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STATEMENT BY PROVIDENCE CITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT DAVID SALVATORE

The legal opinion issued by the Providence City Solicitor's Office states that the contract entered into by the former Council President with GoLocalProv is both "invalid and unenforceable" under the Home Rule Charter and the Providence Code of Ordinances. While the opinion does not "go beyond the legitimacy of the contract to explore the potential misuse of more than $60, in city funds," it does note that those funds were paid "to 'publicize' events which had, for three years prior to the GoLocal contract, already been made available to the public free of charge through the Providence Open Meetings Portal."…
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Politics

Baldelli-Hunt Seeks Third Consecutive Term as Mayor of Woonsocket

WOONSOCKET, RI: Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt announced today that is she is officially seeking re-election for a third consecutive term as Mayor of the City of Woonsocket. Mayor Baldelli-Hunt was first elected Mayor of the sixth largest city in Rhode Island in 2013 and was re-elected in 2016. Prior to becoming Woonsocket’s Mayor, Baldelli-Hunt represented District 49 in the Rhode Island House of Representatives from 2006 to 2013. “Today, I announce my official candidacy for re-election for a third consecutive term for the office of Mayor of the City of Woonsocket because I believe that my executive experience, problem solving skills, personal drive and talented administrative…
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Politics

Justice Dept.: US to Reunite All Eligible Immigrant Families by Deadline

VOA News officials say they expect to reunite all eligible children who had been separated from their parents after entering the country illegally by Thursday’s court-ordered deadline (0700 UTC Friday). The Justice Department said in a court filing Thursday afternoon in San Diego that more than 1,400 children 5 years old and older had been reunited so far. It said 378 were released in what it calls “appropriate circumstances,” meaning they were turned over to sponsors who can properly care for them. But 700 children are still in government custody and their fates are uncertain. Many of their parents have…
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Local News

Pension fund posts 8.03% return in Fiscal Year 2018 beating target and benchmarks

$ billion earned-to-date under Treasurer Magaziner PROVIDENCE, - General Treasurer Seth Magaziner today announced that the State's pension fund finished its fiscal year ahead of its investment target and benchmarks. The fund returned percent in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018, ahead of its percent annual target and ahead of its own benchmark which returned percent over the same period. The fund also outperformed a traditional 60 percent stock/40 percent bonds portfolio which would have earned just percent. With this fiscal year's performance, the $ billion fund continued its strong performance under Treasurer Magaziner's administration. Since taking office in…
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Politics

Mexico President-Elect Writes to Trump About Migration, NAFTA

VOA News Mexico's President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador sent a letter to President Donald Trump, seeking to initiate "a new stage in the relationship" of the two countries and to make progress in the areas of "trade, migration, development and security." Lopez Obrador handed the seven-page letter to a delegation that visited the country on July 13. Marcelo Ebrard, foreign minister-designate, read the letter to reporters on Sunday, and said Trump had received the letter. In the letter, Lopez Obrador said Mexico is home to the largest number of Americans living outside the and "the United States is the largest home…
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LPR News

Abdul Seeks to Become Michigan’s First Muslim American Governor

VOA News/Kane Farabaugh TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN — It's standing room only in the large ballroom of this northern Michigan resort as people eagerly await the arrival of a young, well-spoken, charismatic Rhodes scholar seeking to reach Michigan’s highest elected office. “When I graduated college, Bill Clinton asked me why I was going to med school, and he asked me if I ever considered running for office. And at that time, I thought that was off limits to me,” Dr. Abdul El-Sayed told VOA. Muslim American El-Sayed grew up in Michigan, where he often faced prejudice. “I was the captain of my…
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Politics

Pompeo to VOA: US Won’t Allow Russian Questioning of Former US Ambassador

VOA News/Nike Ching STATE DEPARTMENT — The has no intention of allowing Russia to question Michael McFaul, Washington's former ambassador to Moscow and a fierce critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told VOA on Thursday. "It’s not going to happen," the top diplomat said in an interview at the State Department. Pompeo said Putin "made a proposal about a number of things during the course of the conversation" he had Monday at his Helsinki summit with President Donald Trump. "There were suggestions, comments, thoughts by President Putin with respect to that inquiry," Pompeo told VOA. "President…
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U.S. Senate Votes 98-0 to Tell Trump Not to Hand Over American Citizens to Putin

WASHINGTON, DC -- Today, the Senate voted 98-0 to reject an offer Vladimir Putin made to President Trump to hand over former diplomats and other American officials who have criticized the Kremlin for questioning.  The non-binding resolution expresses the sense of Congress that no current or former diplomat, civil servant, political appointee, law enforcement official, or member of the Armed Forces should be made available to Putin’s government for interrogation. This resolution was offered in response to President Trump standing shoulder to shoulder with Putin while the Russian President offered the Special Counsel a chance to interview twelve Russian Military Intelligence Officers…
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Politics

US Lawmakers Savage Trump’s Helsinki Comments

VOA News/Michael Bowman CAPITOL HILL —  lawmakers of both political parties reacted with shock and dismay on Monday after President Donald Trump failed to support the intelligence community’s conclusions about Russian election meddling during a joint news conference with President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. “The president must appreciate that Russia is not our ally,” House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, said in a statement. “The United States must be focused on holding Russia accountable and putting an end to its vile attacks on our democracy.” Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona, a frequent Trump critic, said, “Today’s press conference…
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LPR News

US Judge Temporarily Halts Deportations of Recently Reunited Immigrant Families

A federal judge has temporarily halted deportations of immigrant families who were recently reunited after being separated earlier this year at the border. Judge Dana Sabraw in San Diego blocked the deportations Monday for at least a week and asked the government to respond to a motion from the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU said it was concerned about "persistent and increasing rumors" of "mass deportations" being carried out "immediately upon reunification" of children with their parents. It said the parents need a week after being reunified with their children to decide whether or not to pursue asylum in…
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