PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island has launched a new program to help veterans, service members and their families access health and social services. Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo announced the beginning of "RIServes" Monday at the Statehouse. The Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University administers the national AmericaServes network to help people navigate what can be a maze of services offered by thousands of veterans' organizations. RIServes is now part of that network.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The city of Providence will launch a program that aims to immediately connect people battling opioid addiction to treatment. Democratic Mayor Jorge Elorza announced Monday a plan to open 12 "Safe Stations" at fire houses around the city. People suffering from an opioid addiction will be able to go to a station, speak with public safety officials and be directed to treatment and recovery services. The stations are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The stations will launch Jan. 2.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Pawtucket Red Sox say it's concerned over some suggestions in revised financing legislation for a proposed stadium in Rhode Island. The team didn't elaborate on those concerns in its statement Monday. The legislation introduced Thursday in the Senate Finance Committee details $85 million as the top amount the Pawtucket Redevelopment Agency could bond. The deal continues to rely on an additional $12 million upfront payment from the Boston Red Sox Triple-A affiliate.
WARWICK, R.I. (AP) - A Rhode Island elementary school principal has pleaded not guilty to a charge of failing to report a case of student-on-student sexual child abuse. Colleen Mercurio, principal of Cedar Hill Elementary School in Warwick, pleaded not guilty on Monday to the misdemeanor charge. Her lawyer says Mercurio has never been subject to disciplinary action in 15 years as an administrator, and that she always contacted child welfare authorities when required.
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