shutdown en Shutdown Keeps RI National Guard From Columbus Day Parades <p>The Rhode Island National Guard said it has had to cancel its participation in all of the Columbus Day events. That includes the Columbus Day parade on Federal Hill.</p><p>Spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Parente said there are 15 events on the calendar for next month, including some for Veteran&rsquo;s Day. He said if the partial federal shutdown stretches into Veterans Day, the National Guard will do what it can to have a presence.</p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 18:51:36 +0000 Catherine Welch 23084 at Federal Prosecutors Feel Pinch of Shutdown <p>The federal government shutdown is having an impact on the prosecution of federal cases in Rhode Island.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p>U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha has had to furlough a third to a half of his 45-person staff because of the federal government shutdown.&nbsp; He said they&rsquo;re managing by bringing in people who are working on the most urgent cases and then rotating them as the cases change.</p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 20:23:38 +0000 Flo Jonic 22595 at Federal Prosecutors Feel Pinch of Shutdown Naval Station Newport Grapples with the Federal Shutdown <p>Operations at the Naval Station Newport are carrying on without hundreds of civilian workers caught up in the partial government shut down. The Naval Station Newport says about 800 civilians were furloughed. And over at the Naval War College, civilian instructors are staying home Wednesday and throughout the shutdown. Commander Carla McCarthy said that&rsquo;s forced some classes to be suspended.</p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 12:59:14 +0000 Catherine Welch 22577 at