(PROVIDENCE, RI) The U.S. Postal Service plans to stop delivering mail on Saturdays, starting in August. The postal service expects to save approximately $2 billion dollars as a result. The decision is part of the organization’s efforts to cut costs.
However, the reduction in delivery days is leaving some Rhode Islanders, such as Ginger Lawton of Cranston, worried.
State police have charged a Central Falls clerk with embezzlement. The clerk in the finance office is charged with taking thousands of dollars in fines collected by the city’s Municipal Court.
The city’s finance director noticed discrepancies, did an audit, and discovered that over a period of time a total of $13,620 in cash and checks were transferred to collections clerk Joyce Tager but never deposited into the city’s bank account.
Providence’s newest theater, the Wilbury Group operates out of a defunct mill in Olneyville. These nights they are taking on a feisty play, “The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity” which was a runner-up for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize. While it begins with a look at professional wrestling, Bill Gale says it aims considerably higher. “The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity continues at the Wilbury Group through February 9th. Bill Gale reviews the performing arts for Rhode Island Public Radio.
The National Beer Wholesalers Association has released a report showing the impact beer distributors have on their state’s economy. It finds Rhode Island beer distributors employ 213 people, pump $18 million into federal, state and local tax coffers, and generate $80 million in total economic impacts. The study was done out of the University of Delaware.
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If you haven’t filled up your car in a while you’re in for sticker shock. AAA of Southern New England says gas shot up 12 cents a gallon last week. Much of it has to do with a variety of issues.
AAA’s weekly survey shows gas averaging $3.66 a gallon in Rhode Island, 12 cents higher than it was just a week ago. AAA spokesman John Paul says it was caused by recent increases in the price of crude oil spurred by refinery outages and other problems.
A fire that sent two people to the hospital in critical condition was caused by a child playing with matches. Firefighters say the child was one of the victims.
Five-year-old Christopher Etienne set a mattress and himself on fire when he played with matches Sunday night at a duplex in the Washington Park neighborhood of Providence. Firefighters found him and 43-year-old Christopher Husband lying outside the Virginia Avenue home with severe burns. Acting Providence fire Chief Michael Dillon says the boy was the more seriously injured of the two.
Financial pressures have forced the temporary closure of the Courthouse Center Stage in West Kingston. The popular theater will be mothballed for six months as it mounts a $100K capital drive, according to board member Anna Prager. "Yes, I am extremely disappointed but at the same time I am hopeful that if we suspend programming and concentrate on fundraising we can start in new and better shape."
Prager says they cut back staff so much they realized it was impossible to mount productions, raise money and tend to an aging, historic building all at the same time.
The state Department of Environmental Management is accepting applications for summer employment. The department is looking for 50 to 100 people for jobs that include lifeguard, parks ranger, and maintenance person.
For nearly a decade every Rhode Island legislative session has brought a florid and divisive debate over immigration issues. First it was whether the state should require all businesses to check the citizenship status of employees by using a federal computer database known as E-Verify.