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Rhode Island Foundation awards $480,000 in grants for animal welfare

Podcast grants for animal welfare PROVIDENCE, RI (Nov. 16, 2018) – The Rhode Island Foundation announced today that nearly two dozen animal welfare programs across the state will share nearly $480,000 in grants. The grants will fund low-cost vet care for the pets of needy owners, raptor rehabilitation and a coyote education campaign among other programs. “The generosity of our donors and the commitment of our partners are expanding humane education, increasing awareness and improving the quality of animal care in Rhode Island,” said Adrian Bonéy, who oversees the Foundation’s Program for Animal Welfare (PAW). “Their work is producing new approaches…
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Entertainment

Facebook Unable to Identify Who Was Behind Network of Fake Accounts

VOA News Facebook said Tuesday it had been unable to determine who was behind dozens of fake accounts it took down shortly before the 2018 midterm elections. “Combined with our takedown last Monday, in total we have removed 36 Facebook accounts, 6 Pages, and 99 Instagram accounts for coordinated inauthentic behavior,” Nathaniel Gleicher, head of cybersecurity policy, wrote on the company’s blog. At least one of the Instagram accounts had well over a million followers, according to Facebook. A website that said it represented the Russian state-sponsored Internet Research Agency claimed responsibility for the accounts last week, but Facebook said…
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Education

Former West Virginia Coal Mines Turned into Carbon-sucking Forests

VOA News/Steve Baragona ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA — Mist rises from the ripped-up and muddy earth as moist soil meets chilly morning air. This field deep within in West Virginia's Monongahela National Forest looks more like a Game of Thrones battleground than a woodlands restoration project. This is how Chris Barton is bringing forests back to Appalachia's old strip mines: with a bulldozer tearing up the soil with meter-long metal teeth. "We've had a lot of people kind of look at us twice," he laughed. Barton is a forest scientist at the University of Kentucky. On these former mines, he's found that before he…
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Mattis to Visit US Southern Border Wednesday

VOA News/Carla Babb PENTAGON — Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis is due to visit the southern border Wednesday, where thousands of American troops have been deployed to support border patrol agents. Speaking to reporters Tuesday at the Pentagon, Mattis said there has been “no change” to the military mission “at this time.” "We’re doing the obstacle emplacement, we do have helicopters down there,” he said. “We will have to see what the future holds, but right now that is the only mission I have.” President Donald Trump called for increased border security to prevent a caravan of asylum-seeking migrants from Central…
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California’s Deadliest Fire Leaves 48 Dead, Hundreds Missing

VOA News Search teams in the state of California found more bodies Tuesday in areas ravaged by the most destructive wildfire in the state's history, bringing the overall death toll to 48. Crews are working with cadaver dogs and a rapid DNA analysis system in and around Paradise, a town of 27,000 people where in the span of a few days a rapidly moving fire destroyed more than 7,000 homes. Authorities said more than 200 people were still unaccounted for as the searches continued and the fire advanced to the north and east of Paradise. A volunteer search and rescue…
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Red Cross Offers 25 Ways to Safely Cook and Travel this Thanksgiving

Cooking fires increase on Thanksgiving; Millions expected take to highways to visit loved ones PROVIDENCE, RI (November 14, 2018) — Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and millions of people will soon take to the road and kitchen to share the holiday with loved ones. Because Thanksgiving is a peak time for congested travel and home cooking fires, the American Red Cross asks everyone to follow the steps below to help stay safe this holiday. COOKING SAFETY Each year, Thanksgiving is one of the leading days for home cooking fires. You can help protect yourself and your family from home fires—the nation’s most frequent disaster—by…
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TRAFFIC PATTERN CHANGE SCHEDULED FOR WASHINGTON BRIDGE WESTBOUND

Changes are necessary as part of Washington Bridge Rehabilitation Project The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today announced a traffic pattern change for a section of the Washington Bridge, which carries I-195 West from East Providence to Providence. This change will allow for continued rehabilitation of this important structure, which is classified as structurally deficient. On Friday November 16 during the evening and overnight hours, the Department will restripe the bridge to provide three through lanes for I-195 traffic and a dedicated lane for traffic entering the highway from Taunton Avenue/Route 44. The new traffic pattern will be in…
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Community

Escasez severa de donaciones de sangre: La Cruz Roja emite unllamado inmediato a la comunidad para donar sangre y plaquetas

Durante este invierno, también se necesita coordinadores de campañas de donaciones de sangrepara evitar que estaescasez se prolongue DEDHAM, Mass. (13 de noviembre de 2018) —La Cruz Roja Americana está enfrentando una severa escasez de sangre y necesita urgentemente donaciones de sangre y plaquetaspara evitar retrasos en el cuidado médico que salvan vidas de pacientes. También hay una necesidad crítica de coordinadores voluntarios de campañas de sangre para evitar que la escasez empeore este invierno. August 27, 2017. Houston, Texas. DRO Cross employee Bob Otwell prepares blood products including FFP, Whole Blood and Platelets for distribution to nearby hospitals. These blood products…
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LANE AND RAMP RESTRICTIONS BEGINNING SOON FOR I-295 BRIDGE REPAIRS

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today announced the start of a $ million construction project to rehabilitate bridges that carry I-295 at its interchange with Routes 6 and 6A in Johnston (Exit 9). This work will require temporary traffic pattern changes including ramp and lane closures that will create traffic congestion and travel delays. The first set of traffic pattern changes go into effect the weekend of November 16 and will be in place until Summer 2019, after which additional changes will be needed. The greatest delay will affect travelers from Route 6 West to I-295 North. Construction…
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Trump firma orden de inmigración para restringir solicitudes de asilo

Voz de América - Redacción El presidente de Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, dijo el viernes que firmó una orden de inmigración que ayudará a prohibir de manera efectiva que los migrantes que crucen la frontera de manera irregular puedan solicitar asilo en el país. El anuncio lo hizo durante declaraciones a los medios en la Casa Blanca, en donde también señaló que se necesitan los votos y el apoyo de los demócratas para cambiar la ley de inmigración. "Necesitamos los votos de los demócratas. Tienen que aprobar nuevas leyes de inmigración porque están inundando nuestro país. No los dejaremos ingresar,…
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