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Rhode Island Foundation awards $56 million in grants in 2019

Feb. 28, 2020 3:37 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Foundation awarded a record $56 million in grants to more than 2,000 nonprofits throughout the state last year, the organization announced Friday. The funding focused on education, health and economic security. "We are grateful for the passionate and committed...

Rhode Island man says in lawsuit he was abused by priest

Feb. 28, 2020 12:37 PM EST

A Rhode Island man alleges that he was molested as a child by a Roman Catholic priest who also trafficked children for sex while church leaders looked the other way, according to a lawsuit filed against the Diocese of Providence. Robert Houllahan, 51, of Providence, said in the suit filed Thursday that he was...

Ex-Providence officer charged in crash that injured trooper

Feb. 28, 2020 11:13 AM EST

A former probationary Providence police officer authorities say was involved in a car crash that injured a state police trooper now faces charges. Stephen Kennedy, who was off-duty but in uniform at the time of the Feb. 4 crash on Interstate 95 in Warwick, was charged Thursday with driving under the influence,...

State announces changes to fix issues at veterans home

Feb. 27, 2020 5:19 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island officials announced Thursday they'll cut costs at the state veterans home and adopt other recommendations from a team that reviewed the operations. The Rhode Island Office of Veterans Services said the team, led by members of the Rhode Island National Guard, recommended...

Arbitrator rules on retroactive pay for Warwick firefighters

Feb. 27, 2020 12:57 PM EST

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — Firefighters in Warwick are sharing nearly $500,000 in retroactive payments to end the last outstanding grievance stemming from recent contract negotiations. A panel of arbitrators ruled that the city should retroactively pay firefighters an extra 2.25% for work performed during the...

Rhode Island activist Christopher Young dies in crash

Feb. 27, 2020 12:43 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A frequent Rhode Island political candidate and activist died in a car crash that occurred after he had a likely heart attack while he was driving home from testifying at the State House. Christopher Young's vehicle drove onto the shoulder and rolled over just before 9 p.m. Tuesday...

Rhode Island police officer found guilty of altering records

Feb. 27, 2020 8:45 AM EST

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island police lieutenant has been convicted of altering or deleting police records and lying to help his girlfriend get public housing when she wasn't eligible. Middletown Lt. Richard Gamache was found guilty by a jury Wednesday of 13 of the 14 counts he faced, The Newport...

Martin, Toppin lift Rhode Island over Fordham 76-75

Feb. 26, 2020 9:34 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Tyrese Martin had career highs of 24 points and 16 rebounds and Jacob Toppin made two free throws with 6 seconds remaining to lift Rhode Island to a 76-75 victory over Fordham on Wednesday night. Martin sank 10 of 18 shots from the floor, including 3 of 7 from 3-point range, for Rhode...

House bans cities from requiring fire sprinklers in big bars

Feb. 26, 2020 8:20 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona House has voted to ban cities and counties from enforcing new national fire code standards requiring large restaurants and nightclubs that serve alcohol to install fire sprinklers. The proposal from Republican Rep. Travis Grantham was pushed by the Arizona Restaurant Association....

Board asks city to replace fire vehicles more frequently

Feb. 26, 2020 6:03 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Providence officials urged department directors to come up with a plan to replace fire department trucks on a more regular basis. Members of the Providence City Council Committee on Finance made the request Tuesday after hearing of concerns about the age of the vehicles, the...