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Unemployment rate drops but Rhode Island loses 2,400 jobs

Sep. 20, 2018 4:44 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's unemployment rate ticked down to 4.0 percent in August, but the number of jobs in the state fell by 2,400. The state Department of Labor and Training says the rate was one-tenth of a percentage point lower than in July. The state's unemployment rate is one-tenth of a...

Library begins $25 million renovation project

Sep. 20, 2018 2:25 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Providence Public Library in Rhode Island is kicking off its multimillion-dollar renovation project. WJAR-TV reports the library is knocking down a wall Thursday to celebrate what officials say is the largest public library renovation in state history. The renovation will take...

Car crash heavily damages apartment in Coventry

Sep. 20, 2018 11:00 AM EDT

COVENTRY, R.I. (AP) — Police say a car crashing into a building caused heavy damage to an apartment in Coventry. Coventry police say the 58-year-old driver apparently suffered a medical problem in the Wednesday evening crash. Police said the car went several feet into bedroom, trapping the driver. The...

Colonial-era book returned to state of Rhode Island

Sep. 20, 2018 9:03 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Colonial-era document that went missing three decades ago is back in possession of the Rhode Island state archives. The recovered document is what's called a "minute book", handwritten by a court clerk from 1746 through 1749. Andrew Smith, assistant administrator at the archives,...

Parents: Mice, mold found at high school

Sep. 20, 2018 12:48 AM EDT

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Parents say conditions at a Rhode Island high school that was rated one of the ten worst in the state last year haven't improved. WJAR-TV reports there have been complaints concerning mice, mold and leaks at Rogers High School. Students say the conditions are disturbing and distract...

Police dive team practicing drill locates actual human body

Sep. 19, 2018 6:07 PM EDT

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — A police dive team in Rhode Island conducting a routine body recovery drill has come across an actual human body. The Providence Journal reports the Warwick Police Department dive team had been practicing search and recovery skills on the Pawtuxet River Wednesday. Team members were...

Raimondo says US cut to refugee program is the wrong policy

Sep. 19, 2018 5:11 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo says slashing the number of refugees the U.S. will accept is the wrong policy. Raimondo said Wednesday that the nation has always been a beacon of hope and a refuge. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said this week that up to 30,000 refugees will be...

In GOP opponent's city, governor says schools must be fixed

Sep. 19, 2018 4:30 PM EDT

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo visited her Republican opponent's city on Wednesday to stress the need to fix schools statewide. Raimondo held a press conference across the street from a school that's next to Cranston Mayor Allan Fung's office. Raimondo faces Fung in November. A frozen...

Town council revisiting Nike boycott vote after backlash

Sep. 19, 2018 2:13 PM EDT

NORTH SMITHFIELD, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island town council that approved a nonbinding resolution to boycott Nike products will revisit the question because of public backlash. Town Council President John Beauregard said Wednesday he has called a special meeting for Monday and plans to make a motion to...

Lawmaker slams AG for $8,000 fee for Google settlement docs

Sep. 19, 2018 1:37 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's House Minority Leader is asking the state court to intervene in her efforts to account for the state's spending of a landmark $230 million settlement with Google. Republican state Rep. Patricia Morgan said Wednesday she wants Democratic Attorney General Peter...