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Rhode Island Foundation awards $480,000 in grants for animal welfare

Podcast grants for animal welfare PROVIDENCE, RI (Nov. 16, 2018) – The Rhode Island Foundation announced today that nearly two dozen animal welfare programs across the state will share nearly $480,000 in grants. The grants will fund low-cost vet care for the pets of needy owners, raptor rehabilitation and a coyote education campaign among other programs. “The generosity of our donors and the commitment of our partners are expanding humane education, increasing awareness and improving the quality of animal care in Rhode Island,” said Adrian Bonéy, who oversees the Foundation’s Program for Animal Welfare (PAW). “Their work is producing new approaches…
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Voters deliver major wins for students, public education in 2018 midterm elections

#RedForEd movement and historic educator activism make 2018 the ‘Year of the Educator’ WASHINGTON — Nicknamed by observers and political pundits as the “Year of the Educator,” the 2018 midterm election results mark a major victory for students and serve as a mandate for real change in our public education system. Harnessing the momentum of the historic #RedForEd movement, with a surge of educators on the ballot and historic educator activism, the National Education Association and its affiliates helped to elect leaders that are positioned to shift the balance of power in state capitals and the Congress, where victories will add a critical…
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DNC on Taking Back the House of Representatives

DNC Chair Tom Perez issued the following statement after Democrats took back the House:   “The Democratic Party is back.   “Nothing is more powerful than the voice of the American people, and they spoke out loud and clear: Donald Trump does not stand for our values, the Republican Party has failed to hold him accountable, and it’s time for bold Democratic leadership in Washington.   “We won back the House because our candidates had a clear message for working families and refused to let Trump and the GOP distract us from the issues that matter most. Democrats believe that…
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Rhode Island Foundation anuncia subvenciones por $3.6 millones para reducir enfermedades crónicas y disparidades de salud

El financiamiento está dirigido a los residentes de Central Falls, Pawtucket y Providence, entre otros lugares PROVIDENCE, RI (19 de Octubre, 2018) – Los residentes de Central Falls, Pawtucket y Providence se beneficiarán de los $ millones en subvenciones otorgadas por la fundación Rhode Island Foundation para ayudar a reducir las enfermedades crónicas y las disparidades de salud. “Aproximadamente el 75% del estado de salud de una persona está condicionado por factores sociales, económicos y ambientales relacionados con el lugar donde vive. Es más probable que las personas lleven una vida saludable si forman parte de una comunidad que promueve la salud…
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Rhode Island Foundation announces $3.6 million in grants to reduce high rates of illness, chronic disease, health disparities

Funding targets residents of Central Falls, Newport, Pawtucket, Providence, South County, West Warwick and Woonsocket PROVIDENCE, RI (Oct. 19, 2018)  – The Rhode Island Foundation today announced that it has awarded $ million in grants to reduce chronic disease and health disparities in more than a dozen cities and towns. “Roughly 75 percent of your health status is influenced by social, economic and environmental factors related to where you live. Living a healthy life is more likely when you are part of a community that promotes health and healthy choices,” said Neil D. Steinberg, the Foundation’s president and CEO. The six nonprofit organizations…
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Fall River Mayor Arrested for Scheme to Defraud Investors

Defendant used investor funds to pay for lavish lifestyle, political campaign and student loans BOSTON – Jasiel F. Correia II, the Mayor of Fall River, was arrested this morning and charged with wire and tax fraud in connection with a multi-year investment fraud scheme. Correia, 26, was indicted on nine counts of wire fraud and four counts of filing false tax returns. Correia was arrested this morning and will appear in federal court in Boston this afternoon. As alleged in the indictment, in 2012, Correia founded SnoOwl, an app designed to connect local businesses with their target consumer market. In…
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Local News

Rhode Island State Police Arrests 15 Individuals for DUI over Holiday Weekend

Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of Department of Public Safety, announces that 15 individuals were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs over the holiday weekend. The arrests stemmed from several motor vehicle crashes and/or motor vehicle stops. No serious injuries were reported. “Anyone who chooses to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs poses a tremendous risk to everyone on our roads,” Colonel Assumpico said. “We are fortunate that no deaths or serious injuries resulted from the alleged actions of these individuals. We hope these arrests send…
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Politics

Rep. Lancia fights on for Tax Exemptions

State Representative Robert B. Lancia (District 16 Cranston) continues to call for the State to end the unfair taxation of items used in funeral rituals, despite the unwarranted refusal of House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello to allow passage of Lancia’s bipartisan bill.   “This is yet one more example of unfairly taxing the people of this state,” said Lancia.  “Unnecessary taxes should absolutely not be an issue for grieving families!”   During this year's legislative session Rep. Lancia introduced H-8314to add items like urns and prayer cards to the list of already-exempted items like coffins, caskets, and burial garments.   Although…
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FUNG AND TRILLO FAIL SMALL BUSINESSES, PUT JOBS AT RISK

PROVIDENCE, RI - This evening, Governor Raimondo will attend a graduation ceremony for 10,000 Small Businesses, an innovative program she’s brought to Rhode Island that has helped more than 200 Rhode Island small business owners create jobs and economic opportunity by providing greater access to education, capital and business support services. Since taking office, Governor Raimondo has created a number of initiatives through her Commerce Department to strengthen Rhode Island’s small business environment.   Despite proven results, Allan Fung and Joe Trillo have both promised to gut Governor Raimondo’s successful economic development programs, including the small business loan programs and…
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