Rhode Island News for May 8th 2013

RI to open 4 state beaches
NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (AP) — With temperatures rising and the days lengthening Rhode Island is preparing to open four South County beaches. The state Department of Environmental Management announced Tuesday that Scarborough North, Roger More…

Mass. Roman Catholic bishop pleads not guilty to DUI charge in RI; released on
SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — The leader of a Roman Catholic diocese in Massachusetts charged with driving drunk in Rhode Island pleaded not guilty and was allowed to remain free on $1,000 bail at his arraignment Tuesday. Worcester Bishop Robert More…

After Rhode Island, is gay marriage 'inevitable'? Conservatives say no
WASHINGTON (RNS) As Rhode Island becomes the 10th state to approve same- sex marriage, a leading opponent blames Hollywood, academia and the More…

RI bill would give licenses to illegal immigrants
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Lawmakers in Rhode Island are considering a proposal to allow immigrants to obtain driver's licenses regardless of their legal status. The Senate Judiciary Committee plans to hold a hearing on the legislation Tuesday. The bill More…

RI 10th state to legalize gay marriage
PROVIDENCE, R.I.Rhode Island became the 10th state to legalize gay marriage May 2 when its governor signed a bill into law. With cheering supporters behind him, Gov. Lincoln Chafee, an Independent, signed the bill at an outdoor ceremony in front of More…

Last week at the RI General Assembly
Same-sex marriage legislation becomes law On a final House vote of 56- 15, the General Assembly enacted legislation making Rhode Island the 10th state in the nation to allow same-sex marriage, to cheers of advocates and citizens who have pursued More…

RI prayer banner case student to get Playboy award
CRANSTON, R.I. — An atheist student who fought to have a prayer banner at her Rhode Island public high school removed is getting an award named for Playboy founder Hugh Hefner. WPRO-AM reports (http://bit.ly/10ngeRr) Jessica Ahlquist is among this More…

RI to get $4.5M for Sandy recovery
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island will receive nearly $4.5 million in federal relief funds to help historic sites and wildlife refuges recover from Superstorm Sandy. U.S. Sen. Jack Reed announced the federal help Tuesday. Of the total, $3 million More…

Judge in RI says $500000 penalty unjust for gas company, asks for ideas on
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island — Apparently frustrated by a U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down an $18 million penalty for a Texas natural gas firm, a federal judge is taking the unusual step of asking the environmental community for suggestions on More…

Former RI first lady Pastore to be laid to rest
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Former Rhode Island first lady Elena Pastore (pass-TOR'-ee) will be laid to rest in Cranston this week. Her son says Pastore will be laid to rest in Cranston on Friday after dying last Thursday at her daughter's Florida home More…

RI man, local woman, named as Gloucester victims
Your article has been sent. GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Authorities have identified the two people who died after slipping into the ocean off the coast of Gloucester last weekend as a Rhode Island man and a local woman he and his wife had been visiting. More…

Rhode Island becomes 10th state state to legalize gay marriage
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Rhode Island Home Prices Continue to Rise, Home Sales Up Nine Percent in
(Source: Rhode Island Association of Realtors) – Warwick, RI, – The median price of single family home sales rose nine percent in March from a year ago, to $190,000 according to statistics released today by the Rhode Island Association of Realtors. More…

Young RI volunteers honored in Washington, D.C.
EAST GREENWICH, R.I. (WPRI) – Two Rhode Island students were honored in Washington, D.C. on Sunday night during the 18th annual presentation of The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Prudential Financial sponsors the awards program in More…

RI Senate to vote on Chafee's EDC picks
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Senate is set to vote on three more of Gov. Lincoln Chafee's picks to join the Economic Development Corp. board. The Senate is scheduled to vote Tuesday on the nominations of Judith Diaz, Elizabeth Francis More…

RI Bar Association slams Chafee over vacancies
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Bar Association has criticized Governor Chafee failing to fill four judicial vacancies. The Providence Journal reports (http://bit.ly/MtnrP1 ) the association sent a letter to the governor saying it's More…

Gloucester woman, RI man identified as drowning victims
Chief Leonard Campanello said 46-year-old Gloucester resident Evelyn Howe and David Machado, 49 and from Rhode Island, drowned despite rescue efforts by his officers, who launched a newly updated rescue boat, and the Coast Guard. In a statement More…

Rhode Island Hospital recognized for outstanding burn care
Stats have been disabled for this video. Report. Published on May 7, 2013. Rhode Island Burn Center director David Harrington, MD, talks about caring for burn patients, and what it means to be a verified burn center. http://www.rhodeislandhospital.org More…

RI bill would give licenses to illegal immigrants
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island lawmakers reviewed legislation Tuesday that would allow immigrants to obtain driver's licenses regardless of their legal status — but the controversial idea has already run into opposition from law enforcement, More…

Mass. bishop pleads not guilty to DUI charge in RI
The leader of a Roman Catholic diocese in Massachusetts charged with driving drunk in Rhode Island has been released on $1,000 bail. Worcester Bishop Robert McManus pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of driving under the influence and leaving the More…

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