Local News

Free Summer Meals Available Statewide

PROVIDENCE, – The Summer Food Service Program is now underway at more than 200 program sites in 15 communities, where free meals will be served to Rhode Island students this summer.   “Increasing participation in school meals and in summer meals is a goal of the Governor’s Children’s Cabinet because we recognize that academic performance and lifelong success are closely linked to a student’s overall well-being,” said Ken Wagner, Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education. “During the summer months, too many kids lose access to healthy meals, and are unaware of the options that are available to them. I call on our partners…
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LPR News

USCIS to Celebrate Independence Day by Welcoming 14,000 New Citizens

WASHINGTON—This year, Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will celebrate the 242nd anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, and our nation’s birthday, by welcoming more than 14,000 new citizens in nearly 175 naturalization ceremonies between June 28 and July 10.   The Independence Day activities will kick off with a naturalization ceremony at the Bexar County Courthouse in San Antonio, Texas on June 28. During this event, USCIS Director L. Francis Cissna will deliver congratulatory remarks to 37 new Americans.   “The naturalization ceremony marks the end of the journey toward citizenship, just as it marks the start of new lives…
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Local News

Statement by Secretary of State Gorbea on Passage of Notary Legislation

“Today, the Rhode Island General Assembly passed legislation that modernizes our notary laws by becoming the 12th state to adopt the Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts (RULONA) – a model designed to standardize notarial requirements and procedures. The bills support the advances in technology commonly used to conduct business today, including electronic notarizations, while also increasing consumer protections by addressing issues of false and deceptive advertising. I thank House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, Senate President Dominick Ruggerio; our bill sponsors Representative Joseph J. Solomon, Jr. and Majority Whip Maryellen Goodwin; and the entire General Assembly for their support of legislation that will further our efforts…
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Rhode Island Four-Year Graduation Rate Rises to 84 Percent

  PROVIDENCE, – The Rhode Island Department of Education announced today that the 2017 four-year graduation rate rose to percent, a percentage point increase over 2016, and an 8 point increase since 2010. Rhode Island saw slight improvements among certain student subgroups in the Class of 2017, as well, including a percentage point increase for black students, a increase for students with disabilities, and a increase for low-income students.   The graduation rate for Hispanic students increased only slightly, by .3 percentage points, and went down points for English learners.   “While the overall trend in graduation rates is encouraging,…
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Langevin Opposes Republican Effort to Authorize Border Wall

WASHINGTON, — Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), a senior member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, voted against 3548, the Border Security for America Act, during committee consideration of the bill. The legislation, introduced by Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX), would authorize billions of dollars in additional funding to construct the border wall demanded by President Trump. The bill was reported out of committee by a vote of 18-12.   “As I have said before, while I believe that border security is integral to our national security, a wall is an ineffective and expensive way to enhance it,” said Congressman Langevin.…
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Community

United Way 2-1-1 handles 1.6 million requests in 10 years

Award Celebration to be held March 2, 2017 Providence, RI - United Way of Rhode Island (UWRI) celebrates the first ten years of 2-1-1 service in Rhode Island. They will release a annual data report and honor community partners on Thursday, March 2nd at 3:30pm.  The presentation will be held at the Rhode Island State House, followed by reception at Bravo Brasserie. The 2-1-1 Annual Data Release Help Starts Here – With 200,000 calls a year, 2-1-1 in RI has a pulse on the basic needs that are being met, and where Rhode Islanders struggle, year after year. Among the…
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Health

RI TO RECEIVE $200,000 TO FIGHT ZIKA VIRUS

WARWICK,   – Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Representatives Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today announced that Rhode Island will receive $200,000 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to enhance efforts to rapidly detect microcephaly and other adverse birth outcomes caused by Zika virus infection. The funding will be administered through the Rhode Island Birth Defects Program at the Rhode Island Department of Health.   In February, President Obama submitted to Congress a $ billion emergency supplemental funding request. Despite multiple attempts by Democrats to reach a bipartisan agreement, Republican leaders chose to adjourn for the summer…
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Local News

Obituary of Judith Vazquez

Judith Vazquez 7/13/2016 Judith (Tirado) Vazquez, 76, of New Bedford passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday July 13, 2016 surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of Santos in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, the daughter of the late Jose and Josefa (Robles) Tirado, she lived in New York before moving to New Bedford in 1975. Mrs. Vazquez was an active communicant of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish at St. James Church. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, entertaining, and gardening. Survivors include her husband; two daughters, Lorraine Ruiz Almonte and her husband Reynaldo Almonte and Cynthia Cortez-Lefevre and her husband…
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Community

Join Us for LPR’s 7th Annual Community Excellence Awards

LPR's Community Excellence Awards Gala is right around the corner. On Saturday, May 14th, 2016 Latino Public Radio will host their annual gala event. For this year's event we have chosen to focus on education, specifically those individuals who play a part in influencing the next generation of students, professionals, and leaders. We would like to take this year to honor and recognize those who have made strides in the Latino community and left their mark in Rhode Island's educational landscape.   Class of 2016 Foundation Builders Recipients: Todd Flaherty, President & CEO of The College Crusade of RI Heather Tow-Yick, Vice President of…
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Community

Congressman Langevin Delivers Valentines for Veterans

Photo courtesy of Congressman's office- Lan Brigadier General Christopher Callahan, adjutant general of Rhode Island and Commanding General of the Rhode Island National Guard, joins Congressman Jim Langevin and Lieutenant Governor Dan McKee on a visit to the Providence VA Medical Center. VA personnel connected the visitors with veterans as part of the Valentines for Veterans program, and also provided updates on VA operations in Rhode Island. PROVIDENCE, – Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) visited the Providence VA Medical Center Thursday as part of the Valentines for Veterans program, delivering valentines made by area students and visiting with veterans being treated at the…
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