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.
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.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island has billed about $625,000 to trucks in its first month of tolling. The state Department of Transportation released data Wednesday from its new program. It said the amount billed was about $27,000 more than was estimated. The state's first two electronic truck tolls are located on Interstate 95 in Exeter and Hopkinton. Nearly 190,000 trucks were tolled in the first month.
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