Providence, R.I. – A Rhode Island soldier stationed at Fort Hood is suspected of killing his wife and then himself at their home on the Texas Army base.
The Army says 31-year-old Sgt. Michael Timothy Franklin and his wife Jessie Ann Franklin were found shot to death in their home Sunday. Fort Hood officials say circumstances are under investigation, but it appears Franklin shot his wife and then himself.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island students posted small gains this year on the state test of science. But they still lag behind their peers in New Hampshire and Vermont who took the same test. Test scores were lowest for all states at the middle and high school level.
Less than a quarter of Rhode Island middle and high school students scored proficient or better on the state science test. The numbers were slightly higher than 2009, but state officials say they would like to see more improvement.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island student athletes are hitting the playing field this season with a new set of rules on what happens when they get a concussion. A new state law requires players to leave the playing field after they're hit in the head.
It also will help Rhode Island become the first state in the nation with detailed statewide data on the impact of brain injuries.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – State Rep. David Segal has taken a job at a new national progressive political action committee after losing the Democratic nomination to succeed Rhode Island's Patrick Kennedy in Congress.
Segal on Monday says he's joined Demand Progress, which launched last week. It was started by Aaron Swartz, who co-founded news filtering service Reddit.
Segal lost a four-way primary to Providence Mayor David Cicilline this month.
The PAC is based in Cambridge, Mass., but Segal says he plans to stay in Rhode Island.
Providence, R.I. – Federal funding is on its way to help the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dredge Pawtuxet Cove. The $1.75 million will clear sediment that poured into the cove during last spring's floods.
The flooding pushed so much sediment down the Pawtuxet River that when it stopped at the mouth of the river it formed something like a speed bump. Corps of Engineers project manager Duban Montoya says that speed bump now forces commercial and recreation vessels to time their trips around the tides.