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March 26th, 2014

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

School committee considers shortening February vacation

March 26, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The school committee may consider changing February vacation to a four-day weekend in coming years.

The committee discussed the 2014-2015 school calendar Wednesday, which has a proposed school start date of Aug. 27, 2014 and end date of June 17, 2015.

Superintendent Katherine Sipala said she is awaiting comments from school principals and the teachers’ union on the proposed calendar, and would expect the committee to table the item for a decision at the April meeting.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

PUC holds hearings on water rate increase

March 26, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – A public hearing before the Public Utilities Commission [PUC] brought an estimated 25 residents to the town hall last Wednesday in protest of approximately $10 in proposed monthly increases – a 42.6 percent rate increase - from United Water, which was allowed a 18.31 percent increase in 2012.

The next hearing on the matter will be held at the Narragansett Town Hall tonight at 6 p.m.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

March 24th

ROTC making a comeback?

March 24, 2014

COVENTRY — Although local officials have reached out to federal officials to discuss what actions can be taken to save the AFJROTC program at Coventry High School, everyone’s waiting to see what the outcome will be from the site visit scheduled for the week of May 12 by the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE).

Joseph Stalaboin, a concerned parent who has been involved with getting the program back on its feet, has attended each meeting and had a conversation with federal delegation on March 13, said the conference call was a success.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

March 21st

Senate Judiciary Committee hears a slew of bills on motor vehicle violations

March 21, 2014

STATE HOUSE – The Senate Judiciary Committee was scheduled to hear and consider a host of bills related to motor vehicle violations Thursday.

The hearings were scheduled for after the Times went to press.

Sen. V. Susan Sosnowski (D-District 37, South Kingstown, New Shoreham) is sponsoring five of the bills under consideration. Sosnowski’s bills include S 2231 and S 2474, which would grant judges and magistrates the authority to prohibit drivers adjudicated of certain motor vehicle offenses, such as driving under the influence of liquor and/or drugs, from operating a motor vehicle not equipped with an ignition interlock system. Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin is sponsoring bill S 2474.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Digital literacy program taking shape at Narragansett Elementary

March 21, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The digital literacy program for fourth graders at Narragansett Elementary School has had a successful first year thus far.

Brien Jennings, library media specialist at NES, has spearheaded the initiative to bring digital literacy to NES and form a partnership with the University of Rhode Island’s Harrington School of Communication and Media. Jennings hopes to eventually bring digital literacy to the entire district.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

South Kingstown looking to fill two high-level civic service positions

March 21, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - The transition of Andy Nota, director of administrative services, to Jamestown to act as town administrator and the sudden, unexpected departure of Town Engineer William Boardman has left two high-level civic service positions open in the town.

According to the town, the role of director of administrative services includes direct involvement with labor relations, contract administration and negotiations, administrative oversight of the human resources division, staff assistance in budget development and municipal policy research and analysis.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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