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R.I. makes moves to curb gun violence | Audio

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Gov. Gina M. Raimondo and the governors of three other Northeastern states on Thursday announced a coalition to combat gun violence in those states."We're not waiting for federal action," said Andrew Cuomo, governor of New York, who was joined on a morning conference call by Raimondo and the governors of Connecticut and New Jersey."Congress needs to put politics aside, get something done," Raimondo said. "We can't just wait for Washington to do [...]

Published on 23 February 2018 | 3:03 am

Facing threat of expulsion, Sen. Kettle quits

Coventry senator resigns days after being charged with extorting sex from Senate page, video voyeurism

Published on 23 February 2018 | 2:54 am

Gates, Manafort face new charges

WASHINGTON — Paul Manafort was using fraudulently obtained loans and tax-cheating tricks to prop up his personal finances as he became chairman of the Trump campaign in 2016, according to a new 32-count indictment filed against him and his business partner Thursday. The indictment ratchets up pressure on Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates, who were already preparing for a trial that could come later this year on fraud and money laundering charges. The additional charges [...]

Published on 23 February 2018 | 2:54 am

Hypersonic missiles are a potential game changer in weaponry

Capable of five times the speed of sound, missiles are the stealth aircraft and smart bombs of tomorrow.

Published on 23 February 2018 | 2:38 am

Companies fear employee unrest from pay inequities

In recent weeks, a few public companies have begun disclosing a ratio, required for the first time this year, that compares the pay of their chief executive to the pay of their median employee. At industrial giant Honeywell, the largest company yet to disclose, the ratio was 333 to 1.

Published on 23 February 2018 | 2:34 am

New objections aired to Salve Regina University's dorm plan in Newport

NEWPORT, R.I. — Preserve Rhode Island, a nonprofit organization that calls itself “the statewide advocate for Rhode Island’s historic places,” has filed objections to Salve Regina University’s plans to construct two new dormitories.The members of the city’s Historic District Commission accepted those objections on Tuesday, as well as some filed by Harle Tinney, the former owner of Belcourt Castle.Preserve Rhode Island was founded [...]

Published on 23 February 2018 | 2:33 am

PC, Dunk relationship is on thin ice

The often tenuous relationship between Providence College and its basketball home hit an unfortunate breaking point Wednesday night.

Published on 23 February 2018 | 12:59 am

Arming teachers draws harsh criticism from R.I. educators, safety officials

President Donald Trump's suggestion that teachers should be armed was met with universal derision from local educators and national teachers' groups.Robert Walsh, executive director of the National Education Association Rhode Island, said, "The solution to getting guns out of the public schools is not put more guns in the public schools."This is the default proposal that the National Rifle Association and their sympathizers put out after every mass shooting," he said Thursday. [...]

Published on 22 February 2018 | 11:55 pm

R.I. among dozens of states to reach $650M deal over exploding air bags

Rhode Island was among the dozens of states that reached a $650 million settlement with the U.S subsidiary of a Japanese company that manufactured faulty air bags installed in millions of automobiles worldwide, bags that sprayed deadly shrapnel that killed at least 22 people and injured hundreds more.The agreement was reached with TK Holdings, the American subsidiary of Takata as part of a settlement between 44 state governments and the District of Columbia, requiring a $650 [...]

Published on 22 February 2018 | 11:36 pm

Sheriff: School officer never went inside to confront Florida gunman

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The armed officer on duty at the Florida school where a shooter killed 17 people never went inside to engage the gunman and has been placed under investigation, police announced Thursday.The Valentine's Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School by a gunman armed with an AR-15 style assault rifle has reignited national debate over gun laws and school safety, including proposals by President Donald Trump and others to designate more people — [...]

Published on 22 February 2018 | 11:29 pm

Police seek gray Acura in Warwick hit-and-run pedestrian crash

Police are looking for a driver who hit a pedestrian near Walmart on the Post Road in Warwick and fled the scene Wednesday night, according to a news release from the Warwick police.The male pedestrian was taken to Rhode Island Hospital with serious injuries.The man was was crossing the southbound side near 840 Post Road (Walmart) shortly before 9 p.m.On Thursday, police released a description of the car: a gray 2014-2018 Acura RLX sedan."The Warwick Police [...]

Published on 22 February 2018 | 11:12 pm

Warwick begins moving sixth grade to middle schools

About 360 sixth-grade students will be moved to Veterans Middle School and about 230 to Winman Middle School.

Published on 22 February 2018 | 10:40 pm

2 R.I. Republicans offer proposals to curb gun violence

State Rep. Robert Nardolillo III proposes a surtax on violent video games. Gubernatorial candidate Joseph Trillo proposes raising the age to get a gun, creating a permit for school officials to carry guns.

Published on 22 February 2018 | 10:17 pm

GALLERY: U.S. Women's Olympic hockey team wins gold

Published on 22 February 2018 | 10:05 pm

Dunk owner apologizes for PC game's suspension

In a reversal from comments by the building's general manager, a state agency says officials made the right decision in halting basketball game.

Published on 22 February 2018 | 9:56 pm

R.I. Police Chiefs seek 'red flag' law to keep guns away from people ID'd as threats

Source: Raimondo likely to sign executive order next week to establish the policy.

Published on 22 February 2018 | 9:53 pm

$50,000 in restitution from R.I. drug case pays for new center for at-risk teens in Providence

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A $50,000 grant derived from restitution in a recent drug case will benefit young people who are in recovery from alcohol and marijuana use, officials announced on Thursday. And the money will benefit a new recovery program that now is named in memory of the late Jim Gillen, a pioneer of the state’s recovery movement.“We’ve had a need for this kind [...]

Published on 22 February 2018 | 9:40 pm

Pawtucket man charged in alleged international telemarketing scam

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A Pawtucket man is among 250 people charged in an international telemarketing scam that authorities say targeted the elderly and other vulnerable people nationwide.Shawn Whitfield, 47, is facing charges that include mail and wire fraud, international money laundering, and conspiracy, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.Authorities say that from April 2015 through last month, Whitfield scammed an estimated $98,100 from 47 people [...]

Published on 22 February 2018 | 6:49 pm

Hummel Report: Building bought with $2.3M in federal money sits vacant for 6 years

The former printing plant in Warwick was to be the new home of the Department of Transportation's materials-testing laboratory. Now, with federal officials who funded the state's 2012 purchase growing impatient about the vacancy, there's a new plan: The building will be the new headquarters of the state's Emergency Management Agency.

Published on 22 February 2018 | 5:18 pm

Lockdown lifted at Providence elementary school after police investigate report of unknown visitor

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Lauro Elementary School was placed on lockdown for about an hour Thursday morning after an unknown woman was seen in the school, according to police department spokeswoman Lindsay Lague.No one was found, and the lockdown, which began at about 10:30 a.m., was lifted before 11:45 a.m.Lague said that the unknown woman was seen in the school without a visitor's badge. "Police immediately responded and out of an abundance of caution and per protocol the [...]

Published on 22 February 2018 | 5:03 pm

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