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Business | Guest MINDSETTERa Handy: ISO's Visit & All That Gas

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 11:09:56 GMT

The Providence Journal's November 26 editorial, "Facing Reality with Natural Gas" misses our energy landscape and plan. ISO NE's CEO, Mr. Gordon van Welie, visited our State for a closed session produced by Rhode Islanders for Affordable Energy and the New England Coalition for Affordable Energy.




Yacht captain indicted for manslaughter in 2015 crash

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 03:02:42 GMT

A New Jersey yacht captain previously convicted of negligence in a fatal crash off the coast of Rhode Island two years ago has been indicted for manslaughter. A federal grand jury on Wednesday indicted 78-year-old Cooper Bacon on a charge of seaman's manslaughter.




2 Rhode Island lawmakers settle with board of elections

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 22:20:50 GMT

Officials say they have fined two Rhode Island lawmakers for campaign finance violations following the former house speaker's guilty plea to corruption charges. Both cases were built off of expanded campaign finance rules approved by the General Assembly following former Speaker Gordon Fox's corruption plea.




Hearing on gun range near school delayed due to overcrowding

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 19:25:01 GMT

A zoning board's public hearing on a proposal to build a gun range near a Rhode Island elementary school has been postponed because crowds packed the meeting room beyond capacity. The Coventry Zoning Board voted to delay the hearing Wednesday night after the fire marshal determined that the Town Hall Annex was overcrowded.




DCYF lawsuit reaches potential $1 million settlement

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 12:58:10 GMT

Officials are predicting a settlement of more than $1 million in the near future in a decade-old civil rights lawsuit against Rhode Island's child welfare agency. House Fiscal Advisor Sharon Reynolds Ferland told the House committee Tuesday to expect a legal settlement of $1.2 million.




RISPCA offers reward in turkey case

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 14:02:57 GMT

The Rhode Island SPCA is offering a $1,000 reward in connection to the malicious killing of a turkey in Burrillville. "It's horrendous to see something like that.




Ex-GOP lawmaker Trillo running for R.I. governor as independent

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 01:10:58 GMT

Former GOP lawmaker Joe Trillo said Tuesday he is running for governor as an independent, citing President Donald Trump as his inspiration - even as he said he will be leaving the party Trump leads. "I want to bring prosperity that President Trump is bringing to our country here to our great state.




Police: Woman purposely drops child to 'teach her a lesson'

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 10:59:48 GMT

A Rhode Island woman has been arrested after police say she purposely dropped her child, breaking the child's arm, to "teach her a lesson." Woonsocket Police say the woman described the child's fall in a phone call with her incarcerated ex-boyfriend, who then reported the woman to authorities.




More

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 15:09:14 GMT

Rhode Island officials say the projected cost of a state benefits system that has been plagued with problems since its rollout last year has grown to almost $500 million. Documents show the state's new estimate of the Unified Health Infrastructure Project, or UHIP, is now at just over $491 million through the 2018-2019 federal fiscal year, with nearly $108 million of that to be covered by state taxpayers.




Some Blue-Green Algae Advisories Lifted; Others Remain in Place

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 22:45:52 GMT

The Rhode Island Department of Health and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management are lifting the health advisories put in place for several bodies of water because of blue-green algae blooms, while several others advisories are remaining in effect. The advisories caution people to avoid contact and recreational activities with these bodies of water.




Funds tied to performance at RI's public colleges

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 09:33:23 GMT

New funding for Rhode Island's three public colleges will now be linked to how they perform on a series of targets, part of a national effort to hold higher education more accountable for increasing graduation rates and producing students with majors in high-demand fields. Rhode Island is among 35 states that now tie state funding to performance, a movement that began in Tennessee during the 1970s and has become increasingly popular as cash-strapped states are asking colleges to demonstrate that they deserve additional state support.




2017's winter and holiday beers

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 05:24:02 GMT

It's a long haul from Two Roads Brewing Company in Stratford, Conn., to the French farmhouse breweries from which its Holiday Ale is inspired. The regional style, BiA re De NoA l brings hints of molasses and depth to this notably maltier seasonal brew .




Rhode Island Parents Charged After Fentanyl Found In Deceased Infant

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 23:45:12 GMT

A couple has been charged after the powerful painkiller fentanyl was found in their deceased infant's system, reports CBS affiliate WPRI . Emergency crews responding to a call about an unresponsive infant rushed the 8-month-old girl to the hospital on Nov. 19, where she was pronounced dead.




Rhode Island, Amtrak looking at service to TF Green Airport

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 23:45:11 GMT

Rhode Island transportation officials and Amtrak have been discussing ways to add service to T.F. Green Airport, they said on Thursday. Rhode Island Department of Transportation Director Peter Alviti told WPRO-AM that his agency did a study with Amtrak about adding airport service and he believes it's doable in the next few years, but it could cost more than $100 million.




New book takes readers on postcard tour of towns & villages

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 21:41:56 GMT

A postcard can provide a glimpse into the past. Take the postcard of the Lakewood section of Warwick depicting a trolley running down the center of Warwick Avenue.




Rhode Island tax amnesty program to begin

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 17:40:51 GMT

Rhode Islanders behind on paying their taxes have a rare opportunity to catch a break on paying their late bills. The state launches its tax amnesty program tomorrow, giving delinquent tax payers a second chance to pay up, with lesser penalties.




Man arrested for abuse of elderly Bichon Frise

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 03:15:25 GMT

A man has been arrested after his 14-year-old Bichon Frise was presented to veterinary officials in poor condition. "The staff at OSVS noted in their report that Chloe, a 14-year-old Bichon Frise, was in poor condition and covered in matted hair and urine.




The Latest: Affidavit: Dead infant had fentanyl in system

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 23:06:16 GMT

The Latest on the felony neglect case against the parents of a dead 8-month-old girl : Court documents say an 8-month-old girl who died in Rhode Island last week had the potent opioid fentanyl in her system. Coventry Police say they received a 911 call around 6 a.m. Nov. 19 about an unresponsive infant.




Parents of dead 8-month-old girl charged with felony neglect

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 18:42:25 GMT

The parents of an 8-month-old girl who died last week in Rhode Island have been charged with felony neglect. Coventry Police say they received a 911 around 6 a.m. Nov. 19 about an unresponsive infant.




LocalA.T. Wall to retire as RI Dir. of Corrections in early 2018

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 23:37:43 GMT

Rhode Island Director of Corrections A.T. Wall is set to retire in early 2018 after more than three decades of public according to Governor Gina Raimondo's office. News of the retirement came Tuesday afternoon.