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Rep. Diaz announces agenda for 2019 House session

STATE HOUSE — In the wake of a successful 2018 session that saw many of her policies passed into law, Rep. Grace Diaz (D – Dist. 11, Providence) has announced her agenda for the new session and looks forward to developing policies that will continue to help the people of Rhode Island, including early learning, business opportunity, education, social justice and children’s safety. “I am honored to once again be serving in the House of Representatives,” said Representative Diaz, who was first elected to the chamber in 2004. “I look forward to working with my colleagues to address my policy priorities.” Representative…
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Flu Activity Prompts Healthcare Worker Masking Requirement; Health Department Reminds Rhode Islanders of the Best Settings for Care

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) announced today that the flu is "widespread" in Rhode Island, triggering the State's requirement for unvaccinated healthcare workers in hospitals and many other types of healthcare facilities to wear masks during direct patient contact. "The masking requirement helps protect healthcare workers from catching the flu, and helps protect patients who are often dealing with other serious health issues," said Director of Health Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH. "For people who have not been vaccinated yet, it is not too late. Flu vaccine is the single best way to keep yourself and the people you…
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Rhode Island State Police Arrests 16 Individuals for Driving While Impaired During Two-Week Holiday Period

Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety, announces that 16 individuals were arrested and charged with driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs over the past two weeks. The arrests resulted from intensive enforcement of Rhode Island laws as part of the national traffic enforcement campaign to keep intoxicated motorists off the roadways during the holidays. “There is simply no excuse for anyone driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol,” Colonel Assumpico said. “The Rhode Island State Police will continue to aggressively pursue, arrest and prosecute anyone who drives…
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Reed-Backed Bipartisan Bill to Fight Alzheimer’s Signed into Law

WASHINGTON, DC –  Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) helped notch a major victory in the effort to combat Alzheimer’s disease and promote brain health, with the signing of the Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act this week.  The BOLD Act authorizes $100 million over five years to develop a public health approach that will improve prevention, treatment, and care for patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Senator Reed cosponsored the BOLD Act, which was authored by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Shelley Capito Moore (R-WV), and Catherine Cortez-Masto (D-NV), and helped pass it through the full Senate on December 18.  It was…
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PAWTUCKET MAN CHARGED WITH MANUFACTURING COUNTERFEIT MONEY

PROVIDENCE - A Pawtucket man, previously convicted and incarcerated for producing counterfeit casino coins, was arrested at his Pawtucket residence on Friday and made an initial appearance before District Court Magistrate Judge Lincoln D. Almond on charges that he allegedly possessed equipment used to manufacture counterfeit currency and that he manufactured counterfeit $100 bills.   Louis B. Colavecchio, 76, was arrested by United States Secret Service agents as the agents, assisted by Coventry and Pawtucket Police, executed a federal court-authorized search of his residence. The Secret Service seized, among other items, electronic media and presses used in the production of…
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Community

IRS, Security Summit Partners warn public: It’s shopping season for identity thieves, too; Tax Security Awareness Week offers tips

WASHINGTON ― With the holiday shopping season in full swing, the Internal Revenue Service and Security Summit partners warn taxpayers to take extra steps to protect their tax and financial data from identity thieves.  The holidays offer cybercriminals a chance to steal financial account information, Social Security numbers, credit card information and other sensitive data to help them file a fraudulent tax return in 2019.  The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax community, partners in the Security Summit, are marking “National Tax Security Awareness Week” Dec. 3 -7, with a series of reminders to taxpayers and tax…
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Red Cross Offers 25 Ways to Safely Cook and Travel this Thanksgiving

Cooking fires increase on Thanksgiving; Millions expected take to highways to visit loved ones PROVIDENCE, RI (November 14, 2018) — Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and millions of people will soon take to the road and kitchen to share the holiday with loved ones. Because Thanksgiving is a peak time for congested travel and home cooking fires, the American Red Cross asks everyone to follow the steps below to help stay safe this holiday. COOKING SAFETY Each year, Thanksgiving is one of the leading days for home cooking fires. You can help protect yourself and your family from home fires—the nation’s most frequent disaster—by…
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TRAFFIC PATTERN CHANGE SCHEDULED FOR WASHINGTON BRIDGE WESTBOUND

Changes are necessary as part of Washington Bridge Rehabilitation Project The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today announced a traffic pattern change for a section of the Washington Bridge, which carries I-195 West from East Providence to Providence. This change will allow for continued rehabilitation of this important structure, which is classified as structurally deficient. On Friday November 16 during the evening and overnight hours, the Department will restripe the bridge to provide three through lanes for I-195 traffic and a dedicated lane for traffic entering the highway from Taunton Avenue/Route 44. The new traffic pattern will be in…
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Education

RWU’s Dunseath Elected President of North East Association for Institutional research

RWU’s Assistant Vice President for Institutional Research will be the first person from a Rhode Island institution to serve as NEAIR president BRISTOL, , Nov. 13, 2018 ­­– Jennifer L. Dunseath, the Assistant Vice President for Institutional Research at Roger Williams University, has been elected president of the North East Association for Institutional Research. Dunseath was elected in October and her role became effective during the association’s 2018 annual conference, held Nov. 3-6 in Pittsburgh, Pa. She will serve as president-elect this year, as president next year and as immediate past president the year after that. “I am honored and excited about…
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Community

Escasez severa de donaciones de sangre: La Cruz Roja emite unllamado inmediato a la comunidad para donar sangre y plaquetas

Durante este invierno, también se necesita coordinadores de campañas de donaciones de sangrepara evitar que estaescasez se prolongue DEDHAM, Mass. (13 de noviembre de 2018) —La Cruz Roja Americana está enfrentando una severa escasez de sangre y necesita urgentemente donaciones de sangre y plaquetaspara evitar retrasos en el cuidado médico que salvan vidas de pacientes. También hay una necesidad crítica de coordinadores voluntarios de campañas de sangre para evitar que la escasez empeore este invierno. August 27, 2017. Houston, Texas. DRO Cross employee Bob Otwell prepares blood products including FFP, Whole Blood and Platelets for distribution to nearby hospitals. These blood products…
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