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Will Strong Economy Sway Voters at the Polls?

VOA NEWS/Katherine Gypson KINDRED, NORTH DAKOTA — Throughout West Acres, North Dakota's largest shopping mall in Fargo, help wanted signs fill storefront windows. "It's a very competitive market," said Brad Ruhro, owner of Legacy Toys, a family-owned chain of toys stores with a location at West Acres. Ruhro said that as a toy store owner, it's easy for him to tell when the economy is perking up. "We're seeing a continual uptick in customers," he said. "When the economy's not so great, they're buying the necessities -- food, supplies that they need to survive. When the economy's doing better, they're able…
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Trump Rips Attorney General Over Russia Probe, Other Issues

VOA News/Ken Bredemeier WASHINGTON —  President Donald Trump launched an array of attacks Wednesday on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, disparaging Sessions' performance as the country's top law enforcement official. "I'm disappointed in the attorney general for many reasons," Trump told reporters at the White House. His remark came hours after a television interview with HillTV aired in which Trump declared, "I don't have an attorney general. It's very sad." Trump for more than a year has railed against Sessions, the first senator to declare his support for then-candidate Trump in 2016. Trump continues to vent his anger at Sessions for…
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Trump Visits Hurricane-Damaged North Carolina

VOA News President Donald Trump arrived Wednesday in North Carolina to see the destruction Hurricane Florence left behind and the challenging relief efforts that are underway. "The planning that went into this is beyond belief," Trump said shortly after arriving at the Marine Corps Air Station in Cherry Point, North Carolina." Trump told the victims "America grieves with you" and "we're with you all the way." Florence has killed at least 35 people and left entire towns in North Carolina flooded with muddy, fetid water. Officials across the state are cautioning residents that more floods are expected this week. North…
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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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RI Mission of Mercy Free Dental Clinic to be Held Sept. 29 & 30

Two-day Clinic Offering Free Oral Health Care Returns in New Location PROVIDENCE — The Rhode Island Oral Health Foundation will hold its signature Rhode Island Mission of Mercy (RI MOM) two-day free dental clinic on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29 and 30, at the Delta Dental of Rhode Island dental clinic at Providence Community Health Centers at 335R Prairie Avenue in Providence. Delta Dental of Rhode Island and Providence Community Health Centers are the event’s premier sponsors. The clinic’s line will open at 5:45 (note that early arrivals are not allowed). Beginning at 7 , patients will be seen on a first…
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Trump Accuses China of Trying to ‘Change’ US Election

VOA News President Donald Trump accused China Tuesday of "actively trying to impact and change" the election and threatened "great and fast economic retaliation" if it retaliates with measures that would hurt American workers. Trump did not offer evidence to support his accusation nor did he specify whether it was the upcoming midterm elections China was allegedly targeting. The accusation comes one day after China promised to take "countermeasures" against Trump's plan to impose tariffs on an additional $200 billion worth Chinese imports. The new duties, which take effect on September 24, will begin at 10 percent, then rise to…
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Politics

GOP, Dems Unite Behind Senate Bill Fighting Addictive Drugs

VOA/Associated Press WASHINGTON — Republicans and Democrats joined forces to speed legislation combating the misuse of opioids and other addictive drugs toward Senate passage Monday, a rare campaign-season show of unity against a growing and deadly health care crisis. The measure takes wide aim at the problem, including increasing scrutiny of arriving international mail that may include illegal drugs and making it easier for the National Institutes of Health to approve research on finding nonaddictive painkillers and for pharmaceutical companies to conduct that research. The Food and Drug Administration would be allowed to require drug makers to package smaller quantities of…
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VOA/Deborah Block BALTIMORE — In Baltimore, a free after school music program called OrchKids is being used as an instrument of change for children in underprivileged neighborhoods. In the past 10 years, more than 1,300 children have received free group music lessons, and free instruments, from flutes to trumpets to violins. The program was started by Marin Alsop, music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, who said OrchKids also aims to create social change in a city where about 40 percent of the population live in poverty. She hopes that if more children of color learn an instrument that “orchestras will…
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Remnants of Florence Bringing Flood Threats to Northeastern US

VOA News The storm system that struck southeastern states along the East Coast as Hurricane Florence is now soaking areas in the northeast with heavy rain as forecasters warn of widespread flooding threats. Flash flood watches and warnings are posted from Virginia into Vermont and New Hampshire through Tuesday. Those accompany the flooding in North Carolina, where Florence hit as a Category 1 hurricane last week and dropped up to 90 centimeters of rain as it lingered for several days. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said Monday many roads remained impassable in the hardest-hit areas in the eastern part of…
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