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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...

Governors, including Raimondo, waiting for offshore drilling meeting with administration

3 hours 10 min ago
R.I. Gov. Gina Raimondo, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, and New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu have all called on Interior Secretary Zinke to exempt their states from the proposal, wondering why they are not receiving the same consideration as Florida, which was given an exemption a day after meeting with Zinke.

Some progress, but many disagreements after Trump, Schumer meet

3 hours 32 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer met Friday afternoon in an eleventh-hour effort to avert a government shutdown, with a bitterly divided Washington locked in partisan stare-down over politically fraught legislation to protect about 700,000 younger immigrants from being deported. Republicans and Democrats in Congress and the White House traded blame for the possible shutdown just hours before the midnight [...]

GALLERY: A look back at the North Cape oil spill, 22 years later

4 hours 55 min ago
Thursday was the anniversary of the North Cape oil spill of Jan. 18, 1996. Twenty-two years ago, a winter storm drove the barge North Cape onto Moonstone Beach, where it spilled 828,000 gallons of home heating oil that killed thousands of shore birds and littered the beaches ankle deep with millions of dead lobsters.

Prosecutor: Woman stole gold to pay mom's medical expenses

5 hours 9 min ago
 ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts woman charged with stealing $40,000 worth of gold from her employer to pay for her sick mother's medical expenses has avoided jail.The Sun Chronicle reports that 40-year-old Carmelita Francis on Thursday pleaded to sufficient facts for a guilty finding on larceny charge and was sentenced to two years of probation and 20 hours of community service. The case was continued without a finding, meaning the charge will be dismissed [...]

Cranston mother and son arraigned in connection to murder

5 hours 33 min ago
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A 17-year-old and his mother charged in connection with the murder of the woman’s boyfriend last summer were arraigned Friday morning in Providence County Superior Court. Justice Robert D. Krause set a pretrial conference for Feb. 13, and said he anticipates that the trial of the two will begin in mid-May.Cranston resident Xavier Vidot, who turns 18 in March, is accused of shooting and killing Valdez Loiseau, 24, the boyfriend of Vidot’s [...]

Judge to rule Monday on principal charged with failing to report sex assault allegation

6 hours 29 min ago
WARWICK, R.I. — A District Court judge will now decide whether a Providence elementary school teacher is guilty of failing to report to the state Department of Children, Youth and Families allegations that a gym teacher sexually abused young girls by groping them last May.Judge James Caruolo heard impassioned closing arguments Friday in the trial of Harry Kizirian Elementary School Principal Violet LeMar.Providence police charged LeMar with failure to report to DCYF 11- [...]

R.I. Spotlight: Year Up bridges opportunity divide for youths left out of economic mainstream | Video, audio

6 hours 34 min ago
Everything Year Up does is geared to preparing its young adults to thrive at a corporate job. Executive Director Cathy Doyle says 12 million middle-skilled jobs in corporate America will go unfilled in the next few years for lack of a skilled workforce; while 6 million young adults need jobs but don't have the training or education.

Virgin Pulse buys Coventry corporate wellness company Preventure

7 hours 43 min ago
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The global health technology company Virgin Pulse, which relocated its headquarters from Massachusetts to Providence late last year, has acquired a competitor in Coventry, the corporate-wellness company Preventure.In announcing the acquisition, Virgin Pulse declined to disclose the terms of the transaction.Yet Virgin Pulse CEO David Osborne said the companies that are “neighbors” here in Rhode Island “share a similar passion for [...]

East Providence shelter under quarantine after puppies contract deadly virus

8 hours 49 min ago
EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The East Providence animal shelter is under quarantine because two puppies rescued from an animal hoarding case last week have contracted canine parvoviris, a highly contagious viral disease that can cause death.Animal Control Supervisor William Muggle said he got official word from the state veterinarian that his shelter was under quarantine, which means it cannot accept new dogs. Stray dogs are being housed at the Pawtucket animal shelter in the [...]

Prosecutors: Hoop fans from Texas went on crime spree after Celtics game

9 hours 49 min ago
BOSTON (AP) — Prosecutors say a group of friends from Texas who flew to Boston last spring for an NBA playoff game committed a series of vehicle thefts and burglaries while in Massachusetts before being caught at the airport with more than $50,000 in their luggage.One suspect, 29-year-old Fredrick Williams, of Dallas, was held on $500,000 bail after pleading not guilty Thursday to 27 charges.Prosecutors say the group flew to Boston last May for a game between the [...]

Christie criticizes reports of his airline security handling

10 hours 7 min ago
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Chris Christie is disputing reports suggesting he tried to get special treatment that he enjoyed while he was governor.The former Republican governor of New Jersey tweeted on Thursday that a report about how he tried to enter a security line at Newark Liberty International Airport was "pure fiction."An official familiar with the encounter told The Associated Press that Christie headed to a special access area when an airport officer and a [...]

A beautiful weekend forecast -- for January

11 hours 28 min ago
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The weekend weather will be about as good as we can expect in January, and Friday won't be so bad either.The high on Saturday should reach about 50 degrees under mostly sunny skies in Providence, according to the National Weather Service. For Sunday, again expect mostly sunny skies and a high near 44 degrees, forecasters say.Both days will climb well above the normal high of 37 degrees and should feel especially nice since January temperatures have [...]

South awaits thaw from snowstorm, icy roads and numbing cold

11 hours 44 min ago
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Southerners awaited a big thaw that would end days of icy roads, broken pipes, snow and numbing cold after a fierce winter storm blasted their normally mild region.For the third straight night, stare troopers warned of ice making roads and highways treacherous after the snow that hit a wide swath of the South melts and refreezes in the early hours Friday. After sunrise, forecasters said, a major warmup will be on the way. The weekend looks downright balmy [...]

Fire strikes 2-story home, explodes propane tanks

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 11:33pm
PROVIDENCE — A fire that began in an extension cord caused two propane tanks to explode, fire officials said, and sent residents of a two-story house into the early morning cold on Thursday.Firefighters fought flames that engulfed the top porch and floor of the two-story house at the corner of Enfield Avenue and Mink Road in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood. A police officer on the scene said people were home at the time the blaze broke out, but they got out.Two people [...]

Russia may have used NRA to funnel money to Trump campaign

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 11:31pm
A top Russian banker with ties to the Kremlin may have illegally funneled money to the National Rifle Association to help Donald Trump win the presidency, two sources familiar with the matter have told McClatchy.

West Warwick man gets 5 years in prison in heroin, cocaine case

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 11:26pm
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A second West Warwick man, charged for his role in a heroin, crack-cocaine trafficking and bank-fraud conspiracy case, has been sentenced to 60 months in federal prison, according to U.S. Attorney Stephen G. Dambruch.Robert Wilkins, 26, was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Chief Judge William E. Smith.Wilkins pleaded guilty on July 28 to one count each of conspiracy to deliver heroin, possession with the intent to deliver heroin, conspiracy to [...]

Girl stabbed in leg at Kennedy Plaza, 2 teen girls face charges

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 10:21pm
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Two teenage girls were charged Thursday night in the stabbing of a 15-year-old girl at Kennedy Plaza, authorities said.The two suspects, one 14, the other 15, were charged and sent to the Rhode Island Training School, Providence police Deputy Chief Thomas Verdi said in a news release on Twitter, adding that the assault stems from an ongoing feud between the girls.A third girl who was taken into custody and questioned in the case was released.  The [...]

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza sets sights on a second term

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 8:39pm
Citing his accomplishments during his first three years in office, the mayor says he hopes to continue the city's financial progress, primarily through a renewed effort to sell or lease the Providence Water Supply Board.