Rhode Island

Elisabeth Harrison

Rhode Island lawmakers return to the Statehouse Tuesday for the start of the 2018 legislative session.

Rachel Cohen

At the start of the New Year, many high school seniors are scrambling to get college applications finished. But for many undocumented students, applying to college is just half the battle. The other half is figuring out how to pay for school, and that can be overwhelming. One Providence teacher is trying to help.

Rachel Cohen teaches English as a second language at Mount Pleasant High School in Providence. She says some of her students are undocumented, which means they don’t qualify for federal financial aid.

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Yes, it’s frigid outside. It’s New England, and it's winter. But this week’s cold weather is breaking records. The National Weather Service confirmed that a 14-degree high on Thursday broke the previous record cold temperature, set in 1976.

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Even as homeless shelters swell over capacity, social service workers are scrambling to get more people off the streets and out of the bitter cold.

Not since 2014’s so-called polar vortex has the state seen such sustained frigid temperatures. According to meteorologists, the culprit this time is a blast of arctic air hitting the East Coast.

“This appears to be the coldest air mass for the last four or five years,” said National Weather spokesman Bill Simpson. “It’ll probably be an extended period of cold air, probably breaking by next week. So we’re looking at well, well below our normal temperatures.”

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It looks like this will be a white Christmas for Rhode Island and the South Coast. The National Weather Service predicts temperatures will hover around freezing through the holiday.

Weather Service spokesman Bill Simpson said flakes will likely start falling late this weekend.

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Miosotis Castro, her husband Francisco Alvarado and their three children are among thousands of Puerto Ricans who lost their homes when Hurricane Maria hit the island three months ago. 

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The Christmas Tree in the Rhode Island Statehouse will be replaced after its appearance made national headlines. The 25-foot Fraiser Fir appeared to be losing its needles at an alarming rate after sitting in marble entryway for more than three weeks.

Report: RI Among Healthiest States

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Rhode Island ranks as the 11th healthiest state, according to a new report released by the nonprofit United Health Foundation.

Massachusetts ranks number one.

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As Rhode Islanders continue to lament the loss of local retail chain Benny’s, the company buying up the buildings is looking to the future. The Carpionato Group will turn the former Benny’s stores into new shops and restaurants.

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Thousands of people are living without gas, power or both because they can’t afford to pay their bills. Now some residents will be able to get their heat restored before the winter.

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It’s not every day an angry crowd shuts down a town council meeting. But it’s happened more than once in East Greenwich, a well-off suburb not known as a hotbed for political animus. 

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The release of more information comes as questions continue to be raised about the police use of deadly force.

Tuesday morning, State Police released the names of the officers involved in the shooting. Two of them are 20-year veterans of the State Police. The other officers have been part of the force for 12 and 6 years. 

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An East Greenwich Town Council meeting was forced to shut down after hundreds of angry residents turned out, and many were turned away. 

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The city of Providence has suffered a trauma. That’s the view of Roger Williams University Criminal Justice Professor Sean Varano, who weighed in Monday on the fatal police shooting of a suspect on Interstate-95. 

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