State Corrections Security Specialist Arrested for Buying Personal Ammo with Prison Funds
Gerald J. Masso, 53, a security specialist for the Rhode Island Department of Corrections, has been charged with two felony counts of fraudulent conversion after he allegedly bought more than $4,600 worth of ammunition for himself using a corrections department line of credit.
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Thu Jul 10, 2014
2 Warwick beaches reopen to swimming
The state health department has recommended the reopening of two Warwick beaches that had high levels of bacteria in the water.
Chafee nominates new director of administration
The Democrat's office said Thursday he's nominating Steven Hartford to replace Richard Licht.
Raimondo proposes office of economic empowerment
Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Gina Raimondo has proposed creating a special office to "reimagine" the way state government addresses problems like poverty, homelessness and access to higher education.
Wed Jul 09, 2014
Locals join fight to end a bogus blood ban
On Friday, July 11, gay men and their friends will head to the Rhode Island Blood Center for the National Gay Blood Drive, an event taking place in more than 60 cities around the country.
ABC6 hosts free skin cancer screenings at local beaches
By Alana Cerrone firstname.lastname@example.org ABC6 and HealthSourceRI are teaming up with local organizations to offer free skin cancer screenings at beaches this summer.
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Rhode Island May Use DNA to Track Students; Federal Bill Passes House
A bill to reauthorize federal funding for newborn DNA collection passed the U.S. House of Representatives by voice vote-meaning without a vote record-on June 26. Currently, the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Act of 2007 mandates collecting blood samples from every newborn by heel prick.
Mon Jul 07, 2014
Rhode Island lead law effective, but often ignored
Only one in five properties in Central Falls, Pawtucket, Providence, and Woonsocket that are covered by Rhode Island's lead hazard mitigation law were in compliance with the statute more than four years after it took effect, according to a study by a local team of academic, government, and nonprofit researchers.
Litterbugs face stiffer penalties in Rhode Island
The General Assembly said Monday the governor has signed legislation that raises the maximum fine for littering from $500 to $1,000 for the first offense, and from $500 to $5,000 for a second offense.
Sun Jul 06, 2014
Senate's 'Rhode to Work' plan sees mixed success
Nine of the 21 pieces of legislation in the original "Rhode to Work" package passed the General Assembly and were sent to Gov. Lincoln Chafee.
Thu Jul 03, 2014
Chafee vetoes bill on serving arrest warrants
Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee has vetoed a bill that would expand who is authorized to serve arrest warrants, saying it raises separation-of-power concerns.
Beachgoers warned of rip currents, high surf
State officials say strong surf is expected along the Rhode Island shoreline because of Hurricane Arthur and are urging beachgoers to take caution.
Tue Jul 01, 2014
NECAP moratorium becomes law in Rhode Island
The use of standardized tests as a high school graduation requirement will be pushed back three years in Rhode Island under legislation that went into law without Gov. Lincoln Chafee's signature.
Rhode Island governor signs e-cigarette ban bill into law
Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee on Tuesday signed new legislation that fully prohibits the sale of e-cigarettes to minors.
Mon Jun 30, 2014
Mosquitoes negative for West Nile virus
The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management said Monday that all 104 mosquito samples from 21 traps set statewide during the week of June 16 came back negative.
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Rhode Island Department of Health and Two Hospitals Responding to Potential Measles Exposures
The Rhode Island Department of Health is working with Rhode Island Hospital and Roger Williams Medical Center to notify patients who may have been exposed to a person with measles who was in both of these facilities last week.
Sat Jun 28, 2014
Measles Case Reported At RI Hospital & Roger Williams Medical Ctr.
Authorities are tracking down and notifying people who may have been exposed to a patient with measles at Rhode Island Hospital and Roger Williams Medical Center.
Another Warwick beach reopens to swimming
Authorities on Thursday closed Goddard Memorial State Park Beach, Conimicut Point Beach and Oakland Beach, all in Warwick, after detecting high bacteria levels during water samples.
Fri Jun 27, 2014
Calamari becomes Rhode Island's official appetizer
About 125 fishing boats in Rhode Island catch half of all the squid brought in on the East Coast annually, Chafee said.
Department of Corrections employee arrested for illegally obtaining money
A teacher at the Adult Correctional Institute was arrested for allegedly obtaining $1,702.26 in wages under false pretenses from the State of A joint investigation by the ACI Inspector's Unit and the Rhode Island State Police began in March after workers at the Department of Corrections Special Education office reported a time card discrepancy.