PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo has reached a tentative contract agreement with Rhode Island's largest state employee union that includes a 7.5 percent raise over three years. The Providence Journal reports Council 94, American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees made the announcement Wednesday following a meeting with the leaders of multiple union chapters. There is no comment from the Raimondo administration on how it plans to pay for the wage packages.
WARWICK, R.I. (AP) - The Community College of Rhode Island has experienced a significant boost in enrollment from the state's free tuition program. The Providence Journal reports CCRI experienced a 43 percent enrollment increase last semester, the first since the start of the Rhode Island Promise scholarship program. Rhode Island Promise is modeled after a Tennessee program, which CCRI Vice President for student affairs Sara Enright says was a model for the Rhode Island college's program.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Rhode Island Department of Revenue is extending the state income tax filing deadline by a day after the IRS had to do the same due to computer issues. The IRS website for making payments crashed during a flurry of last-minute filings on Tuesday. While the IRS issues did not affect state filing, many people electronically file their federal and state tax returns at the same time. The new deadline for filing state tax returns is 11:59 p.m. Wednesday.
WARWICK, R.I. (AP) - A Delta Air Lines jetliner aborted takeoff at a Rhode Island airport due to engine trouble on the same day a woman was killed aboard a Southwest Airlines plane that blew an engine in midair. WPRI-TV reported Wednesday that the Delta plane safely returned to the terminal at T.F. Green Airport in Warwick on Tuesday. Airport spokesman Bill Fischer did not say what the specific problem was. Delta apologized to passengers. A passenger says she heard "a huge pop" and then smelled something burning.
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