News Minute: Here is the latest Rhode Island news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. EDT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Bus drivers for Providence public schools have notified the city they're prepared to strike after contract negotiations stalled. Providence schools said Friday that families who rely on the bus company First Student should make alternative plans to get their children to and from school. Officials said the Teamsters Union notified the city of the planned Thursday strike. A strike could play havoc with 9,000 public school students.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Health officials have confirmed three cases of Legionnaires' disease at a Rhode Island nursing home. The state Department of Health says the cases were diagnosed at the Summit Commons Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Providence between mid-August and early September. Department spokesman Joseph Wendelken says he could not comment on the conditions of the patients.
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) - Senior military representatives from more than 100 countries have met in Rhode Island to talk about ways to cooperate, innovate and address shared challenges. Adm. John Richardson hosted the 23rd International Seapower Symposium at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport. About 80 heads of navies and 20 heads of Coast Guards attended the forum that ended Friday. Several navy chiefs say the meeting was a rare opportunity to meet other heads of navies and exchange ideas.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The chief of the Royal Australian Navy says he's hopeful that a wreck off the coast of Rhode Island is the ship that 18th-century explorer Capt. James Cook used to sail around the world. Vice Adm. Michael Noonan said Friday he dove at the site on Thursday. He said he measured one of the cannons so the dimensions can be compared to historical records, and they took samples of the wood
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