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US Lawmakers Address Global Concerns Ahead of Trump Speech

VOA News/Michael Bowman CAPITOL HILL — From Russia to Venezuela, lawmakers highlighted weighty global concerns and American foreign-policy challenges on the eve of President Donald Trump's State of the Union address to Congress. A top Democrat on Monday savaged Trump's handing of matters on the world stage. "Tomorrow, the president will say, predictably, that the state of our union is strong," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York said. "But the truth is … the state of the president's foreign policy is incoherent, inconsistent, cynical in the extreme, and has undermined American power and our national interest." Schumer added, "Russia,…
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T.F. Green Air Traffic Controller to Join Cicilline for State of the Union

Middletown resident continued working for five weeks without pay during federal government shutdown WASHINGTON - Jamie Green, an Aquidneck Island resident and air traffic controller at Green International Airport who was forced to work for 35 days without pay during the recent partial government shutdown, will join Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) as his guest for President Trump's State of the Union Address tomorrow night. "Either the President didn't know, or he didn't care, that shutting down the government hurt hundreds of thousands of working families like Jamie's," said Cicilline. "Now he's threatening another shutdown in one week. This cannot…
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2019 Swearing-In Ceremony of The Central Falls Municipal Judges Including the First Latina Judge in City’s History

Central Falls - On Monday, February 4th, at 5 pm Mayor James A. Diossa will administer the oath of office to new Central Falls Municipal Judges, Raymond P. Cooney (Municipal Court Judge Emeritus),  Elizabeth Ortiz(Municipal Court Judge), Bruce D. Sawyer (Probate Court Judge), and Robert J. McConnell(Associate Municipal (Housing) Court Judge). The swearing-in ceremony will take place in the Central Falls City Council Chambers (580 Broad Street) at 5
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Cicilline Introduces Presidential Tax Disclosure Act

Bill to require publication of President's tax returns filed as Ways and Means Committee's Oversight Subcommittee prepares for hearing tomorrow on presidential tax returns WASHINGTON - Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) introduced legislation today to require that anyone holding the office of President of the United States make his or her tax returns available to the public. The bill applies to tax returns filed within three years of taking office and for each year the individual holds the presidency. "The President's ongoing refusal to make his tax returns public raises serious questions about his…
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White House Defends Trump ‘Executive Time’

VOA News/Steve Herman WHITE HOUSE — White House officials are expressing anger after an insider leaked months of President Donald Trump’s private schedules. The release of the information is a “disgraceful breach of trust,” according to Madeleine Westerhout, the director of Oval Office operations. In a tweet, Westerhout said what the documents do not show “are the hundreds of calls and meetings” the president takes every day. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders is also pushing back on the assessment that the schedules reveal the majority of Trump’s time is spent in unstructured "executive time" – reinforcing the image the president…
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US Jury to Start Deliberations in ‘El Chapo’ Drug Smuggling Case

VOA News After hearing nearly three months of testimony, a New York jury is set Monday to begin deliberations in the drug-smuggling case against infamous Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. The jurors heard testimony from more than 50 prosecution witnesses about the 61-year-old Guzman's rise to power as head of the Sinaloa drug cartel. Prosecutors allege that he oversaw the smuggling of 200 tons of cocaine into the United States over two decades and was responsible for a wave of killings in turf battles with other cartels. He is perhaps best known for escaping twice from Mexican prisons…
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Colombia Kills Dissident Militant Leader

VOA News Colombia’s military says it has killed a militant leader who refused to adhere to a peace accord his rebel group and the government agreed to in 2016. “Today in a seamless operation the criminal known as Rodrigo Cadete, one of the most feared figures of terrorism in our country, was neutralized,” Colombian President Ivan Duque said Saturday. Cadete, who was 52, had been a leader of FARC, the country’s former leftist guerilla group that has put down its arms and transformed into a political party, holding 10 seats in Congress. Defense Minister Guillermo Botero said nine other guerillas…
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Rhode Island State Police Warns of Potential for Dangerous Driving Conditions Due to Ice on Roadways

The Rhode Island State Police warns motorists that travel is expected to become treacherous as rapidly dropping temperatures leads to icing on the roadways. Motorists are encouraged to avoid unnecessary travel or use extreme caution if they must be out on the roads. Anticipate hazardous driving conditions this afternoon and tonight, especially on bridges and ramps, which freeze more quickly than roads, as well as untreated roadways. Additional troopers have been assigned throughout the state and will be working with the state Department of Transportation and other agencies to monitor travel conditions, especially on highways, bridges and areas prone to…
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TRINITY REP BREAKS ALL-TIME BOX OFFICE RECORD

Production of A Christmas Carol featured over 1,000 Community Performers and raised over $57k for RI Community Food Bank PROVIDENCE, RI: Trinity Repertory Company broke its all-time box office sales and attendance records with its 2018 production of A Christmas Carol, surpassing the record set last year by the same show. This season’s incarnation of the holiday tradition, which ran November 9-December 30, 2018, was the 41st consecutive mounting of the Dickens classic. Completely re-invented each season with a new director, cast, and designers, the 2018 production was directed by Mark Valdez, who also directed Fuente Ovejuna, or Like Sheep to…
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Education

View ‘Super Wolf Blood Moon’ eclipse at CCRI Jan. 20

Observatory offers opportunity to see decade’s last total lunar eclipse   Warwick, – Jan. 14, 2019: The public is invited to view Sunday’s “Super Wolf Blood Moon” total lunar eclipse at the Margaret Jacoby Observatory at the Community College of Rhode Island’s Knight Campus, 400 East Ave., Warwick.   The name means a supermoon and a blood moon will occur at the same time. The first full moon of the year is known as the “Wolf Moon” and is named after howling wolves. Observers will be able to watch the shadow of the Earth eclipse the moon and turn it…
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