PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A city councilwoman is calling for police to review their policies after a deadly police shooting on a busy stretch of Interstate 95 in Providence. Councilwoman Nirva LaFortune on Thursday introduced a proposed nonbinding resolution calling for the city police department to evaluate its high-speed pursuit policy, its de-escalation practices and training, and to issue a written report. Providence and state police said the shooting was justified.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A bystander says she thought she was going to die when a man fleeing police in a high-speed chase rammed her car and was shot to death by police on Interstate 95. Melissa Rios tells WJAR-TV she had no idea what was happening in the Nov. 9 incident. She says she is not able to sleep and can't get into a car without a towel over her eyes.
WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) - A boil water notice has been lifted in Westerly, after new testing no longer showed the presence of the E. coli bacteria. The Westerly Water Department lifted the notice on Friday, saying a problem well has been taken offline, and the entire system has been disinfected. The water department serves people in Westerly and nearby Stonington, Connecticut.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island officials say thousands more people than previously disclosed are caught in an application backlog for benefits such as food stamps and Medicaid. The Providence Journal reports Courtney Hawkins, director of the Department of Human Services, released new data Thursday showing more than 4,300 applications are overdue. That's significantly higher than in September, when the state said 2,300 applications were overdue.
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