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Governor Raimondo, RIDOT Announce Increased Snow Fighting Capabilities This Winter

WARWICK, RI - Governor Raimondo announced that the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) has taken several steps to bolster its ability to plow and treat the roads this coming winter. The department is expanding its fleet of plow trucks and drivers while deploying new technology to get real-time information on weather and road conditions. "We've all enjoyed the mild weather this fall, but winter is coming and we're more than ready to tackle whatever Mother Nature throws our way," Governor Gina M. Raimondo said. "RIDOT has increased its snow fighting capabilities to keep the roads safe and clear them…
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R.I. Division of Motor Vehicles receives extension on Real ID to October 2018

Department of Homeland Security decision means state IDs will continue to be accepted at airports, federal facilities CRANSTON, - The Department of Homeland Security has granted an extension to the State of Rhode Island to comply with the federal REAL ID Act. The federal government passed the REAL ID Act in 2005 in response to the 9/11 terror attacks to establish minimum security standards for state-issued driver's licenses and identification cards. The act prohibits federal agencies, such as the Transportation Security Administration, from accepting licenses and identification cards for official purposes from states that do not meet certain standards. Those…
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Mayor Elorza, State Partners Announce PVD Safe Stations

Starting 1/2/2018-PVD Safe Stations provides 24/7 support to opioid dependent individuals, directs people to treatment and recovery services PROVIDENCE, RI - Mayor Jorge Elorza today announced that the City is launching PVD Safe Stations on January 2, 2018, which provides opioid-dependent and other substance use disorder individuals the ability to connect with treatment and recovery services in Providence. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, any person can visit one of Providence's 12 fire stations, speak with public safety officials on duty and immediately get connected to treatment support for substance based addiction. Services will be facilitated by…
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Queda iluminado el árbol de Navidad de Rhode Island

La Gobernadora Gina Raimondo repitió, un año más, una tradición que se mantiene por décadas con el encendido del emblemático árbol de navidad instalado en la rotonda de la casa estatal, en un acto que suele marcar el comienzo de las fiestas navideñas. Es una clara señal de que la navidad llego cuando los niños compartían con Santa Claus tomándose fotos. La comunidad latina estuvo presente para disfrutar de una noche maravillosa, Feliz Navidad.
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Providence EMA Certifies 28 New UHA Instructors

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Providence Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) held their first Train the Trainer class for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s new “You Are the Help Until Help Arrives” (UHA) program on Saturday, November 18. The class of 28 included members of the Providence Police Department, Providence Fire Department, PEMA volunteers, and community leaders. After completion, students are certified to teach the UHA course. The national average response time for first responders is 6 to 9 minutes. UHA is a three hour class that teaches the public basic skills to keep people with life-threatening injuries alive until professional help…
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Cicilline, Members of House, Senate Call on Burma to Repatriate Rohingya and Resolve Humanitarian Crisis

WASHINGTON – As horrifying acts against the Burmese Rohingya minority and the related refugee crisis continue, Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and a bi-cameral congressional delegation just completed a fact-finding mission to Burma and Bangladesh. Cicilline was joined on the delegation by Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Dick Durbin (D-IL), along with Representatives Betty McCollum (D-MN-04) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL-09). "The discrimination, segregation and horrific violence being committed against the Rohingya community must end,” said Cicilline. “Ethnic cleansing is being committed by the Burmese military and the world cannot remain silent. Innocent…
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Mayor Elorza Relaunches #ThinkPVD Campaign, Free Holiday Parking for Shoppers

PROVIDENCE, RI - Mayor Jorge Elorza today joined PVDonuts owners Lori & Paul Kettelle, the City's Director of Art, Culture + Tourism Stephanie Fortunato and community members to relaunch #ThinkPVD and announce free holiday parking ahead of Small Business Saturday being observed Saturday, November 25. #ThinkPVD is a campaign encouraging residents and visitors to "think, shop and buy locally" all year but especially during the busy holiday season. "Small Business Saturday reminds us of just how important it is to support our local business community," said Mayor Jorge Elorza. "As families prepare for their holiday shopping, we urge them to…
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Providence Police Department promotes members to the rank of Captain, Lieutenant, Sergeant and Detective

Providence, RI: Mayor Jorge Elorza, Public Safety Commissioner Steven M. Paré, Colonel Hugh T. Clements, Jr. and members of the Providence Police Department gathered at City Hall tuesday for the promtional ceremony of twenty-four members of the department. Members of the PPD that have been promoted are as follows: Promoted to the rank of Captain: Lt. Kevin M. Lanni Lt. Timothy E. O’Hara Lt. Luis F. San Lucas Promoted to the rank of Lieutenant: Sgt. James J. Barros Sgt. Ernest R. Forlini, Jr. Sgt. Stephen J. Gencarella Sgt. Michael J. Fallon Sgt. David D. Allen Promoted to the rank of…
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Five Labor Groups Endorse Regunberg for Lt. Gov

PROVIDENCE - State Rep. Aaron Regunberg, a Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor, today won the support of five important labor groups - Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 1199 New England, Teamsters Local 251, the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 618, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 2323, and Rhode Island Working Families Party. The endorsements by these organizations, which together represent more than eighteen thousand Rhode Islanders, provide more early momentum for Regunberg’s campaign, which last week was endorsed by three statewide environmental groups. The politically active labor groups will promote Regunberg with their members, along with other…
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RI Can’t Afford the Republican-Trump Tax Bill

Led by President Trump, Republicans in Washington are working right now to pass a tax cut for the wealthiest people in America, paid for by the middle class. While millionaires and billionaires get tax cuts on average of $50,000 a year, 64 million middle class families across America will see their tax bill stay the same or go up. If that weren't bad enough, the latest version of the Republican-Trump Tax Bill repeals the individual mandate, which will spike the costs of health care premiums. Here in Rhode Island, we've cut the percentage of uninsured Rhode Islanders by nearly two-thirds.…
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