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Students from Brown University Awarded $15,000 EPA Grant for Innovative Technology Project

BOSTON – Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $15,000 in funding for a team of Brown University students through its People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) grants program. The team is receiving funding to develop a sustainable technology to help address problems related to basic sanitation and drinking water for homes in tribal and disadvantaged communities. “EPA’s P3 grants program supports the next generation of scientists and engineers,” said EPA Administrator Andrew ;“These students are able to take what they learn in the classroom and apply it to real-world environmental problems that require innovative solutions.” “This grant will enable Brown University…
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Education

2 Parkland Students & Teacher to Join Panel on Gen Z Activism at Rhode Island College, March 25

PROVIDENCE, – The mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, was the deadliest school shooting in American history and prompted a student-led march on Washington for stricter gun laws. Titled March for Our Lives, the demonstration became one of the biggest youth-led protests since the Vietnam War. On Monday, March 25, at Rhode Island College, two Stoneman Douglas High School students – Alex Wind, co-founder of March for Our Lives, and Tyah-Amoy Roberts, co-founder of STORM; and their AP government teacher Jeff Foster, credited with preparing his students to become activists, will join a forum titled “Make Way for Gen…
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Education

Raimondo Announces Angélica Infante-Green as Recommendation for New Education Commissioner

New York Deputy Commissioner Infante-Green Brings Proven Record of Instructional Leadership, and Support for English Learners and Students with Disabilities to the State; She Would be the First Latina and First Person of Color Named to the Role  PROVIDENCE, ;- Governor Gina M. Raimondo announced that she will recommend leading educator, policymaker, and advocate Angélica Infante-Green as Rhode Island's next Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education. A first-generation American, Infante-Green has dedicated her career to expanding educational opportunity for children -- from her work with English learners and students with disabilities in the classroom, to her proven record engaging the…
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Education

Commissioner Wagner Announces Departure from RIDE

Commissioner Will Join Annenberg Institute as Senior Fellow for Education Policy and Practice PROVIDENCE, - Ken Wagner, the state’s Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education, today announced his transition from the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE). Wagner will be joining the Annenberg Institute at Brown University as a Senior Fellow for Education Policy and Practice. His last day leading RIDE is anticipated to be April 26, and an announcement on a recommendation for his successor will be made by the Governor’s office later this morning. Wagner will be available throughout the transition process to help onboard and support the…
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Lt. Governor McKee Proposes New Rules for Third-Party Electric Companies

PROVIDENCE, RI -- Lt. Governor Daniel J. McKee today announced consumer protection legislation to establish new rules for third-party electric companies which have cost some Rhode Islanders millions of dollars.   Third-party electric companies have been allowed to compete with National Grid to supply electricity to Rhode Islanders since the state deregulated its electricity market in the late 1990s.  The legislation prohibits third-party companies from automatically renewing customer contracts, requires written notification of contract expiration dates and provides customers with the option to cancel services online.  With the support of Representative Brian Kennedy (D-Westerly, Hopkinton) and Senator James Seveney (D-Bristol, Portsmouth, Tiverton),…
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Raw Turkey Products Recalled

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is advising consumers that Butterball, LLC is recalling 78,164 pounds of raw ground turkey products that may be contaminated with SalmonellaSchwarzengrund. The prepacked raw ground turkey was produced on July 7, 2018. The following products are subject to recall: 48-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “BUTTERBALL everyday Fresh Ground Turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORING (85% LEAN/15% FAT)” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188, and UPC codes 22655-71555 or 22655-71557 represented on the plastic wrapped tray containing “BUTTERBALL everyday Fresh Ground Turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORING (93% LEAN/7% FAT)” with sell or freeze…
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Cumberland Man Found Guilty of Child Molestation

Attorney General Peter F. Neronha announced today that Kunwar Chadha (age 53) of Cumberland was found guilty yesterday by a Providence Superior Court jury of two counts of second-degree child molestation. The jury returned the verdict after a 5-day trial presided over by Superior Court Justice Netti C. Vogel. “We are grateful for the jury’s verdict in this important case,” said Attorney General Peter F. Neronha. “Much credit goes to the victim for his bravery in coming forward and providing compelling testimony. Child sexual abuse has a traumatic effect on victims and our Office takes these cases seriously.” During the…
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Ranglin-Vassell bill would require insurance, Medicaid coverage for doula services

Legislation aims to improve health outcomes, particularly for black women STATE HOUSE – Rep. Marcia Ranglin-Vassell has submitted legislation to make doula services eligible for reimbursement through private insurance and Medicaid programs. The bill is backed by the Coalition for Reproductive Freedom, which held a State House event today to promote it. The purpose of the bill is to achieve healthier outcomes for women and babies, particularly for black women, who experience significantly higher rates of death or injury during childbirth than white women do. “Doulas have been shown to make real, measurable improvements in the health outcomes for women…
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Rhode Island State Police Seizes Stolen Gun, Pistol and Narcotics During Car Stop on Interstate 95

Colonel James M. Manni, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety, today announced that a convicted felon from North Carolina was arrested on numerous narcotics and weapons charges after troopers stopped him for allegedly operating his vehicle in a reckless manner on Interstate 95 North in Richmond earlier today. As a result of their investigation, Troopers seized a loaded Taurus .357 revolver that had been reported stolen out of South Carolina, and a Colt .25 caliber automatic pistol from his car. They also seized 63 grams of MDMA (commonly as Ecstasy or…
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Division of Taxation issues reminder about March 15 deadline

The Rhode Island Division of Taxation reminds tax professionals, business entities, and others that the deadline for filing and payments for a number of different entities is tomorrow, March 15, 2019. In general, Rhode Island conforms to federal law and federal practice regarding due dates – a convenience for taxpayers and tax professionals. Example: XYZ Partnership is a calendar-year partnership treated as a pass-through entity for federal tax purposes. The due date for its 2018 information returns this season – for both federal and Rhode Island purposes – is March 15, 2019; the extended due date is September 16, 2019.…
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