PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island's unemployment rate remains the highest in the U.S. despite a decline in March. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released the rates for all 50 states on today. Rhode Island topped the list with a rate of 8.7 percent, followed by Nevada with an 8.5 percent rate and Illinois with an 8.4 percent rate.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - An inspection by the Rhode Island Health Department found no link between a norovirus outbreak and the food served at a wedding. The Providence Journal reports about 74 people fell ill from norovirus at an April 5th wedding in West Warwick. The highly infectious virus causes severe vomiting and diarrhea, but victims typically get better in a couple of days.
EXETER, R.I. (AP) - The state Senate is calling for a study that could lead to the establishment of a memorial to veterans of the Gulf Wars at the Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Senator Walter Felag's resolution would create a joint commission with the House to study the feasibility of a memorial to veterans of Desert Storm and Desert Shield at the Exeter cemetery. If approved, the nine-member commission would issue its findings by next March.
BRISTOL, R.I. (AP) - A Bristol man injured when the dragster he was working on shot across a street and crashed last week has died. Police tell The Providence Journal that 51-year-old Steven Elmslie died yesterday, a week after the crash. Witnesses told police that the dragster shot out of the parking lot of Elmco Tool Co., across a street, and crashed into steel meat smoking shed behind a restaurant, narrowly missing a worker. Police said Elmslie was knocked unconscious.
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