RICHMOND, R.I. (AP) - The parents of a former high school student have filed a federal lawsuit against a Rhode Island school district and state education officials, claiming they attempted to cover up a fight between their daughter and another student over silly string. The Westerly Sun reports Mark and Beth Zell filed the complaint June 6, saying their daughter "K.Z." has a seizure disorder and a permanently damaged academic record following the fight at Chariho High School in 2015.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island state lawmakers are moving ahead on a proposal to mandate paid time off for workers who call in sick, but business groups are making a last-ditch effort to pare down the plan. The state Senate is scheduled to vote Wednesday on legislation that would require private sector employers to provide their workers with paid sick days. Business groups, which won some concessions in the Senate bill, are fighting for more concessions in a House version still being negotiated.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea says about 150,000 people have been erroneously listed on the state's voter rolls. The Providence Journal reports nearly 65,000 names have been removed since Gorbea took office in 2015, and another 30,000 have been marked as "inactive." Gorbea says many people forget to tell voter registration officials once they have moved from the state.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A $9.2 billion budget plan for Rhode Island's upcoming fiscal year is moving to a vote in the state Senate after being approved last week by the state House of Representatives. The Senate Finance Committee voted 9-1 to approve the budget plan Tuesday, sending it to a full Senate vote scheduled for Thursday. The proposal includes tax relief for car owners and a pilot program for tuition-free community college.
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