connecticut en 119 Central American Migrant Children Already Living In RI <p>The federal government has not asked Rhode Island to shelter some of the migrant children entering the country by the thousands from Central America.&nbsp; More than 100 are already living in the state.</p><p>There are currently 119 kids in Rhode Island.&nbsp; That’s according to data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. These children were not moved here by the federal government, but placed with sponsors, who are family or friends already living in the U.S. The placement has been happening since January. It’s unclear how long the children will be staying.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:53:37 +0000 John Bender 37280 at RI Tagging Trees Across The State Threatened By Invasive Insects <p>Hundreds of bright orange and yellow tags will be going up on trees across the state starting Monday to heighten awareness of invasive insects that devastate forests.</p><p></p><p>The biggest concerns are the Asian Longhorned Beetle and Emerald Ash Borer. That’s because those species have been found in Massachusetts and Connecticut.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 08:01:00 +0000 Catherine Welch 36592 at RI Tagging Trees Across The State Threatened By Invasive Insects Ted Kennedy Jr. to enter family business <p>Ted Kennedy Jr., is about to enter the family business. Kennedy, son of the late U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy and brother of former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy, is slated today to announce his candidacy for state Senate in Connecticut, where he has lived for many years.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 11:52:07 +0000 Scott MacKay 31693 at Gas Prices Jump A Penny in RI & MA <p>Gas prices are up a penny from last week in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Drivers have seen gas prices climb by 9 cents over the last month in both the Ocean State and the Bay State, that’s according to the latest survey from AAA Southern New England.</p><p></p><p>In Rhode Island, the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $3.52. It’s cheaper in Mass, at $3.44 a gallon. AAA urges drivers in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts to shop around, since the range in gas prices is about a quarter.</p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 17:20:57 +0000 Catherine Welch 26709 at Gas Prices Jump A Penny in RI & MA RI Big Brothers Big Sisters Steps In To Help Connecticut Kids <p>The head of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State said it was a no-brainer to step in and help after news broke that a chapter in Connecticut announced it was closing.</p><p>The chapter covering New London and Groton Connecticut is closing its doors on November 1<sup>st</sup>. That would have left 50 kids and their mentors in the lurch, but the Rhode Island chapter will supervise those kids, said Deborah Saunders, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State.</p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 11:02:17 +0000 Catherine Welch 23768 at The great irony of private insurance and mental health coverage <p>This week, our neighbors in Connecticut began hearings about mental health care in the state after the Newtown shooting. Lawmakers and a couple of <a href="">task forces </a>convened by Gov. Dannel Malloy are reviewing the state's mental health services and looking at the kinds of public policy and legal fixes that might make it better. Should we mandate outpatient treatments for the mentally ill? Can we truly assess someone's risk before it's too late? Should gun buyers face a mandatory mental health evaluation? Wed, 30 Jan 2013 22:22:20 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 9495 at