(Undated) -- Here is the latest news: Rhode Island is outlawing child marriages. Find out why Providence Public Schools is scrambling to get diplomas to students this week. The Bruins are on the ropes in the NHL playoffs.
>>Rhode Island Sets 18 As Minimum Marriage Age
(Providence, RI) -- The Rhode Island governor has signed a bill outlawing child marriages. The legislation eliminates language in state law that allows individuals under the age of 18 to obtain a marriage license with parental consent. State Representative Julie Casimiro says child marriages are destructive to the girls that enter into them, and that the marriages can be used for sex-trafficking. Casimiro says Rhode Island becomes the fifth U.S. state to enact such a ban.
>>Governor Takes Slater Hospital Layoffs Off Budget Table
(Providence, RI) -- Governor Dan McKee is pulling back layoffs of over a hundred workers at the state hospital. The Providence Journal reports McKee has told budget writers in the General Assembly about the decision. McKee announced in April he was putting a "hold" on the downsizing plan at Slater Hospital.
>>Providence Schools Getting New Diplomas Without Former Superintendent's Name To Students
(Providence, RI) -- Some Providence School District students who are graduating this week are dealing with delays in receiving their diploma because of the recent ouster of superintendent Harrison Peters. WPRI-TV reports the district was initially planning to send new diplomas without Peters' name over the summer, then the plan changed to printing out new diplomas in-house over the weekend at the Providence Career and Technical Academy. The anticipation on Friday was that diplomas would be available this week; any that were not would be mailed. Peters resigned last month over controversy about him hiring an administrator who now faces criminal charges.
>>Bruins Lose To Islanders In Game 5
(Boston, MA) -- The Boston Bruins are facing elimination after losing to the New York Islanders in the NHL playoffs Monday night. The final score from T.D. Garden was 5-to-4 as the Islanders survived a Bruins comeback attempt in the third period. Game 6 of the second-round series is Tuesday night on Long Island.
>>RI Gas Price Average Still Below Three Bucks
(Undated) -- The average Rhode Island gas price is still under three dollars. The price has gone over that threshold nationally and elsewhere in New England. RIGasPrices.com says the current average in the Ocean State is two-ninety-six. That's an increase of about ten cents from a month ago.
>>Two New Beach Fights Reported, Arrests Made In One
(Undated) -- More beach fights are happening in Rhode Island. WJAR-TV reports four people were arrested for disorderly conduct after a fight at Paddy's Beach Club in Westerly on Sunday. Police said one person was hit with a bottle and was hospitalized. Channel 10 also reports zero arrests were made when a fight broke out at the Lincoln Woods State Park beach, also on Sunday. About fifty people were involved, according to the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management.
>>Man Sentenced For Picking Up Cocaine Package
(Providence, RI) -- A Providence man is being sentenced to five years in federal prison for trafficking cocaine. The Justice Department says Modesto Batista was sentenced on Monday. Prosecutors say Batista picked up a package containing three pounds of cocaine last December.
>>Brown Doctor Researched Alzheimer's Drug Before FDA Approval
(Providence, RI) -- There is a Rhode Island tie to the FDA approval of a new drug targeting Alzheimer's disease. The injectable drug called Aducanumab [[ adu-can-you-mab ]] is from Biogen and was researched by Brown University's Dr. Stephen Salloway. It is intended to slow cognitive decline in early-stage dementia patients.
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