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|Unions argue licensure compact deprives RI nurses of work - The Providence JournalGoogle News / 6 h. 52 min. ago more|
Unions argue licensure compact deprives RI nurses of workThe Providence JournalRhode Island is not included in an agreement that takes effect Jan. 19 allowing out-of-state nurses to work in the state. PROVIDENCE, R.I. — For more than a decade, Rhode Island licensed nurses have been able to practice in 24 other states across the ...
|Holy Cross 69, Rhode Island 63: Lauren Manis, Infiniti Thomas-Waheed lead Crusaders to victory - Worcester TelegramGoogle News / 8 h. 15 min. ago more|
Holy Cross 69, Rhode Island 63: Lauren Manis, Infiniti Thomas-Waheed lead Crusaders to victoryWorcester TelegramKINGSTON, R.I. — Sophomore forward Lauren Manis scored 19 points and senior guard Infiniti Thomas-Waheed had 17 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists as the Holy Cross women's basketball team used 16 steals to help erase an early deficit to defeat Rhode ...
|Veterans Journal: New Rhode Island Veterans Home in Bristol welcomes residents - The Providence JournalGoogle News / 9 h. 25 min. ago more|
The Providence JournalVeterans Journal: New Rhode Island Veterans Home in Bristol welcomes residentsThe Providence JournalThe 208-bed Veterans Home was built at the same site as the home previously used for veterans dating to 1955 that had subsequent additions over the years. Veterans moved into their new facility, which provides nursing and residential care, in early ...
|Rhode Island Foundation to award grants to innovators - Turn to 10Google News / 12 h. 51 min. ago more|
Turn to 10Rhode Island Foundation to award grants to innovatorsTurn to 10The foundation has made some changes. It's offering three fellowships of up to $200,000 over a four-year period instead of two fellowships of up to $300,000 over three years. The fellowships will now be called Carter Fellowships for Entrepreneurial ...and more »
|State to Award Grants to Support Programs to Grow Trees - U.S. News & World ReportGoogle News / 17 h. 41 min. ago more|
GoLocalProvState to Award Grants to Support Programs to Grow TreesU.S. News & World ReportPROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The state is awarding grants to support community programs to grow trees. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management says $30,000 is available in matching grants. It's working in partnership with the United States ...RI DEM Accepting Grant Applications to Support Community Tree ProgramsGoLocalProvall 3 news articles »
|Celtics 102, Grizzlies 93: Boston uses 16-0 fourth quarter run to beat MemphisBig News Network.com / 1 d. 2 h. 17 min. ago more|
The Celtics' Al Horford (42) and Jaylen Brown (7) battle the Grizzlies' JaMychal Green for a loose ball during the first half of Saturday night's game in Memphis....
|Rangers 3, Bruins 2: Boston rallies from 2-0 deficit, but falls in overtimeBig News Network.com / 1 d. 2 h. 17 min. ago more|
By Mike LoftusThe Quincy Patriot Ledger BOSTON - It certainly doesn't hurt a team to prove it can recover from a deficit, especially when they're trying to clo
|See inside Jay Leno's $13.5 million Rhode Island mansion, built for grand soireesBig News Network.com / 1 d. 2 h. 48 min. ago more|
The former late-night host and his wife, Mavis, just dropped $13.5 million on an oceanfront estate, called Seafair, in Newport, Rhode Island. And you know your...
|Rams Journal: All guards benefit with Matthews' returnBig News Network.com / 1 d. 8 h. 15 min. ago more|
Bill Koch Journal Sports Writer BillKoch25 SOUTH KINGSTOWN - It was an expansive response to a straightforward question. How does the University of Rhode Islan
|Bruins Journal: Kevan Miller adjusts to life with babyBig News Network.com / 1 d. 8 h. 15 min. ago more|
The Bruins' Kevan Miller, right, battles the Rangers' Rick Nash for the puck during the first period of Saturday's game in Boston. Miller has had to adjust his schedule since becoming a
|At the Schools: Central Falls' leadership in unified sports to be recognized + VIDEOBig News Network.com / 1 d. 8 h. 15 min. ago more|
Courtney Burch, in action for the Central Falls girls basketball team back in December, 2015, is also a student coach of the unified basketball and volleyball teams....
|Stony Brook at PC: Cooley foresees time to right the shipBig News Network.com / 1 d. 8 h. 15 min. ago more|
Bill Koch Journal Sports Writer BillKoch25 PROVIDENCE - Ed Cooley is asking the same question as some Providence College fans. "Who are we?" the PC c
|URI 68, Charleston 62: Rams survive against pesky Cougars + VIDEOBig News Network.com / 1 d. 8 h. 15 min. ago more|
Bill Koch Journal Sports Writer BillKoch25 SOUTH KINGSTOWN --- E.C. Matthews isn't the only University of Rhode Island player looking to make an impact after battli
|Steelers' Le'Veon Bell presents a double threatBig News Network.com / 1 d. 8 h. 15 min. ago more|
Mark Daniels Journal Sports Writer MarkDanielsPJ FOXBORO - The last time the Patriots faced the Steelers, the Patriots saw Le'Veon Bell for only 11 snaps in the fir
|Rhode Island edges past Charleston 68-62 (Dec 16, 2017) - FOXSports.comGoogle News / 1 d. 8 h. 49 min. ago more|
FOXSports.comRhode Island edges past Charleston 68-62 (Dec 16, 2017)FOXSports.comKINGSTON, R.I. (AP) Jared Terrell scored 21 points and Cyril Langevine added 13 points to go with 10 rebounds to lift Rhode Island to a 68-62 win over College of Charleston on Saturday. In a matchup of two preseason conference favorites, Rhode Island ...Rhode Island edges College of Charleston, 68-62Charleston Post Courierall 9 news articles »
|Opening day for ski season in Rhode Island - Turn to 10Google News / 1 d. 8 h. 59 min. ago more|
Turn to 10Opening day for ski season in Rhode IslandTurn to 10Two trails are open for skiers and boarders marking the unofficial start of winter in Rhode Island. “It's nice with the snowfall we just had – the little bit of snowfall we just had last night. It's actually really relaxing,” said Rick McMenomy of Hope ...
|Kevin McNamara: In the Steel City, Patriots-Steelers is all the rage | VIDEOBig News Network.com / 1 d. 14 h. 9 min. ago more|
Kevin McNamara Journal Sports Writer kevinmcnamara33 PITTSBURGH - Welcome to the best football city in the country. Pittsburgh can't wait for the biggest
|See inside Jay Leno's $13.5 million Rhode Island mansion, built for ... - Today.comGoogle News / 1 d. 16 h. 26 min. ago more|
Today.comSee inside Jay Leno's $13.5 million Rhode Island mansion, built for ...Today.comFrench chateau meets "The Great Gatsby" at the former "Tonight Show" host's oceanfront estate, which includes a six-car garage and its own private beach.and more »
|Santa Claus to Visit Rhode Island State Police Museum - U.S. News & World ReportGoogle News / 1 d. 18 h. 30 min. ago more|
Santa Claus to Visit Rhode Island State Police MuseumU.S. News & World ReportPROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Santa Claus is visiting the Rhode Island State Police Museum for the holidays. The Rhode Island State Police Museum Foundation is offering free visits with Santa and collecting toys for children who will spend Christmas at ...and more »
|10 days before Christmas, Statehouse tree drops its needlesWPRO / 1 d. 19 h. 44 min. ago more|
photo by Tessa Roy, WPRO News PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Christmas tree in the rotunda at the Rhode Island Statehouse is dead. Piles of needles were blanketing the area below the tree Friday, beneath several bare branches. When touched, needles dropped instantly. The tree was sitting in a large container of water, also filled with needles. The governor’s office says there are no plans to replace it. The donated tree was put up in November. Trouble with the Statehouse tree has become something of a Rhode Island tradition. In 2005, the tree shed all its needles after it was doused in fire retardant. Former Gov. Lincoln Chafee called it a holiday tree instead of a Christmas tree, leading to angry protests. Last year, the first tree selected was removed after staff decided it was too puny.
|Live Videos | RI Star Wars Superfan Grapentine on The Last Jedi: "Stay Past the Credits"Rhode Island News / 1 d. 19 h. 56 min. ago more|
Rhode Islander Will Sousa Grapentine appeared on GoLocal LIVE to talk about the opening weekend of the The Last Jedi -- and spoke to why the popularity of Star Wars endures, why he thinks Disney has plans beyond the current sequel series -- and what fans should expect from the latest movie.
|Official: Rhode Island food stamp backlog eliminatedRhode Island News / 2 d. 3 h. 21 min. ago more|
The attorney appointed by a federal judge to deal with failures in Rhode Island's food stamp system says the state has eliminated a backlog of thousands of applications. The state has been grappling with problems since it introduced a new computer system last year.
|Hummel Report: HiddenWPRO / 2 d. 12 h. 22 min. ago more|
For more than a decade the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management has allowed a private citizen to run a non-profit museum in a state-owned building, without any public access to what’s inside. The Fort Burnside Communications and Coastal Defense Museum – in the heart of Beavertail State Park – was camouflaged during World War II to look like an innocuous farmhouse. These days it’s hidden from public access. But as a result of our investigation: that’s about to change.
|2017 in review: ‘Disruption, despair and dumpster fires’WPRO / 2 d. 16 h. 9 min. ago more|
By MATT SEDENSKY NEW YORK (AP) — The news alerts gushed in: An attack on a concert, a church, an ice cream parlor ; an assailant wielding a gun or hammer or acid . There’s an earthquake in Mexico, a monsoon in India, a volcanic eruption in Bali, hurricane after hurricane after hurricane. Keep up as your phone vibrates with word of your favorite actor accused of misconduct. Make that anchorman. Or politician. Or radio star. The volatile year 2017 shook us so much and so often it felt like whiplash or worse, and that’s without even considering Donald Trump, at the center of so much of the turmoil. “It’s almost like one of those horror rides at the amusement park where every time it heads into the next segment it gets worse,” said noted trendspotter Marian Salzman. “Every time I turn off a device, I feel like I have anxiety because I’m not tracking the news.” The year, she said, boiled down to “disruption, despair and dumpster fires.” In retrospect, 2017′s destiny seemed sealed in its opening moments. Just after the new year dawned in Istanbul, a gunman killed 39 people at a nightclub and wounded scores more. The joy of the holiday dissolved into a scene of heartbreak outside the city morgue, where some cried and fell to the ground as they learned of a loved one’s fate. Around the world this year, vehicles were made into weapons, with trucks, cars and vans plowing down people on the Westminster and London bridges in Britain; in Times Square and on a Manhattan bike path; on a major shopping street in the Swedish capital of Stockholm; on the historic La Rambla in Barcelona. Terrorism and other violence struck so regularly that many accepted it as a fact of life. “It can happen anywhere as long as there is one man willing to die,” said Luis Antonio Bone, 66, of Barcelona, who is retired from a cement factory job. Bone is at once realistic and defiant, saying crowded places may make him think about his safety but won’t deter him from outings. “We have to live with it,” he said, “but keep living as we always have.” That kind of resilience was mustered again and again, even by some of those marked by some of the year’s biggest tragedies. In Texas, Pastor Frank Pomeroy vowed that good would persevere over evil. Pomeroy leads the rural church where a gunman killed 26 parishioners, his own 14-year-old daughter among them. “Rather than choose darkness as that young man did that day, we choose life,” he said in an emotional service only a week after the rampage. In Las Vegas, too, where 58 people were fatally shot at a music festival, some searched for optimism in the face of savagery. Jay Pleggenkuhle, a 52-year-old landscaper, helped create a memorial garden with a tree for each of the victims. Some 1,000 people volunteered to help with his project, putting aside personal or political differences to work hand in hand. “People have really been bound together following this tragedy,” he said. A deadly chemical attack in Syria stirred people around the globe. Missile launches by North Korea brought angst that nuclear war was nearing. Rallies by white supremacists, wearing white hoods and clasping torches, roused uncomfortable memories of the United States’ past. All of it broke with such ferocity, it seemed impossible to focus on any one incident too long. “Even something like a mass shooting that killed 50 people, the story moves on in just a couple weeks,” said Lauren Wright, a lecturer on politics and public affairs at Princeton University. In Egypt, twin Palm Sunday attacks ambushed Coptic Christians, and a November assault on a crowded mosque killed more than 300. In Britain, 22 people died when a suicide bomber detonated a backpack full of explosives after an Ariana Grande show. Three major storms — Harvey, Irma and Maria — battered Puerto Rico and much of the Caribbean, as well as Texas and Florida, as 2017 went down as one of the most active hurricane seasons in recorded history. Fires tore through California and Portugal; earthquakes rocked Mexico, Iran and Iraq; flooding and an avalanche covered parts of Italy; mudslides leveled homes in Sierra Leone; and a deadly monsoon pummeled India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. In hotspots around the world, people sought escape. Amnesty International estimated 73,000 refugees took to the Mediterranean in the first half of the year alone, with about 2,000 dying along the way. In Myanmar, the military has been conducting a brutal ethnic cleansing of Rohingya people, killing untold numbers and forcing more than 626,000 to flee into neighboring Bangladesh. Amid the barrage, other big stories struggled for a spotlight. A grinding civil war in Yemen pushed millions in the impoverished country to famine. A political crisis in Venezuela brought intensifying clashes. In Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe was ousted from control after a 37-year reign. In Spain, a push for Catalonian independence degenerated at times into ugly scenes of mayhem. In the U.S., Trump opened his presidency with a dark inaugural address beseeching an end to “American carnage,” but saw much of his agenda rejected, with members of his own party providing key votes against him. Divides deepened, with agreement elusive even on core national values. Americans were sadder, a “happiness” report found. Sales of the dystopic novel “1984” surged and a chilling stage adaptation came to Broadway. Mass protests formed around the country, including droves of women who proudly deemed themselves “nasty,” a label placed on Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race. When U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren was silenced through arcane legislative rules, the words of her colleague, Mitch McConnell, became an unlikely rallying cry of feminists: “Nevertheless, she persisted.” That phrase echoed as a dizzying number of sexual harassment or assault allegations emerged against high-profile men and as thousands of victims of lesser-known men chimed in with two words that made clear the scope of the problem: “Me too.” There were, in this arguably awful year, moments to hail, too, stories of heroism and bravery that restore faith and give the heart a little hope. More than 80 schoolgirls, abducted by Boko Haram extremists more than three years ago in Nigeria, were released. In South Sudan, a boy abducted and forced into the army — mourned in a funeral two years ago after word of his gunshot death reached his mother — was alive after all, and returned home. The Islamic State lost power as it was driven from Mosul, Iraq, and Raqqa, Syria. In the U.S., a total solar eclipse gave a break from the unending cacophony, with droves of sky-gazers standing shoulder to shoulder across a swath of the country. A new calendar page brings with it the chance to start fresh. Jordi Casares, a 71-year-old retired bank employee in Barcelona, lamented the terrorism and radicalism that marred 2017 but said he, for one, is optimistic for a better 2018. “It can’t be any worse than this year,” he said. ___ Associated Press writers Anita Snow in Phoenix, Joseph Wilson in Barcelona and Esther Htusan in Bangkok contributed to this report.
|Official: Rhode Island Food Stamp Backlog Eliminated - U.S. News & World ReportGoogle News / 2 d. 16 h. 46 min. ago more|
Official: Rhode Island Food Stamp Backlog EliminatedU.S. News & World ReportThe attorney appointed by a federal judge to deal with failures in Rhode Island's food stamp system says the state has eliminated a backlog of thousands of applications. Dec. 15, 2017, at 4:52 p.m.. Official: Rhode Island Food Stamp Backlog Eliminated ...and more »
|Rubio threat on child tax credit puts bump in GOP tax pathWPRO / 2 d. 17 h. 16 min. ago more|
AP Photo/Paul Sancya) By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER and MARCY GORDON WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Marco Rubio’s potential defection over a tax credit for low-income parents put a speed bump into GOP leaders’ drive to push their big tax package through the Senate, but it’s a complication that’s likely to be resolved. The Florida senator declared Thursday that he’ll vote against the $1.5 trillion bill unless House and Senate negotiators expand the tax credit that low-income Americans can claim for their children. That puts the Republicans’ razor-thin margin in the Senate closer to the edge. The GOP leaders are straining to muscle the bill through Congress next week, handing President Donald Trump his first major legislative victory by Christmas. Senate Republicans could still pass the package without Rubio’s vote, but they would be cutting it extremely close. An original version was approved 51-49 — with Rubio’s support. The co-sponsor of Rubio’s proposed change, Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, is undecided on the overall bill and is pushing to make the credit as generous as possible, said Lee spokesman Conn Carroll. The Senate turmoil erupted the same day that a key faction of House Republicans came out in favor of the bill, boosting its chances. Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus predicted the vast majority of their members would support the package. The up-and-down turns came a day after House and Senate Republican leaders forged an agreement in principle on the most sweeping overhaul of the nation’s tax laws in more than 30 years. The package would give generous tax cuts to corporations and the wealthiest Americans, and more modest tax cuts to low- and middle-income families. Republican leaders predicted swift passage next week, sending the bill to Trump for his signature. At the White House, Trump said he was confident that Rubio will get onboard. “He’s really been a great guy and very supportive. I think that Sen. Rubio will be there,” said Trump, who belittled Rubio during the 2016 GOP presidential primaries, calling him “little Marco.” The tax package would double the per-child tax credit from $1,000 to $2,000. The bill makes a portion of the credit — $1,100 — available to families even if they owe no income tax. They would receive the money in the form of a tax refund, which is why it’s called a “refundable” tax credit. Rubio wants to increase this amount but wouldn’t say by how much. “Given all the other changes they made in the tax code leading into it, I can’t in good conscience support it unless we are able to increase the refundable portion of it. And there’s ways to do it, and we’ll be very reasonable about it,” Rubio said. During debate on the Senate version of the bill, Rubio proposed a change that would have made the entire $2,000 credit available to families, even if they owe no income tax, but it was soundly defeated. To pay for the expanded credit, he proposed to slightly scale back a steep cut in the corporate income tax rate. A few days after the earlier Senate vote, Rubio tweeted a link to a news story that said GOP leaders were indeed considering scaling back the corporate tax cut — but not to pay for an expanded child tax credit. “They freaked out when I proposed small reduction in Corporate tax cut to pay for cut for working families. Now this?” Rubio tweeted. The final package slashes the corporate rate from 35 percent to 21 percent. The initial Senate and House bills had set it at 20 percent. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, said Senate negotiators got the best deal they could on the overall child tax credit. House GOP negotiators were proposing a $1,600 tax credit. “We won everything in the child tax credit,” Portman said. When asked if it could be changed further to appease Rubio, Portman said: “We’ve already won. I mean, we should celebrate our victory.” Rubio’s opposition comes at a bad time for Senate Republicans, with two of them missing votes this week because of illness. John McCain of Arizona, who is 81, is at a Washington-area military hospital being treated for the side effects of brain cancer treatment, and 80-year-old Thad Cochran of Mississippi had a non-melanoma lesion removed from his nose earlier this week. GOP leaders are hopeful they will be available next week.
|FCC votes along party lines to end ‘net neutrality’WPRO / 3 d. 13 h. 55 min. ago more|
By TALI ARBEL and BARBARA ORTUTAY (Associated Press) In a vote along party lines, the federal government has ended sweeping net-neutrality rules that guaranteed equal access to the internet. The Thursday vote at the Federal Communications Commission will likely usher in big changes in how Americans use the internet, a radical departure from more than a decade of federal oversight. The move not only rolls back restrictions that keep broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T from blocking or collecting tolls from services they don’t like, but bars states from imposing their own rules. WPRO’s Matt Allen spoke with Brian J Lamoureux, a lawyer specializing in internet law, joins Matt to talk about the FCC’s net neutrality revocation today. LISTEN BELOW. The broadband industry promises that the internet experience isn’t going to change, but its companies have lobbied hard to overturn these rules. Protests have erupted online and in the streets as everyday Americans worry that cable and phone companies will be able to control what they see and do online. That growing public movement suggests that the FCC vote won’t be the end of the issue. Opponents of the move plan legal challenges, and some net-neutrality supporters hope to ride that wave of public opinion into the 2018 elections. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a Republican who said his plan to repeal net neutrality will eliminate unnecessary regulation, called the internet the “greatest free-market innovation in history.” He added that it “certainly wasn’t heavy-handed government regulation” that’s been responsible for the internet’s “phenomenal” development. “What is the FCC doing today?” he asked. “Quite simply, we are restoring the light-touch framework that has governed the internet for most of its existence.” Under the new rules, the Comcasts and AT&Ts of the world will be free to block rival apps, slow down competing service or offer faster speeds to companies who pay up. They just have to post their policies online or tell the FCC. The change also axes consumer protections, bars state laws that contradict the FCC’s approach, and largely transfers oversight of internet service to another agency, the Federal Trade Commission. Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, a Democrat who was appointed by President Barack Obama, lambasted the “preordained outcome” of the vote that she says hurts people, small and large businesses, and marginalized populations. She outlined her dissent from prepared remarks before the vote. The end of net neutrality, she said, hands over the keys to the internet to a “handful of multi-billion dollar corporations.” With their vote, the FCC’s majority commissioners are abandoning the pledge they took to make a rapid, efficient communications service available to all people in the U.S., without discrimination, Clyburn said in her dissenting remarks before the vote.
|PODCAST: Chariho clash over anti-Trump video shown in 8th gradeWPRO / 3 d. 14 h. 10 min. ago more|
by Tara Granahan, WPRO An English lesson or indoctrination of young minds? That’s the heated debate in the Chariho school district after a controversial video was part of an 8th grade class assignment. State senator Elaine Morgan told WPRO’s Tara Granahan she received several complaints from parents about the video, “Trump and the Power of Whiteness,” when told by their children they felt if their parents voted for Trump in the elections that they were white supremacist and racist. The “N” word is also said in the video, which the senator said was unacceptable and “does not unite people it only causes a bigger divide.” Morgan also said the school committee and superintendent Barry Ricci tried to “sweep this under the rug.” That statement caused Ricci to call into Tara’s program to defend what happened and how it was handled. See the video and listen to Tara’s conversation below:
|Study finds well-paying blue collar jobs on the decline in Rhode IslandWPRO / 3 d. 16 h. 42 min. ago more|
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Blue collar jobs that pay well are on the decline in Rhode Island, but research shows workers without bachelor’s degrees are finding options in industries such as health care and financial services. WPRI-TV reports that Georgetown University researchers conducted a study on “good jobs” in each state. The study defined a good job as one that pays $35,000 for workers under age 45, and $45,000 for those 45 and older. According to the study, blue-collar jobs such as manufacturing and construction declined 39 percent between 1991 and 2015. Still, jobs increased 37 percent in the same time period for skilled-services industries. Report co-author Neil Ridley says the study reflects a state and national trend where good jobs are going to people who have more than a high-school education.
|“Ask the DOT” Followups, 12-14-2017WPRO / 3 d. 17 h. ago more|
Caller Questions Mike from Tiverton: Wants to cut down some trees near his home at 120 Schooner Drive in Tiverton, on the 40-foot right-of-way in the area of the railroad track that goes from Fall River to the Sakonnet River Bridge, which could be developed into a bike path. We have contacted Mike and are providing him the information and a contact at RIDOT if he’d like to pursue the trimming. As I mentioned last week, he could wait until the bike path project moves forward as it likely would include tree trimming. But the bike path isn’t in the 10-year plan right now. I also said last week that we’re doing long-range planning and studies for bike paths across the state, but there is no firm plan or funding for this one at this time. Adam from North Providence: Said the Welcome to Rhode Island Gateway sign on Route 6 East coming in from Connecticut is too small and blocked by a number of other signs. We reviewed this area and there is proper site distance for this sign in relation to other signs. It is smaller than the ones we have on the Interstate highway borders. A sign as large as the ones we have on I-95 would be out of scale for a road like Route 6. John from Cranston: Asked who is responsible for Mayfield Avenue and Route 5 (Oaklawn Avenue) in Cranston due to their poor condition. He also asked about the purpose of an extra traffic signal on Oaklawn Avenue as you merge onto New London Avenue in Cranston. Route 5 & Mayfield Avenue: Route 5 and a portion of Mayfield from Oaklawn Avenue to East Street is ours to maintain. We have a project in our 10-year plan starting in 2020 for resurfacing Route 5 from Mayfield Avenue to I-95. There is a short section of Mayfield that is older than the rest, close to the Phred’s Drug. The rest of Mayfield that’s ours is in good condition. We have a pavement preservation project scheduled for mid-late 2018, and we’re looking to incorporate that short piece of Mayfield into that contract. Traffic Signal: We sent our engineers out in the field, and they did some research back in the office too. We agree with John – that signal is not needed as traffic has its own lane into New London Avenue and there’s never a need to stop. Our research didn’t reveal any compelling or clear reasons why the signal is there. We will have our maintenance staff remove the signal head in the next couple of weeks. June from North Providence: Asked if there are problems with overhead lights along two sections of Route 146 in Providence or Lincoln, from I-95 to Hawkins Street, and from Breakneck Hill Road to Sherman Avenue. She also reported a lean to and mattress set up along the side of the road off of Route 146 South at Admiral Street 146 Lights Our maintenance crews have visited Route 146 and there is one light that is out and it should be repaired shortly. The section of Route 146 June probably notices the most includes a section near Sherman Road, where there are no lights. It is our policy to only installed lights at interchanges, or along highways where interchanges are very close together. Further north, near the Wilbur Road overpass, there is a section that has lights, but many of them are out. Those lights are maintained by National Grid, not RIDOT. We’ve contacted National Grid about their section and asked them to repair the lights. 146 Lean To & Mattress: We visited the site this week and observed some items evident of people camping there or staying there, but didn’t find any people. We’ll monitor and revisit the site, and if the area has been truly vacated we’ll have our maintenance crews remove the debris. If people are found to be there, we’ll work with the appropriate agencies to try to help those people. Sal from Little Compton: Called to report that he’s again seen trailers being sold on state property near the intersection of Route 2 and Natick Road in Warwick. Sal also asked about when we will clean up land nearby used as a staging area for a recent resurfacing project on Route 2. Trailers along Route 2: We have again advised the business next to this piece of state land to cease using state property. Staging on Route 2: The good news is there are 4 bridges on Route 2 near the malls that are fixed already – we even got our contractor to repave the road before the holiday shopping season began. The contractor will clean up the site, removing equipment and supplies they no longer need by the end of this week. But those bridges are connected to a project doing 3 more bridges on the Airport Connector. As the entire project runs thought next spring, Sal may still see some activity and materials out there. Barbara from North Kingstown: Inquired about the status of the bike path that had been talked about on Post Road in North Kingstown, from Quonset to Wickford As I mentioned last week, we’re doing a master plan for bike paths across the state. We’re looking at places that make sense to link up to transit resources too. Possible paths in North Kingstown, and especially the area around the Wickford Junction train station, are among those that we are looking at. But there are no specific plans or dates to share right now.
|PODCAST: Fung responds to ‘pansy’ comments, talks Trump, Raimondo, moreWPRO / 3 d. 17 h. 33 min. ago more|
Cranston Mayor and candidate for the Republican nomination in the gubernatorial race Allan Fung joined Tara Granahan Thursday morning to respond to independent challenger Joe Trillo’s ‘pansy’ comments, the job Governor Gina Raimondo is doing, his thoughts on President Trump, and more. LISTEN BELOW:
|Twins plead not guilty to vandalizing Newport Cliff WalkWPRO / 3 d. 18 h. 29 min. ago more|
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Twin sisters accused of vandalizing Newport’s famous Cliff Walk have pleaded not guilty. Jocelyn Senecal and Jenna Senecal, both 22, are facing misdemeanor graffiti charges. They were released after entering their pleas Wednesday. The pair turned themselves in after photos circulated online showing them with spray paint cans at the Cliff Walk last month. Jocelyn Senecal told WJAR-TV in an email that her actions were wrong but that doesn’t justify the harassment that followed. The sisters, both from East Providence, are scheduled to return to court Jan. 17. The 3 ½-mile walk is designated as a national recreation trail and is one of Rhode Island’s most popular tourist attractions. It draws hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.
|Show about viral video judge gets national syndication dealABCNews.com / 4 d. 12 h. 49 min. ago more|
A TV show featuring an 81-year-old municipal court judge in Rhode Island who has made a splash on social media is going national
|Councilman accused of making obscene call pleads not guiltyABCNews.com / 4 d. 13 h. 14 min. ago more|
Rhode Island city councilman charged with making obscene phone call to 13-year-old boy he says was sending sexual messages to his daughter pleads not guilty
|FLASHBACK: The ‘December Debacle,’ 10 years laterWPRO / 4 d. 17 h. 52 min. ago more|
Here’s a look back at WPRO’s coverage of the December debacle, the late day rush hour snow storm that crippled traffic in Rhode Island 10 years ago today. The outcry over the state’s response led to major changes in the way that schools and local governments handle school cancellations and storm prep. LISTEN BELOW:
|ASK THE GOVERNOR: UHIP, Trump, Trillo, and moreWPRO / 4 d. 18 h. 27 min. ago more|
Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo (D) joined WPRO’s Gene Valicenti Wednesday morning for the monthly “Ask The Governor” segment. The Governor answered questions about UHIP, President Trump’s tweets about Senator Gillibrand, the Senate race in Alabama, Frank “Leave to Protect” Montenaro’s tuition payback, Joe Trillo’s independent run for governor, and more. LISTEN BELOW:
|Doug Jones wins in stunning Alabama Senate race upsetWPRO / 5 d. 5 h. 19 min. ago more|
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — In a stunning victory aided by scandal, Democrat Doug Jones won Alabama’s special Senate election on Tuesday, beating back history, an embattled Republican opponent and President Donald Trump, who urgently endorsed GOP rebel Roy Moore despite a litany of sexual misconduct allegations. It was the first Democratic Senate victory in a quarter-century in Alabama, one of the reddest of red states, and proved anew that party loyalty is anything but sure in the age of Trump. It was a major embarrassment for the president and a fresh wound for the nation’s already divided Republican Party. The victory by Jones, a former U.S. attorney best known for prosecuting two Ku Klux Klansmen responsible for Birmingham’s infamous 1963 church bombing, narrows the GOP advantage in the U.S. Senate to 51-49. That imperils already-uncertain Republican tax, budget and health proposals and injects tremendous energy into the Democratic Party’s early push to reclaim House and Senate majorities in 2018. Still, many Washington Republicans viewed the defeat of Moore as perhaps the best outcome for the party nationally despite the short-term sting. The fiery Christian conservative’s positions have alienated women, racial minorities, gays and Muslims — in addition to the multiple allegations that he was guilty of sexual misconduct with teens, one only 14, when he was in his 30s. A number of Republicans declined to support him, including Alabama’s long-serving Sen. Richard Shelby. But Trump lent his name and the national GOP’s resources to Moore’s campaign in recent days. Had Moore won, the GOP would have been saddled with a colleague accused of sordid conduct as Republicans nationwide struggle with Trump’s historically low popularity. Senate leaders had promised that Moore would have faced an immediate ethics investigation. Jones takes over the seat previously held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The term expires in January of 2021. Republicans on Capitol Hill have expressed hopes of scheduling a vote on their tax legislation before Jones is sworn in, but lawmakers are still struggling to devise a compromise bill to bridge the divide between the House and Senate legislation that can win majority support in both chambers. The Republican loss also gives Democrats a clearer path to a Senate majority in 2018 — albeit a narrow one — in an election cycle where Democrats are far more optimistic about seizing control of the House of Representatives. Ultimately, Tuesday’s contest came down to which side better motivated its supporters to vote. Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill said turnout likely would not exceed 25 percent of registered voters. Jones successfully fought to cobble together an unlikely coalition of African-Americans, liberal whites and moderate Republicans. “This is an important time in Alabama’s history, and we feel very confident where we are and how this is going to turn out,” the Democrat said after casting his ballot Tuesday. On the ground in Alabama on Tuesday, those who stood in line to cast their ballots were far more focused on the candidates than the broader political fallout. Teresa Brown, a 53-year-old administrative assistant, said she preferred Jones, in part, because he would be better positioned to work across party lines. “We don’t need a pedophile in there,” Brown added. She was among more than two dozen people queued up in the chilly morning air at Legion Field, a predominantly black precinct in Birmingham, to cast their ballots. Al Bright, 63, who does refrigeration repair, said he voted for Moore. “Regardless of the allegations against him, I believe he is an honorable man,” Bright said. Mary Multrie, 69, who works in a children’s hospital, disagreed. “He’s not a truthful man,” 69-year-old Mary Multrie said of Moore. Multrie wasn’t influenced by accusations of sexual misconduct against Moore, she said, because she already did not like him. “He talks about God, but you don’t see God in his actions.” Moore, who largely avoided public events in the final weeks of the race and spent far less money on advertising than his opponent, bet big — and lost — on the state’s traditional Republican leanings and the strength of his passionate evangelical Christian supporters. He sidestepped questions about sexual misconduct as he arrived at his polling place on horseback. Democrats were not supposed to have a chance in Alabama, one of the most Republican-leaning states in the nation. Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton here by nearly 28 points just 13 months ago. Yet Moore had political baggage that repelled some moderate Republicans even before allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced. Virtually the entire Republican establishment, Trump included, supported Moore’s primary opponent, Sen. Luther Strange in September. Trump’s former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, was one of the only early high-profile Moore backers. Moore was removed from his position as state Supreme Court chief justice the first time after he refused to remove a boulder-sized Ten Commandments monument at the state court building. The second time, he was permanently suspended for urging state probate judges to refuse marriage licenses to same-sex couples. In his final pitch before polls opened across the state, Jones called the choice a “crossroads” and asked that “decency” prevail. “We’ve had this history in the past, going down the road that … has not been productive,” Jones said. “We’ve lagged behind in industry. We’ve lagged behind in education. We’ve lagged behind in health care. It’s time we take the road that’s going to get us on the path to progress.”
|Councilman charged with making obscene phone call to boyABCNews.com / 5 d. 11 h. 32 min. ago more|
Rhode Island city councilman charged with making obscene phone call to 13-year-old boy he says was sending sexual messages to his daughter
|UHIP troubles: People falsely receiving notices that they are deadRhode Island News / 5 d. 11 h. 41 min. ago more|
There is growing frustration for Rhode Islanders struggling to get the benefits they are owed under the state's problem plagued benefits system UHIP. The Communications Director for the office of Health and Human Services, Ashley O'Shea writing to ABC 6 News in an email saying, "It is clear that there are some individuals who are receiving notices that their Medicaid coverage will be terminated because they are deceased when, in fact, they are not."
|Newport councilman charged with making obscene phone call to teenWPRO / 5 d. 15 h. 39 min. ago more|
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island city councilman has been charged with making an obscene phone call to a 13-year-old boy he says was sending sexual messages to his daughter. The Newport Daily News reports that Newport Councilman John Florez said after his arrest last week that he plans to fight the charge. Florez says the boy sent lewd, suggestive and threatening messages to his 13-year-old daughter after they met around Halloween. The councilman says he repeatedly told the boy to stop sending the messages. He says he tried speaking with the boy’s grandmother, but the boy prevented him from doing so. Florez obtained a temporary restraining order Dec. 4 that prevents the boy from contacting his daughter. He also filed a complaint in Family Court. He is expected in court Wednesday. ___ Information from: The Newport Daily News.
|Live Videos | LIVE: Now Is a Good Time To Get Your Flu Shot Says RIDOH's WendelkenRhode Island News / 5 d. 20 h. 51 min. ago more|
If you haven't already, Joseph Wendelken with the Rhode Island Department of Health says now is the time to get your flu shot, that way you'll have months of protection against the influenza virus. A recent weekly flu report by the CDC, showed Massachusetts is among seven states reporting widespread flu activity.
|Business | Lardaro Report: Economic Conditions Improve in 4th QuarterRhode Island News / 6 d. 23 h. 16 min. ago more|
Rhode Island began the fourth quarter with what appears to be good news about its economic performance: The Current Conditions Index rose from its September value of 75 back to 83, the value it has remained at for most of 2017. In a sense this is a "win," in that we improved from last month's CCI value, which failed to exceed its year-earlier value for the first time this year, to once again moving beyond last year's value in October.
|Vietnam War vet gets medals for Army service 40 years laterABCNews.com / 7 d. 12 h. ago more|
A Vietnam War veteran has received medals in Rhode Island more than 40 years after his service
|Business | Guest MINDSETTERa Handy: ISO's Visit & All That GasRhode Island News / 7 d. 21 h. 48 min. ago more|
The Providence Journal's November 26 editorial, "Facing Reality with Natural Gas" misses our energy landscape and plan. ISO NE's CEO, Mr. Gordon van Welie, visited our State for a closed session produced by Rhode Islanders for Affordable Energy and the New England Coalition for Affordable Energy.
|Yacht captain indicted for manslaughter in 2015 crashRhode Island News / 9 d. 5 h. 55 min. ago more|
A New Jersey yacht captain previously convicted of negligence in a fatal crash off the coast of Rhode Island two years ago has been indicted for manslaughter. A federal grand jury on Wednesday indicted 78-year-old Cooper Bacon on a charge of seaman's manslaughter.
|2 Rhode Island lawmakers settle with board of electionsRhode Island News / 9 d. 10 h. 37 min. ago more|
Officials say they have fined two Rhode Island lawmakers for campaign finance violations following the former house speaker's guilty plea to corruption charges. Both cases were built off of expanded campaign finance rules approved by the General Assembly following former Speaker Gordon Fox's corruption plea.
|Man whose relatives died mysteriously must give gun infoABCNews.com / 9 d. 12 h. 30 min. ago more|
A Vermont man whose mother and grandfather died in mysterious circumstances must turn over information related to a missing gun, as well as phone records, in a lawsuit in Rhode Island over insurance on his sunken boat
|Bulldog mascot collapses, dies during campus festivalABCNews.com / 10 d. 13 h. 11 min. ago more|
A college campus in Rhode Island is mourning the loss of its bulldog mascot that collapsed and died during a campus festival
|Hearing on gun range near school delayed due to overcrowdingABCNews.com / 10 d. 14 h. 44 min. ago more|
A zoning board's public hearing on a proposal to build a gun range near a Rhode Island elementary school has been postponed because crowds packed the meeting room beyond capacity
|DCYF lawsuit reaches potential $1 million settlementRhode Island News / 10 d. 20 h. ago more|
Officials are predicting a settlement of more than $1 million in the near future in a decade-old civil rights lawsuit against Rhode Island's child welfare agency. House Fiscal Advisor Sharon Reynolds Ferland told the House committee Tuesday to expect a legal settlement of $1.2 million.
|Man sentenced in wrong-way crash that killed woman, hurt boyABCNews.com / 11 d. 8 h. 4 min. ago more|
Vermont man gets prison in wrong-way New Hampshire crash that killed Rhode Island woman, injured her son last year
|Committee opposes planned gun range near elementary schoolABCNews.com / 11 d. 12 h. 45 min. ago more|
A Rhode Island school committee has opposed a plan to build an outdoor gun range near an elementary school
|RISPCA offers reward in turkey caseRhode Island News / 11 d. 18 h. 55 min. ago more|
The Rhode Island SPCA is offering a $1,000 reward in connection to the malicious killing of a turkey in Burrillville. "It's horrendous to see something like that.
|Ex-GOP lawmaker Trillo running for R.I. governor as independentRhode Island News / 12 d. 7 h. 47 min. ago more|
Former GOP lawmaker Joe Trillo said Tuesday he is running for governor as an independent, citing President Donald Trump as his inspiration - even as he said he will be leaving the party Trump leads. "I want to bring prosperity that President Trump is bringing to our country here to our great state.
|Judge denies bail for mom charged in baby suffocation deathABCNews.com / 12 d. 11 h. 7 min. ago more|
Judge refuses bail for Rhode Island woman charged in infant daughter's death, notes her decision to marry the baby's father after the 7-month-old died
|Police: Woman purposely drops child to 'teach her a lesson'Rhode Island News / 12 d. 21 h. 58 min. ago more|
A Rhode Island woman has been arrested after police say she purposely dropped her child, breaking the child's arm, to "teach her a lesson." Woonsocket Police say the woman described the child's fall in a phone call with her incarcerated ex-boyfriend, who then reported the woman to authorities.
|More Rhode Island News / 15 d. 17 h. 48 min. ago more|
Rhode Island officials say the projected cost of a state benefits system that has been plagued with problems since its rollout last year has grown to almost $500 million. Documents show the state's new estimate of the Unified Health Infrastructure Project, or UHIP, is now at just over $491 million through the 2018-2019 federal fiscal year, with nearly $108 million of that to be covered by state taxpayers.