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RIDOT KICKS OFF AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE PILOT PROJECT

"Little Roady Shuttle" to aid research on autonomous vehicle technology  Governor Gina Raimondo, Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) Director Peter Alviti, Jr., along with state and local officials, today kicked off the Little Roady autonomous vehicle pilot project in Providence. This research project to evaluate autonomous mobility technology will go into service tomorrow, Wednesday, May 15. The free service will be the focus of a research project to help the Department better understand the opportunities and challenges that come with integrating this new technology into RIDOT's transportation planning. The research will help improve transit and provide information for communities,…
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Small Business Week Kicks Off with a Business Walk

Over 100 businesses visited by over 80 community leaders to promote regional economic growth NEWPORT COUNTY & BRISTOL COUNTY, RI: Over 80 community and civic leaders celebrated the kick off of Small Business Week on May 7 by visiting nearly 100 businesses throughout Newport and Bristol counties, building connections and fostering support of economic growth. Civic leaders in attendance included Senator Dawn Euer, Representative Terri Cortvriend, Representative Deb Ruggiero, Representative Susan Donovan, Representative June Speakman, Newport Mayor Jamie Bova, Newport City Councilwomen Lynn Ceglie and Susan Taylor, Middletown Councilwomen Terri Flynn and Barbara VonVillas, Bristol Town Councilman Arron Ley, Tiverton Town…
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Mayor Diossa Celebrates Re-Opening of Taqueria Lupita

Community officials join for Ribbon Cutting Ceremony CENTRAL FALLS – On Thursday, May 9th at 12:00 , Mayor James A. Diossa,Secretary of Commerce Stefan Pryor, Council President Maria Rivera, and other localcity officials will celebrate the re-opening of the newly renovated Taqueria Lupita restaurant on 765 Dexter Street. The renovation was made possible by the Main Street Improvement Fund, which was funded by the RI Commerce Corporation and provides the opportunity for local businesses to make improvementsto the front exterior of their is encouraged to come out to celebrate the re-opening of one of Central Falls’ most beloved restaurants! The…
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DECK PROJECT ON NEWPORT PELL BRIDGE WILL RESUME SUNDAY, MAY 12th

JAMESTOWN,  – Starting Sunday, May 12thThe Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA) will recommence the significant structural rehabilitation project on the Newport Pell Bridge. RITBA will replace approximately 4,500 feet of the bridge deck over the next 19 months. This work is part of the multi-year multi-phase project, which began in the spring of 2017. Phase I of this portion will begin May 12th and go through early August. There will not be any lane closures during rush hours for this initial phase of the work. The work being performed during this phase will be performed mostly nights and includes: Installing temporary traffic management…
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McKee to Host 2019 Lt. Governor’s Leadership Awards

File: Photo courtesy from Lt. Governor's Office File: Photo courtesy from Lt. Governor's Office PROVIDENCE,  – This evening, Lt. Governor Dan McKee will recognize over 50 Rhode Island high school seniors for their commitment to leading positive change in their schools and communities as part of the annual Lt. Governor's Leadership Awards. The award ceremony will take place at Rhode Island State House, 82 Smith Street, Providence, RI Event will take place in the House Chambers, 2nd floor School NameStudent Name360 High SchoolIsabel Holguin Barrington High SchoolAlexy CarolanBeacon Charter High Schools for the ArtsMichaelRannacherBishop Hendricken High SchoolPatrick FahertyBlackstone AcademyJanesa Avila-CrespoBurrillville…
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Baker-Polito Administration Announces Availability of Striped Bass License Plate

Awards $471,512 in Grants from Environmentally-Themed Specialty License Plates to Restoration Projects BOSTON – On Friday, May 3rd, the Baker-Polito Administration unveiled the Striped Bass Conservation Specialty License Plate, which will provide drivers with the opportunity to support the conservation of saltwater fisheries through the Massachusetts Environmental Trust. The announcement coincides with $471,512 in grants, funded by the Massachusetts Environmental Trust, to 18 projects across the state for the restoration and improvement of aquatic habitat, rivers and watersheds, and protection of endangered marine animals, including at-risk sea turtles and the rarest large whale, the North Atlantic right whale. “As a…
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Raimondo, McKee Highlight Utility Reform Proposal

Bill requires emergency planning, brings RI in line with neighboring states NEWPORT, RI – Governor Gina M. Raimondo and Lieutenant Governor Daniel J. McKee today called for the passage of legislation that would give the state the tools necessary to demand greater accountability from National Grid. Legislation pending before the House and Senate requires National Grid to file comprehensive emergency preparedness plans each year and brings Rhode Island law in line with the laws of neighboring states. The bill also enables the State to levy fines if a utility fails to comply with standards and establishes that such fines be…
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Education Commissioner’s First Day: Family Service of RI Walking School Bus

Angélica Infante-Green starts new job Monday walking with kids at Kizirian Elementary PROVIDENCE, RI -- The kids participating in Family Service of Rhode Island’s Walking School Bus at Providence’s Kizirian Elementary will have the ear of the new leader of the state’s schools as she walks them to class on Monday (April 29). “Magic in the classroom starts with students who are in school each day, ready and eager to learn. When I learned about the Walking School Bus and the work they’re doing to improve attendance and increase engagement in school communities, I was excited to see it firsthand,” said…
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Rhode Island State Police to Participate in DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday

Colonel James M. Manni, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety, announces that the Rhode Island State Police will again join other law enforcement agencies participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day this Saturday, April 27. This annual event, sponsored by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), is designed "to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential abuse of medications." Anyone with unused, unnecessary and/or unwanted prescription medication can drop them off at designated collection sites from…
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Governor Raimondo Asks Rhode Islanders to Recycle Right, Keep Ocean State’s Waters Clean

NEWPORT, RI – Governor Gina M. Raimondo was joined at Newport Hospital today by Rhode Island Resource Recovery Executive Director Joseph Reposa and Lifespan CEO Tim Babineau for the official reboot of RI Resource Recovery’s ‘Let’s recycle RIght®!’ public education ; With the recycling industry facing new challenges and the state’s Task Force to Tackle Plastics issuing recommendations on the use, reuse, and clean-up of plastics, Governor Gina M. Raimondo is asking all Rhode Islanders to join her in recycling plastics right to keep the Ocean State’s program strong and its waters clean. Across the country, significant amounts of non-recyclable items are…
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