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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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Education

Rosie Castro as the recipient of the Hank Lacayo Lifetime Achievement Award, to be presented during the Educational Achievement Luncheon

USHLI is pleased to announce Rosie Castro as the recipient of the Hank Lacayo Lifetime Achievement Award, to be presented during the Educational Achievement Luncheon at USHLI’s 37th National Conference. The award is named in memory of Hank Lacayo, USHLI Co-founder and Political Director of the United Auto Workers and active supporter of the United Farmworkers Union and other progressive organizations. The conference will be held February 14-17, 2019, at the Sheraton Grand Chicago, located at 301 E. North Water Street in Chicago. A veteran of 50 years in the struggle for more and better educational opportunities and political power…
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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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House Republicans Tank Bill to Reopen Government While Border Security Negotiations Continue

Longest government shutdown in history will continue as Coast Guard members miss their first paychecks   WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) issued the following statement after voting in favor of H. J. Res. 27, a bill that would reopen the government through February 1 to allow for continued border security negotiations:   “The Trump shutdown is now the longest in American history, and thanks to the President and his Republican colleagues, there is no end in sight. Today, the brave members of our Coast Guard missed their first paychecks, putting 332 Rhode Island families in the untenable position of wondering whether…
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Congressional Delegation Joins Unpaid Federal Employees to Call for End to Trump Shutdown

Hundreds of federal employees in Rhode Island have gone without pay since the shutdown began even as they perform critical services   WARWICK, —  Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline and Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse joined federal employees at Green Airport today to call on President Trump to immediately reopen the federal government. Since the shutdown began 24 days ago, an estimated 800,000 federal workers — including hundreds of TSA agents and air traffic controllers at Green — have either been furloughed or required to work without a paycheck.   “We rely on TSA agents and air traffic controllers…
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Entertainment

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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