Rhode Island

Education
8:20 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Students, Activists, Allege Racial Profiling On Providence College Campus

Members of the Providence College allege racial profiling took place on the Providence College campus.
Credit Providence College

Activists rallied at Providence College Monday to call attention to what they say is racial profiling. Professor Julia Jordan-Zachery has complained she was interrogated by campus police for parking in a faculty space. The demonstrators said the incident is part of a larger pattern of targeting minorities by campus police officers.

Jordan-Zachery filed an official complaint with the college last fall. Providence College Spokesman Steve Maurano said the complaint was resolved quickly, and the head of campus security ordered additional training for campus police.

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Health Care
9:01 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Public Health Officials Update Opioid Overdose Numbers, Cite Strategies To Combat Trend

Overdose deaths due to opioids continue to rise in Rhode Island
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Accidental drug overdose deaths continue to increase in Rhode Island. That’s some of the discouraging news public health experts delivered at a Rhode Island Public Health Association event.

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RI News
8:46 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Volvo Ocean Race Set To Arrive In Newport This Week

Members of team Alvimedica in the Volvo Ocean Race during the leg from Brazil to Newport. Members of the team are from Rhode Island.
Credit Volvo Ocean Race

The Volvo Ocean race is expected to arrive in Newport this week.  The City by the Sea is the race’s only stopover in the U.S.

    

Sailing fans consider this the Super Bowl of international ocean sailboat racing. Held about once every four years, the international race kicks off in Spain and ends in Sweden.  It takes about nine months to complete. Seven teams are competing this year.

Race commentator Andy Green said the boats are on their way following, after a stop in Brazil.

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RI News
8:18 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Twin River Officials To Present Plans For Casino To Tiverton Residents

Twin River has announced plans to transfer Newport Grand's gambling license, and open a casino in Tiverton.
Credit RIPR FILE

Twin River’s leadership plans to hold an informational meeting in Tiverton Monday on its proposed casino. Twin River hopes to transfer the gambling license for Newport Grand to an undeveloped northern Tiverton site on the state line with Massachusetts.

Twin River officials are slated to offer an introductory presentation on their proposal during a 7 pm meeting at Tiverton Middle School. Tivertown Town Administrator Matthew Wojcik said his sense is that residents are looking for details on the envisioned casino.

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RI News
8:58 pm
Sat May 2, 2015

Hundreds Take To The Streets In Providence In Solidarity With Baltimore

Protesters in Providence
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Hundreds of protestors marched through the streets of Providence Saturday demanding better relations with law enforcement. The event took place in solidarity with similar demonstrations in Baltimore.

Flanked by police officers, community members, organizers and activists marched through the streets carrying signs that read "black lives matter," "end police brutality," and simply "resist."

The demonstration was spurred by the recent death of Freddie Gray, a black man in Baltimore who died following injuries he sustained while in police custody.

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