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Governor Raimondo directs U.S. and Rhode Island Flags to fly at half-staff in honor of former First Lady Barbara Bush

In accordance with a Presidential Proclamation, Governor Gina M. Raimondo has ordered that the U.S. and Rhode Island flags at all state facilities and buildings be flown at half-staff until sunset on Friday, April 20th, 2018 in honor of former First Lady Barbara Bush. “Barbara Bush was an inspiration to a generation of Americans,” said Raimondo. “I remember

Students from Rogers High School and Thompson Middle School will participate in public forum

One Newport NPS Strategic Plan Subcommittee and the Alliance for Livable Newport (ALN) has announced that they will host “Students of Newport Public Schools Speak Out” on Tuesday, May 1st at Claiborne Pell Elementary School in Newport. This event will feature the opportunity to listen to Thompson and Rogers School students talk about their future aspirations

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Representative Carson’s Tourism Commission will discuss tax impacts of short-term rentals

The Special Legislative Commission to Study Methods for Growing Tourism in the State of Rhode Island Through Coordinated Branding and Marketing Efforts, which is led by Representative Lauren Carson(D-Dist. 75, Newport),  will meet Friday at the State House for discussions about the tax impacts of short-term rentals. The meeting is scheduled Friday, April 13, at 3

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Representative Abney honored by hometown high school as ‘2018 Distinguished Alumnus’

Representative Marvin Abney (D-Dist. 73, Newport, Middletown) was honored by the Texarkana Independent School District as a 2018 Distinguished Alumnus last week at a ceremony held in Texas. Representative Abney graduated from Dunbar High School in 1968, which is located in Texarkana, Texas. “This was a great honor to be recognized by my high school

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Representative Carson to hold Earth Day constituent meeting

Representative. Lauren Carson has scheduled an Earth Day constituent meeting to discuss environmental concerns with constituents. The meeting is scheduled Wednesday, April 18, at 6:30 pm at the Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., Newport. All House District 75 (Newport) residents are welcome. John McDaid, a freelance journalist and award-winning science fiction author from Portsmouth,

Whitehouse and Portsmouth business owners highlight $30 million in new funding for Coastal Improvements nationwide

U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse today joined with area small business owners and local officials in the flood-prone Island Park neighborhood of Portsmouth to highlight the newly funded National Oceans and Coastal Security Fund, which can help coastal businesses weather rising seas and worsening storms.  Congress approved $30 million in funding for the National Oceans and

Gov. Raimondo seeks support for a billion-dollar school reclamation program and $48.5 million Green Economy and Clean Water bond

Gov. Gina Raimondo called upon Rhode Island’s civic, business and government leaders to get behind her efforts to rebuild the state’s aging public schools – a five-year $1 billion investment – and a $48.5 million Green Economy and Clean Water bond issue. Both need approval from the state legislature before going to voters in the

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2018 Newport County Legislative Forum scheduled for April 5th

The Aquidneck Island Planning Commission, in partnership with the Newport Daily News and the Community College of Rhode Island, is hosting the third annual Newport County Legislative Forum on Thursday, April 5, from 8:30– 10:00 a.m. in the auditorium of CCRI’s Newport County campus in Newport. “We are delighted to host this event for the third year in

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Newport’s Visitors Center wins Grow Smart RI Award

Newport’s Transportation and Visitors Center was among several award winners at Grow Smart RI’s Power of Place Summit earlier today (Thursday, March 29). The awards were presented at Grow Smart’s Power of Place Summit, held at the Rhode Island Convention Center and attended by some 500 business, civic, and elected leaders. The Visitors Center was

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Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority announces dates and details for ‘Spring & Summer 2018 Projects’

The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA)has provided the following construction report and traffic advisory update. Starting in April, there will be multiple RITBA projects in progress. These projects include work on the Mount Hope Bridge, Sakonnet River Bridge, Newport Pell Bridge, Jamestown Verrazzano Bridge and the Route 138 Connector. Update & Reminder – With

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Temporary closures of Cliff Walk scheduled

The Newport Police Department announced on Thursday that there will be temporary closures of the Cliff Walk, south of Seaview Avenue, on March 27th, 29th, and 30th. Next week, minor Cliff Walk improvements will be completed south of Seaview Avenue (1/5th mile south of Memorial Blvd entrance). The Cliff Walk will remain open during much

Weather-Related Cancellations, Closures, Delays and Parking Bans

Newport, RI – Here’s the latest information and snow-related cancellations, closures, delays and parking bans throughout Newport County and Rhode Island. March 21 & 22, 2018 – Business, Event & Government Weather Updates  Bike Newport Night – Postponed to Wednesday, March 28th Edward King House – Closed on Wednesday and Thursday. Jane Pickens Theater – Due

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Lane closures scheduled for Route 138 in Jamestown

The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA) has provided the following advisory for the Route 138 corridor between the Jamestown Verrazzano Bridge and the Newport Pell Bridge Toll Plaza. Due to the Route 138 Resurfacing and Roadway Improvement Project, motorists should expect lane closure delays during the weekend of March 24. Starting the evening of Friday, March 23 through

Governor Raimondo tours Portsmouth Middle School, highlights need for statewide investment in school facilities

Highlighting the need for statewide investment in school construction ahead of House and Senate hearings this week, Governor Gina Raimondo toured Portsmouth Middle School on Monday joined by school officials, elected leaders and members of the labor and building trades. With a facility deficiency cost of nearly $20 million, the condition of Portsmouth Middle School

WalletHub Study: Rhode Island is 2018’s 3rd ‘Least Dependent State on the Gun Industry’

With gun sales still in decline since President Donald Trump took office and with the recent Parkland school shooting prompting more debates on the gun industry, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018’s States Most Dependent on the Gun Industry. To determine the states that depend most heavily on the arms and ammunitions

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