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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Several Rhode Island advocacy organizations say recent rules enacted by the state health department are negatively affecting thousands of people with criminal records or substance use disorders. Eight groups wrote Wednesday to Health Director Nicole Alexander-Scott, criticizing recent rules they say make it harder for these individuals to obtain professional licenses for health care jobs. The department said in response it's reviewing all statutes and regulations.
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) - Salve Regina University has selected its next president. The university announced Wednesday that Kelli Armstrong will replace Sister Jane Gerety. Gerety announced in April that she was retiring from the Newport school in June 2019. Armstrong is currently Boston College's Vice President for Planning and Assessment.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A high school students' right organization in Rhode Island has started a campaign to demand the removal of police officers from their high schools. Thirty teenage members of Providence Student Union rallied at City Hall on Wednesday, also calling for an increase in the use of guidance counselors and restorative justice. School Superintendent Chris Maher says safety is a top priority and argues officers are needed for emergency situations.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Rhode Island insurance agent who specializes in insuring horses has pleaded guilty to defrauding clients, insurance companies and finance companies out of $1.3 million. Federal prosecutors in Rhode Island say 57-year-old Randall Levesque, owner of Equine Insurance Services LLC and Randall Levesque Agency, in Middletown, pleaded guilty Wednesday to wire fraud. Authorities say Levesque overbilled and double-billed customers and collected premiums he did not forward to insurance companies.
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