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Tom Petty’s Family Condemns Trump Campaign’s Use of Late Musician’s Song

By VOA News The family of late rock musician Tom Petty has filed a cease and desist motion after President Trump’s campaign played a song by Petty at a campaign rally. Trump played the song “I won’t back down” at his campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday. Hours later, Petty’s family posted a statement condemning the use of the song on social media. “Trump was in no way authorized to use this song to further a campaign that leaves too many Americans and common sense behind,” the statement said. The family said Petty wrote the 1989 song “for the underdog, for the common…
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Atlanta Police Hold Sick-Out to Protest Officer’s Murder Charge

By VOA News Atlanta police officers called out sick or refused to answer calls Thursday to protest murder charges against a white officer in last Friday’s deadly shooting of an African American man in a fast-food restaurant’s parking lot. It is unclear how many officers declined to report for work Wednesday night and Thursday, but Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms assured city residents that they have nothing to fear. “We do have enough officers to cover us through the night. Our streets won’t be any less safe because of the number of officers who called out,” she told CNN. The district attorney’s…
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Statement from Attorney General Neronha on Today’s Supreme Court Decision Regarding DACA

I applaud today’s decision by the Supreme Court on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which will now continue to protect hundreds of thousands of Dreamers across the country, including many here in Rhode Island. I am proud that this Office stood up for Dreamers as a party to this case and as part of a coalition of 21 Attorneys General who fought on their behalf. While DACA remains the law of the land today, we will keep on fighting to protect DACA recipients and ensure that everyone is treated with the dignity and respect we all deserve.
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Attorney General Welcomes Inaugural Clifton Clerkship Program Participants and Summer Interns

The Clifton Clerkship Program, named for Judge William C. Clifton, Sr., was established in January and is designed to attract talented, underrepresented law students to careers in public service and is advancing as scheduled despite COVID-19 challenges PROVIDENCE, RI – Attorney General Peter F. Neronha, together with Judge O. Rogeriee Thompson and retired Superior Court Judge Edward C. Clifton, recently held a virtual kickoff meeting to welcome the three law students who were selected for  the first William C. Clifton, Sr. Clerkship Program at the Office of the Attorney General. Due to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 crisis, the Office is conducting this…
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Langevin, Stefanik Introduce Legislation to Retain Top Talent for National Security

National Security Innovation Pathway Act provides visa and residency pathway to create pipeline of essential scientific and technical experts to bolster innovation for national security WASHINGTON – Representatives Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY), the chair and ranking member, respectively, of the House Committee on Armed Services’ Subcommittee on Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities, will introduce the National Security Innovation Pathway Act, legislation to help the nation retain top talent by providing a pathway to an immigrant visa for non-citizens engaged in essential work to promote and protect national security. “The United States attracts some of the best minds to…
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Cicilline Remarks on Justice in Policing Act

WASHINGTON – Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) urged swift passage of the Justice in Policing Act during today’s House Judiciary Committee consideration of the bill. Click the image below for a video of Cicilline’s remarks. The text of his speech, as delivered, is embedded below. David N. CicillineJustice in Policing ActJune 17, 2020 Thank you, Mr. Chairman for your extraordinary leadership that brings us to this markup today. I’d also like to recognize the magnificent leadership of Congresswoman Karen Bass, the Chair of the Crime Subcommittee and the Congressional Black Caucus, on this historic legislation. Before we convened this morning, my…
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$10,000 Reward Offered – Request for Information on Arson Investigation at Department of Administration Building

The Rhode Island State Police in conjunction with the Office of the State Fire Marshal and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) are seeking information pertaining to a fire at the Department of Administration located at 1 Capitol Hill, ;This incident occurred in the early morning hours of June 2, ;If you have any information, please contact the Arson Tipline @ ;All calls are confidential and a reward of up to $10, is offered for information leading to an arrest.
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AG Neronha issues updated protocol for Attorney General’s review of use of force by law enforcement

The first update to the protocol in over 13 years expands the scope of review beyond deadly force and custodial deaths incidents and includes review of excessive force by the police PROVIDENCE, RI – Attorney General Peter F. Neronha today issued an updated and significantly expanded protocol for the review of use of force by state and municipal law enforcement agencies. While it has been a long-standing practice for Rhode Island law enforcement agencies to report incidents of use of deadly force and custodial deaths to the Attorney General for review and investigation, under the new protocol, they must also report incidents…
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Lt. Governor McKee Urges State to Give Communities Flexibility on School Reopening Date

PROVIDENCE, RI – Lt. Governor Dan McKee today urged the State to give municipalities the flexibility to establish the reopening date for schools in their district. The Lt. Governor discussed this issue with a panel of small business owners and municipal leaders during his weekly Small Business Virtual Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday. The discussion took place following the State’s announcement that all schools in Rhode Island will reopen on August 31, a deviation from the standard of allowing local school departments to select their start date. Lt. Governor McKee notes that reopening schools before Labor Day will have a negative…
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COVID-19 Data Update

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) announced 49 new cases of COVID-19 today. This brings Rhode Island’s case count to 16,213. RIDOH also announced 11 additional COVID-19 associated fatalities. Rhode Island’s number of COVID-19 associated fatalities is now 876. A full data summary for Rhode Island is posted online. Key messages for the public Rhode Island is now in Phase 2 of the reopening process. More information about Phase 2 is available at  Anyone who is sick should stay home and self-isolate (unless going out for testing or healthcare).Close contacts of someone who has symptoms of COVID-19, even if they…
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