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LATINO POLICY INSTITUTE APPLAUDS FEDERAL COURT DECISION FOR 2020 CENSUS

PROVIDENCE, , Jan. 16, 2019 - Tuesday's federal court decision blocking the inclusion of a citizenship question in the upcoming 2020 census comes as a victory for states, municipalities, and especially many immigrant communities, including Latinos. When the decision to include a question regarding a person's citizenship status was announced by Secretary of Commerce Wilbur L. Ross Jr. in March 2018, three Rhode Island municipalities - Central Falls, Providence, and Pawtucket - as well as good-government organizations such as Common Cause Rhode Island and the American Civil Liberties Union took the lead in voicing their concern and opposition. As stated…
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Traffic Advisory: Bridge Repairs to Require Temporary Closure of Old Great Road at Route 146 Overpass in North Smithfield

BRIDGE REPAIRS TO REQUIRE TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF OLD GREAT ROAD AT ROUTE 146 OVERPASS IN NORTH SMITHFIELD  Detour goes into effect January 23 The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today announced it will temporarily close a section of Old Great Road in North Smithfield, where it passes underneath Route 146, on Wednesday, January 23. The bridge over Old Great Road is part of a $ million multi-bridge project for minor repairs that will extend the service life of these structures and avoid more costly bridge rehabilitation or bridge replacement projects. The roadway under the highway is too narrow to…
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Education

Governor Raimondo Proposes Expanding Rhode Island Promise to Rhode Island College

Proposed expansion of scholarship program would cover final two years of in-state tuition and fees for eligible full-time students working towards four-year degrees  PROVIDENCE, RI – In the first State of the State address of her second term at the State House on Tuesday night, Governor Gina Raimondo proposed an expansion of the Rhode Island Promise scholarship program to Rhode Island College. The proposal would cover the final two years of in-state tuition and mandatory fees for four-year, first-time undergraduate students who are enrolled full-time and meet any new and existing eligibility requirements as determined by the Governor and General Assembly.…
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House Republicans Tank Bill to Reopen Government While Border Security Negotiations Continue

Longest government shutdown in history will continue as Coast Guard members miss their first paychecks   WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) issued the following statement after voting in favor of H. J. Res. 27, a bill that would reopen the government through February 1 to allow for continued border security negotiations:   “The Trump shutdown is now the longest in American history, and thanks to the President and his Republican colleagues, there is no end in sight. Today, the brave members of our Coast Guard missed their first paychecks, putting 332 Rhode Island families in the untenable position of wondering whether…
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Congressional Delegation Joins Unpaid Federal Employees to Call for End to Trump Shutdown

Hundreds of federal employees in Rhode Island have gone without pay since the shutdown began even as they perform critical services   WARWICK, —  Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline and Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse joined federal employees at Green Airport today to call on President Trump to immediately reopen the federal government. Since the shutdown began 24 days ago, an estimated 800,000 federal workers — including hundreds of TSA agents and air traffic controllers at Green — have either been furloughed or required to work without a paycheck.   “We rely on TSA agents and air traffic controllers…
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Entertainment

TRINITY REP BREAKS ALL-TIME BOX OFFICE RECORD

Production of A Christmas Carol featured over 1,000 Community Performers and raised over $57k for RI Community Food Bank PROVIDENCE, RI: Trinity Repertory Company broke its all-time box office sales and attendance records with its 2018 production of A Christmas Carol, surpassing the record set last year by the same show. This season’s incarnation of the holiday tradition, which ran November 9-December 30, 2018, was the 41st consecutive mounting of the Dickens classic. Completely re-invented each season with a new director, cast, and designers, the 2018 production was directed by Mark Valdez, who also directed Fuente Ovejuna, or Like Sheep to…
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Education

View ‘Super Wolf Blood Moon’ eclipse at CCRI Jan. 20

Observatory offers opportunity to see decade’s last total lunar eclipse   Warwick, – Jan. 14, 2019: The public is invited to view Sunday’s “Super Wolf Blood Moon” total lunar eclipse at the Margaret Jacoby Observatory at the Community College of Rhode Island’s Knight Campus, 400 East Ave., Warwick.   The name means a supermoon and a blood moon will occur at the same time. The first full moon of the year is known as the “Wolf Moon” and is named after howling wolves. Observers will be able to watch the shadow of the Earth eclipse the moon and turn it…
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Health

ATTENTION SNAP Recipients

Due to the partial Federal Government Shutdown: February SNAP benefits will be issued in January Current SNAP Recipients: Your February SNAP benefits will be on your EBT card by Sunday, January 20, 2019. You will NOT get more benefits issued to your card, but you may continue to use your EBT card at any authorized retailer. Important Information about JANUARY Case Actions: If your case is not complete on January 16. 2019, approved recipients will receive your February benefits on February 1, 2019. SNAP Applications After January 15, 2019: If you apply and are approved to receive SNAP benefits on or…
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ATENCIÓN RECIBIDORES DE SNAP

Debido al cierre parcial del Gobierno Federal: Los beneficios SNAP de febrero serán emitidos en enero. Recipientes actuales de SNAP: Sus beneficios de febrero de SNAP estarán en su tarjeta EBT para el domingo 20 de enero de 2019. NO recibirá más beneficios emitidos a su tarjeta, pero puede continuar usando su tarjeta EBT en cualquier distribuidor autorizado. Información importante sobre ENERO Acciones de caso: Si su caso no está completo el 16 de enero de 2019, los beneficiarios aprobados recibirán sus beneficios de febrero el 1 de febrero de 2019. Solicitudes de SNAP después del 15 de enero de 2019: si solicita y recibe…
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