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In 33 states, Hispanic or black children are more than twice as likely to be in poverty than their white peers

Authors: David Murphey, Jonathan Belford, Susan Balding, Samuel Beckwith In 32 states, the percentage of black children in poverty was at least twice as high as among non-Hispanic white children, according to 2017 data recently released from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. This represents all but one of the 33 states for which there were reliable estimates of the population of black children. In 18 states, the rate among black children was at least three times as high as among their white peers. In Nevada, the poverty rate among black children was more than four times as high, and in Minnesota it was more…
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RIDOH Accepting Laboratory Applications for Sampling and Testing Medical Marijuana

As part of work to ensure patient safety, the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is now accepting applications for analytical laboratories in Rhode Island that want to be licensed to sample and test medical marijuana. Application instructions and the application form are available at  Licensed laboratories will collect, sample, and analyze medical marijuana products cultivated and/or manufactured by registered compassion centers and licensed cultivators. They will test to verify the THC content of products and check for contaminants such as metals, pesticides, bacteria, other microbiological content, and solvents used in the preparation of medical marijuana products. By licensing independent…
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Boil Water Advisory in Place for Five Public Water Systems Serving Parts of Narragansett and Parts of South Kingstown

A boil water advisory is in place for the customers of five public water systems serving parts of Narragansett and South Kingstown because E. coli bacteria was found in the water supply. The affected water systems are: Suez Water (customers with questions should contact Chris Jacobs at 401-316-2201) Narragansett – Point Judith (customers with questions should contact the Police Department at 401-789-1091 or John Soetbeer at 401-265-3515) Narragansett – North End (customers with questions should contact the Police Department at 401-789-1091 or John Soetbeer at 401-265-3515) South Kingstown – South Shore (customers with questions should contact the Police Department at 401-783-3321) South Kingstown – Middlebridge (customers with questions…
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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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Lt. Governor McKee Launches Town Hall Meeting Series on Addressing Alzheimer’s Disease

PROVIDENCE, RI – As part of his effort to update Rhode Island’s State Plan on Alzheimer’s, Lt. Governor Dan McKee is launching a series of Town Hall meetings across the state to collect input from Rhode Islanders whose lives have been impacted by the disease.   In February, Lt. Governor McKee and the Rhode Island Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association secured $30,000 in grants to update the State Plan, a comprehensive blueprint for how Rhode Island will address the growing Alzheimer's crisis. Tufts Health Plan Foundation and the Rhode Island Foundation each pledged $15,000 to support the initiative.   The…
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Governor Raimondo signs bills creating more choice for continuing care

EAST PROVIDENCE, RI - Governor Gina M. Raimondo today signed legislation (S 2734 and H 7803) at Goldsmith Manor establishing an individual provider model for home care in Rhode Island. The model will give seniors and people with disabilities another option to be cared for at home where they can continue to be connected to their communities and families. "Rhode Islanders should be empowered to choose what model of care is right for them," Raimondo said. "For a lot of people that might mean choosing an individual provider they know and trust. This bill ensures that kind of individual care that helps people lives…
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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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Reed Delivers Beach Monitoring Funds to Help Keep RI Beaches Clean & Swimmers Safe

BRISTOL, RI – After President Trump’s budget sought to sink a beach water testing program that helps Rhode Island monitor coastal waters throughout the summer to keep beachgoers safe, Senator Jack Reed helped lead the effort in Congress to revive it and successfully delivered $ million in Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health (BEACH) Act grant funding to help monitor beaches nationwide.  As a result of Senator Reed’s efforts, $201,500 was delivered to Rhode Island today to help health officials conduct beach water quality monitoring and alert beachgoers when conditions are unsafe. Today, Senator Reed joined with officials from the Environmental…
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Rhode Island to Receive More Than $200,000 from EPA for Beach Monitoring Funding will support water quality and public swimming advisories

BOSTON – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is providing $201,500 to the Rhode Island Department of Health to support beach water quality monitoring and public notification efforts throughout the state. “Protecting Rhode Island’s beaches is critical to safeguarding public health and sustaining local economies, especially during the summer tourism season,” said EPA New England Regional Administrator Alexandra Dunn. “This funding enables our partners in Rhode Island to have the tools and resources they need to adequately monitor beach water quality and deliver timely information to the public.” “Rhode Island’s hundreds of miles of coastline are at the economic, environmental, and…
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