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Topic: rhode island

R.I. environmental initiatives persevere in face of pandemic

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R.I. environmental initiatives persevere in face of pandemic

November 20, 2020 0 comments

For the Rhode Island state government, response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been an “all hands on deck” operation since the initial outbreak in spring of 2020, according to Terrence Gray, deputy director for environmental protection at the R.I. Department of Environmental Management.

State Representative-elect David Morales MPA ’19 plans to push for affordable healthcare, housing and Green New Deal legislation in the RI state house.

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Guided by grassroots advocacy, David Morales MPA’19 will now enter R.I. State House

November 20, 2020 0 comments

Just under one year ago, David Morales MPA’19 was in the midst of organizing a protest for climate justice with Sunrise Rhode Island. Now, he’s the District 7 state representative-elect, and he has no plans to stop advocating for progressive causes. 

Ocean State sees record voter turnout as R.I. expands forms of voting

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Ocean State sees record voter turnout as R.I. expands forms of voting

November 6, 2020 5 comments

More than 500,000 Rhode Islanders voted in the 2020 general election, eclipsing the state’s previous all-time record for voter turnout in 2008. 

Rhode Island’s name will no longer include “plantations” after a referendum passed to remove the word on Tuesday, ending a decade-long push.

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Rhode Island changes state name to remove ‘Providence Plantations’

November 5, 2020 2 comments

Successfully ending a campaign that began over 10 years ago, a referendum to remove “Providence Plantations” from the state name of Rhode Island passed on Tuesday with a vote of 52.9 percent approval, according to the Rhode Island Board of Elections.

Biden wins R.I., AP projects

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Biden wins R.I., AP projects

November 3, 2020 0 comments

Former Vice President Joe Biden was projected to be the winner in Rhode Island’s presidential race by the Associated Press, presumptively granting Biden the state’s four votes in the Electoral College.

Rhode Islanders ramp up mail-in, early voting days ahead of election

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Rhode Islanders ramp up mail-in, early voting days ahead of election

October 30, 2020 0 comments

With just four days until Election Day, more than 250,000 Rhode Islanders have already cast their ballots, including more than 136,000 by mail and another 115,000 through early voting, according to official data.

Supreme Court allows for eased mail-ballot rules in R.I. during pandemic

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Supreme Court allows for eased mail-ballot rules in R.I. during pandemic

September 5, 2020 0 comments

The United States Supreme Court rejected a Republican-led effort to maintain a two-witness or notary requirement for mail-in ballots in Rhode Island. This provision had been suspended in July due to coronavirus concerns. 

Report finds RI forests need more protection

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Report finds RI forests need more protection

April 9, 2020 0 comments

A report titled “The Value of Rhode Island Forests” found that Rhode Island’s forests provide many public health, economic, social and environmental benefits, but they need more protection from a myriad of threats, according to Tee Jay Boudreau.

Brown professor says he requested coronavirus test after trip to Europe

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Brown professor says he requested coronavirus test after trip to Europe

March 2, 2020 1 comment

Onésimo Almeida, professor of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, said he has requested a test for COVID-19 coronavirus following a trip to Portugal during which Almeida was near someone recently diagnosed with the virus.

Three University students are currently being tested for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). While the students are currently in isolation, test results are pending.

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First two presumptive coronavirus cases reach Rhode Island

March 2, 2020 0 comments

State public health officials announced Rhode Island’s first two presumptive cases of COVID-19 coronavirus Saturday and Sunday respectively after finding out that two people who had returned from a trip to Europe Feb. 22 tested positive.