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Rhode Island lawmakers return to work, pass dozens of bills

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 02:45:40 GMT

Rhode Island lawmakers passed dozens of bills Tuesday, including legislation to mandate paid time off for workers who call in sick and to require anyone subject to a domestic protective order issued by a court to surrender guns. The bills were caught in legislative limbo when the General Assembly abruptly adjourned in June amid a budget dispute.

Howell tribute raises more than $50K for MENTOR Rhode Island

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 21:44:18 GMT

SOURCES OF INSPIRATION: John Howell with his immediate family members that were able to attend the evening, including his wife Carol, son Ted, daughter-in-law Erica and granddaughters Alexandra and Sydney.

Suit alleging discrimination in prison guard hiring settled

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:45:13 GMT

The Rhode Island Department of Corrections and U.S. Justice Department say they have agreed to settle a lawsuit that the department discriminated against black and Hispanic applicants seeking jobs as correctional officers. The federal government sued the state in 2014, saying the way in which the department used written and video examinations of job applicants disproportionately screened out blacks and Hispanics.

Lawmakers return to work, considering dozens of bills

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 05:11:34 GMT

Rhode Island lawmakers are returning to work on bills that were caught in legislative limbo when the General Assembly abruptly adjourned in June amid a budget dispute. The Democratic-dominated House of Representatives and Senate plan to reconcile differences between bills they passed to mandate paid time off for workers who call in sick to send legislation to Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo .

Raimondo announces initiative to pay DACA renewal fees for RI DREAMers

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 19:46:42 GMT

Governor Gina M. Raimondo announced Monday that she and a coalition of individuals and organizations have secured more than $170,000 in commitments from donors to cover the $495 renewal fee for every DREAMer in Rhode Island who is eligible to apply for renewal of their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status by October 5, 2017, the final date by which all such applications must be received by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services . "A couple of weeks ago, when the Trump administration announced its plan to end the DACA program, we gathered in Central Falls and pledged to do everything in our power to stand up for Rhode Island's DREAMers," Raimondo said.

Rhode Island lawmakers return to work in rare fall session

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 13:08:49 GMT

Rhode Island lawmakers return Tuesday to work on bills that were caught in legislative limbo when the General Assembly abruptly adjourned in June amid a budget dispute. Those include legislation mandating paid time off for workers who call in sick.

News | Robert Whitcomb: Low Rating for Cybersecurity; Low Wages and Benny's Demise

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 08:44:24 GMT

"Outside the leaves on the trees constricted slightly; they were the deep done green of the beginning of autumn. It was a Sunday in September.

RIDOH Warns of Recall of Mussels from Maine

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 01:35:19 GMT

Rhode Island Department of Health has been notified of a recall of Maine mussels. The affected product was harvested on September 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14 from Frenchman's Bay in Maine.

Governor Raimondo signs executive order to stand up to climate change

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 20:51:01 GMT

Governor Gina M. Raimondo, joined by members of Rhode Island's congressional delegation and state leaders, Friday signed an Executive Order outlining Rhode Island's Action Plan to Stand Up to Climate Change. "As Governor, my job is first and foremost to keep Rhode Islanders safe," said Governor Gina M. Raimondo.

News | Democrats, Labor Stack Hearing for PawSox Funding Scheme at RI State House

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 16:04:59 GMT

Proponents of a new, taxpayer-supported ballpark for the Pawtucket Red Sox spoke for the first four hours of the first Rhode Island Senate hearing on Thursday night -- but opponents would not be deterred. A plethora of Northern Rhode Island Democratic Mayors, union leaders, and Pawtucket business owners testified in support of the public financing scheme starting at 6 P.M, touting what they said would be a significant economic benefit to the region -- and state - until opponents started in at 10 p.m. "Someone asked me earlier how I prepared," said Pat Ford, Chair of the Libertarian Party of Rhode Island and critic of the PawSox ownership's attempts to secure public assistance.

News | Cost of Fixing RI School Buildings are $2.2 Billion, Says Report

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 11:06:31 GMT

School buildings in every district of the state received a failing grade in Rhode Island's first ever "Schoolhouses Report." The report projects that $627.5 million in high-priority construction and repairs are needed to keep students and teachers warm, safe and dry in their classrooms.

Cheshire Making Plans to Celebrate 225th Founding Anniversary

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 06:26:40 GMT

The town will celebrate its bicenquasquigenary this coming March and already a group of citizens is forming to plan multiple events. "We would like to initiate a committee being formed and we already have a bunch of people interested," resident Justin Kruszyna told the Selectmen on Tuesday.

Hospitals Recognized for Standardizing Care to Treat Addiction and Overdose

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 01:57:44 GMT

Governor Gina Raimondo's Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force has recognized South County Health and CharterCARE Health Partners for their leadership in providing consistent, comprehensive care for opioid-use disorder in hospitals and emergency departments in Rhode Island. The South County Health recognition took place at this morning's Task Force meeting.

RIDOH Warns of Dangers of Eating Queso Fresco Made with Unpasteurized Milk

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 21:14:37 GMT

As the Rhode Island Department of Health continues to investigate two cases of listeria, all Rhode Islanders, and particularly pregnant women, are urged to not eat queso fresco made with unpasteurized milk . Queso fresco is a type of soft cheese.

The Latest: Flooding threatens to close Florida highway

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 13:52:08 GMT

12, 2017. . A man paddles a kayak near a flooded home along the Alafia River Tuesday, Sept.

RIDOH and DEM Recommend Avoiding Contact with Mashapaug Pond; Lift Restrictions for Pleasure Lake

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 04:24:59 GMT

The Rhode Island Department of Health and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management are advising people to avoid contact with Mashapaug Pond, while lifting the advisory for Pleasure Lake, located in Roger Williams Park. The advisories for the two bodies of water, both located in Providence, are related to high levels of blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria.

The Latest: Rhode Islander in custody after shooting report

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 23:32:05 GMT

The Latest on a person taken into custody in connection with reports of an active shooter at New Hampshire's largest hospital : Rhode Island State Police say the suspect taken into custody following reports of an active shooter at New Hampshire's largest hospital is a Rhode Island resident. The Lebanon Department of Public Safety confirmed that someone was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon following reports of an active shooter at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.