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Children Fall Through Ice in North Kingstown

Three children are lucky to be alive after they fell through the ice on a pond in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. A neighbor who lives nearby said he saw the children playing and warned them about the dangers of falling in. A few seconds later, he was calling 911. He brought the children to his house to recover after falling into the cold water. The kids were seen by paramedics and are expected to be fine.
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Local Hospitals Contacting Patients Who May Have Been Exposed to Measles

The Rhode Island Department of Health is reporting that both Rhode Island Hospital and Roger Williams Medical Center are working to notify patients who may have been exposed to measles. On February 25, a man was treated at Roger Williams Medical Center for a sore throat and fever. He was then seen on the 28th at a CVS Minute Clinic in North Attleboro for a rash. That same day the patient was sent to Rhode Island Hospital. Any patients who were in the Emergency Room on the Friday, February 28th between 5:30 and 3:30 Saturday may have been exposed. The hospitals…
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Providence Police Investigate Fourth Homicide of the Year

On Sunday morning, one man was stabbed to death and his brother sustained minor injuries on Federal Hill in Providence. Police have one suspect in custody and are looking for additional suspects. The suspect in custody was identified as Eric Souza, 29, of Assonet, Massachusetts. The victims in the double stabbing were found in the vicinity of 170 Atwells Ave. at about 2 Satchel Ramos, 22, of Providence was fatally stabbed and his brother, Clyde Ramos, 26, also stabbed, was treated and released.
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Latinos & Housing in 2014

New data released by the Latino Policy Institute (LPI) at Roger Williams University and HousingWorks RI reveals a persistent housing cost burden for Latino renter households in Rhode Island. The new infographic measures the decreased purchasing power facing these Latino households by quantifying the amount of money being spent on housing. Three quarters of Latino households in Rhode Island rent, compared to 40 percent of households statewide. More than half of these Latino households are considered housing cost burdened, meaning they spend more than 30 percent of their income on housing. Moreover, one third of Latino renter households are severely housing burdened, spending more than 50 percent…
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Patrick Administration Awards Grants to Promote Massachusetts Urban Agriculture

BOSTON - Friday, February 28, 2014 - The Patrick Administration today launched one of the nation's first state-funded urban farming initiatives, awarding $200,000 in grants for urban farm pilot projects in Boston, Everett, Lawrence, Lowell, Somerville, Springfield and Worcester. "Urban agriculture is an important, developing component of the Massachusetts food system," said Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Rick Sullivan. "It can revitalize blighted neighborhoods, improve public health, promote local businesses, engage youth and provide all Massachusetts residents with access to fresh, nutritious food." "In Massachusetts, we produce 5 to 10 percent of the food we consume and are dependent…
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GROSSMAN ANNOUNCES LATEST RELEASE OF UNCLAIMED PROPERTY LISTINGS FOR MASSACHUSETTS Over $100 Million in Newly Identified Property is Owed to Individuals and Businesses

Treasurer Steven Grossman today announced the release of the latest tally of names that have been added during the last six months to the state’s list of unclaimed property owners. Over 45,000 new properties in excess of $100 million combined are owed to individuals and businesses in the Commonwealth. “While this list is extensive, it only represents properties collected by Treasury in the last six months,” said Grossman. “There are literally hundreds of thousands of people who are not on this list but who can lay rightful claim to the over $ billion that we have on hand. Checking to…
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Members of the Rhode Island State Police Computer Crimes Unit and Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force Arrest a Warwick School Teacher for Indecent Solicitation of a Child, Transfer of Child Pornography and Possession of Child Pornography

RI - Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of Public Safety, announces that on Friday, February 28, 2014, members of the Rhode Island State Police Computer Crimes Unit and Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force arrested Thomas L. Hewes, age 52, of 64 Verdant Drive, Cranston, Rhode Island, for the alleged crimes of Indecent Solicitation of a Child, Transfer of Child Pornography and Possession of Child Pornography. Mr. Hewes is currently a social studies teacher at Gorton Junior High School in Warwick. Mr. Hewes was arrested as a result of an investigation…
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Former Mayor Moreau Could Walk Free On Friday

Rhode Island - Former Central Falls Mayor Charles D. Moreau will appear at the District Court of the United States on Friday and leave there as a free man after his 2-year sentence in prison is halved. Despite his guilty plea on a charge of fraud to a federal program, this will be nullified, even so it will be on his criminal record. Moreau will have to spend three years under supervised release. Moreau reached an agreement to plead guilty to one count of corruptly soliciting information or accepting bribery by an authority of a city that receives federal funds.…
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Housing Projects In Providence Earn Tax Credits

Rhode Island - Rhode Island Housing announced that it has received federal tax credits for two developments to provide 107 affordable housing in the city of Providence. One project will be at Sankofa Apartments which will include 50 rental units at an affordable price on vacant land in the neighborhood of West Elmwood. The second project with 57 units will be built in the West End. The Sankofa Apartments, given by the West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation in partnership with Peregrine Group, earned $ 1,156 in tax credits, which according to Rhode Island Housing would generate more than $ million…
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Missouri Man Admits Guilt To Sex Trafficking

Rhode Island - A Missouri man pleads guilty to sex trafficking when he took a 17 year old with disabilities from Massachusetts to Rhode Island. Stephen Ardrey, 30, admitted that he met the girl online and contacted her for several months, until last September when he met her in Medfield, Massachusetts where he later took her to a motel in West Greenwich, RI. She was found in Coventry and Ardrey has been in federal custody ever since. The charges carry a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life imprisonment. Ardrey will be sentenced on May…
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