PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - State auditors are engaged in a financial investigation at the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals following the "tragic" death of a top-level employee. Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo's administration will neither confirm nor deny reports that auditors are looking into the potential theft of a large amount of money.

JOHNSTON, R.I. (AP) - Police in a Rhode Island town are investigating after stickers that target racial and religious groups were found twice. The stickers reappeared in a neighborhood in Johnston on Wednesday. Similar stickers were removed from signs in town last week. Deputy Police Chief Joseph Razza says police are investigating and looking for the public's help.

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.

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