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Resampling Underway in Water Systems Under Boil Water Advisory Boil Water Advisory Remains in Place for Parts of South Kingstown and Narragansett

The five water systems serving parts of South Kingstown and Narraganset that are under a boil water advisory began resampling yesterday to determine whether the water from those systems is again safe to drink. Test results showing the absence of bacteria in the water are required every day for three days in a row before the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) can lift the advisory. Yesterday's test results will not be available until later this afternoon. Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH, the Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) will be available to answer reporters' questions from 11…
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Rep. Ranglin-Vassell releases statement on shooting death of Providence boy, 15

STATE HOUSE — Rep. Marcia Ranglin-Vassell (D-Dist. 5, Providence) has released a statement on the shooting death of a 15-year-old boy outside the Providence Career and Technical Academy Wednesday afternoon. “It is with deep sadness that I write about yet another senseless killing of a bright 15-year-old boy,” said Representative Ranglin-Vassell. “Schools are sacred places of teaching and learning so this public health tragedy is hard on our community. Families must send their children to school and know that they will return home. We must invest in the core urban areas. Poverty and structural racism is the root cause of…
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Mayor Baldelli-Hunt Encourages Woonsocket Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs to Apply for Participation in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program

WOONSOCKET, RI: Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt is announcing the October 1 deadline to apply for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. The 10,000 Small Businesses program, which was brought to Rhode Island through the efforts of Governor Gina Raimondo, offers a unique opportunity to help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing them with greater access to educational, financial capital, and business support. So far, over 5,500 small business owners and entrepreneurs have participated in the program. “Woonsocket is very fortunate to have a strong small-business community, which would qualify for participation in this program,” said Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt. The Mayor goes on to…
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Mayor Elorza, Uber Announce Launch of JUMP Dockless Electric Bike Share in Providence

Dockless, pedal-assist bikes will provide access to transit options for residents starting September 6   PROVIDENCE, RI – Mayor Jorge Elorza and Uber today announced that dockless, electric bike share service JUMP will begin its rollout in Providence on September 6, with limited bikes available across the city, ramping up to 400 bikes by September 15. Rides cost only $2 for every 30 minutes of riding. JUMP bikes are electric and provide a boost with every pedal, making it easier for riders to get up hills and across town without breaking a sweat. The launch is possible with the support of…
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Education

Bristol/RWU Cooperative Committee Accepting Applications from Local Groups, Individuals

Fund for Civic Activities making $12,500 available BRISTOL, , Sept. 6, 2018 ­­– With autumn fast approaching, it’s time for Bristol groups and residents to submit applications for the Fund for Civic Activities, run by the Town of Bristol/Roger Williams University Cooperative Committee. The fund, established in 2007 when RWU and Bristol reached a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement, has provided $258,798 to date, and RWU will make $25,000 available this year. The committee accepts applications twice a year, and about $12,500 is available in this funding cycle. “These grants provide the seed money for significant and innovative programming that directly addresses community needs,…
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Judge Flanders Announces Opposition to Burrillville Power Plant

Calls Out Sen. Whitehouse to 'Tear Down This Wall of Hypocrisy' "I first came to Burrillville in late July to tour the site of the proposed power plant, and then attend a community forum. It was important for me to do this because this is an important issue to this community. Until I visited here and listened to the people of Burrillville, my opinion of the power plant was uninformed. If anything, I may have been inclined to support the plant. But what I have learned since has convinced me that the location of this plant in Burrillville is a…
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Raimondo Receives Endorsements from UAW, Office and Professional Employees, Rhode Island Latino PAC, Latino Construction Workers, Portuguese Americans Committee

PROVIDENCE, RI — The United Auto Workers (UAW) Region 9A and Office and Professional Employees Union (OPEIU) Local 25 today endorsed Governor Gina Raimondo for re-election. The Governor also received the endorsements of the Rhode Island Latino Political Action Committee (RILPAC), Latino Construction Workers Association (LCWA) and the Portuguese Americans Citizens Committee (PACC) and the over the past week. “We proudly endorse Governor Raimondo for re-election,” said Beverley Brakeman, Director for UAW Region 9A. “Governor Raimondo understands the challenges unions are facing and holds a strong stance on protecting members from outside interests that interfere with a union’s ability to…
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McKee Calls on Opponent Regunberg to Disavow Washington D.C. PAC Attack Ad

(Providence, Rhode Island) Lieutenant Governor Dan McKee and candidate for re-election has strongly criticized his opponent, Aaron Regunberg, for not disavowing an attack ad on McKee issued by the Washington AFT Solidarity PAC.   As reported in the Providence Journal on April 20, McKee stepped forward to condemn attack mailings targeting Regunberg issued by a right-wing Washington group, which accused Regunberg of not being a “real Democrat” but rather a “progressive-socialist.” At the time, McKee characterized the organization as an extremist group seeking to meddle in Rhode Island elections and condemned the group’s mudslinging approach in attacking Regunberg.   “I now…
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Brown Owes Three Times The Amount of Cash His Campaign Has on Hand

Brown's record of financial mismanagement would be a disaster for Rhode Island PROVIDENCE, RI — Matt Brown is so deep in debt that he owes three times what his campaign has in the bank. According to his latest fundraising report, Brown only has about $80,000 cash on hand and owes nearly $300,000 to campaign staff, consultants and loan repayments. “We can't trust Matt Brown with our state’s nine billion dollar budget and more than 10,000 employees -- he can’t even pay his few campaign staff on time,” said Emily Samsel, Raimondo campaign press secretary. “Matt Brown’s most recent fundraising report should be…
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Reed & Whitehouse Announce Additional $25.8 Million in Federal Road Funds Heading to RI

WASHINGTON, DC –  Senators Jack Reed, the Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD), and Sheldon Whitehouse, a member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW), today announced that Rhode Island is receiving $25,891,967 in additional federal funding for transportation infrastructure upgrades this year. The Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) annual August redistribution means that the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) will have access to dollars not spent by other states to move forward with several shovel-ready road improvement projects across Rhode Island. The additional funds will benefit several RIDOT projects,…
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