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Trump, Condemned for ‘Racist’ Comments, Continues Attacks on Four House Democrats

VOA News WHITE HOUSE —  Congresswoman Ilhan Omar posted a tweet late Wednesday featuring a picture of herself in the House of Representatives chamber along with a message for President Donald Trump and his supporters, who have in recent days repeatedly suggested the citizen “go back” to her native Somalia. Her response came after Trump, for the fourth consecutive day, attacked Omar and three other women of color in Congress, continuing to question their loyalty to the country and suggesting they should leave. “I think in some cases they hate America,” Trump said of Congresswomen Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayana Pressley and Rashida…
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Traffic Advisory Reminder: Lane Splits Coming on I-95 for Oxford Street Bridge Work in Providence

Changes to include different lane split configurations through the summerThe Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is reminding motorists about the upcoming temporary traffic pattern changes scheduled on I-95 in Providence as part of the $ million Oxford Street Bridge rehabilitation project. The changes include lane splits this summer for both northbound and southbound traffic between Exit 18 (Thurbers Avenue) and the I-195 interchange. The traffic patterns will provide a safe work zone so RIDOT can rapidly replace the bridge deck. The Department chose the summertime for this work because traffic volumes are lower as compared to other times of…
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Recordatorio de advertencia de tráfico: Divisiones de carril viene en la I-95 para Oxford Street Bridge Work en Providence

El Departamento de Transporte de Rhode Island (RIDOT) les recuerda a los automovilistas los próximos cambios temporales en el patrón de tráfico programados en la I-95 en Providence como parte del proyecto de rehabilitación del Puente de la Calle Oxford de $ millones. Los cambios incluyen la división de carriles este verano para el tráfico hacia el norte y hacia el sur entre la Salida 18 (Thurbers Avenue) y el intercambio I-195. Los patrones de tráfico proporcionarán una zona de trabajo segura para que RIDOT pueda reemplazar rápidamente la plataforma del puente. El Departamento eligió el horario de verano para este…
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Education

UMass Dartmouth STEAM Your Way 2 College summer camp holds final presentations

After two weeks of educational programming, local elementary and middle school students will present their final projects UMass Dartmouth’s STEAM Your Way 2 College summer camp is holding its final presentations on Friday, July 19 from 12:30-1:30 in the Grand Reading Room in the Claire T. Carney Library. The event is the culmination of two weeks of collaboration between local elementary and middle school students who have been working with local high school interns, UMassD students and faculty members on projects and issues related to sustainability, energy, and food justice. Students, entering 6th and 7th grade, are from New Bedford and Fall River and…
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Reed’s Bipartisan Flood Insurance Reform Would Help Prevent Premiums from Swamping Homeowners & Businesses

Legislation extends National Flood Insurance Program for 5 yrs., institutes reforms to make it more affordable, efficient & sustainable WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) joined Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Marco Rubio (R-FL) and others in introducing the National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization and Reform Act of ; The bipartisan bill would reauthorize the National Flood Insurance program for five years, implement new reforms -- including Senator Reed’s provisions to invest more in flood mitigation -- and cap premium increases each year. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) was originally established in 1968 and is the…
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Thriving Economy Comes at a Price to American Workers

VOA News By Brian Padden YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO - The growing  economy is creating new manufacturing jobs in northeastern Ohio, part of the country’s once vibrant industrial heartland, but these new jobs pay about half of what union workers made in the past. This region, sometimes called the Rust Belt, has struggled economically as automobile and steel plants shifted operations over decades to low-wage countries or increased automation to cut the high cost of labor. The region continues to deal with higher unemployment, more than 6% in the Youngstown area, compared with the national average of The mixed regional economic outcomes of increased…
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1 in 4 Americans Have No Plans to Retire, Poll Finds

By VOA News Nearly one in every four Americans say they never plan to retire. An Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey released Sunday found 23% of Americans have no plans to stop working. Another 23% say they expect to have to work well beyond their 65th birthday.   Financial instability is the major reason for Americans to delay retirement, the poll found. "The average retirement age that we see in the data has gone up a little bit, but it hasn't gone up that much," says Anqi Chen, assistant director of  research at the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College. "So…
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Trump to Iran: ‘Better Be Careful’

By VOA News President Donald Trump is warning Iran in "better be careful" after Tehran said Sunday it was boosting uranium enrichment beyond the limits set in the 2015 nuclear deal. He did not specify to reporters any specific reactions his administration was considering, but reiterated the position that "Iran will never have a nuclear weapon." Trump made his comment hours after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted that Iran's decision will lead to "further isolation and sanctions." "Nations should restore the longstanding standard of no enrichment for Iran's nuclear program. Iran's regime with nuclear weapons would pose an even greater danger to the…
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US Women’s Soccer Team Revels in World Cup Victory

By VOA News Lisa Bryant contributed to this report from Paris. The heavily favored United States team defeated Netherlands 2-0 in the women's World Cup soccer final in Lyon, France, on Sunday to secure its fourth title and win back-to-back tournaments for the first time. The Americans defeated four other European teams -- Sweden, Spain, France and England -- on their way to the final, and dominated Sunday in defeating the reigning European champion Dutch. star Megan Rapinoe scored the opening goal for the side on a penalty kick in the 61st minute, and teammate Rose Lavelle added a goal in…
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Rhode Islanders Urged to Take Precautions in Potter Pond

Warning comes after several people report jellyfish stings The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is advising members of the public to take precautions when in Potter Pond in South Kingstown after five people were treated in the emergency department over the past three days for jellyfish ’ symptoms and their descriptions of the jellyfish suggest that they could have been stung by clinging jellyfish (Gonionemus vertens). This is a species that can have a very powerful wading through the pond, especially near aquatic vegetation, should wear boots or waders, and protective clothing. Clinging jellyfish are not known to inhabit…
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