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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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Judge Flanders’ Statement on Kavanaugh Allegations

WARWICK, RI — Judge Bob Flanders, Republican candidate for Senate and former Supreme Court Justice, issued the following statement regarding Sen. Whitehouse's reaction to the late-breaking allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh: "The Deputy Chair of the DNC, Rep. Keith Ellison, has two documented claims of physical abuse of women against him, and yet Sen. Whitehouse remains silent. When allegations of sexual abuse were levied against Sen. Al Franken, Sen. Whitehouse ducked for cover. But on this, two months before he is up for re-election, Senator Whitehouse is surprisingly vocal. The last minute nature of these decade-old allegations raise real questions about what…
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Democratic Party Platform short on specific steps that can be taken in the state of Rhode Island to reduce gun violence

As Rhode Island’s grassroots gun violence prevention organization the Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence (RICAGV) is gratified to see that the the Democratic Party of Rhode Island has at last recognized that there is “a serious issue with gun violence in our country,” and has for the first time acknowledged that gun violence is a public health issue. Since its inception the RICAGV has advocated treating gun violence as a public health issue, and has worked closely with experts in the field of public health to recommend legislation that will save lives in Rhode Island.   Unfortunately, the party…
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National Carousel Association to Honor Pawtucket Carousel

Slater Park Looff Carousel recipient of 2018 NCA Historic Award PAWTUCKET – The National Carousel Association (NCA) unanimously selected the Slater Park Looff Carousel, built in 1895 and placed in Slater Park in 1910, as a recipient of the 2018 NCA Historic Award, which will be presented at the visit by the organization September 13th. “I want to thank the National Carousel Association for recognizing the Looff Carousel, the oldest stander carousel in the world,” said Pawtucket Mayor Donald R. Grebien. “This Pawtucket and Slater Park treasure has withstood the test of time for over 100 years. The community’s commitment to its preservation can be…
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Statement from Robert A. DeRobbio in Response to Shooting Outside PCTA

PROVIDENCE, RI — Following the tragedy that occurred yesterday outside the Providence Career and Technical Academy, words feel entirely inadequate. As a father, as a teacher, as a resident of this wonderful city, I struggle to identify any possible phrase to match the level of loss, fear, and anger, which I am sure so many members of our community are feeling. What words of comfort can we offer the family, friends, classmates, and teachers of the 15-year boy old who was killed? What statements of promise can we provide to parents and neighbors who are feeling fearful and looking for answers? Where words fail,…
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Resampling Underway in Water Systems Under Boil Water Advisory Boil Water Advisory Remains in Place for Parts of South Kingstown and Narragansett

The five water systems serving parts of South Kingstown and Narraganset that are under a boil water advisory began resampling yesterday to determine whether the water from those systems is again safe to drink. Test results showing the absence of bacteria in the water are required every day for three days in a row before the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) can lift the advisory. Yesterday's test results will not be available until later this afternoon. Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH, the Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) will be available to answer reporters' questions from 11…
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Rep. Ranglin-Vassell releases statement on shooting death of Providence boy, 15

STATE HOUSE — Rep. Marcia Ranglin-Vassell (D-Dist. 5, Providence) has released a statement on the shooting death of a 15-year-old boy outside the Providence Career and Technical Academy Wednesday afternoon. “It is with deep sadness that I write about yet another senseless killing of a bright 15-year-old boy,” said Representative Ranglin-Vassell. “Schools are sacred places of teaching and learning so this public health tragedy is hard on our community. Families must send their children to school and know that they will return home. We must invest in the core urban areas. Poverty and structural racism is the root cause of…
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Mayor Baldelli-Hunt Encourages Woonsocket Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs to Apply for Participation in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program

WOONSOCKET, RI: Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt is announcing the October 1 deadline to apply for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. The 10,000 Small Businesses program, which was brought to Rhode Island through the efforts of Governor Gina Raimondo, offers a unique opportunity to help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing them with greater access to educational, financial capital, and business support. So far, over 5,500 small business owners and entrepreneurs have participated in the program. “Woonsocket is very fortunate to have a strong small-business community, which would qualify for participation in this program,” said Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt. The Mayor goes on to…
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Mayor Elorza, Uber Announce Launch of JUMP Dockless Electric Bike Share in Providence

Dockless, pedal-assist bikes will provide access to transit options for residents starting September 6   PROVIDENCE, RI – Mayor Jorge Elorza and Uber today announced that dockless, electric bike share service JUMP will begin its rollout in Providence on September 6, with limited bikes available across the city, ramping up to 400 bikes by September 15. Rides cost only $2 for every 30 minutes of riding. JUMP bikes are electric and provide a boost with every pedal, making it easier for riders to get up hills and across town without breaking a sweat. The launch is possible with the support of…
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