Education

New Grant Awarded to RWU and Providence Public Schools to Improve Math Proficiency

Grant to support professional development for K-3 teachers serving English Language Learners in five area elementary schools BRISTOL, , March 19, 2014 – The Rhode Island Office of Higher Education has awarded a $145,000 grant to Roger Williams University<; (RWU) for the first year of a new collaborative program in partnership with the Providence Public School District<; (PPSD) aimed to improve mathematics achievement for English Language Learners in five local elementary schools from kindergarten through third grade. The new professional development program, PRIME-ELL (Providence Rhode Island Mathematics Excellence – English Language Learners) will create mathematics professional learning communities where local…
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Health

AG Kilmartin Submits Legislation Requiring National Background Checks for Personal Care Attendants

Citing patient safety and the need for the proper tools to fight Medicaid fraud, Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin has submitted legislation that would require national background checks and licenses for personal care attendants. The legislation – H7442, sponsored by Representative Eileen Naughton (D-District 21, Warwick) is scheduled to be heard before the House Committee on Health, Education and Welfare today, Wednesday, March 19, 2014. The senate companion bill (S2665) is sponsored by Senator Frank S. Lombardi (D-District 26, Cranston). Under the Global Medicaid Waiver, the State of Rhode Island received permission from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid to…
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Featured

“Click It or Ticket” Enforcement, March 24th to March 30, 2014

Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of the Rhode Island Department of Public Safety, announces that through funding obtained by the Department of Transportation Office on Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Rhode Island State Police will be joining with state and local law enforcement agencies by participating in the "Click it or Ticket" nationwide enforcement campaign. Starting on Monday March 24th and continuing through, and including Sunday, March 30th, drivers can expect an increased presence of troopers on all roadways. Speeding is one of the most prevalent factors…
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Australian Authorities Suspend Search For the Day Of MH370

The search for debris in the Indian Ocean of defunct Malaysia Airlines aircraft was suspended on Thursday. The authority of Australian Maritime Safety (AMSA) said that operations will continue on Friday morning. Australian authorities had seen via satellite two objects that could belong to the plane, which disappeared on March 8 with 239 people on board while they were covering the route between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing. Aircraft and ships were sent to the area from Australia, New Zealand and United States to track these objects, which are 2,500 kilometres of Perth, on the southwest coast of Australia. The largest…
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World News

Pistorius Sells House To Pay Lawyers

The South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius sold the house where he died his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, whose murder is being tried, to pay lawyers. Pistorius's lawyer, Brian Webber, explained that Pistorius had to make that decision by "the unexpected prolongation of trial beyond the three weeks initially planned". The Pretoria High Court judges Pistorius for the death of his girlfriend from last March 3. Although it was intended to end on Thursday, the end was extended to April 4. The House, valued at $450,000 and located in a luxurious estate of Pretoria, is the same that where a shootout ended…
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US News

Evo Morales Meets With U.S. Congressmen In Search Of Better Relations

The President of Bolivia, Evo Morales, met on Thursday with United States Congressmen with the aim of improving relations between the two countries. "We are here to restore relations, the national Government has no problem, if there is respect between the two countries to restore ambassadors, hopefully we can make arrangements before your Government", Morales told the delegation, led by Democratic Senator Tom Harkin. "This country is making great strides, we have come to talk about how we can be partners in this progress in this great country," said the Senator for his part. Both countries have lived several diplomatic…
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The EU Meets To Discuss Response To Russia

European Union leaders met from 14:30 GMT in Brussels to discuss a new response to block the Russian intervention in the Ukrainian region of Crimea. The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, said that the EU leaders would agree to new sanctions against Moscow. Merkel said before the Parliament of her country that Russia's actions meant that the G-8 (composed of Germany, Canada, France, United States, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom and Russia) no longer existed. Meanwhile, the Swedish Foreign Minister, Carl Bildt, told the BBC that the EU should offer clear support to Ukraine because the objective of Russia was not Crimea…
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Health

Teen Zombies invade Downtown Providence as Part of National Kick Butts Day

With the first-ever Rhode Island Zombie Walk, the Rhode Island Department of Health's Tobacco Control Program, Tobacco Free Rhode Island, Tobacco Free Providence, and local teens affirmed their commitment to finding innovative ways to reduce tobacco use. Dozens of teens from across Rhode Island gathered to motivate smokers to quit—zombie style! Dressed as the zombies of dead smokers, the teens marched from the State House to Kennedy Plaza to offer tobacco users information on how to quit. Cancerous lesions on their faces and stomas on their necks helped the teens make a dramatic statement about the effects of tobacco-related disease.…
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Culture

Providence Named No.1 Most Exciting Mid-Sized City

cites young population and artistic and culinary assets PROVIDENCE, RI - Providence has a new distinction to add to its list of honors: Rhode Island's Capital City has been ranked the 'Most Exciting Mid-Sized City' in the United States by Real Estate website cited Providence's youthfulness, live music, nightlife, restaurants and outdoor activities. "Despite being one of the oldest cities in the (hailing from 1636), Providence has one of the youngest populations of any city we looked at," according to , a website that promotes real estate listings across the country. Providence edged out Charleston, SC, Fort Collins, CO and…
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Featured

Files Deleted From Flight Simulator

Authorities investigating the disappearance of flight MH370 are analyzing data from the flight simulator pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah had in his house, but found that several files were deleted recently. "There are some deleted information, we tried to recover it," acknowledged the Minister of Defense of Malaysia, Hishamudin Husein who added that they are calling international experts to examine records of the simulator. Sources close to the investigation revealed that the program that was kept in the pilot's house had simulations of landings in Maldives, Sri Lanka, South India and at the US military base of Diego Garcia, data that were not…
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