CLIMATE CHANGE-SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND
Mass., Conn., RI senators highlight climate change
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - U.S. senators from Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts are among 28 lawmakers who are preparing to hold the Senate floor all night long to urge congressional action on climate change.
The 28 lawmakers are members of the Senate Climate Action Task Force, a group formed to highlight climate change.
Most members are expected to take the Senate floor beginning Monday evening until about 9 a.m. Tuesday.
Rhode Island U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse says the action is intended to send a message that "it's time for Congress to wake up and get serious" with addressing climate change.
Whitehouse says the cost of Congress' inaction on climate is too high for communities and the economy.
Other members of the task force include Massachusetts U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey, and Connecticut U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy.
RHODE ISLAND EDUCATION
US education official heading to Rhode Island
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Education's lead official on adult and technical education is returning to Rhode Island to highlight President Barack Obama administration's priorities on workforce development, education and training.
Brenda Dann-Messier will give keynote remarks at the annual Rhode Island Senate Economic Summit scheduled for Monday at the Community College of Rhode Island in Providence.
The summit is titled "Rhode to Work: Meeting the Current and Future Job Training Needs of Rhode Island." It will feature discussion on workforce development as well as career and technical education. It will conclude with a panel of education, workforce development and business representatives.
Dann-Messier established the Rhode Island Welcome Back Center - a program that assists immigrant professionals resuming work in their careers - and served as a member of the Rhode Island Board of Governors of Higher Education.
911 CALLER-NEW BEDFORD
New Bedford boy reports house fire, saving 2 lives
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) - Authorities are praising a 9-year-old boy for helping save the lives of two people when he called 911 to report that his two-story home was on fire in New Bedford.
Firefighters responding to the Dartmouth Street home early Saturday found a woman unconscious on the second-floor landing. They also found a man with second- and third-degree burns covering more than 50 percent of his body.
Both victims were received emergency treatment at the scene before they were taken to Rhode Island Hospital.
Authorities say the boy called 911 at about 4:30 a.m. to report the house fire. Police and firefighters found the smoke visible on the first and second floor.
No one else was injured in the blaze and investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire.
Warwick cyclist hit by Cranston driver
WARWICK, R.I. (AP) - A Warwick cyclist was in critical condition after he was struck by a car driven by a Cranston woman.
Warwick Police Lt. Michael Gilbert said on Saturday that the crash occurred late Friday on Greenwich Avenue.
Police say preliminary investigations showed neither speed nor alcohol was a factor in the crash, and charges are not likely to be filed.
Still, investigators ask anyone with information related to the crash to contact Warwick police.
Police say the 63-year-old cyclist was taken to Rhode Island Hospital for treatment. Authorities did not immediately release his name because his relatives had not been notified.
Police identified the car driver as 44-year-old Brenda Swenson.
PROVIDENCE SKATING RINK
Skating season extended at Providence rink
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The ice skating season at Providence's downtown rink is being extended by a week.
The city announced that the rink will remain open through March 23. That's one week later than originally scheduled.
From March 17 to March 21, the rink will have revised weekday hours, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. On March 21 and March 22, it will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Officials say the rink will be used during the offseason for a variety of events, including festivals and concerts. It can also be rented out for private events.
This is the 15th season the rink has been open.
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