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Ørsted Builds US Offshore Wind Powerhouse

Danish offshore wind developer Ørsted has entered into an agreement with the Shaw Group to acquire a 100% equity interest in Rhode Island-based Deepwater Wind at a purchase price of USD 510 million. Jointly, the two developers have a US offshore wind portfolio of projects of around The acquisition will create a ”leading US offshore wind platform with the most comprehensive geographic coverage and the largest pipeline of development capacity”, Ørsted said. After closing of the transaction, the name of the new organization will be Ørsted US Offshore Wind. The new organization will be represented by a local management team headed by…
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RHODE ISLAND COALITION AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE RESPONDS TO ALLAN FUNG’S DANGEROUS CALL TO HARDEN OUR SCHOOLS

Providence, Rhode Island (September 27, 2018)-- The Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence (RICAGV) opposes gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung’s plan to “place a School Resource Officer or police detail at every school” in Rhode Island and “split the cost with each city and town.”   School resource officers and police details are expensive and provide only a false sense of security, as the survivors of the Parkland masacre can attest. By his own estimate, Fung’s plan would cost the taxpayers of Rhode Island $ million per year. In order to prevent gun violence, that money would be much better spent…
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Lawsuit Challenges RI Court Rule Barring Non-Profit Legal Organizations from Assisting Non-Indigent Clients

With legal assistance from the ACLU of Rhode Island, SouthCoast Fair Housing (SCFH) today filed a federal lawsuit against the RI Supreme Court over a court rule that is preventing the organization from providing legal help to victims of housing discrimination in RI. As the rule is currently written, non-profit organizations cannot obtain a license to practice law in the state unless they serve only “indigent” clients. This is despite the fact that the Court’s own rules recognize that it is not just the poor, but “sometimes persons who are not poor” who are unable to afford adequate legal assistance. SCFH is a non-profit…
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Cicilline to Run for Assistant Democratic Leader

WASHINGTON – In a letter sent to his colleagues today, Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Co-Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) announced his intent to run for Assistant Democratic Leader in the 116th Congress. “In preparation for the next Congress, we need to make sure that we have a leadership team that can hit the ground running to pass our legislative agenda and to hold President Trump accountable for his actions.  In Committee and on the Floor, I’ve proven that I can go toe-to-toe with the other side of the aisle and that I won’t back down,” wrote Cicilline. “As a…
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FIRST STUDENT CONSISTENTLY SHORT ON TEAMSTERS LOCAL 251 MEMBERS’ RETIREMENT

(EAST PROVIDENCE, ) – Teamsters Local 251 and First Student are scheduled to meet today in hopes of averting a work stoppage in Providence, at the request of Mayor Jorge Elorza. The two sides have a very different opinion of what a secure retirement is. Local 251 members have made it absolutely clear from the beginning of negotiations that a Teamster pension is their top priority. They are tired of the company consistently short changing them on their retirement benefits. “First Student has claimed that the issue of being sued in federal court for non-payment of 401k contributions is a…
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RI Mission of Mercy Free Dental Clinic to be Held Sept. 29 & 30

Two-day Clinic Offering Free Oral Health Care Returns in New Location PROVIDENCE — The Rhode Island Oral Health Foundation will hold its signature Rhode Island Mission of Mercy (RI MOM) two-day free dental clinic on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29 and 30, at the Delta Dental of Rhode Island dental clinic at Providence Community Health Centers at 335R Prairie Avenue in Providence. Delta Dental of Rhode Island and Providence Community Health Centers are the event’s premier sponsors. The clinic’s line will open at 5:45 (note that early arrivals are not allowed). Beginning at 7 , patients will be seen on a first…
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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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