PROVIDENCE, R.I. – At midnight Tuesday federal emergency unemployment benefits ended for an estimated two million Americans. A bill was introduced Monday to extend the program for one year but Senator Jack Reed says it's unlikely to be passed in time to avert an interruption in benefits.
Providence, RI – You know those moments in life when you're staring at such daunting, overwhelming challenges that you wonder whether you're going to make it through the day, whether you have what it takes to climb the mountain or keep your head above water? Fifteen-year-old Morgan Quinley has wondered just that, and she has discovered internal fortitude, not in the proverbial intestines, but in her feet.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Rhode Island State Police says it has never received a complaint about failing to provide translations for non-English speaking people.
The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice saying among other things that state police lacked protocol for using its bi-lingual staff for translation.
State police legal counsel Lisa Holley said there are procedures for the 50 employees who speak nine languages including sign language.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – John Leidecker is one of eight assistant executive directors for the National Education Association Rhode Island. He faces a misdemeanor charge of sending misleading e-mails in the guise of departing Bristol representative Douglas Gablinske. Gablinske, a critic of public employee unions, says he's not surprised.
"Having been in the crosshairs of the NEA and the public employee unions for the past three election cycles," he says, "I know the kind of tactics that they use. I've seen those tactics used against me."
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – At Roger Williams University in Bristol, water rushes into a bathtub-sized tank on a dock at Mount Hope Bay. Dale Leavitt, an associate professor of marine biology, removes a cover revealing quahogs and oysters.
"If you look in here, these are all baby oysters that we've reared up this summer," Leavitt says. "We like to think of them as about the size of a quarter."