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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. State Holiday Commission announces annual essay contest; December 15 deadline for submissions
The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. State Holiday Commission, chaired by Rep. Raymond A. Hull (D-Dist. 6, Providence, North Providence) has announced the annual essay contest for the upcoming holiday event.

State leaders announce over $166 million in funding for affordable housing available
RIHousing opens competitive funding round for financing to support construction and preservation of affordable homes

State leaders announced the availability of more than $166 million in funding to support affordable housing efforts across the state.
Legislators join governor in marking 50 years of Clean Water Act
Warwick state legislators joined Gov. Dan McKee yesterday as he signed a gubernatorial proclamation proclaiming Oct. 20 as Clean Water Act Day statewide. He was joined by U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, Senate Majority Leader Michael J. McCaffrey (D-Dist. 29, Warwick), Rep. Joseph M. McNamara (D-Dist. 19, Warwick, Cranston), and Rep. David A. Bennett (D-Dist. 20, Warwick, Cranston).

Speaker Shekarchi, Senate President Ruggerio, state leaders, Rhode Island Foundation announce nonprofits can apply for $20M in grants to address housing, hunger and behavioral health
House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi, Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio, Governor Dan McKee, Lt. Governor Sabina Matos and the Rhode Island Foundation today announced a new $20 million grant program for nonprofits working on food insecurity, housing instability and homelessness prevention, and the behavioral health needs of Rhode Islanders.

Elected officials cut ribbon on Woonsocket Education Center, adding workforce training and education options for northern Rhode Island
Woonsocket legislators, the governor and other leaders were on hand this morning to cut the ribbon for the new Woonsocket Education Center, celebrating a collaborative effort between the General Assembly, state agencies, private businessesand donors to make workforce training and education readily available.

Nero's Law signed to aid police dogs injured in the line of duty
Bill sponsors Rep. David A. Bennett, Sen. Stephen R. Archambault and Sen. Leonidas P. Raptakis were joined by police dogs and police departments from across New England today as Gov. Daniel McKee ceremonially signed legislation to allow police dogs injured in the line of duty to get emergency first aid from EMTs and be transported by ambulance to veterinary hospitals.