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Oversight board to vote on tuition spikes for state schools

Nov. 13, 2019 4:04 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — An education oversight council plans to vote on tuition increases for Rhode Island’s three state colleges. The vote from the Council on Post-Secondary Education was scheduled for Wednesday. A document obtained by WJAR shows the University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College...

Rhode Island mom, boyfriend, charged with child abuse

Nov. 13, 2019 2:24 PM EST

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island woman and her boyfriend are facing child abuse charges after her 15-month old son was treated for what police called for “potentially life-threatening” injuries. East Providence police said Wednesday 19-year-old Trinity Neal and 22-year-old Jolaon...

Historical society preserves 210-year-old theater curtain

Nov. 13, 2019 12:38 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Historical Society has preserved a rare, 210-year-old theater curtain depicting a sweeping view of Providence. The organization was celebrating the completion of the conservation work on Wednesday for their 198th annual meeting. The society said it knows of no other...

Some council members in 3 RI host cities contradict mayors

Nov. 13, 2019 11:38 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Council members in three Rhode Island cities say they support a New York City program that has moved homeless families to their communities despite pushback from their mayors. The Providence Journal reports that the Special One-Time Assistance Program allows homeless families from...

Rhode Island state worker charged with solicitation of minor

Nov. 13, 2019 11:26 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island Department of Human Services employee has been charged with sending “indecent sexual material” to a minor. Denis Lopes was arrested Friday and charged with two counts of indecent solicitation of a child and electronically disseminating indecent material...

Gallon of gas jumps 3 cents per gallon in Rhode Island

Nov. 12, 2019 3:05 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The average price of a gallon of gasoline in Rhode Island has risen 3 cents. AAA Northeast said Tuesday that self-serve, regular is selling for an average of $2.51 per gallon, 10 cents lower than the national average and 21 cents lower than the in-state price a year ago. AAA's Lloyd...

Brown University looks to enroll more veterans

Nov. 12, 2019 2:26 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Brown University has announced plans to double the number of veterans it enrolls by changing admissions policies, increasing financial support and bolstering recruitment. The Ivy League university in Providence, Rhode Island announced in a press release on Veterans Day that...

Municipalities sue over new public employee contracts law

Nov. 12, 2019 12:33 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Sixteen Rhode Island municipalities announced Tuesday they're suing the governor and legislative leaders over a new law that automatically extends expired municipal worker and teacher contracts. The municipalities said they're suing the Democratic governor, House speaker and Senate...

Pilot who landed on highway said he had to think fast

Nov. 12, 2019 12:21 PM EST

EXETER, R.I. (AP) — The New York pilot who landed his plane in the breakdown lane of a Rhode Island highway says he had just seconds to make life-or-death decisions. Rafael Campos says 15 minutes after he took off from T.F Green Airport in Warwick on Saturday, the engine of his Rockwell Commander 112 died,...

Many Rhode Island state pensions exceed 6 figures

Nov. 12, 2019 11:31 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Some retired state workers in Rhode Island have been collecting pensions that exceed six figures while the state retirement system is underfunded, and cost-of-living adjustments have been frozen. The Providence Journal reports that a cost-cutting overhaul passed in the General...