Pawtucket Employees Receive Diversity Training

Pawtucket – The City of Pawtucket has announced that all employees have undergone trainings to further support them in assisting the residents that they serve. All City Hall, School Department, Police, and Fire personnel have all underwent trainings in this calendar year. “It is important that all of our employees receive diversity and inclusion training in order to provide the greatest possible customer services to all of the residents of this diverse community,” said Mayor Donald R. Grebien. “The City will continue refreshing and training our employee as we continue to foster a welcoming environment for all of our residents.” All…
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New England Congressional Delegation Condemns LIHEAP Cuts

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the New England Congressional Delegation issued the following statement regarding cuts to Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) in New England. “We know New England was disproportionately hurt by the Department of Health and Human Services Fiscal Year 2019 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program allocation,” said the ;“LIHEAP is critical to seniors, people with disabilities, and the most vulnerable in our region. It keeps homes warm in the winter, and cooler in the summer. As a united New England delegation, we are looking into every option to address this issue to ensure our constituents are not impacted.” The…
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American Red Cross Sends 3 Disaster Responders to Support Relief Efforts in the Midwest

PROVIDENCE, - The American Red Cross is responding across seven states as record flooding inundates town after town in the Midwest. Red Cross disaster workers also continue to respond to the tornadoes that occurred earlier this month in Alabama and Georgia. The Rhode Island Red Cross has deployed three disaster responders to assist in relief efforts. The following disaster responders are headed to Nebraska: Jamie Lynch, Pascoag, is deploying as a Sheltering Service Associate, Peter Prowe, Warwick, is deploying as a Sheltering Supervisor and Phyllis Detwiler, Newport, is deploying in Operations Management. More than 585 people spent Sunday night in…
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R.I. Senate Committees to Hold Joint Hearing on Governor’s Marijuana Legalization Proposal TODAY (Tue.); House Committee to Hold Hearing Wednesday

Statements below from leaders of the Marijuana Policy Project and Regulate Rhode Island, who will testify in support of the plan to regulate and tax marijuana for adult use PROVIDENCE, — The state Senate Finance and Judiciary committees will hold a joint hearing Tuesday on Article 20 of Gov. Gina Raimondo’s proposed budget, which features a plan to legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana for adult use. It also includes amendments to Rhode Island’s existing medical marijuana and hemp laws. The House Finance Committee will hold a hearing Wednesday. The Senate hearing is scheduled to begin at the rise of the…
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Interim Report of the Providence County Grand Jury

Reported March 12, 2019 Please note: An indictment, information, or complaint is merely an allegation. The Constitution guarantees that a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until found guilty in a court of law. Montrell Hopper (age 24) Providence, RI P1/2019-0957AG On March 12, 2019, the Providence County Grand Jury returned an indictment charging Montrell Hopper with two counts of first-degree robbery, one count of using a firearm while committing a crime of violence, two counts of possession of a firearm without a license, two counts of possession of a firearm after a previous conviction of a crime of violence,…
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What They’re Saying: Raimondo Announces Angélica Infante-Green as Recommendation for New Education Commissioner

Following the announcement that Governor Raimondo is recommending Angélica Infante-Green for Rhode Island's next Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education, education leaders across the country are voicing support for Angélica. National advocates, state officials in Rhode Island and New York, and former colleagues agree: Angélica is a passionate, dedicated leader who will serve Rhode Island students well. Read what they're saying below. _________________________________________________________________ "Angelica Infante-Green is a lifelong advocate for students and families in our public schools, particularly those who have been underserved. She's always been deeply connected to communities, and she'll work hard to support effective partnerships between schools…
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Reed Statement on Release of List of At-Risk Military Projects That Could be Cut to Pay for Trump’s Wall

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), Ranking Member of the Armed Services Committee, admonished the Trump Administration after Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan released a long-awaited list of which authorized military construction projects are subject to being cancelled, reduced, or raided in order to reallocate $ billion to pay for President Trump’s border wall. The list was provided to Congress after numerous needless delays and outlines a menu of military construction projects that could be delayed or cancelled in order to divert funds to President Trump’s proposed ; Senator Reed, a West Point graduate and former Army Ranger, issued the following…
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Rhode Island State Police Arrests 11 People for DUI – Including Alleged Wrong-Way Driver on I-295

Colonel James M. Manni, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety, announces that 11 people were charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend, including a wrong-way driver on Interstate 295 in Johnston. Another motorist was arrested after troopers recorded him driving more than 100 miles an hour on Interstate 95 in Providence. The following DUI arrests were recorded from 5 Friday night through 6 today: Hector Martin Rodriguez Montufar, age 35, of 36 Wendall St., Providence, was arrested at approximately 3:30 today (Monday)…
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Education

Jordan Axt of Project Implicit Lectures on Intergroup Biases at Rhode Island College, March 20

PROVIDENCE, – Jordan Axt of Project Implicit will speak on “Mind Bugs: The Ordinary Origins of Bias” at Rhode Island College on Wednesday, March 20, from 12:30-2 in Gaige Hall Auditorium. This event is sponsored by Dialogue on Diversity and Inclusion and is free and open to the public. Axt’s research explores how people form and express intergroup bias and seeks to discover how intergroup biases are best conceptualized, measured and reduced. He is a post-doctoral researcher at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and Center for Advanced Hindsight. Axt is also director of data and methodology for Project Implicit, a nonprofit organization and international collaboration between…
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Education

UMass Law announces line-up for 2019 Law Review Symposium

The UMass Law Review presents panels by local and national experts on the intersection of media and law On Thursday, March 28, UMass Law will host Navigating a New Reality: A multi-platform look at media and the law at the Law campus. The symposium will cover current issues facing the legal community including media engagement in government, cyber law concerns, and creativity in a regulatory environment. The first panel, Communication Platforms: Media Engagement in Politics & Government, begins at 9:30 The panel features Representative Christopher M. Markey, Jillian E. Fennimore, Director of Communications, Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, Peter N. Ubertaccio, Dean of the…
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