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Rhode Island State Police Charges ACI Correctional Officer with Engaging in Sexual Relations with Inmates

Colonel James M. Manni, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety, announces the arrest of a correctional officer at the Adult Correctional Institutions on charges that he engaged in sexual relations with several inmates during a two-year correctional officer, identified as Collins Umoh, age 40, of 24 Clayton Road, Warwick, was charged with seven counts of Correctional Employees - Sexual Relations with Inmates, a felony. The arrest was the result of a joint investigation by detectives from the Rhode Island State Police Major Crimes Unit and the Rhode Island Department of Corrections’…
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Proyecto de ley sobre derechos de aborto rechazado por R.I. Judicial del Comité Judicial del Senado

La campaña de alto perfil para proteger la legalidad del aborto en Rhode Island se encontró con una derrota el martes cuando el Comité Judicial del Senado rechazó la legislación para consagrar los principios de la decisión histórica de la Corte Suprema de los Estados Unidos de 1973 Roe v. Wade en la ley estatal. El voto del comité fue de 5 a 4 en contra de la versión del Senado de la legislación, luego de que el Obispo Thomas J. Tobin, de la Diócesis Católica Romana de Providence, tuiteó: "Sigue contando con que el Comité Judicial del Senado rechace el…
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Governor Raimondo Orders Flags Lowered in Honor of Peace Officers’ Memorial Day

PROVIDENCE, RI- In accordance with a Presidential Proclamation, Governor Gina M. Raimondo is directing and Rhode Island flags at all state agencies and buildings to be flown at half-staff until sunset on Wednesday, May 15, in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day. This day recognizes all law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. Raimondo also asks Rhode Islanders to lower their flags to half-staff as a mark of respect.
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Community

RIDOT KICKS OFF AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE PILOT PROJECT

"Little Roady Shuttle" to aid research on autonomous vehicle technology  Governor Gina Raimondo, Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) Director Peter Alviti, Jr., along with state and local officials, today kicked off the Little Roady autonomous vehicle pilot project in Providence. This research project to evaluate autonomous mobility technology will go into service tomorrow, Wednesday, May 15. The free service will be the focus of a research project to help the Department better understand the opportunities and challenges that come with integrating this new technology into RIDOT's transportation planning. The research will help improve transit and provide information for communities,…
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Governor Raimondo Introduce Womazetta Jones as Nominee for Secretary of the Rhode Island Executive Office of Health and Human Services

PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Gina M. Raimondo today announced veteran social services leader Womazetta Jones as her nominee for Secretary of the Rhode Island Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS). Jones has nearly 30 years of hands-on human services experience and is currently the Director of Social Services for Ramsey County, Minnesota. “Throughout her career Womazetta has advocated for and led the types of transformational health and human services efforts that create opportunities and improve quality of life for all people. There’s no question she will be an asset to Rhode Island,” said Governor Raimondo. “Over the past…
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Education

Governor Raimondo will visit a Pre-K classroom to Promote Universal Pre-K

“Kids flourish because of access to quality pre-K,” Raimondo said. “If you don’t start early, these kids are behind by first, second grade.”   Governor Gina M. Raimondo, Department of Human Services Director Courtney E. Hawkins, and United Way CEO and President Cortney Nicolato will visit the Tri-County Action Agency’s pre-kindergarten classroom to plant lima beans with the students and read to them before briefly speaking about the importance of universal pre-kindergarten and high quality learning sites like Tri-County. Governor Raimondo last month announced that Rhode Island has once again been recognized as a national leader in early childhood education as one of only…
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The Red Cross is helping a family after a fire Sunday in Johnston

JOHNSTON, RI  – The American Red Cross is helping one family – five adults – no children after a fire today on Finne Road, Johnston. The Red Cross provided assistance to meet the family’simmediate needs. Responders included: Peter Prowe, Christopher Caldwell and Bob Foti. The Red Cross is also providing comfort kits containing personal care items such as toothbrushes, deodorant; shaving supplies and other items a resident might not have been able to gather in the rush to escape the fire. In addition, a recovery envelope containing information helpful to families recovering from a fire, including tips on cleanup; notification of…
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Congressman Langevin to unveil hotline to report cybercrimes

Federally-funded program will use the Rhode Island 2-1-1 infrastructure to help victims of cybercrime and online fraud PROVIDENCE, —  Congressman Jim Langevin will be joined by local and national officials Monday to celebrate the launch of a statewide cybercrime support and recovery system. The new system allows Rhode Islanders to dial “2-1-1” in order to report and find resources to recover from cybercrimes like identity theft, financial fraud, and cyberstalking. Upon calling, victims will be connected with trained operators who can assess the situation and put them in touch with law enforcement or local, non-profit organizations that provide support services.…
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Rhode Island’s William Mekrut Named National AAA Board Chair

William A. (Bill) Mekrut of Lincoln, RI was elected chair of the national AAA Board of Directors during the federation’s 116th annual meeting May 7 in Chandler, Arizona.           Mr. Mekrut, also a board member of AAA Northeast, recently retired as vice president and treasurer of FM Global, where he had worked since 1990. He joined the board of AAA Northeast in 2008, and was elected to the national board in 2015, also serving as vice chair.           Mr. Mekrut serves as a member of the Providence College President’s Council and as an advisory board member of the Providence College…
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