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.
Providence, R.I. – The National Organization for Marriage has filed a lawsuit asking to be exempt from state campaign finance laws.
The National Organization for Marriage, NOM, opposes same-sex unions. It wants to take out ads on behalf of Rhode Island candidates who agree. But it does not want to be considered a political action committee. That would require reporting expenditures and complying with spending limits.
BOSTON – Massachusetts drivers who text while behind the wheel need to break the habit and fast.
This week, Massachusetts becomes the 30th state to introduce a texting ban as more states have cracked down on distracted driving.
s of Thursday, drivers who are caught texting will face fines ranging from $100 for a first offense and up to $500 for repeat offenses. The new law also prohibits scanning the Internet on a phone or mobile device while driving and bans anyone under 18 from talking on a cell phone while driving.