RI House panel to hear abortion-related bills
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island lawmakers are taking a look at legislation that would require abortion providers to show a woman an ultrasound of the fetus before performing the procedure.
The measure is one of several abortion-related bills scheduled to be reviewed Tuesday at the Statehouse by the House Judiciary Committee.
The bill, sponsored by Democratic Rep. Karen MacBeth of Cumberland, would not force a woman to view the ultrasound.
Physicians who violate the ultrasound rule would face a fine of $100,000 for the first offense and $250,000 for subsequent offense.
Other bills up for review include a resolution that would recognize a fetus as a human life once it has a heartbeat, and a bill that would outlaw abortion as a means of gender selection.
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HealthSource RI opening Warwick satellite center
WARWICK, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island's health insurance marketplace is opening a temporary consumer center in Warwick as another sign-up deadline approaches.
HealthSource RI's satellite center on Centerville Road will be open from Monday through the end of April.
Spokeswoman Dara Chadwick says HealthSource RI officials wanted to offer an alternate location to the one in Providence, in part because they're expecting increased sign-ups before the first open enrollment period for individual and families ends March 31.
Small business plan sign-ups and Medicaid enrollments will continue on a rolling basis.
The Warwick center will be open seven days a week and will be staffed with current employees.
Chadwick says many consumers have been visiting the Providence location from the Cranston and Warwick areas so the new location should be more convenient.
RI Senate to hold job development summit
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Rhode Island Senate will hold an economic summit focusing on ways that developing the workforce can address the state's lagging economy.
The event on Monday is scheduled to feature speakers including a high school career education director, a CVS Caremark Corp. vice president, several state job development officials and Brenda Dann-Messier, an assistant secretary from the U.S. Department of Education.
The event is intended to focus on ways to improve the state's economy by better training workers.
Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed has said workforce development is her economic priority of the year.
The summit is an annual event. This year's meeting is scheduled for Monday evening at the Community College of Rhode Island's Liston Campus in Providence.
North Kingstown student wins state spelling bee
LINCOLN, R.I. (AP) - A middle school student from North Kingstown has won the Rhode Island State Spelling Bee for the second-straight year.
Wickford Middle School sixth-grader Stephen Landry took home his second title Saturday, beating two dozen other students from across the state at Lincoln Middle School.
WLNE-TV reports that Stephen won the contest after correctly spelling "chassis."
The victory qualified him for the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., in May.
Rhode Island's hot wiener: Don't call it a hot dog
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Don't call them hot dogs and don't ask for ketchup.
Those are the cardinal rules at Olneyville New York System, arguably the best-known Rhode Island spot for the state's signature hot wieners. The eatery was recently named an "America's Classic" by the James Beard Foundation.
The hot wieners come with mustard, special meat sauce, chopped onions and celery salt and are served in a steamed bun. Rhode Island's love for the dish cuts across demographics: It's as common for a state politician to be at the counter as a police officer, a student or a foodie.
Co-owner Greg Stevens says his family came to Rhode Island in the 1930s in a wave of Greek immigrants from hot dog-rich New York City, which explains the restaurant's name.
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