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11 months 2 weeks ago

Gay marriage now legal in Rhode Island

Gay marriage is now legal in the state of Rhode Island. That state became the tenth in the nation yesterday to legalize same sex marriages. The governor addressed a large crowd of supporters of the bill in front of the state house, thanking the many individuals who worked to...

1 year 7 months ago

Rabid kitten found in Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - State officials say a kitten in Jamestown has tested positive for rabies and that other animals and possibly humans may have been exposed. The Rhode Island health and environmental management departments said Wednesday that the kitten, which has died, was found near Highland Drive and Fort...

1 year 10 months ago

Efforts to relax pot rules gaining momentum in US

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island is poised to become the 15th state in the nation to decriminalize marijuana, a move that reflects big shifts in public opinion on America's favorite illicit drug. State lawmakers overwhelmingly passed legislation last week that would replace criminal penalties for possession of an ounce...

2 years 4 months ago

States suing over health care law collect funding

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal officials are awarding more money to help states carry out President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The surprise? The list includes seven states suing to overturn the landmark law. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced Tuesday that 13 states will split grants totaling...

4 years 2 weeks ago

New England tops in swine flu vaccinations

Health officials say New England leads the nation in swine flu vaccinations. The South has the lowest rates. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its first state-by-state report on turnout for the swine flu vaccine on Thursday. Tiny Rhode Island has the highest vaccination rate of...

4 years 1 month ago

Fired teachers could get jobs back

A superintendent who fired all the teachers in one of Rhode Island's worst-performing high schools says she's willing to negotiate after their union promised to support reforms. Central Falls Superintendent Frances Gallo said Wednesday an offer from the teachers gives her hopes differences can be resolved without mass firings....

4 years 1 month ago

All educators fired at underperforming school

A Rhode Island school district has voted to fire all the teachers at an underperforming school. The Central Falls School Committee voted Tuesday evening to fire every educator at Central Falls High School, including teachers, guidance counselors and the principal. It's the only school in the tiny, impoverished city north...

4 years 1 month ago

More salami products recalled

Federal officials say Rhode Island-based Daniele International is expanding its recall of salami products that may be contaminated with salmonella. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said Tuesday that 115,000 pounds of salami products manufactured by the Burrillville meat company were being recalled because of possible...

4 years 2 months ago

Kennedy won't run for re-election in R.I.

No Kennedy in Congress? Rep. Patrick Kennedy says he won't be running for re-election. The Rhode Island Democrat's eighth term ends early next year. In a video message, Kennedy says his life is "taking a new direction." Kennedy's father, Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy, died in August. Washington...

4 years 5 months ago

City smashes Guinness bead record

A record-setting strand of beads has helped the city of East Providence put its recent financial woes behind it, at least for a night. On Friday, the city smashed the Guinness world record for longest strand of beads with a 1,349.9 foot string of red and white beads. The previous...

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