News Minute: Here is the latest Rhode Island news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. EDT
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) - A Rhode Island woman has been rescued after apparently falling off a sailboat and being stranded for hours on an island in Narragansett Bay. The U.S. Coast Guard says the woman fell off her husband's sailboat sometime Friday afternoon and was found on Prudence Island at around 4 a.m. Saturday by a passing boater. Her husband told local police he thought his wife was below deck and didn't realize she was missing. State and local officials say they're investigating.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Providence is turning its contentious school-zone speed cameras back on for the beginning of the academic year. Fifteen portable cameras will be operational in school zones beginning Sept. 4. Providence issued more than 12,000 speeding tickets in the first 33 days of the new program earlier this year. Drivers filed a federal class-action lawsuit, alleging the program violated a state law requiring warning signs.
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) - A letter from George Washington will be read at the nation's oldest synagogue to celebrate freedom of religion. The annual reading is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday at the 255-year-old Touro Synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island. In 1790, Washington visited Touro then sent its congregants a letter saying the government of the United States "gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance."
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) - A school for U.S. Navy chaplains is returning to Rhode Island. Democratic U.S. Sen. Jack Reed said Friday the Navy plans to relocate the Naval Chaplaincy School and Center and about 20 jobs from Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina to Naval Station Newport in Rhode Island effective March 1, 2019. Reed says the school was in Newport in 1951 and moved to South Carolina because of consolidations made in 2005.
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