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Pawtucket and Woonsocket schools found to be worst funded

Oct. 17, 2019 4:16 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island legislative task force says schools in Woonsocket and Pawtucket are badly underfunded. WPRI-TV reports that the special Senate task force said Wednesday the two cities are worse off than Providence. State leaders have been focused on Providence schools since a...

City official: I support vandalism of Columbus statue

Oct. 16, 2019 11:20 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A city councilor in Rhode Island says she thinks the recent vandalism to a Christopher Columbus statue is a good thing. Democrat Katherine Kerwin told WPRO radio on Wednesday that she thinks the statue should be removed and that healthy civil disobedience is good for society and the...

Rhode Island man charged in Caribbean vacation scam

Oct. 16, 2019 8:40 AM EDT

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man has been charged with collecting $1,000 apiece from as many as 58 people for a Caribbean getaway that was never booked. East Providence police say 57-year-old Anthony DeBarros is charged with obtaining money under false pretenses and unlawful appropriation....

State takeover of Providence schools to start in November

Oct. 15, 2019 10:12 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The state takeover of the struggling Providence schools will begin Nov. 1. Rhode Island Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green issued a long-awaited order Tuesday where she announced the state will assume control of the city's school system for at least five years...

Subpoena issued over Cranston chiropractor

Oct. 15, 2019 11:52 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Federal prosecutors have issued a subpoena to the state of Rhode Island seeking records related to a chiropractor who has received state money for a controversial brain injury treatment. David Levesque, a spokesman for the state Executive Office of Health and Human Services, told...

Providence mayor says he'd consider moving Columbus statue

Oct. 15, 2019 11:41 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The mayor of Providence said Tuesday he would consider moving a Christopher Columbus statue that was vandalized. Democratic Mayor Jorge Elorza told WPRO he'd entertain the idea of moving the statue from the city's Elmwood neighborhood to the Federal Hill neighborhood, which is known...

Columbus statues vandalized on US holiday named for him

Oct. 14, 2019 9:49 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Several Christopher Columbus statues were vandalized with red paint and messages against the 15th century Italian navigator Monday when the U.S. holiday named for one of the first Europeans to reach the Americas was being celebrated. A statue in Providence, Rhode Island, was...

The Latest: Columbus statue defaced in Southern California

Oct. 14, 2019 3:14 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Latest on Columbus statues defaced around the country (all times local): 3:10 p.m. A statue of Christopher Columbus in a Southern California park was found to be vandalized with red paint on the federal holiday honoring the 15th century Italian navigator. The San Diego...

Police seek suspects in violent Providence home invasion

Oct. 14, 2019 1:03 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Police are looking for five people they say were involved in an early morning home invasion in which a victim was struck in the head with a hammer. Providence police tell The Providence Journal that four people, two with guns, burst into an apartment early Monday. A 28-year-old man...

Moorish group sues Providence police over confrontation

Oct. 13, 2019 3:28 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Members of a religious group have filed lawsuits accusing Providence police of violating their rights during a near-raid on their temple. The Providence Journal reports police responded to the Moorish group's temple Oct. 5 when someone watching a live feed of a class complained the...