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Governor, education officials to discuss future of education

Sep. 15, 2019 4:29 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's governor and education officials are meeting with the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce to discuss the future of education. The chamber says Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo, Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green and Rhode Island Board of Education...

State offering grants to modernize recreational facilities

Sep. 15, 2019 3:16 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The state is offering $5 million to help communities acquire or improve outdoor recreational facilities. The Department of Environmental Management says outdoor recreation matching grants are available to help local municipalities and Native American tribes acquire, develop or...

Officials ID victim in deadly bar shooting in Fall River

Sep. 15, 2019 1:58 PM EDT

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Authorities are identifying the victim of a fatal shooting at a Massachusetts bar that left two others injured. Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn's office says 39-year-old Eric Voshell was killed following the Friday night shooting at JC's Cafe in Fall River. The...

Retired bishop, army chaplain dies at 90

Sep. 15, 2019 11:18 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A retired Roman Catholic bishop and military chaplain has died in Rhode Island. The Diocese of Providence says Bishop Francis X. Roque died Thursday at the Jeanne Jugan Residence Home in Pawtucket. He was 90. Roque was born in Providence and served as a pastor at the Cathedral of...

Congressional delegation celebrates grant to fix viaduct

Sep. 15, 2019 9:47 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's congressional delegation says a federal infrastructure grant will help replace and upgrade 11 bridges that comprise a busy stretch of Interstate 95. The delegation visited the Northbound Providence Viaduct Friday to celebrate the $60.3 million from the Infrastructure...

Fordham rallies to defeat Bryant 29-14

Sep. 14, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

SMITHFIELD, R.I. (AP) — Zach Davis rushed for 140 yards and a key fourth-quarter touchdown and Fordham rallied in the final period to defeat Bryant 29-14 on Saturday. The Rams (1-2) scored 23 points in the fourth quarter to overcome a 14-6 deficit. After Fordham's Andrew Mevis kicked his third field goal...

Bar shooting leaves 1 dead, 2 injured in Fall River

Sep. 14, 2019 3:07 PM EDT

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A shooting at a Massachusetts bar has left one person dead and two others injured. The Bristol County District Attorney's Office says the shooting happened just after 10 p.m. Friday at JC's Cafe in Fall River. Police say a 39-year-old man was found at the scene suffering from...

Treasurer: Residents will get checks for unclaimed property

Sep. 14, 2019 11:36 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's treasurer says $1.4 million in unclaimed property will be returned to about 4,000 people. Treasurer Seth Magaziner says his office automatically sends checks to many people listed in the unclaimed property database through an initiative called "Your Money." Unclaimed...

Study shows $4.3 billion impact from Quonset Business Park

Sep. 14, 2019 9:35 AM EDT

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — A study from Bryant University shows businesses at the massive Quonset Business Park have pumped $4.3 billion into Rhode Island's economy. The economic assessment, released Friday, also showed the more than 200 companies located inside the former Naval base are responsible for...

Education commissioner denies parents, students petition

Sep. 13, 2019 7:50 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island Education Commissioner Angelica Infante-Green has decided parents, students and community groups will not have a formal say in the state's takeover of Providence schools. Infante-Green ruled after a four-hour testimony Friday to deny a petition filed on Sept. 5 by...