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Reed & Whitehouse Vow to Uphold ACA and Preserve Protections for People with Pre-Existing Conditions

As Congressional Republicans repeatedly vote to weaken coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, Rhode Island’s Senators work to ensure that people with preexisting health conditions can get and keep health insurance; strengthen protections for all patients; and help lower health care costs CRANSTON, RI – As Republicans sue in federal court to invalidate the Affordable Care Act (ACA) -- and with it protections for people with preexisting medical conditions that previously could be denied insurance coverage – and Senate Republican leaders declared their intent to again try and repeal the ACA, Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) are vowing…
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WHO Cracks Down on Illicit Sale of Tobacco

VOA News/Lisa Schlein GENEVA — Parties to a new global treaty to combat the illicit sale of tobacco products have taken the first steps toward cracking down on this multi-billion dollar trade. At a three-day meeting at the headquarters of the World Health Organization in Geneva they have outlined a plan to shut down the lucrative black market trade in tobacco. A global tobacco treaty (Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products) entered into force on September 25, with 48 countries joining the new protocol, which is part of the WHO Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (FCTC). Two-thirds of the…
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Facebook Deletes Hundreds of Pages, Accounts for Spreading Fake News

VOA News Facebook announced Thursday that it had deleted over 800 mostly pages and accounts that were posting politically oriented spam and engaging in "inauthentic behavior." The social media giant declined a request from VOA News to name the 559 pages and 251 accounts. Nation in Distress, a pro-President Donald Trump page identified by The Washington Post as being among the banned, had over 3 million followers. Facebook said that many of the pages and accounts had posted political clickbait across multiple fake accounts to drive users to their websites, where they were often targeted with ads. "Many used the same techniques to…
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Politics

Bitter Battle Over Kavanaugh Adds Fuel to Midterm Showdown

VOA News/Jim Malone WASHINGTON — Less than four weeks before congressional midterm elections, the bitter confirmation battle over Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has galvanized activists in both major political parties. But its ultimate impact remains uncertain. Republicans say the fight over Kavanaugh has given them a boost, especially in key Senate races in states President Donald Trump won in 2016. Democrats counter that the Kavanaugh fallout has enraged many women voters upset with the way the Senate confirmation battle turned out, likely increasing Democratic turnout in November and threatening Republican control of the House of Representatives. University of Virginia analyst…
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Who is Jamal Khashoggi?

VOA News One of the most influential Arab journalists in the world, Jamal Khashoggi, went missing after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week. Turkish authorities have blamed the Saudis, but Riyadh has denied harming the veteran reporter. Jamal Khashoggi, 59, was born in Medina, Saudi Arabia, one of the holiest cities in Islam. Like many Saudis at the time, Khashoggi left to study abroad. He earned a business administration degree in 1983 at Indiana State University in the United States. Career in journalism Khashoggi began his career as a reporter for the English language newspaper Saudi Gazette. He went…
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Health

Climb for Albinism: 6 Women Challenge Stereotypes on Africa’s Highest Peak

VOA news/Henry Ridgwell LONDON — Six African women with albinism, a condition that affects the pigmentation of the skin, hair and eyes, set out to climb Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro earlier this month in a bid to raise the visibility of people living with the climbers have all suffered abuse and discrimination, and in one case horrific violence because of their condition. They hope to challenge widely held stereotypes by scaling Africa’s highest peak and titled their summit attempt simply Climb for Albinism. At 5,895 meters tall, Kilimanjaro is no easy feat for any climber. For those with albinism it is an exceptional…
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Death Toll From Hurricane Michael Climbs to 11

VOA News Residents and rescue workers in Florida and other southeastern states were in the midst of recovering Friday from the devastation inflicted by Hurricane Michael, the remnants of which have moved out into the Atlantic Ocean. Before it swept out to sea, Michael claimed at least 11 lives after making landfall Wednesday as a Category 4 Hurricane in the Florida Panhandle and churned north through Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia as a tropical storm. Emergency personnel scoured through areas where entire blocks of homes and buildings were flattened, searching for survivors. "I expect the fatality count to come up…
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Politics

The New Poll by Harvard University’s John Della Volpe is More in Line with the Trillo Campaign’s Internal Polling

(Warwick, RI) - Independent candidate for Rhode Island governor Joe Trillo, received support from 17 percent of sampled Rhode Island voters in the latest statewide poll conducted by Harvard University’s John Della Volpe. The poll was released today on GoLocalProv. “This poll is more in line with the internal polling of my campaign, which has us much higher,” said Trillo. “ While I see my path to victory through the math, I know this still understates my support,” said Trillo. “I knew when I got into this race, I was going up against two candidate who had name recognition of…
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Reed and Whitehouse Statement on Nomination of Aaron L. Weisman to be U.S. Attorney for Rhode Island

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, after the White House announced President Trump's intent to nominate Rhode Island’s Assistant Attorney General Aaron L. Weisman to be the next Attorney for Rhode Island, United States Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse issued the following statement: “We are pleased Mr. Weisman has been nominated to be the lead federal prosecutor for Rhode Island.  He’s dedicated, well-respected, and has a record of exemplary service in the Rhode Island Attorney General’s office.  We are confident he will do an effective job serving and protecting the people of Rhode Island,” said Reed and Whitehouse. Mr. Weisman was nominated…
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Deadline is Monday for personal income tax returns on extension

October 15 is also extended due date for calendar-year C corporations PROVIDENCE, - The Rhode Island Division of Taxation reminds tax professionals and taxpayers that Monday - October 15 - is the deadline for filing Rhode Island resident and nonresident personal income tax returns on extension. Rhode Island personal income tax returns for tax year 2017 that are on extension must be e-filed or postmarked on or before Monday, October 15, 2018. Final payments for tax year 2017 are also due by then. October 15 is also the deadline for a number of other entities. Last-minute filers Most preparers e-file…
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