About 160 students are still unaccounted for, Kenya's interior ministry said. Interior Minister Joseph Nkaissery spoke as special forces tried to clear the assailants off the campus of Garissa University College, about 370 kilometers (230 miles) east of Nairobi. Garissa University, Kenya “The government is on top of the security situation in our country; incident that happened today is one of those incidents that would surprise any country,” Nkaissery said. A reporter for VOA's Somali news service reported hearing gunfire and explosions coming…
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Gordon Fox Disbarred

Providence -According to an order issued by the Supreme Court, Fox consented to disbarment in an affidavit filed with the court's Disciplinary Board March 16, just two weeks after admitting to accepting bribes and using campaign funds for personal expenses as part of his plea agreement with prosecutors. On Wedsnesday, Rhode Island College rescinded the honorary degree it had bestowed to Fox in 2010. Fox is scheduled to be sentenced on June 11.
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Frank Williams announced the Pension Deal

PROVIDENCE, - Frank Williams, a retired Rhode Island Supreme Court chief justice who worked to broker a settlement, announced the deal in state court in Providence Thursday. He called it an "awesome achievement, shortly before Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter convened a court session to hear motions in the trial. The settlement proposal includes cost-of-living increases and one-time stipends. Retirees and unions sued over higher retirement ages and cuts to cost-of-living increases that were designed to save the state $4 billion over 20 years. The deal, that may close the legal war over the more than $4 billion in public employee…
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Second Homicide in Two Days for Providence

PROVIDENCE - Police have identified the woman who was shot dead in her car next to an elementary school on Sterling Avenue Wednesday night. The victim is Briana Giorgio, 21, of Cranston, which is the second homicide for Providence in two days. Giorgio was transported to Rhode Island Hospital and pronounced dead. Police said they don't believe this murder is related to the death of a 24-year-old woman found dead in her Providence apartment, Ashley Masi, on Tuesday.
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Rhode Island State Police seized 85 pounds of Marijuana

Colonel Steven G. O’Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of Public Safety, announces that on Thursday, April 2, 2015, Troopers assigned to the Hope Valley Barracks arrested a New York man and seized approximately eighty-five (85) pounds of marijuana during a motor vehicle stop on Route 95 in the Town of Richmond.   Troopers arrested Bing Zhou LIU, age 21, of Brooklyn, NY during the traffic stop and arraigned him on the charges of manufacturing /possession with intent to deliver Marijuana Greater than 5kilograms and possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.   The Fourth Division…
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Raimondo Outlines Jobs Package: Creating Opportunity

PROVIDENCE,  - Governor Gina M. Raimondo today continued to outline her proposed jobs package to move Rhode Island forward. Along with community leaders, she renewed her call to raise the minimum wage and increase the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). These proposals will boost the local economy and help make work pay for Rhode Islanders trying to provide a decent living for their family. "No one who works full time should be forced to raise their family in poverty," said Governor Raimondo. "By raising the minimum wage and increasing the Earned Income Tax Credit, we send a clear message that…
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Two New York City Women Arrested in Alleged Bomb Plot

Two New York City women have been charged with trying to build a homemade bomb to launch a terrorist attack in the United States. A federal criminal complaint made public Thursday says Noelle Velentzas and Asia Siddiqui were arrested on charges of conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction. Prosecutors say undercover investigators determined the women were plotting to attack police, government or military targets based on their "violent jihadist beliefs." Authorities say the public was never in danger. The complaint alleges that the defendants possessed propane gas tanks and instructions on how to transform them into explosive devices. According…
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Fostering Innovation: Governor Raimondo’s FY 2016 Budget Recommendation

"We must reinvigorate Rhode Island and state government with fresh ideas and new ways of doing things, so that we can enhance accountability and get better results for our citizens." - Governor Gina M. Raimondo With the state facing structural deficits, Rhode Island must transform state and municipal government to be more innovative and responsive to the needs of taxpayers. The state needs to streamline the way it delivers services to its customers, maximizing the use of technology, shared services, and intergovernmental collaboration whenever possible. Invest in Information Technology • Invest in information technology to improve state operations, promote data-driven…
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Governor Raimondo gave her first Budget Address

PROVIDENCE,  - Governor Gina M. Raimondo's Fiscal Year 2016 budget is a forward-looking, balanced budget proposal rooted in the belief that every hardworking person deserves the chance to make it in Rhode Island. Her budget offers significant investments in growth and has no broad-based tax increases despite closing an inherited $190 million deficit. "If we rebuild this economy and create middle class jobs for Rhode Island families, everything is possible," Raimondo said. "And if we don't, nothing else will matter. Our economic engine has run out of gas, and we have been in decline. Now is the time to spark our…
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US Military: Human Remains Found in Florida Helicopter Crash

military officials say rescuers have found human remains in the search for an Army helicopter that crashed off the Florida coast with 11 soldiers on board. A spokesman at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida said debris from the wrecked Black Hawk was discovered early Wednesday after the helicopter failed to return to base Tuesday night. Passengers on the helicopter included seven Marines and four crewmen. The Marines were part of a special operations unit based out of Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, while the aircrew and helicopter belonged to a Hammond, Louisiana Army National Guard unit, base spokesman Andy…
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