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Trump Unhappy with Border Barrier Deal Lawmakers Crafted

VOA News/Michael Bowman & Ken Bredemeier President Donald Trump said Tuesday he is not pleased with the agreement lawmakers reached for limited new barrier construction along the border, but that he does not foresee another partial government shutdown over the dispute. "I can't say I'm happy. I can't say I'm thrilled," Trump told a Cabinet meeting at the White House. "It's not doing the trick." Yet the leader suggested he would sign legislation that includes $ billion to build 88 kilometers of new fencing at the border, about a quarter of the $ billion he wanted for a wall. The…
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UN Chief: There Is ‘Wind of Hope’ in Africa

VOA NEWS/Margaret Besheer UNITED NATIONS —  Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Tuesday that there has been a "quantum leap" in relations between the world body and the African Union and he hopes this can translate into progress on some of the continent's biggest challenges. "I am totally committed to the cooperation between the African Union and the United Nations," Guterres told VOA in an interview at headquarters Tuesday before he heads to Addis Ababa for this weekend's AU summit. "We are working more and more together in addressing a number of situations in Africa." He pointed to Tuesday's breakthrough on the…
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Colombia Kills Dissident Militant Leader

VOA News Colombia’s military says it has killed a militant leader who refused to adhere to a peace accord his rebel group and the government agreed to in 2016. “Today in a seamless operation the criminal known as Rodrigo Cadete, one of the most feared figures of terrorism in our country, was neutralized,” Colombian President Ivan Duque said Saturday. Cadete, who was 52, had been a leader of FARC, the country’s former leftist guerilla group that has put down its arms and transformed into a political party, holding 10 seats in Congress. Defense Minister Guillermo Botero said nine other guerillas…
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RI State Police Increases Patrols for Super Bowl Sunday; Reminds Everyone to Arrange a Safe, Sober Ride Home

The Rhode Island State Police will have additional troopers on patrol throughout the state on Super Bowl Sunday to help keep everyone safe. "With the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl again this year, we know many Rhode Islanders will be gathering with family and friends to watch the game," said Lieutenant Colonel Kevin M. Barry, Acting Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Acting Director of the Department of Public Safety. "We encourage them to celebrate responsibly and to arrange for safe, sober rides home." Super Bowl Sunday has become one of the biggest party days of…
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Traffic Advisory for the week of February 2-8, 2019

The following road and lane closure notices are effective for the week of February 2-8, 2019. All schedules are weather-dependent and subject to change. Visit RIDOT's Travel Advisories website for a full listing of statewide lane closures. I-295/Rte. 6 Bridge Rehabilitation As part of the I-295/Rte. 6 Bridge rehabilitation project, motorists can expect the following changes: I-295 North and Rte. 6 West: Closure of the northbound service road. Access maintained to Exits 9A and 9C. Follow signed detour. Closure of Exit 9B. Follow signed detour. Lane restrictions from two to one on the ramp from Rte. 6 West to I-295 North. Delays anticipated.…
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Langevin, Bass Put Local Delicacies on the Line for this Sunday’s Super Bowl

WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Congressmember Karen Bass (D-CA) are putting some skin in the game this Super Bowl Sunday. The two lawmakers have announced a friendly wager on the outcome of Super Bowl LIII, which will feature their respective home teams, the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams. Langevin and Bass agreed to put up a favorite, local celebratory drink for the bet. If New England is victorious, Bass will present Langevin with a bottle of California’s finest wine. Should Los Angeles prevail, Langevin will provide Bass with a gift basket from Sons of Liberty,…
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Attorney General Neronha Warns of Possible Scams Ahead of Super Bowl LIII

With the Super Bowl around the corner, Attorney General Peter F. Neronha is advising football fans to use caution when purchasing tickets to the game or booking travel.   “While fans are excited and gearing up for the big game, scammers are as well,” said Attorney General Neronha. “Be sure to protect yourself from ticket scams and credit card fraud if you are heading to Atlanta this weekend.”   Attorney General Neronha offers the following tips:   When purchasing tickets, try to buy tickets directly from the NFL or an NFL-approved ticket broker.  If you do go through a ticket…
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Baker-Polito Administration Awards Grants to Promote Massachusetts Dairy Industry

BOSTON – The Baker-Polito Administration, in conjunction with the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) and the Massachusetts Dairy Promotion Board (MDPB), today awarded six grants totaling $190,067 to projects which seek to advance the image, sales and demand for Massachusetts dairy products. “Massachusetts is home to over 117 family-run dairy farms, and our administration is committed to supporting the efforts and longevity of the state’s important dairy industry,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “The funds awarded by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources and Massachusetts Dairy Promotion Board will continue to educate consumers about the culinary and economic contributions of dairy farmers.” The MDPB, a nine-member board of state…
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A Complicated Path to Denuclearization as Trump-Kim Summit Nears

VOA News/Steve Miller SEOUL — Despite the Trump administration asserting there’s been ongoing progress in talks with North Korea over its commitment to denuclearize, it is unclear what has been achieved ahead of the announced summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un. Bruce Klinger, Senior Research Fellow for Northeast Asia at the Heritage Foundation, says “that while some speculate that behind the scenes there had been quiet successes between the two sides, in reality, that really hasn't been the case.” North Korea’s denuclearization process has been stalled for months with little signs of outward progress, despite a call by South…
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Trump Visits Martin Luther King Memorial

VOA News/Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has paid a visit to the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in Washington on the holiday honoring the civil rights leader. Trump arrived shortly after 11 to pay his respects on a frigid and windy day. He was joined by Vice President Mike Pence, who accompanied Trump in laying a wreath at the foot of the memorial statue. Trump told reporters it was a “great day” and a “beautiful day.” He did not respond to questions about the government shutdown during the short appearance.
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