Rhode Island health officials say a child has died as a result of a rare combination of staph infection associated with the enterovirus D-68. It’s not yet clear what role the virus EV-D68 played in the child’s death, if any. The identity of the child has not been released.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has detected the presence of EV-D68 in samples from a few patients who have died elsewhere. It’s not yet clear what role EV-D68 played in those deaths either.
With five weeks until Election Day, the three candidates running to be the next mayor of Providence squared off during a televised debate last Tuesday. Front runners Buddy Cianci and Jorge Elorza emphasized their competing messages.
Republican candidate Daniel Harrop provided the best laugh line during the one-hour skirmish at Rhode Island College when he was asked whether he’ll still be in the race on November 4th.
The New England Institute of Technology says it is ready to begin an expansion long in the works for its East Greenwich campus. The project will include the technical college’s first residential dorm, a fitness facility and new classroom and dining space.
“This is an exciting day for New England Tech,” President Richard Gouse said in a statement announcing the project. “This expansion will allow us to offer on-campus housing for the first time in our college’s 75 year history.”
Nature’s lessons. Often they teach us as much about the meaning of life as they do about the mysteries of plants and animals, flowers and fruit. Albert Einstein said it so well: “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” And we hear similar sentiments from Myra Ellen Edelstein.
Myra Ellen Edelstein is an Associate Professor of Business Studies and Economics at Salve Regina University in Newport, where she teaches Creative Problem Solving and Quality Management, certainly, she says, as a direct result of her parents’ influence.
Republican State Senator Dawson Hodgson is challenging incumbent Attorney general Peter Kilmartin. As part of our election coverage, Rhody Votes ’14, Rhode Island Public Radio’s Catherine Welch sat down with Hodgson to talk about open records, strengthening gun laws and legalizing marijuana.
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The Department of Labor and Training has stepped in to help the more than 70 workers laid off from the Osram Sylvania plant in Central Falls. The plant shut its doors last Friday.
Those former plant workers are now receiving benefits from a federal program that provides career counseling and helps them pay for amongst other things the commute to job training or to relocate. DLT spokesman Mike Healey said this federal program is more generous because it targets factory workers who tend to be older and have worked most of their lives in the plant.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island is accusing the Department of Motor Vehicles of sharing personal information with a federal anti-terrorism database.
The ACLU says a document that appears to be leaked from the National Counter Terrorism Center shows Rhode Island is one of 15 states that shared driver’s license data with the organization. In 2013 the center collected more than 2,400 facial images from driver’s licenses from across the country.
Yesterday we brought you the story of homeowners in the communities of Westerly and Charlestown who say their lives have been disrupted by the rock blasting at a neighboring quarry. Charlestown is working on ordinances that would regulate this industry. Town officials are trying to balance the interest of homeowners and sand and gravel business owners. But one local operator said those proposed ordinances would create hardships for the industry – an industry he said is already struggling to survive. This is the second installment of a two-part series.