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1. Not all R.I. colleges are requiring staff, faculty to get vaccinated POSTED ONLINE: AUG. 3. The push by local colleges to get students...

Rhode Island leaders back statewide body camera program

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island's state leaders are aiming to equip about 1,700 police officers across the state with body-worn cameras over the next 12...
FIFTEEN INDIVIDUALS have been charged in U.S. District Court for allegedly filing multiple fraudulent unemployment claims in Rhode Island and 10 other states. / COURTESY U.S. DISTRICT COURT

Feds charge 15 with combined $578K in unemployment fraud

PROVIDENCE – Federal prosecutors announced charges against 15 individuals Thursday related to alleged fraudulent unemployment claims filed in Rhode Island and other states. The defendants...

Albuquerque named to Security magazine’s Top Cybersecurity Leaders

EXETER – Jason Albuquerque, chief information officer and chief security officer for Carousel Industries of North America Inc. in Exeter, was named to Security...

DLT stops payment of $3.2B in fraudulent unemployment claims during pandemic

CRANSTON – The R.I. Department of Labor and Training has stopped an estimated $3.2 billion in unemployment benefits from being paid out to fraudsters...
CHANGING WORKPLACE: Joe Morais, project leader at the Pawtucket Department of Public Works, is one of hundreds of city workers who will be filing for unemployment one day a week because Pawtucket is shutting down services on Fridays to save money. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

BUDGET CRUNCH: Revenue is down, deficit is up, and R.I. still...

Pawtucket Mayor Donald R. Grebien never thought he’d have to close down his city on Fridays to save money, but in the absence of...

Woman who collected donations for false cancer claim ordered to repay...

PROVIDENCE – Alicia Pierini, 39, of Woonsocket, was ordered to repay nearly $27,000 to family members, friends and GoFundMe after she falsely claimed she...

Warrant issued for Doggie Styles owner after puppy litter found at...

NORTH SMITHFIELD – An arrest warrant has been issued to Doggie Styles pet spa owner John Froais for violating terms of his bail, WLNE-TV...

Unemployment fraud under FBI investigation in Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE – The FBI has joined an investigation into unemployment fraud in Rhode Island, WJAR-TV NBC 10 reported on May 5. “The FBI, Rhode Island...
STATE AGENCIES, including the R.I. State Police, have launched a new initiative and unit designed to catch and arrest impaired drivers in Rhode Island.

State agencies launch DUI initiative

PROVIDENCE – A new task force has been formed to fight driving under the influence, the R.I. Department of Transportation, R.I. State Police and...

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