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RIDOT REOPENS SIMMONSVILLE AVENUE BRIDGE IN JOHNSTON

Use of accelerated bridge construction methods completes bridge in less than five months The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) celebrated the reopening of the Simmonsville Bridge in Johnston, which has been closed since July. RIDOT completely replaced this structurally deficient bridge in less than five months. By coordinating with the community to completely close this bridge and detour traffic, RIDOT was able to make use of accelerated bridge construction methods on this $ million project to quickly replace the structure. Had conventional construction methods been used and the bridge remain open to traffic, it would have taken two full…
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R.I. DMV services unavailable at AAA on Dec. 1

Temporary service changes due to REAL ID program launch CRANSTON, - Rhode Island motor-vehicle services will be unavailable at AAA Northeast branches on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 as the Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles brings its REAL ID computer program online. The REAL ID Act was enacted by the federal government in 2005 in response to the 9/11 terror attacks to establish security standards for state-issued driver's licenses and identification cards. Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, REAL ID-compliant driver's licenses or IDs will be required for domestic air travel and entry into certain federal facilities. To accommodate Rhode Islanders choosing…
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FY 2018 Monthly Revenue Assessment Report for October 2018

November 28, 2018 Providence, -- The Rhode Island Department of Revenue (DOR) today released its FY 2019 Revenue Assessment Report for October 2018.  The Revenue Assessment Report, which is issued on a monthly basis, compares the adjusted general revenues by revenue source on a fiscal year-to-date and monthly basis to expected general revenues by revenue source.  Expected general revenues are estimated by DOR’s Office of Revenue Analysis from the revenue estimates enacted in the FY 2019 budget.  The methodology underlying the Office of Revenue Analysis’ estimates is contained in the report.  The revenue information contained in the report was made…
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Trump Threatens to Cut GM Subsidies in Retaliation for US Job Cuts

VOA/Reuters WASHINGTON —  President Donald Trump threatened on Tuesday to cut subsidies for General Motors after the largest automaker said it would halt production at five plants in North America and cut nearly 15,000 jobs. "The saved General Motors, and this is the THANKS we get! We are now looking at cutting all @GM subsidies, including ... for electric cars," Trump said on Twitter. Trump has made boosting auto jobs a key priority during his almost two years in office and has often attacked automakers on Twitter for not doing enough to boost employment. FILE - President Donald Trump speaks…
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Bomb Kills 3 US Soldiers in Afghanistan

Ayaz Gul ISLAMABAD — The military in Afghanistan says three of its service members were killed and three others wounded when an improvised explosive device exploded near the troubled central eastern city of Ghazni. An American contractor was also wounded in the blast. A brief statement issued in Kabul said, “The wounded service members and contractor were evacuated and are receiving medical care.” It did not share further details. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. Ghazni is the capital of the Afghan province of the same name where the Taliban has overrun several districts in recent months. The insurgent group…
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Aid Groups Urge Faster Asylum Processing as Trump Tells Migrants ‘Go Back Home’

Picture above: Migrants push past Mexican police at the Chaparral border crossing in Tijuana, Mexico, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, as they try to reach the United States. VOA News President Donald Trump told supporters at a political rally late Monday that his administration has no intention of allowing Central American migrants who traveled to the border to enter the United States. "We are sending a simple message to the lawless caravans and to the illegal trespassers marching toward our border," he said at the rally in the southern state of Mississippi. "It’s very simple: turn back now, go back home, we…
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Mueller’s Office: Former Trump Aide Manafort Broke Plea Deal

VOA News Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort broke his plea agreement with federal prosecutors by lying to investigators, special counsel Robert Mueller's office alleged late Monday. Manafort, who faces up to 10 years in prison for various financial crimes, had agreed to cooperate with investigators looking into possible collusion between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russian meddling in the 2016 election. In exchange for his cooperation to answer questions "fully, truthfully, completely, and forthrightly," some of the charges against Manafort were dropped and prosecutors could have asked for a lighter prison term. But Mueller's office says Manafort broke his…
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RIDOT ANNOUNCES NEW TRAFFIC PATTERN CHANGE FOR ROUTE 6 AS PART OF 6/10 INTERCHANGE RECONSTRUCTION

Latest in a series of traffic pattern changes this fall scheduled to begin on November 30 The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today announced that a traffic shift on the 6/10 Interchange that puts Route 6 eastbound and westbound traffic on the westbound side of Route 6 will take place on the evening of Friday, November 30, 2018. Work will begin at 7:00 and end at 7:00 , weather permitting. RIDOT will shift the traffic on Route 6 East to the left just after the Hartford Avenue exit. This move allows for bridge replacement over Hartford Avenue and Plainfield…
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RIDOT TO REOPEN SIMMONSVILLE AVENUE BRIDGE IN JOHNSTON

On Tuesday, November 27 at 10:30 , Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) Director Peter Alviti, Jr. will join with Johnston Mayor Joseph Polisena to celebrate the reopening of the structurally deficient Simmonsville Avenue Bridge, which was replaced in less than five months. The event will take place at the bridge which is located approximately miles from the intersection of Simmonsville Road and Plainfield Pike (Route 14), adjacent to Steve's Flowers and Garden Center, 149 Simmonsville Avenue, Johnston.
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Donations of Toys, Gifts and Gift Cards Sought for 2018 Kids, Cops & Christmas Campaign

Help fill a Rhode Island State Police cruiser with toys and gifts at the State House Holiday Celebration and Lighting of the Christmas Tree on Thursday (11/29) or drop off donations at any RI State Police barracks or local police department through Dec. 11.   Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety, announces that state, local and federal law enforcement officers are collecting toys, gifts and gift cards for the 2018 Kids, Cops and Christmas campaign. Colonel Assumpico said the goal is to help make the holiday season…
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