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Trump Visits Hurricane-Damaged North Carolina

VOA News President Donald Trump arrived Wednesday in North Carolina to see the destruction Hurricane Florence left behind and the challenging relief efforts that are underway. "The planning that went into this is beyond belief," Trump said shortly after arriving at the Marine Corps Air Station in Cherry Point, North Carolina." Trump told the victims "America grieves with you" and "we're with you all the way." Florence has killed at least 35 people and left entire towns in North Carolina flooded with muddy, fetid water. Officials across the state are cautioning residents that more floods are expected this week. North…
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In 33 states, Hispanic or black children are more than twice as likely to be in poverty than their white peers

Authors: David Murphey, Jonathan Belford, Susan Balding, Samuel Beckwith In 32 states, the percentage of black children in poverty was at least twice as high as among non-Hispanic white children, according to 2017 data recently released from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. This represents all but one of the 33 states for which there were reliable estimates of the population of black children. In 18 states, the rate among black children was at least three times as high as among their white peers. In Nevada, the poverty rate among black children was more than four times as high, and in Minnesota it was more…
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RIDOH Accepting Laboratory Applications for Sampling and Testing Medical Marijuana

As part of work to ensure patient safety, the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is now accepting applications for analytical laboratories in Rhode Island that want to be licensed to sample and test medical marijuana. Application instructions and the application form are available at  Licensed laboratories will collect, sample, and analyze medical marijuana products cultivated and/or manufactured by registered compassion centers and licensed cultivators. They will test to verify the THC content of products and check for contaminants such as metals, pesticides, bacteria, other microbiological content, and solvents used in the preparation of medical marijuana products. By licensing independent…
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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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VOA/Deborah Block BALTIMORE — In Baltimore, a free after school music program called OrchKids is being used as an instrument of change for children in underprivileged neighborhoods. In the past 10 years, more than 1,300 children have received free group music lessons, and free instruments, from flutes to trumpets to violins. The program was started by Marin Alsop, music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, who said OrchKids also aims to create social change in a city where about 40 percent of the population live in poverty. She hopes that if more children of color learn an instrument that “orchestras will…
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Remnants of Florence Bringing Flood Threats to Northeastern US

VOA News The storm system that struck southeastern states along the East Coast as Hurricane Florence is now soaking areas in the northeast with heavy rain as forecasters warn of widespread flooding threats. Flash flood watches and warnings are posted from Virginia into Vermont and New Hampshire through Tuesday. Those accompany the flooding in North Carolina, where Florence hit as a Category 1 hurricane last week and dropped up to 90 centimeters of rain as it lingered for several days. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said Monday many roads remained impassable in the hardest-hit areas in the eastern part of…
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‘Game of Thrones’ Takes Top Prize at Surprising Emmys

VOA/Agence France-Presse LOS ANGELES — HBO's record-breaking fantasy epic "Game of Thrones" stormed back onto the Emmys stage on Monday, winning the coveted best drama series prize on a night full of surprises, including an on-air marriage proposal that stunned the audience. The other big story of the Hollywood gala, television's answer to the Oscars, was the huge success of "The Marvelous Mrs Maisel," Amazon's story of a 1950s housewife-turned-stand up comic, which took home eight Emmys overall, including the best comedy award. "The Handmaid's Tale" — last year's best drama and an early favorite for more hardware in 2018 —…
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Complexities of the Upcoming Election in One PA City

VOA/Aline Barros HAZLETON, PA — Residents of the small city of Hazleton, PA, face deeply personal choices in this November’s election which features a homegrown candidate with hardline-immigrant views in a city that has been changed in deep-rooted ways by… an influx of ’s “transformative decade,” is how former police chief Frank DeAndrea puts it. And transformative it has been. About 130 kilometers (80 miles) northwest of Philadelphia, at the intersection of two major highways, Hazleton has some 25,000 residents. In 2000, 5 percent of them were Hispanic. Today, 50 percent of them are. Hazleton's Hispanic community has grown from 5%…
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Kavanaugh Accuser Comes Forward

VOA News The woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct has come forward with her allegation. Christine Blasey Ford, professor at Palo Alto University in California, told the Washington Post that she feared for her life during the attack. "I thought he might inadvertently kill me," Ford the newspaper in an interview published Sunday. Ford said the incident took place at a party in Maryland in the 1980s when both she and Kavanaugh were in high school. She said a Kavanaugh and a friend cornered her in a bedroom where Kavanaugh threw her down on…
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Trump Claims Russia Campaign Probe Illegal

Ken Bredemeier WASHINGTON —  President Donald Trump claimed Sunday, without evidence, that the ongoing criminal investigation into his 2016 campaign's links to Russia is "not allowed under the law." In a Twitter comment, the leader called the probe by special counsel Robert Mueller "illegal" and said it "continues in search of a crime." But Mueller was appointed by the Department of Justice and judges have ruled that his investigation is being conducted legally. As he often does, Trump denied there was collusion with Russia, except by his opponent, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He described Mueller's legal team as…
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