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  • Boil water notice lifted after negative E. coli testBoil water notice lifted after negative E. coli test

    A boil water notice has been lifted in Westerly, after new testing no longer showed the presence of the E. coli bacteria. The Westerly Water Department lifted the notice on Friday, saying a problem well has been taken offline, and the entire system has been disinfected.

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  • RI Faces Uncertain Economic Future | Rhode Island Public Radio - Rhode Island Public RadioRI Faces Uncertain Economic Future | Rhode Island Public Radio - Rhode Island Public Radio

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  • Rhode Island Discloses Thousands More in Benefits Backlog - U.S. News & World ReportRhode Island Discloses Thousands More in Benefits Backlog - U.S. News & World Report

    Rhode Island Discloses Thousands More in Benefits BacklogU.S. News & World ReportThe Providence Journal reports Courtney Hawkins, director of the Department of Human Services, released new data from the contractor responsible for the state's troubled RI Bridges computer system on Thursday. She says they now believe there are more ...and more »

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  • Business | RI's Davis, Rafaelian & Foulkes Named to Most Powerful Working Mother's ListBusiness | RI's Davis, Rafaelian & Foulkes Named to Most Powerful Working Mother's List

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  • Citing Safety, Councilman Wants Cameras in Every Classroom - U.S. News & World ReportCiting Safety, Councilman Wants Cameras in Every Classroom - U.S. News & World Report

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  • Self-heating beef dish blamed for carbon monoxide scareSelf-heating beef dish blamed for carbon monoxide scare

    A self-heating beef dinner from China is being blamed for a carbon monoxide scare at a Rhode Island boarding school

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    The Rhode Island Department of Health is advising consumers that the Stop & Shop Supermarket Company is recalling Stop & Shop Brand Frozen Whole Kernel Sweet Corn due to potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The product details are: Stop & Shop Brand Frozen Whole Kernel Sweet Corn, 16 oz., UPC 68826700676 with a Best By Date of Oct-2019.

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  • Man pleads guilty to killing pregnant woman and setting fireMan pleads guilty to killing pregnant woman and setting fire

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  • Yorgo's Foods Recalling All Greek-Style Food ProductsYorgo's Foods Recalling All Greek-Style Food Products

    The Rhode Island Department of Health is advising consumers that Yorgo's Foods is recalling all Greek-style food products it manufactures due to their potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The recalled products include hommus, tahini sauces, yogurt dip, salads, tzatziki, grape leaves, and taboule.

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  • Boil water order issued in Westerly, Rhode Island, after tests detect E. coli - CBS NewsBoil water order issued in Westerly, Rhode Island, after tests detect E. coli - CBS News

    CBS NewsBoil water order issued in Westerly, Rhode Island, after tests detect E. coliCBS NewsWESTERLY, R.I. — Health officials have issued a boil water notice in Westerly, Rhode Island after E. coli bacteria was found in the water supply. The state Department of Health said Wednesday that water customers should boil water used for human ...Westerly Residents Warned Of Bacterial Contamination In The Water SupplyRhode Island Public RadioUPDATE: Boil water order lifted in Westerly - ABC6 - Providence, RI ...WLNE-TV (ABC6)all 14 news articles »

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  • Company Selling Raw Milk Told to Cease and DesistCompany Selling Raw Milk Told to Cease and Desist

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  • Mercurio arrested for failing to report abuseMercurio arrested for failing to report abuse

    Following an investigation by Warwick Police in conjunction with the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth, and Families , current principal of Cedar Hill Elementary Colleen Mercurio was arrested on a warrant charge for Failure to Report Child Abuse , a misdemeanor offense, on Friday, Nov. 10. Mercurio was issued a summonse to appear in 3rd ... (more)

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  • Act Fast: Tax Amnesty Program Offers Huge OpportunityAct Fast: Tax Amnesty Program Offers Huge Opportunity

    The Rhode Island Division of Taxation is offering a tax amnesty window program, beginning December 1. This is the first amnesty program since 2012, and the terms are very favorable to taxpayers. Any taxpayer with an outstanding Rhode Island tax issue should strongly consider whether to take advantage of this amnesty program.

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  • Court says passenger can face driving charges in crashCourt says passenger can face driving charges in crash

    Rhode Island's high court has ruled that a man can face criminal driving charges for causing a serious crash despite the fact that he was technically a passenger.

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  • Detention center director who resigned gets new post at DCYFDetention center director who resigned gets new post at DCYF

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  • Officials: Man shot by police on I-95 died of neck woundOfficials: Man shot by police on I-95 died of neck wound

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  • $1.5 Million Homes in Rhode Island, California and Georgia - New York Times$1.5 Million Homes in Rhode Island, California and Georgia - New York Times

    New York Times$1.5 Million Homes in Rhode Island, California and GeorgiaNew York TimesSETTING Saunderstown is a hamlet of North Kingstown, R.I., about 15 minutes from Newport. A private dirt road leads from the property to Narragansett Bay, about half a mile away, and can be traveled on horseback. The 550-acre John H. Chaffee Nature ...

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  • People can create online page to help in Food Bank holiday drivePeople can create online page to help in Food Bank holiday drive

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  • Zoo: Oldest Masai giraffe in North America dies at 26Zoo: Oldest Masai giraffe in North America dies at 26

    A Rhode Island zoo says the oldest Masai giraffe in captivity in North America has died; Amber was 26 and had lost her sight and had difficulty moving around her exhibit

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  • Shooting Victim, Cruiser Theft Suspect Knew One AnotherShooting Victim, Cruiser Theft Suspect Knew One Another

        By Steve Klamkin & Bill Haberman WPRO News The man who is charged with stealing a state police cruiser touching off a frantic search last Thursday knew the man who was later shot and killed by police following a high speed chase on I-95 in Providence, says the cruiser theft suspect’s ex-girlfriend. The revelation comes as Providence police released audio files of the police radio traffic from both the hunt for the stolen cruiser, and the subsequent chase that ended with the officer-involved shooting death of Joseph Santos, 32, as police boxed in his white pick-up truck on the interstate highway. “Joe Santos was very close to Donny from the Codac, and they were very close,” said Priscilla Almeida, who claimed she was Donald Morgan’s ex-girlfriend outside 6th Division District Court in Providence, where Morgan, 35, was ordered held as a bail violator. Almeida said Morgan and Santos met at the Cranston drug rehabilitation center, but she does not believe the two communicated with each other that fateful day. “No. People were saying that he saw him jumping into the truck, and he wasn’t even around,” Almeida said.  A spokeswoman for the Providence police confirms that account, although the investigation continues into whether the two were in contact on the day of the cruiser theft and police shooting.  Providence Police also released dispatch audio from both the cruiser theft, the subsequent chase of Santos’ pickup truck and includes frantic voices of officers describing the shooting.  A Providence District Court judge Tuesday ordered Morgan held as a bail violator during his arraignment on a half-dozen charges related both to an earlier auto theft and the cruiser theft.  Rhode Island State Police identified the trooper who lost his vehicle and the other troopers involved in the deadly shooting.  The trooper whose cruiser was stolen is identified as Michael Doherty, who described himself in a court affidavit as a 13-year veteran trooper.  The troopers involved in the shooting were Detective Lieutenant Cynthia Trahan, Corporal Scott Carlsten, Detective Corporal Herbert Tilson and Trooper Garrett Hassett. The officers fired a total of 23 shots in the incident, and the four have been placed on administrative leave.  Providence police previously said five officers had fired 20 shots at the pickup truck, and those officers were placed on administrative leave.  Both Providence and State Police said the results of their investigations would be turned over to the Attorney General’s office for presentation to a grand jury, which is the protocol for all officer-involved shootings.  In a statement, State Police Superintendent Colonel Ann Assumpico announced that partitions will be installed as soon as possible in all marked state police cruisers. The stolen cruiser did not have partitions.

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  • State police identify troopers in deadly I-95 shootingState police identify troopers in deadly I-95 shooting

    Rhode Island State Police have released the names of the troopers involved in a deadly shooting on a busy stretch of Interstate 95

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    While Connecticut and a handful of states are scaling back broadcasts of governmental proceedings to help cut costs, many others are pushing ahead with wide-ranging programming that can include everything from gavel-to-gavel coverage of legislative sessions to a documentary on managing wolves in Washington state. The Rhode Island General Assembly, which owns and operates the state-funded Capitol Television, has upgraded its operations.

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  • VIDEO: Officer Involved Shooting in ProvidenceVIDEO: Officer Involved Shooting in Providence

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  • PREVIEW: Leapin’ Lizards, Annie’s in Pawtucket!PREVIEW: Leapin’ Lizards, Annie’s in Pawtucket!

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  • Officials: more than 20 dead in Texas church shootingOfficials: more than 20 dead in Texas church shooting

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  • Reed: RI Democratic Primary not riggedReed: RI Democratic Primary not rigged

    By Tessa Roy, WPRO News Asked if he thinks the 2016 Democratic primary was rigged in favor of Hillary Clinton as former DNC Chair Donna Brazile has alleged, Senator Jack Reed said he doesn’t believe it was the case in Rhode Island; Bernie Sanders, not Clinton, won the state, he said. “The Rhode Island election certainly wasn’t rigged because, you know, people came out and made their opinions very clear,” he said. “I think it’s not so much rigged as we have to do a better job of reflecting the popular opinions of Democrats across the country.” Reed said Brazile’s charges point to improvements Democrats should make, calling her a “very thoughtful lady” who has done a “very important service of identifying problems in the party structure.” “I think what we’re going to have to look at is structurally, how do we accommodate superdelegates, how do we integrate that with the popular vote?” he said. “That’s a serious question and we have to work on it.” Reed also said President Donald Trump’s pressuring of the FBI and Justice Department to investigate Clinton is an attempt to deflect attention from the Mueller probe. “I think he’s acting unpresidentially, not only trying to, you know, deflect attention but also to suggest a specific investigation of the FBI. That’s not how our system should operate,” he said. 

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  • Federal judge appoints special master for food stamp systemFederal judge appoints special master for food stamp system

    Court-appointed Special Master Demming Sherman (at right), while Rhode Island Director of Human Services Courtney Hawkins (at left with a press aide) waits to talk with reporters outside U.S. District Court in Providence. Photo by Steve Klamkin WPRO News PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – A federal judge appointed a special master on Thursday to ensure that thousands of Rhode Island residents receive food stamps on time, as benefits for thousands of people have been delayed amid computer problems. U.S. District Judge William Smith on Thursday appointed attorney Deming Sherman to make sure the state complies with the court-ordered terms of a settlement it agreed to earlier this year with the Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. Smith says he alerted the state and ACLU last month that he was likely to appoint a special master after the state acknowledged “a systematic failure to comply” with the order. The state has blamed the contractor responsible for the RI Bridges computer system for the delays.  

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    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo says the deal for a new stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox does not need to be renegotiated, as the House speaker has requested. Democratic House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello said Friday he wants the state and the team to renegotiate, to reduce the risk to taxpayers and perhaps require the team or its owners to shoulder more of the cost. The Democratic governor said Tuesday the current proposal protects taxpayers and keeps the team in Pawtucket, which could revitalize the city. Lawmakers are considering a bill that shares the $83 million project cost among the state, Pawtucket and the team, the Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. Raimondo says it would be natural for lawmakers to amend it, but it’s a good deal.

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  • Judge expects to appoint special master in UHIP debacleJudge expects to appoint special master in UHIP debacle

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  • Providence Board of Licenses issues vote of no confidence in chairman Juan PichardoProvidence Board of Licenses issues vote of no confidence in chairman Juan Pichardo

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island licensing board has issued a vote of no confidence in their chairman after shots were fired near a Providence nightclub. The Board of Licenses has closed the Penthouse Club for 72 hours following an emergency meeting after the incident last weekend. In a hearing Tuesday, the board cast a 4-1 vote to remove Juan Pichardo from his chairmanship position. The vote comes the day after Democratic Mayor Jorge Elorza called for his resignation. Pichardo criticized the mayor in a statement before the vote, saying his comments were politically motivated. Pichardo tells WJAR he believes he is receiving the brunt of the criticism because the board has not shut down the nightclub. The board says they will decide Thursday whether to revoke the club’s license.

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