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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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House Republicans Tank Bill to Reopen Government While Border Security Negotiations Continue

Longest government shutdown in history will continue as Coast Guard members miss their first paychecks   WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) issued the following statement after voting in favor of H. J. Res. 27, a bill that would reopen the government through February 1 to allow for continued border security negotiations:   “The Trump shutdown is now the longest in American history, and thanks to the President and his Republican colleagues, there is no end in sight. Today, the brave members of our Coast Guard missed their first paychecks, putting 332 Rhode Island families in the untenable position of wondering whether…
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LANE AND RAMP RESTRICTIONS BEGINNING SOON FOR I-295 BRIDGE REPAIRS

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today announced the start of a $ million construction project to rehabilitate bridges that carry I-295 at its interchange with Routes 6 and 6A in Johnston (Exit 9). This work will require temporary traffic pattern changes including ramp and lane closures that will create traffic congestion and travel delays. The first set of traffic pattern changes go into effect the weekend of November 16 and will be in place until Summer 2019, after which additional changes will be needed. The greatest delay will affect travelers from Route 6 West to I-295 North. Construction…
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Community

Pawtucket Police Work Aggressively to Protect Residents’ Quality of Life Issues

PAWTUCKET – The Pawtucket Police Department has continued to work aggressively to protect the quality of life issues in the city. Most recently, the department, led by Patrol Division’s Captain Thomas Newman, sent a letter to the Pawtucket Board of License Commissioners bringing their attention to a few incidents that have occurred in one of the establishments. “The Pawtucket Police Department will continue to focus on the quality of life issues within all of our neighborhoods,” said Acting Public Safety Director and Police Chief Tina Goncalves. “We look forward to working with the Board of License Commissioners to ensure that businesses in the city can continue…
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Community

Moody’s Woonsocket Bond Rating Soars Three Levels to Investment Grade

City’s Significant Financial Improvements and Budget Adherence Cited WOONSOCKET, : Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt announced that Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded the City of Woonsocket’s General Obligation Bonds three levels to investment grade“Baa3” from Ba3, and has rated the City as having a “Stable” outlook. The City’s bond rating from Moody’s is seven steps higher than it was in 2013 when it was at a B3 “junk” status, and is now at an “investment-grade” level for the first time since early in 2010. “I am proud of what we have accomplished financially over the past four years, and pleased that the ratings agencies have consistently recognized…
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Health

Today, Celebrate Rhode Island World Diabetes Day with Healthcentric Advisors, Representative Grace Diaz, NFL Football Champion & Novo Nordisk Patient Ambassador, Kendall Simmons

Providence, RI — Diabetes is growing at an epidemic rate in the United States -- which is why Healthcentric Advisors in partnership with founder Representative Grace Diaz and many local partners are proud to recognize Rhode Island World Diabetes Day, November 3, 2018. Hosted at the Warwick Mall from 11 to 3 the annual event is an opportunity to increase awareness about diabetes as a potentially devastating disease. But it ultimately seeks to empower people to manage their own health while living with diabetes and pre-diabetes. This year we’re particularly excited to have special guest speaker NFL Football Champion and Novo…
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Rhode Island Leads the Nation for Childhood Flu Vaccination; Sees Decline Among Adults

Rhode Island children had the highest flu vaccination coverage rate in the country during the 2017-2018 flu season, an increase of two percentage points from the previous season, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, Rhode Island also saw a decrease in the flu immunization rate for adults during this period. “Flu vaccination is the single best way to protect yourself against the flu,” said Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH, the Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH). “The flu can have serious health consequences for anyone, including young, otherwise healthy adults. Getting…
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Community

Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall at Ponaganset High School.

Visit the Vietnam Moving Wall - Thursday, 11/01/18 (starting at 9:00AM)- Monday, 11/05/18 (ending at 6:00PM) 24 hours/day at no cost Ponaganset High School in partnership with the Rhode Island Foundation, the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD, Navigant Credit Union, Dr. Day Care, Friendship Lodge 37 Chepachet and other leading Rhode Island Business and community organizations are honored to sponsor of the Moving Wall and Vietnam Veteran’s Oral History Project. The Moving Wall, a half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, , has been traveling the country for over…
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