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Rhode Island Foundation awards $480,000 in grants for animal welfare

Podcast grants for animal welfare PROVIDENCE, RI (Nov. 16, 2018) – The Rhode Island Foundation announced today that nearly two dozen animal welfare programs across the state will share nearly $480,000 in grants. The grants will fund low-cost vet care for the pets of needy owners, raptor rehabilitation and a coyote education campaign among other programs. “The generosity of our donors and the commitment of our partners are expanding humane education, increasing awareness and improving the quality of animal care in Rhode Island,” said Adrian Bonéy, who oversees the Foundation’s Program for Animal Welfare (PAW). “Their work is producing new approaches…
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Langevin Offices Accepting Applications for Spring Interns

WASHINGTON - Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) is accepting applications for interns in his Rhode Island and Washington, , offices for the spring of 2019. This program is open to civic-minded college students who are available for at least 10 hours per week. A qualified candidate will be well-organized, responsible, dependable, and have strong oral and written communication skills. Responsibilities include drafting constituent correspondence, answering phone calls, and supporting staff members on various projects. College credit is available if approved by the institution. The application deadline is December 7th. For more information, visit ;; and click on the Internships prompt under "Serving You," on the homepage.
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Entertainment

Facebook Unable to Identify Who Was Behind Network of Fake Accounts

VOA News Facebook said Tuesday it had been unable to determine who was behind dozens of fake accounts it took down shortly before the 2018 midterm elections. “Combined with our takedown last Monday, in total we have removed 36 Facebook accounts, 6 Pages, and 99 Instagram accounts for coordinated inauthentic behavior,” Nathaniel Gleicher, head of cybersecurity policy, wrote on the company’s blog. At least one of the Instagram accounts had well over a million followers, according to Facebook. A website that said it represented the Russian state-sponsored Internet Research Agency claimed responsibility for the accounts last week, but Facebook said…
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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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Mattis to Visit US Southern Border Wednesday

VOA News/Carla Babb PENTAGON — Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis is due to visit the southern border Wednesday, where thousands of American troops have been deployed to support border patrol agents. Speaking to reporters Tuesday at the Pentagon, Mattis said there has been “no change” to the military mission “at this time.” "We’re doing the obstacle emplacement, we do have helicopters down there,” he said. “We will have to see what the future holds, but right now that is the only mission I have.” President Donald Trump called for increased border security to prevent a caravan of asylum-seeking migrants from Central…
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LPR News

Most Dangerous US States Might Surprise You

VOA News Alaska is by far the most dangerous state in the nation, according to the business website 24/7 Wall Street. The most sparsely populated of all states, Alaska has the highest rates of rape and aggravated assault in the nation. In 2017, there were 117 rapes and 575 aggravated assaults for every 100,000 residents. Both of those statistics are more than double the corresponding national rates. Last year's murder rate in Alaska was up 20 percent over the previous year. Sheriff's deputy at the entrance to Aztec High School in Aztec, New Mexico, following a deadly shooting on campus, Dec.…
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California’s Deadliest Fire Leaves 48 Dead, Hundreds Missing

VOA News Search teams in the state of California found more bodies Tuesday in areas ravaged by the most destructive wildfire in the state's history, bringing the overall death toll to 48. Crews are working with cadaver dogs and a rapid DNA analysis system in and around Paradise, a town of 27,000 people where in the span of a few days a rapidly moving fire destroyed more than 7,000 homes. Authorities said more than 200 people were still unaccounted for as the searches continued and the fire advanced to the north and east of Paradise. A volunteer search and rescue…
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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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TRAFFIC PATTERN CHANGE SCHEDULED FOR WASHINGTON BRIDGE WESTBOUND

Changes are necessary as part of Washington Bridge Rehabilitation Project The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today announced a traffic pattern change for a section of the Washington Bridge, which carries I-195 West from East Providence to Providence. This change will allow for continued rehabilitation of this important structure, which is classified as structurally deficient. On Friday November 16 during the evening and overnight hours, the Department will restripe the bridge to provide three through lanes for I-195 traffic and a dedicated lane for traffic entering the highway from Taunton Avenue/Route 44. The new traffic pattern will be in…
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Education

RWU’s Dunseath Elected President of North East Association for Institutional research

RWU’s Assistant Vice President for Institutional Research will be the first person from a Rhode Island institution to serve as NEAIR president BRISTOL, , Nov. 13, 2018 ­­– Jennifer L. Dunseath, the Assistant Vice President for Institutional Research at Roger Williams University, has been elected president of the North East Association for Institutional Research. Dunseath was elected in October and her role became effective during the association’s 2018 annual conference, held Nov. 3-6 in Pittsburgh, Pa. She will serve as president-elect this year, as president next year and as immediate past president the year after that. “I am honored and excited about…
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