PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island is the latest state to require public colleges to do more to prevent suicides. The governor recently signed a measure into law that requires public colleges and universities to establish a plan for promptly addressing students' mental health needs. The new law strongly discourages relying solely on off-campus services. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention says 11 states now have a law addressing suicide prevention in higher education.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Providence City Council's ordinances committee has voted against a proposal to build what would be the tallest skyscraper in Rhode Island. The Providence Journal reports the committee denied recommending a zoning change Wednesday that would exempt New York developer Jason Fane's 600-foot tower from the area's 100-foot height limit. Fane says he still believes the project is "the right thing for the city."
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) - Eighteen cats have been found in a home in Newport, which also contained the remains of 26 dead cats. The Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said Wednesday that the animals were found after the organization executed a search warrant of the home on Kay Street. The group said the 18 cats were living in deplorable conditions. The dead cats were found in a freezer.
WOONSOCKET, R.I. (AP) - The former neighbor of an 81-year-old woman who was stabbed to death in 2016 is one of two men who have been charged with her murder. The Providence Journal reports 23-year-old Tyler Grenon, of Attleboro, Massachusetts, and 20-year-old Matthew Dusseault, of Woonsocket, were both charged with murder in the death of Constance Gauthier. Prosecutors say Gauthier was found dead in her home on March 23, 2016 by a neighbor who was helped by Grenon.
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