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Political Scene: R.I. officials in line for parting gift from Licht/ Poll

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 11:25pm
Before he leaves his post as director of the state Department of Administration to become a Superior Court judge, Richard Licht will be seeking raises for several high-level state employees.

Political Scene: R.I. officials in line for parting gift from Licht

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 11:25pm
At 3 p.m. Aug. 27, Richard Licht is due to be sworn in as a Superior Court judge. But before he leaves his post as director of the state Department of Administration, the one-time lieutenant governor and...

Housing activists stage pinata protest outside Providence mayor's office

49 min 11 sec ago
Pinatas filled with plastic bugs and rodents are among the props used to push for more help for low-income renters instead of subsidies for developers and more affluent residents.

Brown University plans to replace loans with grants in aid packages

1 hour 14 min ago
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Brown University has promised to eliminate all loans from its undergraduate financial aid packages through a new initiative that would replace loans with grants that don't need to be repaid.Brown on Wednesday kicked off a $120-million effort to raise money specifically for this project, a direct response to the challenges faced by middle-class parents who face difficult choices about where their children will attend college."When students and their [...]

DOT releases higher cost figures for RhodeWorks sign campaign

1 hour 18 min ago
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The big blue signs informing Rhode Islanders on the progress, or lack thereof, of state highway projects cost more than initially estimated and in the future will no longer include Governor Gina Raimondo's name.After having been found in violation of state public records laws, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation on Tuesday released a year-old spreadsheet itemizing "RhodeWorks" sign expenses and an updated estimate of what each new sign costs now. [...]

Providence's Sophia Academy names new head of school

2 hours 19 min ago
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Sophia Academy has a new head of school, Maura L. Farrell, who is currently the associate head of school at Winchester Thurston School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.She will succeed Gigi DiBello, who will be leaving the school after 11 years at the end of this school year. Farrell will begin her new job next July 1.“We are delighted to welcome Maura to Sophia Academy,” said Alison Eichler, board chairwoman. “We are confident that she [...]

Opponent of PawSox stadium proposal seeks Supreme Court intervention

2 hours 36 min ago
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A failed GOP bid late Tuesday for a Supreme Court ruling on legality of giving any public dollars to the owners of the Pawtucket Red Sox without the approval of a super-majority in the legislature put the spotlight on some of the uncertainties ahead.Among them: timing.In late August, Senate President Dominick Ruggerio raised the prospect of another special session in November to consider the PawSox owners' bid for $38 million in city and [...]

How did East Providence man's memorial wash up on a Florida beach?

3 hours 55 min ago
EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. —When a bench that serves as a memorial to an East Providence man washed ashore in Vero Beach, Florida, in the wake of Hurricane Irma, the person who found it posted a picture one Facebook, hoping to solve the mystery of how the tribute to a Rhode Islander wound up in Florida.It turns out the seafaring bench didn't go on that long of a journey.The bench washed up in Vero Beach, about 15 miles from its original resting place in Port St. Lucie, [...]

Massachusetts man goes on trial in plot with Warwick man to kill blogger

6 hours 29 min ago
BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts man accused of participating in a plot to behead conservative blogger Pamela Geller for the Islamic State group is going on trial in federal court.Authorities say 27-year-old David Wright, of Everett, plotted with Rhode Island resident Nicholas Rovinski and another man in 2015 to kill Geller, who is from New York. The plot was never carried out.Rovinski, of Warwick, pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges last year. Wright faces charges [...]

Hurricane Maria hits Puerto Rico after slamming Dominica

7 hours 27 min ago
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — One of the strongest hurricanes to ever hit Puerto Rico pummeled the island Wednesday as officials warned it would decimate the power company's crumbling infrastructure and force the government to rebuild dozens of communities.Maria made landfall early Wednesday in the southeast coastal town of Yabucoa as a Category 4 storm with winds of 155 mph (250 kph) winds, and it was expected to punish the island with life-threatening winds for 12 to 24 [...]

Outer bands of Jose play wet, windy tune in R.I. + video

7 hours 49 min ago
Hurricane Jose has been downgraded to a tropical storm as it passes eastward to the south of Rhode Island, well offshore.

Outer bands of Jose play wet, windy tune in R.I.

7 hours 49 min ago
Hurricane Jose has been downgraded to a tropical storm as it passes eastward to the south of Rhode Island, well offshore.

Study: Teacher absenteeism twice as high at RI public schools than at charters

14 hours 49 min ago
A national study by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute shows that R.I. and Mass. are among a dozen states where chronic teacher absenteeism in traditional public schools is at least twice as high as it is in charter schools.

Jitters and surprise in South Korea and Japan over Trump's speech to the UN

15 hours 9 min ago
TOKYO - The United States' closest allies in Asia seemed blindsided by President Donald Trump's latest outburst against North Korea, in which he threatened not just to act against Kim Jong Un's regime but to destroy an entire country of 25 million people.In his maiden speech to the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday, Trump derided Kim as "rocket man" and said the United States would "totally destroy North Korea" if needed to protect its allies. [...]

Domestic-abusers lose gun rights, private sector workers get paid sick leave, it's easier for firefighters to get disability pensions

15 hours 49 min ago
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rhode Island lawmakers returned to the State House on Tuesday to close out the 2017 session with final votes on some of the most controversial bills of the year, including legislation to take guns away from domestic-abusers, mandate paid sick leave for private-sector employees and make it easier for firefighters to qualify for tax-free disability pensions.A slew of lower-profile bills also zipped through the House and Senate on their way to the governor's [...]

Bill seeking highway cameras to catch uninsured motorists dies

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 11:45pm
Although the House passed the bill in June, the Senate declined to take up the measure because members had reservations about it, Senate President Dominick Ruggerio said.

7.1 magnitude quake kills 139 as buildings crumble in Mexico

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 11:35pm
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A magnitude 7.1 earthquake stunned central Mexico on Tuesday, killing at least 139 people as buildings collapsed in plumes of dust. Thousands fled into the streets in panic, and many stayed to help rescue those trapped.Dozens of buildings tumbled into mounds of rubble or were severely damaged in densely populated parts of Mexico City and nearby states. Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said buildings fell at 44 places in the capital alone as high-rises across the [...]

Trump threatens to 'destroy' N. Korea

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 11:33pm
 UNITED NATIONS — President Donald Trump vowed Tuesday to "totally destroy North Korea" if the U.S. is forced to defend itself or its allies against the renegade nation's nuclear weapons program, making his case in a combative debut speech to the U.N. that laid out a stark, good-vs-evil view of a globe riven by chaos and turmoil.Trump's broadsides against "rogue regimes," North Korea chief among them, drew murmurs from the assembled world leaders and served as a [...]

Hurricane Maria aims at Puerto Rico after slamming Dominica

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 11:28pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hurricane Maria barreled toward Puerto Rico on Tuesday night after wreaking widespread devastation on Dominica and leaving the small Caribbean island virtually incommunicado.As rains began to lash Puerto Rico, Gov. Ricardo Rossello warned that Maria could hit "with a force and violence that we haven't seen for several generations." [...]