By Karen Lee ZinerPROVIDENCE, R.I. -- For the 19th year in a row Rhode Island KidsCount has assessed the well-being of Rhode Island's children, and as always, the news is mixed. On the plus side: some 94.1 percent of Rhode Island's children have health insurance (through RIteCare or family coverage). Juvenile offenses and confinement continue to decline. Fewer children are...
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By Linda Borg Journal file photoNeil Steinberg PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The Rhode Island School Superintendents' Association has awarded the sixth annual Paul W. Crowley Award to Neil Steinberg, president of the Rhode Island Foundation. The presentation will take place in the State Room of the Rhode Island State House on March 7, 2013. The award is given each year to a Rhode...
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Approval in Rhode Island followed a 16-year struggle in the heavily Roman Catholic state, with intense opposition from clerics and many Republicans.
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Police are investigating reports of a gunman at the University of Rhode Island.Steven O'Donnell, head of the Rhode Island State Police, tells The Associated Press on Thursday that there is no evidence of an active shooter.
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Police are searching for a missing University of Rhode Island student who was traveling home to southeastern Pennsylvania last week, but never made it. Investigators say 21-year-old Collegeville resident Matthew Royer was last seen leaving his apartment in Rhode Island on Thursday. State police in Pennsylvania and Rhode Island are attempting to locate him and family members...
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By Katherine GreggPROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Governor Lincoln Chafee issued this statement after the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 7-4 for legislation to allow same-sex nuptials in Rhode Island: "Marriage equality legislation has now come farther than ever before in the Rhode Island Senate. Rhode Island currently stands as an island of inequality in our region. At this time of...
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Two lottery tickets sold in Rhode Island this week are each worth $1 million. A ticket for the Tuesday night Mega Millions drawing was bought at Stop & Shop on Mendon Road in Cumberland. A ticket for the Wednesday night Powerball drawing was purchased at the Lukoil gas station on South County Trail in East Greenwich. Lottery officials said the Mega Millions player won...
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By Kate BramsonPROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Rhode Island ended 2012 with 6,800 more jobs than earlier monthly unemployment data showed, according to revised data released Thursday by the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training. The latest figures indicate Rhode Island ended the year with 465,600 jobs, rather than the 458,800 reported earlier. At its peak employment, Rhode...
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If tolls become a reality this summer, Massachusetts residents can get the hometown discount when they cross the Sakonnet River Bridge. They are welcome to buy a Rhode Island transponder that will let them cross the bridge as a Rhode Islander, according to turnpike officials. “If they have a Rhode Island transponder, they will be afforded the same discount as a Rhode...
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LINCOLN, R.I. -- "I live in Los Angeles, I live in La-La land," said Oscar-nominated actress Viola Davis. "But I always feel like when I come back to Rhode Island, I feel like I'm home." Davis, who grew up in Central Falls, was at Twin River casino Wednesday to receive an award at the annual Rhode Island Tourism Unity lunch. "Every time I go back to Central Falls, I see...
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