Category Archives: Local News

GOP fundraiser admits fraud; accused of spending on escorts

GOP fundraiser admits fraud; accused of spending on escorts

By MICHELLE R. SMITH, The Associated Press PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A GOP fundraiser and former congressional candidate from Rhode Island has agreed to plead guilty to wire fraud and violating campaign law after prosecutors say he used more than $1 million of the money he raised on himself, including for adult entertainment and escort…MORE

Providence schools boost access to feminine hygiene products

Providence schools boost access to feminine hygiene products

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Providence is making feminine hygiene products available to students for free in all the city’s high schools and middle schools. Under the program announced by Mayor Jorge Elorza, the products will be available at first in female and gender-neutral bathrooms at Hope High School and DelSesto Middle School, as well as…MORE

Fee increases proposed at Rhode Island beaches, parks

Fee increases proposed at Rhode Island beaches, parks

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is proposing fee increases at state beaches and campsites as part of the governor’s plan to add staffing in the state parks system. Under the proposal released Wednesday, weekend beach fees for residents would increase from $7 to $9. The weekend fee for non-residents…MORE

Racial incident on local college campus sparks conversation

Racial incident on local college campus sparks conversation

By Steve Klamkin WPRO News A local college student is speaking out after saying he was subjected to a racial epithet on campus on the night of the Super Bowl earlier this month. Bryant University senior Quinton Law, a member of the football team says a woman hurled the “N” word at him as he…MORE

Officials postpone deciding ex-HR director’s severance

Officials postpone deciding ex-HR director’s severance

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Providence officials have postponed deciding on a $127,000 severance package for the city’s former human resources director. The City Council Committee on Claims and Pending Suits voted to continue the discussion on Sybil Bailey’s separation agreement Tuesday. Bailey abruptly resigned Feb. 4 after more than 16 years on the job. The…MORE

RIDOT testing self-driving cars in Quonset

RIDOT testing self-driving cars in Quonset

By Tessa Roy, WPRO News A fleet of self-driving electric cars are being tested on the quiet roads of Quonset before they become part of a pilot shuttle program in Providence this spring. The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is testing them in partnership with the city, Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA), Rhode…MORE

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