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Langevin Joins Members of Congress to Introduce Safe Gun Storage Bill

WASHINGTON — Today, Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) joined members of Congress and advocates to introduce safe gun storage legislation in the House of Representatives. The bill honors the memory of Ethan Song, a Guilford, CT, teenager who accidentally shot himself with an unsecured gun in early ;Ethan’s Law would set federal standards for safe gun storage, as well as give states incentives to create and implement safe gun storage laws. “As someone whose life was forever changed by an accidental gunshot, this issue is personal to me,” said Congressman Jim Langevin who last Congress introduced the Child Gun Access Prevention Act to protect children from unsecured firearms. “The…
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North Korea Slams Biden as ‘Fool of Low IQ’

Former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks during a rally, May 1, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. VOA News/William Gallo SEOUL- Juhyun Lee contributed to this report. North Korean state media slammed Joe Biden as an "imbecile" and a "fool of low IQ" Wednesday, Pyongyang’s first substantial comments on the 2020 presidential election. The commentary in the state-run Korean Central News Agency criticized Biden for recently referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as a thug and a tyrant. " reeled off rhetoric slandering the supreme leadership of the DPRK," KCNA said, using the acronym for North Korea’s official…
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Audit: US Broadcasting to Cuba Rife With Bad Journalism, Ineffective Propaganda

The online Radio TV Marti website, programmed by the Office of Cuba Broadcasting. VOA News/Brian Padden The government service charged with delivering objective news into Cuba produces both “bad journalism” and “ineffective propaganda,” according to an independent audit released Tuesday. The Agency for Global Media (USAGM), which oversees taxpayer-funded international broadcasting, ordered the audit of the Office of Cuban Broadcasting (OCB) in February in response to broadcasts last year that contained anti-Semitic remarks about billionaire philanthropist George Soros. The segments on OCB’s TV Martí prompted widespread condemnation and led to disciplinary action against nine OCB journalists. John Lansing, the CEO of USAGM, later apologized to…
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Indian Exporters Eye Gains Amid Intensifying US China Trade Dispute

Orient Craft, one of India's largest apparel exporters, says it could benefit from increased business as the US-China trade war intensifies. This building in Gurgaon on the outskirts of Delhi houses its office and one of its garment units. VOA News/Anjana Pasricha NEW DELHI — As work on establishing a massive garment-manufacturing unit by one of India’s leading apparel exporters enters the final stages, the company is optimistic about keeping the machines humming. Slated to begin production in August, Orient Craft’s new unit in Jharkhand, one of India’s least developed states, will employ about eight thousand workers. Inquiries from buyers in…
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US Abortion Rights Supporters Rally Nationwide

VOA News Dozens of protests supporting abortion rights unfolded across the United States on Tuesday, including one held outside the Supreme Court in Washington. Gracie Burke, 19, center, a student at American University, joins other in a protest against abortion bans, May 21, 2019, outside the Supreme Court in Washington. The demonstrations targeted a recent array of anti-abortion laws being adopted by conservative state legislatures that have voiced the hope that the ensuing legal battles over the strict abortion curbs will eventually push the court to overturn its landmark 1973 decision that legalized abortion in the country. Supporters of abortion…
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Ex-White House Counsel Defies House Subpoena to Testify on Russia Probe

VOA News- Ken Bredemeier File: Former White House counsel Don McGahn arrives for a ceremony in the Great Hall at the Department of Justice in Washington, May 9, 2019. WASHINGTON — Former White House Counsel Donald McGahn defied a subpoena Tuesday from the House Judiciary Committee to testify about his conversations with President Donald Trump ordering him to oust special counsel Robert Mueller in the midst of Mueller's investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The Democratic-controlled House panel left an empty chair and a nameplate at the witness table for McGahn. But the 50-year-old Washington attorney, now in…
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US: Military Actions ‘Put on Hold’ Potential Iranian Attacks on Americans

VOA News - Carla Babb Michael Bowman on Capitol Hill contributed to this report. PENTAGON — Acting Secretary of Defense Pat Shanahan said the steps taken to bolster the military presence in the Middle East have deterred Iran and “put on hold the potential for attacks on Americans,” even as Iran carried out other attacks. “It doesn’t mean that the threats that we previously identified have gone away. Our prudent response, I think, has given Iranians time to recalculate,” Shanahan told reporters at the Pentagon Tuesday. “We talked about those threats, and there were attacks,” Shanahan said. FILE - Joint Chiefs…
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Community

Councilwoman Carmen Castillo to Host Memorial Honoring the Life and Legacy of Jennifer Rivera

Memorial honoring the 19th anniversary of Jennifer Rivera’s untimely death. Providence, RI (May 21, 2019)… Providence City Councilwoman Carmen Castillo will host a memorial service honoring the life and legacy of Jennifer Rivera on the 19th anniversary of her tragic death. The memorial will be attended by members of the City Council, the General Assembly, the Attorney General’s Office, and Ms. Rivera's family. “Jennifer was taken from this world far too soon,” stated Councilwoman Carmen Castillo (Ward 9). “There is not a person in this neighborhood that doesn’t know the tragic story of how Jennifer’s life was cut short by violence. Her life…
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Education

Students Win $12K in Scholarships at Lt. Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge Final Competition

Photo courtesy from LT. Governor's Office 1st place: $5,000 scholarship Providence Detailing by Alejandro Martinez (Providence resident) and Laila Martin (Woonsocket resident), The Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center EAST GREENWICH,  – This weekend, nine local high school students won a total of $12,000 at the second annual Lt. Governor's Entrepreneurship Challenge Final Competition. The Challenge is a business pitch competition that allows Rhode Islanders in grades 9-12 to compete for thousands of dollars in post-secondary scholarships. Lt. Governor Dan McKee hosted the competition at the New England Institute of Technology where he was joined by Ron McLean, President/CEO of the…
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T.F. Green Airport announces new nonstop service to the Dominican Republic

Warwick, RI – The Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC) announced today that Sun Country Airlines has added a new non-stop international route to the Dominican Republic. The route will be seasonal from November through April beginning November 16. Initially flights will be available once a week on Saturdays, but will expand to twice a week (Wednesdays/Saturdays) starting December 25. “Today we announce a great new international route that will benefit the airport, Rhode Island’s tourism economy and Rhode Island’s strong and vibrant Latino community,” said Iftikhar Ahmad, president and CEO of the RIAC. “Rhode Island is home to thousands of…
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