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March 27th

Revision to CHS academic requirements approved

March 27, 2014

WOOD RIVER JUNCTION – The Chariho School Committee voted 8-0 Tuesday to approve a revision to the district’s policy regarding academic requirements for high school graduation.

Superintendent Barry Ricci proposed a revision that would increase the physical education requirement to two credits. “We’ve long been criticized for only providing one quarter of PE,” Ricci said. “We’ve found a way to schedule it so we can provide a semester.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

March 26th

Sheehan proposes amendment on ethics

March 26, 2014

STATE HOUSE – Sen. James C. Sheehan (D-Dist. 36, Narragansett, North Kingstown) has introduced legislation that would ask Rhode Island voters to decide – through a constitutional amendment – the makeup and powers of the Ethics Commission and specifically its authority over members of the General Assembly.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Eddie’s BBQ granted special use permit

March 26, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The zoning board granted a special use permit to Eddie’s BBQ Thursday.

Owner Steven McLaughlin was seeking relief from town ordinance to operate a lunchroom or restaurant without alcohol beverage license in a BB zoning district.

Town staff initially thought the barbecue restaurant would need relief from parking regulations, but later determined that the minimum of six parking spots required for the maximum seating of 16 was met.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

SKHS hosts ‘Science Outside of the Classroom Door’

March 26, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - A day devoted to science brought a slew of practicing scientists from fields like criminal forensics, paleontology, fire science, cyber-security and oceanography to South Kingstown High School science classrooms on Friday.

The idea for Science Lecture Day at the school began when several science teachers talked in hypotheticals about bringing practicing scientists into the classrooms to show their students what it is like to work in the field.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Bill would create statute for larceny of farm products

March 26, 2014

STATE HOUSE - With the continued growth of farming and agricultural industries in Rhode Island, Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin authored legislation at the request of the Rhode Island Farm Bureau that would create a statute for the larceny of farm products and livestock. The legislation – H7619, sponsored by Rep. Samuel A. Azzinaro (D-District 37, Westerly) – was heard before the House Committee on Judiciary last Wednesday. The Senate companion bill is sponsored by Sen. V. Susan Sosnowski (D-District 37, New Shoreham, South Kingstown) and was scheduled to be heard Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee after the Times went to press.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Kilmartin, fellow AGs urge retailers to stop selling tobacco

March 26, 2014

With the health and protection of Rhode Island citizens in mind, Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin joined 27 other attorneys general in urging the nation’s five largest retailers with pharmacies – Rite-Aid, Walmart, Walgreens, Kroger and Safeway – to follow the example set by CVS/Caremark and to cease selling tobacco products at stores throughout the United States.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Lyons indicted on multiple charges including DUI death resulting

March 26, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The Washington County Grand Jury indicted a Coventry woman Friday charging her with one count of driving under the influence death resulting, one count of driving to endanger death resulting, and three counts of possession of a controlled substance.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Human trafficking on the increase in RI

March 26, 2014

PROVIDENCE—The underground world of human trafficking is not just a brothel in a third world country or a prostitution ring in some European city, but within many communities throughout the United States. Rhode Island is not immune to sex and forced labor trafficking among its streets, and legislators, law enforcement and advocacy groups are beginning to realize the growing problem.

“Human trafficking is becoming an increasingly troublesome issue for all states, including Rhode Island,” said Amy Kempe, spokesperson for the Office of Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin. “What was once seen as something that ‘couldn’t happen in my community,’ that is just no longer the case.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Legislators react to Fox resignation

March 26, 2014

PROVIDENCE – The sudden resignation of House Speaker Gordon Fox following a federal and state investigation of his home and his office at the state house left local representatives in a unprecedented position to change the direction of the leadership in the house.

Rep. Spencer Dickinson (D - District 35, South Kingstown) spoke with the Narragansett Times on Monday following a meeting of the house the night prior at the Marriott where the resignation was discussed and the group scrambled to determine who would fill the big red chair overseeing the house floor.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Giancola discusses potential affiliation with Southcoast Health System

March 26, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – South County Hospital, the only remaining independent hospital in the state, is considering an affiliation with Southcoast Health System.

Late last month, the board of trustees for the South County Hospital Healthcare System and the South County Hospital Healthcare System Endowment authorized the hospital and the endowment to enter into exclusive talks with Southcoast Health System of Massachusetts regarding a possible affiliation.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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