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Boil water notice lifted after negative E. coli test

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 01:14:10 GMT

A boil water notice has been lifted in Westerly, after new testing no longer showed the presence of the E. coli bacteria. The Westerly Water Department lifted the notice on Friday, saying a problem well has been taken offline, and the entire system has been disinfected.




Business | RI's Davis, Rafaelian & Foulkes Named to Most Powerful Working Mother's List

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:53:53 GMT

On a list that features Melinda Gates as #1, Amal Clooney #4, and Beyonce in the #7 slot, three Rhode Islanders made the rankings of the most powerful working mothers. Actor Viola Davis, Alex and Ani CEO Carolyn Rafaelian, and CVS Exec Helena Foulkes all made the list published by Working Mother magazine.




Stop & Shop Recalls Store Brand Frozen Whole Kernel Sweet Corn

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:58:59 GMT

The Rhode Island Department of Health is advising consumers that the Stop & Shop Supermarket Company is recalling Stop & Shop Brand Frozen Whole Kernel Sweet Corn due to potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The product details are: Stop & Shop Brand Frozen Whole Kernel Sweet Corn, 16 oz., UPC 68826700676 with a Best By Date of Oct-2019.




Yorgo's Foods Recalling All Greek-Style Food Products

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 20:15:17 GMT

The Rhode Island Department of Health is advising consumers that Yorgo's Foods is recalling all Greek-style food products it manufactures due to their potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The recalled products include hommus, tahini sauces, yogurt dip, salads, tzatziki, grape leaves, and taboule.




Company Selling Raw Milk Told to Cease and Desist

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 05:56:47 GMT

The Rhode Island Department of Health is advising consumers that the company Udder Milk has been ordered to cease and desist its illegal sales of unpasteurized, raw milk following confirmation that a New Jersey woman who drank the company's milk was infected with antibiotic-resistant brucellosis. Consumers would place orders online, and then meet drivers at specific delivery locations, including locations in Rhode Island.




Mercurio arrested for failing to report abuse

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 01:16:59 GMT

Following an investigation by Warwick Police in conjunction with the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth, and Families , current principal of Cedar Hill Elementary Colleen Mercurio was arrested on a warrant charge for Failure to Report Child Abuse , a misdemeanor offense, on Friday, Nov. 10. Mercurio was issued a summonse to appear in 3rd ... (more)




Act Fast: Tax Amnesty Program Offers Huge Opportunity

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 20:36:47 GMT

The Rhode Island Division of Taxation is offering a tax amnesty window program, beginning December 1. This is the first amnesty program since 2012, and the terms are very favorable to taxpayers. Any taxpayer with an outstanding Rhode Island tax issue should strongly consider whether to take advantage of this amnesty program.




Detention center director who resigned gets new post at DCYF

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 18:05:47 GMT

An administrator who resigned his post at Rhode Island's juvenile detention center following a melee has been put in charge of training for the state's child welfare agency. The Department of Children, Youth and Families conducted a review of the Rhode Island Training School after a chaotic disturbance in July left two children and six staff members injured.




People can create online page to help in Food Bank holiday drive

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 01:20:31 GMT

The Rhode Island Community Food Bank has kicked off its annual Holiday Food Drive to help ensure that no one goes hungry this holiday season.




The U.S. Supreme Court, Unions, And The Future Of Collective Bargaining In The Public Sector

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 17:50:40 GMT

The U.S. Supreme Court will soon hear a case that has the potential to rock the world of unions that represent public sector employees in Rhode Island and throughout the country. The Court will decide whether state government workers who do not want to be members of a union must still pay an "agency fee," equal in amount to union dues, to cover the union's costs in negotiating and enforcing the terms of collective bargaining agreements.




Encore: Why changes in pensions lead to changes in worker behavior

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 18:36:39 GMT

Those of us who think about state and local retirement plans tend to focus on funded levels, the implications of large liabilities for borrowing costs, and the extent to which required contributions may crowd out other activities in the state's or locality's budget. We tend to lose sight of the human resources aspects of public plans.




Connecticut, other states scaling back government broadcasts

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 13:24:06 GMT

While Connecticut and a handful of states are scaling back broadcasts of governmental proceedings to help cut costs, many others are pushing ahead with wide-ranging programming that can include everything from gavel-to-gavel coverage of legislative sessions to a documentary on managing wolves in Washington state. The Rhode Island General Assembly, which owns and operates the state-funded Capitol Television, has upgraded its operations.




Rhode Island police defend use of force in deadly shooting of pickup truck driver

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 02:19:55 GMT

The incident began Thursday morning when a state trooper was transporting a handcuffed prisoner to court. The trooper stopped to investigate a car crash on Route 146 in Providence at approximately 9 a.m. ET.




Rhode Islanders turn in nearly 2 tons of prescription drugs

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 21:52:31 GMT

Authorities say Rhode Island residents turned in nearly two tons of prescription drugs during the annual Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The U.S. attorney's office said this week that 3,825 pounds of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs were turned in at collection points across the state on Oct. 28, which is a 50 percent increase over last year's collection.




Pace of therapist probe angers boarding school abuse victims

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 09:43:18 GMT

Nearly two years after receiving complaints that a former psychologist at a prominent New England boarding school didn't do enough to help abused children, Rhode Island officials still have not decided whether to discipline him or let him continue to practice. Two former students at St. George's School in Middletown filed complaints with the state Department of Health in December 2015 against Peter Kosseff, a psychologist there for 35 years.




Scouts collect 215,000 pounds of food in annual drive

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 02:59:38 GMT

THE BOX CREW: Marcus Pascual and Julius Saint Butler prepare boxes for the food collection last Saturday at the fire station at the intersection of Sandy Lane and West Shore Road.




Political newcomer Pence announces GOP bid for Lt. Gov.

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 22:08:19 GMT

Paul Pence, a 59-year-old Warwick resident with a degree in physics and mathematics, has announced his intentions to run as a Republican candidate for Rhode Island Lieutenant Governor.