There were fewer children in Rhode Island last year with elevated lead levels in their blood. Improvements to housing played a big role in the decline.
Most of the drop in lead levels took place in Providence, Woonsocket, Warwick and Tiverton. In Providence, the city has made sure children couldn’t live in rental homes unless they were certified as lead-free. Also, the city’s water authority monitored lead levels in drinking water.
Award-winning actor Viola Davis made a stop at Bryant University on Friday during the annual Women’s Summit.
The theme of this year’s conference: “being the CEO of your own life.”
Davis says part of what has made her successful as an actor is her experience growing up in Central Falls.
"Every experience growing up in a dysfunctional family with alcoholism, with poverty, with being the geek always into theater and the Rhode Island State Drama Festival, that has been the wellspring of me as an actor," Davis said.
Former Central Falls mayor Charles Moreau could find himself a free man as early as Friday, despite his conviction for corruption. A ruling in another case has through his conviction into question because he guilty to taking a gratuity.
Former Central Falls Mayor Charles Moreau could be freed as early as Friday from federal prison, according to a spokesman for U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha.
Moreau was convicted of bribery and has served 13 months of his 2-year sentence in a Maryland federal prison. Since his conviction, a federal appeals court has ruled in an unrelated case involving a businessman and a legislator in Puerto Rico. That ruling said federal law does not ``criminalize gratuities’’ and dismissed the charges against both men.
Rhode Island Kids Count is out with an issue brief on the high school graduation rate in Rhode Island. The latest statistics show that while the four-year graduation rate is increasing, a gap remains between affluent students and their lower-income colleagues.