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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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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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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Community

Family Service of Rhode Island, CODAC to support children impacted by opioid epidemic with $750,000 federal grant

Photo:  From left to right: Erin Albanese, Kate Prendergast, Sen. Jack Reed, Margaret Holland McDuff, and Sarah Kelly-Palmer Credit: Office of Sen. Jack Reed. PROVIDENCE, (November 7, 2018) — Children and youth who have been financially or emotionally impacted by their parents’ substance use disorder will now have support from a $750,000 federal grant awarded to Family Service of Rhode Island (FSRI). CODAC Behavioral Healthcare will work with FSRI to extend counseling, mentoring, and other support services as part of the Project Support Ocean State initiative, which is slated to commence immediately. The addiction of a parent and its effect on children…
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Duncan Hines Cake Mix Being Recalled Due to Potential Presence of Salmonella

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is advising consumers that several varieties of Duncan Hines cake mix are being recalled because of a positive finding of Salmonella in a retail sample of . The positive finding may be connected to a Salmonella outbreak that is currently being investigated by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the  Food and Drug Administration (FDA). While it has not been definitively concluded that this product is linked to the outbreak and the investigation is still ongoing, Conagra (Duncan Hines' parent company) is recalling Duncan Hines Classic White, Classic Butter Golden, Signature…
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Health

Today, Celebrate Rhode Island World Diabetes Day with Healthcentric Advisors, Representative Grace Diaz, NFL Football Champion & Novo Nordisk Patient Ambassador, Kendall Simmons

Providence, RI — Diabetes is growing at an epidemic rate in the United States -- which is why Healthcentric Advisors in partnership with founder Representative Grace Diaz and many local partners are proud to recognize Rhode Island World Diabetes Day, November 3, 2018. Hosted at the Warwick Mall from 11 to 3 the annual event is an opportunity to increase awareness about diabetes as a potentially devastating disease. But it ultimately seeks to empower people to manage their own health while living with diabetes and pre-diabetes. This year we’re particularly excited to have special guest speaker NFL Football Champion and Novo…
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Rhode Island Leads the Nation for Childhood Flu Vaccination; Sees Decline Among Adults

Rhode Island children had the highest flu vaccination coverage rate in the country during the 2017-2018 flu season, an increase of two percentage points from the previous season, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, Rhode Island also saw a decrease in the flu immunization rate for adults during this period. “Flu vaccination is the single best way to protect yourself against the flu,” said Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH, the Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH). “The flu can have serious health consequences for anyone, including young, otherwise healthy adults. Getting…
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Health

As HealthSource RI Open Enrollment Begins, Reed Encourages RIers to Get the Facts and Get Insured

WASHINGTON, DC – November 1st, as open enrollment begins for consumers to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) is encouraging Rhode Islanders to understand their options and select a plan that best fits their needs. During open enrollment, which started November 1st and runs through December 23, Rhode Islanders have several options to enroll or renew their health insurance coverage for the 2019 calendar year, including: online at ; over the phone at 1-855-840-HSRI; in person at the HealthSource RI Walk-In Center (401 Wampanoag Trail, East Providence); or one-on-one in their community by…
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It’s Time to Start Shopping for Health Insurance

HealthSource RI offers the cheapest insurance in RI, nearly half of customers pay less than $100 per month for coverage EAST PROVIDENCE, RI (October 29, 2018) – Rhode Islanders: it's time to put health insurance on your shopping list. Individuals and families looking for coverage starting January 1, 2019 should pick and pay through HealthSource RI by December 23. “HealthSource RI has the cheapest health insurance in Rhode Island, and I’m proud of the work we’ve done to keep costs as low as possible,” said Governor Raimondo. “I urge Rhode Islanders looking for coverage to explore HealthSource RI’s quality, affordable…
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Community

Red Cross Offers 10 Tips to Help Keep Trick or Treaters Safe this Halloween

PROVIDENCE, RI, (October 22, 2019)— Halloween is just days away, one of the most popular holidays in this country. Little witches, ghosts, pirates and super heroes will soon take to the streets for trick or treat fun, and the American Red Cross Rhode Island has tips to help everyone stay safe while enjoying the festivities. “Halloween is a fun time for everyone and we want to make sure you all stay safe while enjoying it,” said Stefanie Arcangelo, chief communications officer, American Red Cross, Connecticut and Rhode Island Region. “Here are the top ways for parents to keep the kids safe while getting ready for Trick…
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