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Armenian Genocide and Holocaust Commemorated at R.I. State House

Wed, 24 May 2017 00:03:57 GMT

The Rhode Island House and Senate recently passed resolutions commemorating both the Armenian Genocide and the Holocaust. This was the first time a joint resolution for both genocides was introduced.




Paiva Weed can't lobby General Assembly for 1 year

Tue, 23 May 2017 19:02:19 GMT

The former leader of the Rhode Island Senate will have to wait a year before lobbying her former colleagues in the General Assembly. The state Ethics Commission on Tuesday voted to approve an opinion advising former Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed that she's subject to the state's revolving-door restrictions.




Wagner assess, starts to shake up school scene

Fri, 19 May 2017 02:22:46 GMT

After nearly two years of listening to Rhode Islanders and learning the ropes, Commissioner of Education Ken Wagner is changing the game and among other changes, issuing an open challenge to CCRI.




America's First Anti-Slavery Statute Was Passed in 1652. Here's Why It Was Ignored

Thu, 18 May 2017 21:43:41 GMT

Slavery in the United States wasn't abolished at the federal level until after the Civil War, but on this day in history, May 18, 1652, in the U.S. colonies was passed in what's now the state of Rhode Island. While it sounds like Rhode Island was ahead of its time - and, in some ways, it was - what actually happened was complicated.




News | Ri Aclu Says Dept. of Human Services "Has Shown No...

Thu, 18 May 2017 16:59:52 GMT

The Rhode Island ACLU is claiming that the Department of Human Services has shown no improvement in April regarding the timely processing of SNAP applications. The claims follow a new report sent by DHS to the ACLU of RI and the National Center for Law and Economic Justice.




Food | Ri Dem Awards Over $200,000 in Grants to Local Food Businesses

Thu, 18 May 2017 12:11:17 GMT

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management awarded more than $200,000 to 21 local for businesses as part of its annual Agriculture "Ag" Day celebration at the State House. "LASA continues to be an important catalyst in growing our food and agricultural businesses in Rhode Island.




Rhode Islanders Urged To Take Precautions to Protect Against Lyme Disease

Wed, 17 May 2017 20:24:11 GMT

With warmer weather and longer days now in Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Department of Health and the Department of Environmental Management urge everyone to take precautions to protect against Lyme disease when heading outdoors. "Our comprehensive approach to Lyme disease in Rhode Island entails getting prevention messaging throughout the state, with a focus on those communities that are most affected by Lyme, while also working to ensure that everyone who is experiencing the symptoms of Lyme disease gets thorough, quality care," said Director of Health Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH.




Business | RI Commerce Vice Chair and Raimondo Appointee is Massachusetts Resident

Wed, 17 May 2017 08:14:43 GMT

In 2015, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo named a high powered Boston financier to serve on the board of Rhode Island Commerce Corporation. At the time of the appointment, Ronald O'Hanley, who serves as President and CEO at Boston's State Street Global Advisors, signed state documents claiming Newport as his residence.




Rhode Island Resource Recovery unveils updated website

Mon, 15 May 2017 14:11:33 GMT

Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corp., Johnston, Rhode Island, has launched a new, redesigned version of its website, www.rirrc.org , which it says features a modern and simplified design, easier navigation and mobile optimization for easy viewing on any device. "We are thrilled to introduce our newly designed website," says Krystal Noiseux, education and outreach manager at Resource Recovery.




Business | Two Rhode Islanders Make Fast Company's List of the 100 Most Creative People in Business

Mon, 15 May 2017 14:11:32 GMT

Foulkes, the RI native was highlighted for making people healthier and changing the culture of the retailer to a health organization. "Helena Foulkes led CVS's landmark decision in January 2017 to sell the generic version of EpiPen alternative Adrenaclick - which further established the tobacco-free drugstore chain as a leader in health care.




Health | NEW: Blackstone Valley Surgicare Acquired by CharterCARE Health Partners

Sat, 13 May 2017 12:19:55 GMT

Ann Dugan, administrator, is pictured discussing Blackstone Valley Surgicare's capabilities with Johnston Mayor Joseph Polisena and John Holiver, CharterCARE CEO. Blackstone Valley Surgicare has been acquired from Surgical Care Affiliates by CharterCARE Health Partners.




Coffee Milk Is Rhode Island's Secret Local Drink You've Got To Try

Fri, 12 May 2017 20:34:05 GMT

No, seriously, it was made official in 1993. If you're from anywhere outside America's smallest state, or aren't dining buddies with any Rhode Islanders, you may be scratching your head, because we are not talking about coffee with milk.




News | RI's Failed Revenue Numbers Could Change the Governor's Race for Raimondo

Fri, 12 May 2017 08:49:28 GMT

The long anticipated state revenue numbers may have flipped the proverbial political table in Rhode Island. The $100 million shortfall announced this week undermines Governor Gina Raimondo's claims as a strong manager who is restoring the Rhode Island economy.




Maryland Regulators OK Nation's Largest Offshore Wind Plan

Thu, 11 May 2017 17:10:52 GMT

The Maryland Public Service Commission announced Thursday that it awarded renewable energy credits for two projects off Maryland's Eastern Shore near Ocean City. The PSC says the decision allows U.S. Wind and Skipjack Offshore Energy to build 368 megawatts of capacity.




New England Boatworks becomes Rhode Island's largest Clean Marina

Wed, 10 May 2017 23:04:01 GMT

New England Boatworks was officially named Rhode Island's largest Clean Marina in a ceremony held on May 5 at the company's Portsmouth facility. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Volvo Ocean Race Skipper Charlie Enright, R.I. Department of Environmental Management Director Janet Coit, and other community leaders joined the ceremony to applaud the company's achievements and talk about further steps NEB is taking as an environmental steward.




To Meet Growing Demands, Granite Expands in Rhode Island

Wed, 10 May 2017 20:42:54 GMT

Pictured : Granite Telecom. COO Rand Currier, Lincoln Town Administrator T. Joseph Almond, RI Secretary of Commerce Stefan Pryor, RI General Assembly Senator for District 17 Thomas J. Paolino, Granite Telecom.




New Study Shows Rhode Islanders' Vulnerability in Hot Weather;...

Wed, 10 May 2017 16:02:31 GMT

A study published today in the journal Environmental Research provides new, local details on the health effects of hot weather on Rhode Islanders and has prompted the National Weather Service Northeast Region to update its heat advisory policy. According to study authors, including Julia Gold, the Manager of the Rhode Island Department of Health 's Climate Change and Health Program, hospital emergency department visits and deaths from all causes in Rhode Island, Maine, and New Hampshire increased by 7.5% and 5.1% respectively on days when the heat index reached 95 degrees, as compared to days with a maximum heat index of 75 degrees.