Education

Raimondo Announces Angélica Infante-Green as Recommendation for New Education Commissioner

New York Deputy Commissioner Infante-Green Brings Proven Record of Instructional Leadership, and Support for English Learners and Students with Disabilities to the State; She Would be the First Latina and First Person of Color Named to the Role  PROVIDENCE, ;- Governor Gina M. Raimondo announced that she will recommend leading educator, policymaker, and advocate Angélica Infante-Green as Rhode Island's next Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education. A first-generation American, Infante-Green has dedicated her career to expanding educational opportunity for children -- from her work with English learners and students with disabilities in the classroom, to her proven record engaging the…
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Education

Commissioner Wagner Announces Departure from RIDE

Commissioner Will Join Annenberg Institute as Senior Fellow for Education Policy and Practice PROVIDENCE, - Ken Wagner, the state’s Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education, today announced his transition from the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE). Wagner will be joining the Annenberg Institute at Brown University as a Senior Fellow for Education Policy and Practice. His last day leading RIDE is anticipated to be April 26, and an announcement on a recommendation for his successor will be made by the Governor’s office later this morning. Wagner will be available throughout the transition process to help onboard and support the…
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Lt. Governor McKee Proposes New Rules for Third-Party Electric Companies

PROVIDENCE, RI -- Lt. Governor Daniel J. McKee today announced consumer protection legislation to establish new rules for third-party electric companies which have cost some Rhode Islanders millions of dollars.   Third-party electric companies have been allowed to compete with National Grid to supply electricity to Rhode Islanders since the state deregulated its electricity market in the late 1990s.  The legislation prohibits third-party companies from automatically renewing customer contracts, requires written notification of contract expiration dates and provides customers with the option to cancel services online.  With the support of Representative Brian Kennedy (D-Westerly, Hopkinton) and Senator James Seveney (D-Bristol, Portsmouth, Tiverton),…
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Raw Turkey Products Recalled

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is advising consumers that Butterball, LLC is recalling 78,164 pounds of raw ground turkey products that may be contaminated with SalmonellaSchwarzengrund. The prepacked raw ground turkey was produced on July 7, 2018. The following products are subject to recall: 48-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “BUTTERBALL everyday Fresh Ground Turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORING (85% LEAN/15% FAT)” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188, and UPC codes 22655-71555 or 22655-71557 represented on the plastic wrapped tray containing “BUTTERBALL everyday Fresh Ground Turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORING (93% LEAN/7% FAT)” with sell or freeze…
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Local News

Ranglin-Vassell bill would require insurance, Medicaid coverage for doula services

Legislation aims to improve health outcomes, particularly for black women STATE HOUSE – Rep. Marcia Ranglin-Vassell has submitted legislation to make doula services eligible for reimbursement through private insurance and Medicaid programs. The bill is backed by the Coalition for Reproductive Freedom, which held a State House event today to promote it. The purpose of the bill is to achieve healthier outcomes for women and babies, particularly for black women, who experience significantly higher rates of death or injury during childbirth than white women do. “Doulas have been shown to make real, measurable improvements in the health outcomes for women…
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Rhode Island State Police Seizes Stolen Gun, Pistol and Narcotics During Car Stop on Interstate 95

Colonel James M. Manni, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety, today announced that a convicted felon from North Carolina was arrested on numerous narcotics and weapons charges after troopers stopped him for allegedly operating his vehicle in a reckless manner on Interstate 95 North in Richmond earlier today. As a result of their investigation, Troopers seized a loaded Taurus .357 revolver that had been reported stolen out of South Carolina, and a Colt .25 caliber automatic pistol from his car. They also seized 63 grams of MDMA (commonly as Ecstasy or…
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Division of Taxation issues reminder about March 15 deadline

The Rhode Island Division of Taxation reminds tax professionals, business entities, and others that the deadline for filing and payments for a number of different entities is tomorrow, March 15, 2019. In general, Rhode Island conforms to federal law and federal practice regarding due dates – a convenience for taxpayers and tax professionals. Example: XYZ Partnership is a calendar-year partnership treated as a pass-through entity for federal tax purposes. The due date for its 2018 information returns this season – for both federal and Rhode Island purposes – is March 15, 2019; the extended due date is September 16, 2019.…
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CODAC Behavioral Healthcare Part of Innovative Study to Offer Medication Assisted Treatment at Pharmacies

CRANSTON (March 14, 2019) —A new study in Rhode Island is taking a novel approach to dealing with the opioid crisis that could eventually be replicated across the country. Through a $ million grant awarded to Rhode Island Hospital from the National Institutes of Health, pharmacies will take a bigger role in offering addiction treatment services with the support of a conglomerate of healthcare entities, including CODAC Behavioral Healthcare. The three-year study aims to improve accessibility to medication assisted treatment (MAT), which typically requires patients to meet with an approved physician before being placed on an evidence-based treatment plan. Through…
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Pet Food Experts Volunteers to Feed Four Newly Acquired Pawtucket K9 Officers

PAWTUCKET, RI - The four new furry members of the Pawtucket Police Department made a visit Monday afternoon to the Pet Food Experts (PFX) headquarters located right down the street from the Pawtucket Police Station to say thank you to the PFX team. Pet Food Experts has offered to feed the four K9 officers and they have happily accepted. The employees at the Pet Food Experts home office were very excited to meet the K9 unit of the Pawtucket Police Department. After taking some photos Argo, a Czech Shepherd and Magno, a Belgian Malinois, Pawtucket’s narcotics dogs returned to the…
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Local News

Jared Rogers sentenced to life for murder

Attorney General Peter F. Neronha announced that Jared Rogers (age 23) was sentenced earlier today before Superior Court Justice Daniel A. Procaccini to a life sentence at the Adult Correctional Institution after pleading nolo contendere to charges of second-degree murder, assault with intent to commit murder, and two counts of conspiracy stemming from a 2016 incident that claimed the life of his nephew and injured his brother. Rogers was sentenced to life for the murder of Michael Rogers; 20 years for the assault with intent to murder of David Rogers; and 10 years for each count of conspiracy. His sentences…
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