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Rhode Island State Police Warns of Potential for Dangerous Driving Conditions Due to Ice on Roadways

The Rhode Island State Police warns motorists that travel is expected to become treacherous as rapidly dropping temperatures leads to icing on the roadways. Motorists are encouraged to avoid unnecessary travel or use extreme caution if they must be out on the roads. Anticipate hazardous driving conditions this afternoon and tonight, especially on bridges and ramps, which freeze more quickly than roads, as well as untreated roadways. Additional troopers have been assigned throughout the state and will be working with the state Department of Transportation and other agencies to monitor travel conditions, especially on highways, bridges and areas prone to…
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Economic Fallout Mounts as US Government Shutdown Continues

VOA News/Ken Bredemeier & Chris Hannas The White House has doubled projections of how much economic growth is being lost because of the partial government shutdown, now in a record 26th day with no end in sight to President Donald Trump's standoff with opposition Democrats over his demand for taxpayer money to build a barrier at the southern border with Mexico. Kevin Hassett, the chairman of Trump's Council of Economic Advisers, said Tuesday the country's robust economy has already lost a half percentage point from the shutdown, during which 800,000 government workers have been furloughed or forced to work without…
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US Soldiers Killed in IS-Claimed Syria Blast

VOA News/Jeff Seldin The death toll in an attack on and coalition troops in the northern Syrian town of Manbij is rising, with the bombing raising questions about what happens once forces pull out for good. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday’s bombing, claimed by the Islamic State terror group, has left 20 dead, including five troops. Unnamed officials had previously said four soldiers had been killed in the attack, with another three wounded. " service members were killed during an explosion while conducting a routine patrol in Syria today. We are still gathering information and will share additional…
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LATINO POLICY INSTITUTE APPLAUDS FEDERAL COURT DECISION FOR 2020 CENSUS

PROVIDENCE, , Jan. 16, 2019 - Tuesday's federal court decision blocking the inclusion of a citizenship question in the upcoming 2020 census comes as a victory for states, municipalities, and especially many immigrant communities, including Latinos. When the decision to include a question regarding a person's citizenship status was announced by Secretary of Commerce Wilbur L. Ross Jr. in March 2018, three Rhode Island municipalities - Central Falls, Providence, and Pawtucket - as well as good-government organizations such as Common Cause Rhode Island and the American Civil Liberties Union took the lead in voicing their concern and opposition. As stated…
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Traffic Advisory: Bridge Repairs to Require Temporary Closure of Old Great Road at Route 146 Overpass in North Smithfield

BRIDGE REPAIRS TO REQUIRE TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF OLD GREAT ROAD AT ROUTE 146 OVERPASS IN NORTH SMITHFIELD  Detour goes into effect January 23 The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today announced it will temporarily close a section of Old Great Road in North Smithfield, where it passes underneath Route 146, on Wednesday, January 23. The bridge over Old Great Road is part of a $ million multi-bridge project for minor repairs that will extend the service life of these structures and avoid more costly bridge rehabilitation or bridge replacement projects. The roadway under the highway is too narrow to…
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Education

Governor Raimondo Proposes Expanding Rhode Island Promise to Rhode Island College

Proposed expansion of scholarship program would cover final two years of in-state tuition and fees for eligible full-time students working towards four-year degrees  PROVIDENCE, RI – In the first State of the State address of her second term at the State House on Tuesday night, Governor Gina Raimondo proposed an expansion of the Rhode Island Promise scholarship program to Rhode Island College. The proposal would cover the final two years of in-state tuition and mandatory fees for four-year, first-time undergraduate students who are enrolled full-time and meet any new and existing eligibility requirements as determined by the Governor and General Assembly.…
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TRINITY REP BREAKS ALL-TIME BOX OFFICE RECORD

Production of A Christmas Carol featured over 1,000 Community Performers and raised over $57k for RI Community Food Bank PROVIDENCE, RI: Trinity Repertory Company broke its all-time box office sales and attendance records with its 2018 production of A Christmas Carol, surpassing the record set last year by the same show. This season’s incarnation of the holiday tradition, which ran November 9-December 30, 2018, was the 41st consecutive mounting of the Dickens classic. Completely re-invented each season with a new director, cast, and designers, the 2018 production was directed by Mark Valdez, who also directed Fuente Ovejuna, or Like Sheep to…
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View ‘Super Wolf Blood Moon’ eclipse at CCRI Jan. 20

Observatory offers opportunity to see decade’s last total lunar eclipse   Warwick, – Jan. 14, 2019: The public is invited to view Sunday’s “Super Wolf Blood Moon” total lunar eclipse at the Margaret Jacoby Observatory at the Community College of Rhode Island’s Knight Campus, 400 East Ave., Warwick.   The name means a supermoon and a blood moon will occur at the same time. The first full moon of the year is known as the “Wolf Moon” and is named after howling wolves. Observers will be able to watch the shadow of the Earth eclipse the moon and turn it…
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ATENCIÓN RECIBIDORES DE SNAP

Debido al cierre parcial del Gobierno Federal: Los beneficios SNAP de febrero serán emitidos en enero. Recipientes actuales de SNAP: Sus beneficios de febrero de SNAP estarán en su tarjeta EBT para el domingo 20 de enero de 2019. NO recibirá más beneficios emitidos a su tarjeta, pero puede continuar usando su tarjeta EBT en cualquier distribuidor autorizado. Información importante sobre ENERO Acciones de caso: Si su caso no está completo el 16 de enero de 2019, los beneficiarios aprobados recibirán sus beneficios de febrero el 1 de febrero de 2019. Solicitudes de SNAP después del 15 de enero de 2019: si solicita y recibe…
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