News Minute: Here is the latest Rhode Island news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. EDT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Rhode Island Foundation has granted $2.6M to six non-profit organizations providing behavioral-health services to a wide range of children and adults. The grants are aimed at prevention efforts, assisting people before they are in crisis. The six grants are the first awarded from the foundation's Behavioral Health Fund. The fund was established last year by the Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island has committed $5 million in funding.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island gas prices are leveling off after weeks of increases. AAA Northeast reports Monday that the average cost of a gallon of self-serve, regular in Rhode Island is $2.86, the same as last week. That price is a penny higher than the national average but 9 cents lower than the in-state price a year ago.
NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) - A Rhode Island post office has been renamed for an Army captain who was killed in Iraq. The Saunderstown post office was renamed the "Captain Matthew J. August Post Office" at a ceremony Sunday. August was leading a mission to find insurgent munitions west of Baghdad in 2004 when his unit was ambushed. August, who was 28, was killed along with three other U.S. soldiers. August grew up in North Kingstown and graduated from Bishop Hendricken High School and West Point.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island is doing its part to wipe out skin cancer caused by overexposure to the sun. Gov. Gina Raimondo and U.S. Sen. Jack Reed announced Monday that the state is teaming up with sunscreen company Raw Elements USA to offer free sunscreen dispenser stations at all state-run beaches and several parks for the 2019 summer season. The statewide program is based on the town of Narragansett's free sunscreen program.
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