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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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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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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Community

Students from Brown University Awarded $15,000 EPA Grant for Innovative Technology Project

BOSTON – Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $15,000 in funding for a team of Brown University students through its People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) grants program. The team is receiving funding to develop a sustainable technology to help address problems related to basic sanitation and drinking water for homes in tribal and disadvantaged communities. “EPA’s P3 grants program supports the next generation of scientists and engineers,” said EPA Administrator Andrew ;“These students are able to take what they learn in the classroom and apply it to real-world environmental problems that require innovative solutions.” “This grant will enable Brown University…
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Education

2 Parkland Students & Teacher to Join Panel on Gen Z Activism at Rhode Island College, March 25

PROVIDENCE, – The mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, was the deadliest school shooting in American history and prompted a student-led march on Washington for stricter gun laws. Titled March for Our Lives, the demonstration became one of the biggest youth-led protests since the Vietnam War. On Monday, March 25, at Rhode Island College, two Stoneman Douglas High School students – Alex Wind, co-founder of March for Our Lives, and Tyah-Amoy Roberts, co-founder of STORM; and their AP government teacher Jeff Foster, credited with preparing his students to become activists, will join a forum titled “Make Way for Gen…
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