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07/30/2014
Governor Lincoln D. Chafee said today: “Rhode Island State Police officials have briefed me and continue to keep me apprised of the law enforcement agency’s active investigation into the contract for the concessions at three Rhode Island State Beaches.”According to Governor Chafee’s Director of Communications Faye Zuckerman, state law provides in the Access to Public Records Act (APRA) a clear mandate that state agencies and the Office of the Governor do not release documents or information that might potentially adversely impact an ongoing investigation. The State Police determines what information can and cannot be released, and no state agency or the Governor’s Office will take action during any inquiries.
07/23/2014
Governor Lincoln D. Chafee said:“During a conference call between the federal government and the country’s governors yesterday, officials for the United States Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services reported that the number of unaccompanied children coming across the border has tapered off. The need for large facilities has dissipated, and the officials added that they will notify the governors if and when an assessment of possible settings is required in the future. To date, no federal entity has reached out to the State of Rhode Island regarding housing the unaccompanied children. The Department of Health and Human Services said that most of the children have found shelter with relatives or family friends.”
07/21/2014
Governor Lincoln D. Chafee today said: “The State of Rhode Island has not been officially contacted by any federal entity regarding either services or sheltering unaccompanied children who have crossed the U.S. border in the Southwest. If and when there is a request from the federal government, I will share it publicly.”

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