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CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT REACHES 10-YEAR HIGH AS INDUSTRY ADDS 19,000 JOBS IN JULY AND 303,000 FOR THE YEAR; INDUSTRY UNEMPLOYMENT SETS RECORD LOW

Construction Officials Say Firms Would Likely Have Added More Workers if they Could Find Them, Urge Education Officials to Do More to Encourage Students to Consider High-Paying Construction Careers Construction employment increased by 19,000 jobs in July and by 303,000 jobs over the past year, reaching a 10-year high, while the industry's unemployment rate and level hit an all-time low, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said it was likely firms would have added even more workers if they could find qualified candidates to hire. "The construction industry has…
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RI Fire Departments Receive $107K to Purchase Gear & Improve Safety

Central Falls, Kingston, and Albion Fire Departments win federal AFG awards CENTRAL FALLS, RI - Thursday, August 2, 2018, Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline announced $106,668 in federal funding to help the Central Falls Fire Department, Kingston Fire Department, and Albion Fire District purchase needed equipment and gear to help them better serve their communities. The funding is being awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The Central Falls Fire Department will use $59,048 to purchase a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) washer/extractor dryer, which the…
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Road Damage from Earthquakes Is Latest Hawaii Volcano Peril

Associated Press HONOLULU — Officials on Hawaii's Big Island, where the Kilauea volcano has been spewing huge amounts of lava for months, are bracing for the possibility that frequent earthquakes will cut off a major highway. Emergency officials dealing with the eruption are turning their focus to the aptly named village of Volcano, where dozens of small earthquakes shake the ground every hour as Kilauea undergoes dramatic changes. The summit caldera is also collapsing, causing even larger temblors almost daily. Officials are worried about cracks and holes in Highway 11, a 45-minute lifeline connecting a rural district with Hilo, the island's…
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Tom Cruise Does the Impossible in ‘Mission: Impossible Fallout’

VOA News/Penelope Poulou WASHINGTON — Tom Cruise’s latest action installment of Mission: Impossible Fallout follows operative Ethan Hunt, the daredevil spy, on an extremely perilous quest to save the world. Cruise and the rest of the Mission: Impossible cast, along with the powerful visuals and the megastar’s mind-bending stunts, keep audiences on the edge of their seats for almost three hours. The film starts with a dramatic failed operation in which Hunt, an operative of the fictional independent espionage agency “Impossible Mission Force” — or IMF — loses three plutonium bombs to the enemy. With nuclear devastation looming, Hunt teams again with field agents Benji…
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US Plane Lands in South Korea With War Remains

VOA News A military plane brought back 55 cases of remains North Korea says are of service members killed in the Korean War more than six decades ago, the White House confirmed in a statement late Thursday. “A Air Force C-17 aircraft containing remains of fallen service members has departed Wonsan, North Korea,” the White House statement said. “It is accompanied by service members from United Nations Command Korea and technical experts from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. The C-17 is transferring the remains to Osan Air Base (near Seoul), where a formal repatriation ceremony will be held on August…
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Deadline Passes for Reuniting Immigrant Parents, Children

VOA News The court-ordered deadline has passed for officials to reunite all eligible children who were separated from their parents after entering the country. officials said they expected to reunite all eligible children who had been separated from their parents after entering the country illegally by Thursday’s court-ordered deadline (0700 UTC Friday). It was not immediately clear if that goal was met. The Justice Department said in a court filing Thursday afternoon in San Diego that more than 1,400 children 5 years old and older had been reunited so far. Also 378 were released in what it calls “appropriate circumstances,”…
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RIDOH recommends closing the Beaches at Conimicut Point and DiFonso Recreation Area

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) recommends closing Conimicut Point beach in Warwick and DiFonso Recreation Area (Spring Grove Beach) in Glocester  for swimming because of high bacteria levels. Beaches closed for swimming: Conimicut Point Beach DiFonso Recreation Area The Beach Club at Larkin’s Pond in Kingston Kingston’s Camp Camp Hoffman Goddard Park Kent County YMCA (Upper and Lower Ponds) Echo Lake Campground RIDOH will continue to monitor and review beach water quality regularly to ensure safe bathing throughout the summer season. The status of a beach may change on a daily basis. The most up-to-date beach information is…
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Rhode Island State Police K-9 Ruby Named Search and Rescue Dog of the Year

Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety, is pleased to announce that K-9 Ruby, a member of the Rhode Island State Police Canine Unit, has been selected as the national Search and Rescue Dog of the Year. She also is now a finalist for the 2018 American Humane Hero Dog Award, to be named in September.   “This is a tremendous honor for both K-9 Ruby and her handler, Trooper Daniel O’Neil,” Colonel Assumpico said. “It also is a tribute to the entire Rhode Island State Police Canine…
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Pepperidge Farm Recalling Four Varieties of Goldfish Crackers

Pepperidge Farm Recalling Four Varieties of Goldfish Crackers The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is advising consumers that Pepperidge Farm is recalling four varieties of Goldfish crackers. A seasoning that is applied to these crackers has been the subject of a due to the potential presence of Salmonella. The products were distributed throughout the United States. No illnesses have been reported. No other Pepperidge Farm products in the are subject to this recall. The following four varieties are subject to this recall: * Flavor Blasted Xtra Cheddar * Flavor Blasted Sour Cream & Onion * Goldfish Baked with Whole…
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The United Nurses and Allied Professionals (UNAP) strike at Hasbro and Rhode Island Hospital

Providence, RI - Local 5098 of the United Nurses and Allied Professionals said last attempt with Lifespan and a mediator Monday morning failed to resolve the deadlock. UNAP nurses will be relieved at 1:30 and strike will start at 3 after negotiations with Lifespan concluded for the day Monday morning. "This is a difficult day for all of us. Every member who walks the picket line understands what's at stake for themselves, their families and their patients," said Frank Sims, RN, UNAP Local 5098 President. "Lifespan is a broken system where wealthy executives make millions and front line caregivers are ordered to…
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