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R.I. aims to boost educational achievement after high school | Providence Journal R.I. aims to boost educational achievement after high school
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The commissioner of postsecondary education has announced a statewide initiative to dramatically increase the number of Rhode Islanders who have a college degree or some other form of credential, so that 70 percent of working-age Rhode Islanders hold at least an associate's degree by 2025.
Providence Journal | February 22, 2018
Providence mayor's office outlines city's legislative priorities at the State House | Providence Journal Providence mayor's office outlines city's legislative priorities at the State House
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The city is throwing its support behind a number of bills at the State House dealing with early childhood education, gun violence, alcohol licensing, among other topics. Emily Crowell, Mayor Jorge Elorza’s chief of staff, provided The Providence Journal with a preliminary list of legislative priorities for this session. Among the topics: funding for dredging the Providence River, a ban on assault rifles, a bill that would allow only police [...]
Providence Journal | February 21, 2018
Cicilline reinforces support for gun control | WPRI Cicilline reinforces support for gun control
"I think it's our responsibility to work together in a bipartisan way to make those things happen," Cicilline said.
WPRI | February 21, 2018
City begins removing tiles from Wall of Hope due to wear and tear | WPRI City begins removing tiles from Wall of Hope due to wear and tear
"It's time to reimagine what this could look like," Providence Parks Department Superintendent Wendy Nilsson said.
WPRI | February 21, 2018
R.I. judge awards firefighters union $41.9K in legal fees against East Greenwich | Providence Journal R.I. judge awards firefighters union $41.9K in legal fees against East Greenwich
EAST GREENWICH, R.I. — A Superior Court judge this week awarded nearly $42,000 in attorneys fees to the East Greenwich firefighters' union for its successful challenge of the firing of a firefighter.Judge Susan E. McGuirl issued a bench decision Monday awarding $41,905 in legal fees after hearing arguments, according to Elizabeth Wiens, who represented the East Greenwich Firefighters Association, Local 3328, IAFF, AFL-CIO."It's been a good week," Wiens quipped.The [...]
Providence Journal | February 21, 2018
Former RIEMA director, adjutant general remembers Station Nightclub fire | WPRI Former RIEMA director, adjutant general remembers Station Nightclub fire
"I was absolutely amazed by the response of the first responders and mutual assistance all across the state," Lt. Ge. Reginald Centracchio s…
WPRI | February 21, 2018
RI Senate leaders file bill to expel Kettle | WPRI RI Senate leaders file bill to expel Kettle
A two-thirds vote of senators would be required to expel the Coventry Republican, who was indicted last week.
WPRI | February 21, 2018
Brown University swim team barred from Ivy League meet | WPRI Brown University swim team barred from Ivy League meet
The university, in a statement dated Tuesday, also says their investigation and the student conduct review process are expected to reach a c…
WPRI | February 21, 2018
Murder suspect’s girlfriend charged with tipping him off about police | WPRI Murder suspect’s girlfriend charged with tipping him off about police
Emanuela Beliard, 27, is also accused of lying to police about knowing where Jaquan Cohen was staying.
WPRI | February 21, 2018
No more Feb. school vacation in Warwick – but there’s a tradeoff | WPRI No more Feb. school vacation in Warwick – but there’s a tradeoff
Instead of a full week in February, the district's new policy took effect this year allowing students to end the year a little earlier in Ju…
WPRI | February 21, 2018
Crews use extra precaution, resources when handling fentanyl | WPRI Crews use extra precaution, resources when handling fentanyl
First responder Paul Doughty said crews are having to take extra precautions because the airborne effects of fentanyl are still not fully kn…
WPRI | February 21, 2018
RI state rep to introduce proposals to enhance security, add resource officers to schools | WPRI RI state rep to introduce proposals to enhance security, add resource officers to schools
Representative Gregg Amore, who is also a history teacher at East Providence High School and the school's athletic director, is calling for …
WPRI | February 21, 2018
Woman stabbed after intervening in domestic dispute | WPRI Woman stabbed after intervening in domestic dispute
BREAKING OVERNIGHT // The woman reportedly tried to intervene in a domestic dispute between a man and his girlfriend.
WPRI | February 21, 2018
Driver arrested after police chase through Providence | WPRI Driver arrested after police chase through Providence
BREAKING OVERNIGHT // An attempted traffic stop turned into a police chase throughout Providence early Wednesday morning.
WPRI | February 21, 2018
Pair charged with stalking woman using GPS tracker | WPRI Pair charged with stalking woman using GPS tracker
Leah Stoddard and John Mitchell were arraigned Wednesday on charges tied to a complaint from Mitchell's ex-girlfriend.
WPRI | February 21, 2018
3 southeastern Mass. residents killed in New York rollover crash | WPRI 3 southeastern Mass. residents killed in New York rollover crash
According to police, passengers Maria Braga, 81, of Fall River, David Bothelho, 73, of Westport, and Isabel Boetlho, 72, of Westport, were p…
WPRI | February 21, 2018
100 broken street lights in Providence to be repaired | WPRI 100 broken street lights in Providence to be repaired
According to the Mayor's office, the underground vaults were pumped out last week and emergency repairs are expected to continue into next w…
WPRI | February 21, 2018
Woman shot in New Bedford, police investigating | WPRI Woman shot in New Bedford, police investigating
When police arrived on scene they found a woman had been shot in the upper torso area.
WPRI | February 21, 2018
Rep. Nardolillo to introduce legislation to tax ‘M’ rated video games | WPRI Rep. Nardolillo to introduce legislation to tax ‘M’ rated video games
Legislation would levy an additional 10% tax on video games rated "M" or higher.
WPRI | February 21, 2018
R.I. Senate president explains unprecedented decision to call for Sen. Kettle's expulsion | Providence Journal R.I. Senate president explains unprecedented decision to call for Sen. Kettle's expulsion
'We are just concerned with protecting the integrity of the Senate and making sure we have a safe working environment for everyone who is employed in the Senate,' said Senate President Dominick Ruggerio.
Providence Journal | February 21, 2018
Repeat drunk driver sentenced to 2 years in prison | WPRI Repeat drunk driver sentenced to 2 years in prison
Daniel Szczepkowski, 42, was found guilty last week of multiple charges related to operating his ATV while heavily intoxicated.
WPRI | February 21, 2018
Here are the key bills Mayor Elorza wants the General Assembly to approve in 2018 | WPRI Here are the key bills Mayor Elorza wants the General Assembly to approve in 2018
Providence is again trying to monetize its water supply and increase funding for English language learners.
WPRI | February 21, 2018
Correia: It’s time to build a new high school for Fall River | WPRI Correia: It’s time to build a new high school for Fall River
Fall River's mayor is rallying the city to replace ailing Durfee High School. Wednesday, he took reporters on tours of the school's troubles…
WPRI | February 21, 2018
Avedisian: TF Green name change still up in the air | WPRI Avedisian: TF Green name change still up in the air
Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian discussed the proposed name change at T.F. Green, sanitation issues, and an opioid lawsuit.
WPRI | February 21, 2018
Seekonk crash knocks out power to more than 100 residents | WPRI Seekonk crash knocks out power to more than 100 residents
BREAKING NEWS // Eyewitness News was on the scene and saw that a green pickup truck crashed into a telephone pole around 5 p.m.
WPRI | February 21, 2018
Man wanted for abandoning dog, turtle turns himself in | WPRI Man wanted for abandoning dog, turtle turns himself in
The two pets were found living in deplorable conditions at a mobile home in Maple Root Village, according to police.
WPRI | February 21, 2018
Spring-like weather draws Southern New Englanders outdoors | WPRI Spring-like weather draws Southern New Englanders outdoors
The record high temperature for Feb. 21 is 63 degrees, which was tied around 1 p.m. Wednesday.
WPRI | February 21, 2018
‘Porch pirate’ caught stealing from Cranston home | WPRI ‘Porch pirate’ caught stealing from Cranston home
Police said the packages the suspect stole contained more than $2,500 worth of merchandise the victim had ordered online.
WPRI | February 21, 2018
Do something! Trump hears emotional students, parents | Providence Journal Do something! Trump hears emotional students, parents
WASHINGTON — Spilling out wrenching tales of lost lives and stolen security, students and parents appealed to President Donald Trump on Wednesday to set politics aside and protect America's school children from the scourge of gun violence. Trump listened intently to the raw emotion and pledged action, including the possibility of arming teachers."I turned 18 the day after" the shooting, said a tearful Samuel Zeif, a student at the Florida high school where a former student's [...]
Providence Journal | February 21, 2018
Police investigating Warwick hit-and-run | WPRI Police investigating Warwick hit-and-run
BREAKING NEWS // The victim was transported to Rhode Island Hospital and it is unclear the condition of the victim at this time.
WPRI | February 21, 2018
Woonsocket student sent to Family Court for falsely yelling about school shooter | WPRI Woonsocket student sent to Family Court for falsely yelling about school shooter
According to Oates, the female student, an eighth grader, yelled, "Everyone duck! There's a school shooter!" in a crowded hallway during dis…
WPRI | February 21, 2018
PC men’s basketball game postponed due to unsafe floor conditions | WPRI PC men’s basketball game postponed due to unsafe floor conditions
BREAKING NEWS // According to officials, unseasonably warm temperatures outside combined with the ice underneath the floor made for tough conditions.
WPRI | February 21, 2018
ICE explains reasoning for detaining Rhode Island mother | WPRI ICE explains reasoning for detaining Rhode Island mother
"I think it just demonstrates just how arbitrary these detentions going on by ICE really are and it's quite disturbing," Lilian Calderon sai…
WPRI | February 21, 2018
Calls mount for Sen. Kettle to resign amid criminal charges | WPRI Calls mount for Sen. Kettle to resign amid criminal charges
The Coventry Republican is facing two counts of extortion and one count of video voyeurism.
WPRI | February 20, 2018
Crews respond to hazmat situation in Providence | WPRI Crews respond to hazmat situation in Providence
BREAKING NEWS // The fire department is working to clean up a small amount of fentanyl after an overdose in the area, according to officials on scene.
WPRI | February 20, 2018
Survivors, community remember Station Nightclub fire 15 years later | WPRI Survivors, community remember Station Nightclub fire 15 years later
Family, friends and survivors of the Station Nightclub fire are remembering the 100 lives lost on the 15th anniversary of the tragic event T…
WPRI | February 20, 2018
Britax refuses to recall jogging strollers, so the feds have sued | WPRI Britax refuses to recall jogging strollers, so the feds have sued
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the front wheel on the jogging stroller can detach.
WPRI | February 20, 2018
Woman charged with DUI after driving erratically with infant in car | WPRI Woman charged with DUI after driving erratically with infant in car
A North Providence woman was arrested after police said she was driving erratically with her 7-month-old child in the car.
WPRI | February 20, 2018
ACLU warns lawmakers not to rush to expel Sen. Kettle | Providence Journal ACLU warns lawmakers not to rush to expel Sen. Kettle
In a letter to the Senate president, ACLU of Rhode Island Executive Director Steven Brown, says voting out the state senator without due process or procedures could set a dangerous precedent.
Providence Journal | February 20, 2018
Spring fever spreading across Rhode Island | WPRI Spring fever spreading across Rhode Island
Spring officially arrives in one month, but people across Southern New England got a little preview of what’s to come Tuesday
WPRI | February 20, 2018
Highway closures begin early Wednesday for second toll gantry installation | WPRI Highway closures begin early Wednesday for second toll gantry installation
Single-lane closures will be needed from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. for the overhead installation of the toll gantry.
WPRI | February 20, 2018
Survivor to shine 100 lights to commemorate Station Nightclub fire victims | WPRI Survivor to shine 100 lights to commemorate Station Nightclub fire victims
In remembrance of the victims of the Station Nightclub fire, one survivor wants to shine 100 lights for each person who lost their life 15 y…
WPRI | February 20, 2018
Cranston school to reopen weeks after damaging flood | WPRI Cranston school to reopen weeks after damaging flood
Edgewood Highland Elementary students have been attending classes at the Norwood Avenue School since early January.
WPRI | February 20, 2018
New plan for Brown performing arts center means less adjustment | WPRI New plan for Brown performing arts center means less adjustment
The university's new plan for a new campus performing arts center will require only one building to be moved, rather than demolishing severa…
WPRI | February 20, 2018
Police: Man stole laptop, debit card from locked car | WPRI Police: Man stole laptop, debit card from locked car
Police are looking for a man who they say stole a Lenovo "Ideapad" laptop along with a Bank Newport debit card.
WPRI | February 20, 2018
Shatner to host Q&A, ‘Wrath of Khan’ at PPAC | WPRI Shatner to host Q&A, ‘Wrath of Khan’ at PPAC
He's been to Rhode Island previously, but this time, Captain James T. Kirk is actually going where many other performers have been before.
WPRI | February 20, 2018
Tax incentive to help small business owners install sprinklers | WPRI Tax incentive to help small business owners install sprinklers
Details on the incentive will be announced at the Station Memorial Park at 2 p.m.
WPRI | February 20, 2018
RI Supreme Court sides with Providence in dispute over weightlifting firefighter’s disability pension | WPRI RI Supreme Court sides with Providence in dispute over weightlifting firefighter’s disability pension
The court found Providence was allowed to discontinue John Sauro's $3,900-a-month tax-free accidental disability pension in 2015.
WPRI | February 20, 2018
Mardi Gras shark up for sale following club’s recent closure | WPRI Mardi Gras shark up for sale following club’s recent closure
The 25-foot shark that used to be on display at the Mardi Gras Multi Club in Cranston is now up for grabs.
WPRI | February 20, 2018
URI soccer player begins business to help kids in need | WPRI URI soccer player begins business to help kids in need
A University of Rhode Island student athlete is doing her part to help children get a proper education in developing countries.
WPRI | February 20, 2018