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Blue-Green Algae Blooms in Cunliff Lake, Elm Lake and the Japanese Gardens in Roger Williams Park

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 20:12:45 GMT

The Rhode Island Department of Health and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management are advising people to avoid contact with Cunliff Lake, Elm Lake, and the Japanese Gardens, all in Roger Williams Park in Providence, due to blue-green algae blooms in those bodies of water. Blue-green algae can produce toxins that can harm humans and animals.




Motivated by trust of voters

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 03:35:24 GMT

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who voted for me for State Senate on September 13. I am truly honored by your support, and will do all that I can to represent the people of District 30. It has been wonderful to meet and talk to so many people, and I am motivated by you and the trust you have put in me.




New website directed at increasing Millennial voter turnout

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 23:24:20 GMT

Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea has unveiled www.rivotes.org, a mobile-optimized website aimed at increasing voter participation among Rhode Islanders between the ages of 18 and 35 an age group commonly referred to as Millennials.




RI Achieves 100% Enrollment in Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 19:11:27 GMT

One hundred percent of healthcare providers who are authorized to prescribe opioids and other potent medications are now enrolled in the state's prescription drug monitoring database, marking an important step in Rhode Island's work to prevent overdose deaths, the Rhode Island Department of Health announced today. Known as the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program , this statewide database allows healthcare providers to see what controlled-substance prescriptions are being filled for their patients.




Brighter arch bridges generations of Rocky Point enthusiasts

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 01:44:29 GMT

For decades, the 60 foot tall Rocky Point Arch has stood as a proud sentinel overlooking Narragansett Bay.




Ending hunger in Rhode Island

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:30:35 GMT

The fear of going hungry has eased in Rhode Island. The USDA reported this week that the state's food insecurity rate dropped to 11.8 percent, the lowest level since the recession.




No West Nile found in latest mosquito tests in Rhode Island

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 19:13:24 GMT

The Department of Environmental Management said Monday that 68 mosquito samples from 24 traps set statewide on Sept. 12 tested negative for West Nile and eastern equine encephalitis.




Safety fears rein in march for immigrant driver licenses

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:14:29 GMT

20, 2016, in Providence, Rhode Island. Immigrant activists are plann... . Gaspar Espinoza, a Nicaraguan immigrant and U.S. Navy veteran, listens to activists and volunteers during a community meeting at the Olneyville Neighborhood Association, Tuesday, Sept.




Safety fears rein in march for immigrant driver licenses

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:14:28 GMT

A t-shirt highlighting drivers licenses for all is displayed on a table during a community meeting at the Olneyville Neighborhood Association, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, in Providence, Rhode Island.




Safety fears rein in march for immigrant driver licenses

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:14:27 GMT

Immigrants and their advocates plan to march through a cluster of Rhode Island cities this weekend to push state leaders to allow driver's licenses for people living in the country illegally. But in a move that reflects the fragility of their cause during a national backlash against illegal immigration, they're avoiding the places where they need the most support: predominantly white suburbs home to the elected representatives who dominate the Legislature.




Ri DMV translates written drivers test in 14 languages

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:48:23 GMT

The state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union had sued the DMV in federal court last year on behalf of an Italian immigrant with limited English abilities. At the time, the DMV would only allow the man to take a written driver's license exam in English, Spanish or Portuguese and also denied him an interpreter.




MADD to honor officials, agencies at Friday breakfast

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 18:14:52 GMT

The Rhode Island Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving is honoring local officials for their efforts in stopping substance impaired driving, supporting victims and preventing underage drinking.




Shipyard Jobs in Northeast Support 42,000 Jobs (9/22

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:37:55 GMT

In comments before the international Tradewinds Ship Owners Forum in New York City, Maritime Administrator Paul "Chip" Jaenichen highlighted the more than 42,700 jobs, $3.6 billion in labor income and $4.78 billion in GDP associated with employment for shipbuilding and repair in the northeast region. "American shipyards provide a dependable, highly trained workforce that produce, repair and maintain some of the world's most modern and innovative vessels.




Politics | Why Are So Many Raimondo Department Heads Vacant?

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 09:26:09 GMT

Four department heads in Rhode Island have stepped down in the past three months, raising questions about the direction of leadership of those agencies - and the administration of Governor Gina Raimondo, at roughly the halfway mark of her four years in office. The heads of the Rhode Island State Police, Department of Youth, Children and Families , Department of Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals , and the state's Medicaid program have all announced their respective departures since June.




Emma Watson urges world leaders to protect women from campus rape

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 14:28:02 GMT

Emma Watson urged world leaders to protect women on college campuses from sexual assault during a stirring speech at the United National General Assembly Tuesday in New York.




Business | First Recipients of Wavemaker Fellowship Awards Announced

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 07:34:05 GMT

After a review process, a total of 215 college graduates who work in STEM fields at Rhode Island employers will receive the award, which is a tax credit to defray the cost associated with student loan repayment for a minimum of two years for graduates looking for careers or starting businesses in IT, engineering, design and other key sectors in RI. "Every week I meet talented, highly-skilled students who tell me they are choosing between a job here or a job in another state and I want them to call Rhode Island home.




Censea recalls shrimp due to potential Salmonella contamination

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 16:46:17 GMT

The Rhode Island Department of Health is advising consumers that Censea is recalling its Headless Shell on Black Tiger Shrimp because of the potential for Salmonella contamination.