News Minute: Here is the latest Rhode Island news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. EST
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Teachers in Providence approved a contract agreement with the city. The Providence Journal reports teachers voted to approve the new contract in a 930 to 23 vote Thursday. Providence Teachers Union President Maribeth Calabro says she's happy with the vote and "looking to move forward."
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Former Rhode Island first lady Suzanne Carcieri has died at age 76. Her husband, former Republican Gov. Don Carcieri, said in a written statement that she was his life partner and best friend, his most trusted adviser and the heart and soul of their family. Carcieri served two terms, from 2003 to 2011. Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo ordered Rhode Island flags lowered to half-staff.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The attorney general of Rhode Island is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a lower court's decision that gave a New York congregation control of Rhode Island's Touro Synagogue and a set of bells valued in the millions. Attorney General Peter Kilmartin filed a friend of the court brief Friday urging the high court to reverse the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling. The sides have been fighting for years over who controls the synagogue
LINCOLN, R.I. (AP) - Police have charged a man they say left his 4-year-old daughter locked inside his car for more than half an hour while he was inside a Rhode Island casino. Jose Funes, of Cumberland, faces a charge of child neglect. Lincoln police responded to the Twin River Casino last weekend after security personnel found the girl crying inside a car in the parking lot. They estimate she was in the car for 30 to 40 minutes when the temperature outside was 36 degrees.
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