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Six months after Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico, many families are still struggling to find a new place to feel at home. United Neighbors of Fall River and other human service agencies joined together to form the Hurricane Relief Coalition, and they’re saying Bienvenido or welcome to Puerto Ricans displaced by Hurricane Maria with an event May 12th. 

Wendy Garf-Lipp, United Neighbors Executive Director, is spearheading the event. It will include job fair, transitional paperwork assistance, a language translator, and more.

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As New Bedford slows the rollout of recreational marijuana shops, Fall River is preparing for a windfall. Fall River will impose a three percent tax on retail sales of recreational pot.

Starting this summer, Massachusetts will begin opening retail recreational marijuana shops. Cities and towns are allowed to place an extra tax on local sales. The Fall River City Council voted in favor of a three percent local tax last week.

Mayor Jasiel Correia supports the tax, and said the revenue will go back into the community.

South Coast Schools To Receive New Funding For Puerto Rican Evacuees

Feb 21, 2018
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Schools districts in Massachusetts that have enrolled students recently arrived from Puerto Rico will soon be getting a portion of $15 million dollars in new state funding.

Fall River and New Bedford are among the districts slated to receive a portion of the funding. According the New Bedford Mayor’s office, more than 150 new students have arrived in that city from Puerto Rico since the hurricane.

In Holyoke, the school district has already hired more people to help teach 185 student evacuees, including specialists in English as a second language and special education.

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Police are investigating an anonymous threat to Durfee High School in Fall River that caused hundreds of students to stay home from school Friday. The Herald News reported that a student noticed a post on the social media app “SnapChat” warning students to stay home and threatening a “Florida pt 2” at the school, an apparent reference to last week’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

A junior at Durfee sent a screenshot of the original post- and a second threat - to the school principal, superintendent and other school officials.

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Attleboro’s longtime mayor, Kevin Dumas, was ousted Tuesday in municipal voting. His rival, Democratic state Senator Paul Heroux, beat out the seven-term incumbent.

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Polls opened at 7 o'clock Tuesday morning in Attleboro, New Bedford and Fall River, where residents will decide whether to oust their incumbent mayors, or keep them for another two years.

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Thursday marked the deadline for metro areas across North America to submit bids for Amazon's second headquarters, and Rhode Island enlisted help from some prominent local business leaders and universities for its application.

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When he won election two years ago, Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia was just 23 years old. Now, voters must decide if they want Correia to stay. 

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About 400 people filled out applications at Amazon's Fall River warehouse Wednesday as part of a national hiring spree.


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At a time when unemployment, and economic development, remain at the forefront of many people’s minds, columnist Bob Kerr reflects on a once thriving local industry.

Mills, producing products like silver and textiles once kept Rhode Island and Massachusetts cities like Woonsocket, Providence and Fall River, bustling hubs of economic activity.

Kerr reflects on the loss of that industry, and the legacy it’s left behind.

Bob Kerr, the Providence Journal’s eloquent everyman and the newspaper’s marquee columnist for more than two decades, has been laid off by the ProJo’s new owners, the New Media Investment Group.

Instead of letting him retire gracefully, the new owners fired the newspaper’s heart and soul  in a particularly callous manner  - in a personnel meeting that Kerr described as ``pretty cold and abrupt.’’

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment The Bottom Line.

This week Dave and Mark talk with Todd Blount, president of Blount Fine Foods located in Warren, RI and Fall River, MA. They discuss how the company found itself expanding during the recession, how to anticipate public tastes, and the effects of technology on production and employee skills.

When to Listen

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment The Bottom Line.

This week Dave and Mark talk with Twin River Chairman John Taylor. They discuss where Massachusetts is looking to put a slot parlor and casinos and what that means for Twin River’s bottom line.

When to Listen

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.

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In what would be a serious threat to Rhode Island’s state gambling revenue stream, Fall  River is eyeing yet another attempt to enter the casino market.

Mayor William Flanagan has scheduled an announcement for Tuesday on a deal for a $750 million casino in the seen-better-days onetime textile center in  southeastern Massachusetts that practically straddles the R.I. border, according to several Massachusetts media outlets, including WBUR.

Partnering with Fall River would be Foxwoods, the Connecticut-based tribal gambling empire.

Tiverton police said they’ve seen double the number of home break-ins over the past two months. Capt. Patrick Jones said since December 1st there have been about 10 break-ins a month, that’s compared to the typical three to five per month.  Jones said right before Christmas they were seeing one or two a week.