Aquidneck Island gas emergency causes 300 to seek unemployment benefits

THE NATURAL GAS EMERGENCY that National Grid recently handled in Newport and other parts of Aquidneck Island has prompted 300 claims for special unemployment benefits related to homes and businesses being closed. / COURTESY NATIONAL GRID
THE NATURAL GAS EMERGENCY that National Grid recently handled in Newport and other parts of Aquidneck Island has prompted 300 claims for special unemployment benefits related to homes and businesses being closed. / COURTESY NATIONAL GRID
PROVIDENCE - About 300 special unemployment benefits claims have been filed related to the recent natural gas emergency on Aquidneck Island that prompted a local evacuation, the R.I. Department of Labor and Training said Wednesday. The department is accepting the claims by decree of Gov. Gina M. Raimondo to assist victims of last month’s gas…

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