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ACLU releases report on racial bias in school suspensions

March 13, 2014

PROVIDENCE—The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island (ACLU) released a new report on Tuesday which demonstrates that minority students are being punished at schools across the state disproportionately to white students. According to ‘Blacklisted: an update,’ North Kingstown suspended black students 6.34 times more than other students, while Hispanic students were suspended 1.26 times as often.

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North Kingstown man indicted by grand jury for sexual assault

March 13, 2014

WARWICK—A North Kingstown man who was arrested last year for possession of child pornography has been indicted by the Kent County Grand Jury on one count of first degree sexual assault. Stephen Mulcahey, 41, of 15 Ranger Road, was arrested on Oct. 27, 2013 by Coventry Police after sexually assaulting an individual.

The 41-year-old has a long list of prior offenses, including arrest for domestic assault in 2004 and felony larceny over $1,500 in 1991, both out of North Kingstown PD, among other misdemeanor conviction and dismissals.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Committee praises student achievement in NECAP testing

March 13, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—At Tuesday evening’s work session, the North Kingstown School Committee was presented with the latest results in the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) testing, demonstrating that North Kingstown students have been among the highest achievers in the state. Dr. Michele Humbyrd, assistant superintendent of teaching and learning, outlined significant student achievement increases in the reading, writing and math portions of the test.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Residents file injunction in Rolling Greens case

March 13, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—A number of residents have filed an injunction in Superior Court this week, opposing the town of North Kingstown’s recent approval of rescheduling public hearings on the Rolling Greens mixed-use commercial project. Last month, the town discovered that it had incorrectly advertised the hearings in the fall of 2012, at which time North Kingstown’s Planning Commission and Town Council approved comprehensive plan and zoning amendment changes which would allow the Rolling Greens site at the corner of Rtes. 102 and 2 to be developed.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

NK School Committee delays foreign language reductions

March 13, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—On Tuesday evening, the North Kingstown School Committee approved Superintendent Philip Auger’s suggestion to delay eliminating specific foreign language strands for the upcoming school year in order to save money in the budget. Over the past few months, students and teachers appealed to Auger and the committee that they not cut languages such as Portuguese and German at North Kingstown High School.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

The Music Man at NKHS

March 6, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—North Kingstown High School’s latest production, “The Music Man,” is more than just a musical, but a collaboration of talent and hard work from many members of the school district community. The show, which was first produced by Tony Award-winning playwright Meredith Wilson, will run from Friday, March 7 to 9.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

State Police deny Donegan investigation request

March 6, 2014

SCITUATE—Jayne Donegan, who pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from a Jan. 25 underage drinking incident last month, has had an appeal to the Rhode Island State Police for an investigation into the arresting officers’ conduct denied. The attorney and former East Greenwich School Committee member has been arraigned on misdemeanor charges for allegedly serving alcohol to minors, as well as assaulting police officers when they responded to her home on the evening of Jan. 25.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Toray Plastics pledges $2 million to URI engineering

March 6, 2014

KINGSTON—Quonset-based manufacturer Toray Plastics is upping its commitment to local education and training, pledging to donate $2 million to the University of Rhode Island in order to fund the construction of new facilities for the engineering program from there. The pledge is dependent on voter approval of a $125 million bond referendum at November’s state elections, proposed in Governor Lincoln Chafee’s budget.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Korean War vets make visit to Davisville Middle School

March 6, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—With their pens ready and notebooks fresh, students at Davisville Middle School were ready to hear and transcribe the experiences which a group of Korean War veterans imparted last Friday afternoon. The event, which was organized by seventh grade social studies teacher Sandra Makielski, brought students to learn about a time far-distant, but one from which modern lessons can be drawn.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Council concerns remain on Split Rock

March 6, 2014

EXETER— At Monday evening’s Exeter Town Council meeting, Councilor Robert Johnson presented the latest in the town’s goal to address health and safety issues at Split Rock Trailer Park, detailing the results of the town’s latest inspections.

“I have to say that I continue to be amazed at the additions on the trailers that continue to be made [which] have no new permits,” said Johnson. “Our inspector has found several of them, where one trailer has an erected addition.”

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