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Raimondo Celebrates Dr. King’s Legacy, Announces New Criminal Justice Reforms

PROVIDENCE, RI - In her annual address at the Minister's Alliance Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast, Governor Gina M. Raimondo today announced new criminal justice reforms. Through a series of proposals in her FY21 budget and administrative actions, the Governor plans to implement recommendations from her Criminal & Juvenile Justice Working Group. "Every citizen deserves to know that their criminal justice system is one truly rooted in equality and fairness," said Governor Raimondo. "We made major progress in my first term with our Justice Reinvestment work, but significant challenges remain. These new reforms will help eliminate barriers to reentry…
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ACLU TAKES LEGAL ACTION OVER UNLAWFUL ARREST OF 13-YEAR-OLD HONORS STUDENT

A legal claim for damages has been sent today to the City of Pawtucket over a School Resource Officer’s (SRO) gratuitous and unlawful handcuffing and arrest of a 13-year-old African-American middle school honors student. The damages claim was submitted by ACLU of Rhode Island cooperating attorney Shannah Kurland as a required legal prerequisite to the filing of a lawsuit on behalf of the student, Tre’sur Johnson. Last June, Tre’sur and another student got into a scuffle in the Goff Middle School schoolyard before the school day started. It was quickly broken up by other students, and neither student was hurt.…
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Puerto Rico emergency director fired after residents discover warehouse full of Hurricane Maria supplies

CNN News By Nicole Chavez and Rafy Rivera, CNN Ponce, Puerto Rico (CNN)Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced fired the island's emergency manager, hours after a warehouse filled with supplies was emergency aid is believed to be from when Hurricane Maria hit the island two years ago, the governor said. A warehouse filled with bottled water and emergency supplies was opened Saturday by residents in Ponce, Puerto Acevedo, director of Puerto Rico's Office of Emergency Management, was dismissed Saturday. The governor appointed Maj. Gen. José J. Reyes, the adjutant general of the Puerto Rico National Guard, to replace him. Earlier on Saturday, numerous pallets of…
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EE.UU. extiende licencia a Chevron por tres meses para operar en Venezuela

VOA News El Departamento del Tesoro de Estados Unidos renovó una licencia que permite a Chevron continuar operando en Venezuela durante otros tres meses, como una exención a las sanciones contra la estatal petrolera PDVSA que buscan presionar la salida del poder del presidente en disputa, Nicolás Maduro. La Oficina de Control de Activos Extranjeros del Departamento del Tesoro de Estados Unidos informó que emitió la licencia general número 8E que permite a Chevron, la última gran compañía estadounidense en Venezuela, operar hasta el 22 de abril del 2020. "La licencia general no autoriza cualquier transacción o trato relacionado con…
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Hondureños esperan reunirse en la frontera para cruzar juntos

VOA News Migrantes hondureños de una caravana que partió hacia Estados Unidos a mediados de enero desde San Pedro Sula llegó el sábado a la frontera con México en distintos grupos, solo para encontrar que las autoridades mexicanas habían cerrado un paso fronterizo en el sur del país que les impedía continuar su camino. Elementos de la Guardia Nacional mexicana cerraron una valla de metal para impedir el ingreso de los migrantes que trataban de cruzar un puente sobre el río Suchiate, en la zona limítrofe con Guatemala, donde está un cruce fronterizo, informa The Associated Press. Los migrantes hondureños ondearon la bandera…
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Puerto Rico: Cesan a jefe de emergencias por suministros

Photo: La escuela pública Agripina Seda se ve parcialmente derruida tras un terremoto en Guánica, Puerto Rico, el 7 de enero de 2020. (AP Foto/Carlos Giusti) VOA News By AP SAN JUAN — La gobernadora de Puerto Rico, Wanda Vázquez, despidió el sábado al comisionado del Negociado para el Manejo de Emergencias y Administración de Desastres (NMEAD) tras el hallazgo de un almacén lleno de agua embotellada, camas plegables y otros suministros sin utilizar en momentos en que la isla pasa apuros para recuperarse de un fuerte sismo. Vázquez dijo que la inacción de Carlos Acevedo era inaceptable ante los sacrificios…
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Harry, Meghan to Quit Royal Jobs, Give Up ‘Highness’ Titles

VOA News By Associated Press LONDON - Goodbye, your royal highnesses. Hello, life as — almost — ordinary civilians. Prince Harry and wife Meghan will no longer use the titles “royal highness” or receive public funds for their work under a deal that lets the couple step aside as working royals, Buckingham Palace announced Saturday. Releasing details of the dramatic split triggered by the couple's unhappiness with life under media scrutiny, the palace said Harry and Meghan will cease to be working members of the royal family when the new arrangements take effect in the “spring of 2020.” The radical break…
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Climate vs. Economy: Four Lessons From a Year of Reporting

VOA News By Steve Baragona Does fighting climate change mean wrecking the economy?  That's the question my editor posed to me about a year ago. It has been the focus of my reporting ever ; The rhetoric from climate change skeptics suggests it would. President Donald Trump has made canceling Obama-era greenhouse gas regulations a central part of his tenure. Economic rationales are always front and ; Meanwhile, Democratic presidential candidates say they will create millions of jobs by transforming the energy system to carbon-free ; Job killer or job creator? Leaving aside for the moment the fact that climate change…
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Thousands of Women Gather in US for 4th Annual Women’s March

By VOA News Thousands of women began marching Saturday in cities across the United States for the fourth annual Women’s March to advocate for a host of issues, including gender equality and women’s human rights. Rallies got underway in dozens of cities, including Washington, where the first Women’s March in 2017 drew hundreds of thousands of people the day after President Donald Trump was sworn into office. The march has included a political message since it began three years ago when many protesters wore the knitted pink hats that have become a symbol of women’s anti-Trump sentiments. Politics continued to be…
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House Outlines Impeachment Case; Trump Team Has Fiery Answer

VOA News By Associated Press President Donald Trump's legal team issued a fiery response ahead of opening arguments in his impeachment trial Saturday while House Democrats laid out their case in forceful fashion, saying the president had ``abandoned his oath`` and betrayed the public ; The dueling statements previewed arguments both sides intend to make once Trump's impeachment trial begins in earnest on Tuesday. Both sides are seeking to make their case for a Republican-led Senate and for an American public bracing for a presidential election in 10 ; The House's 111-page brief pulls together the private and public testimony of a…
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