WESTERLY — On a night the School Committee reviewed what one member called the district's "alarming" results on the state's new standardized tests for students in Grades 3 through 8, it received an overview of a new plan that Superintendent of Schools Mark Garceau said is aimed at ensuring t…

Congregants of the Shannock Baptist Church have a plea for a thief they said stole large solar lights from the church property over the weekend: Return the undamaged lights anonymously and no questions will be asked.

    NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — Reports of suspected cases of abuse or neglect of minors have been coming in more frequently to the state Department of Children and Families in the wake of scandals at two Connecticut schools where police are investigating allegations that educators did not adequate…

    ROCKY HILL, Conn. (AP) — These Connecticut lotteries were drawn Wednesday:

    RICHMOND — Businesses in the Chariho Plaza at 1190 Main St. (Route 138) were without water for much of Wednesday, and the Arcadia branch of the Ocean Community YMCA had to close until the water service was restored. The cause of the problem was believed to be a leak in the plaza’s plumbing.

    CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — These Rhode Island lotteries were drawn Wednesday:

    WILLIMANTIC — Berkshire Hills Bancorp Inc. and SI Financial Group Inc. announced Tuesday that they have signed a merger agreement in which Berkshire will acquire SIFI and its subsidiary, Savings Institute Bank and Trust Company, in an all-stock transaction valued at $180 million. The Willima…

    CHARLESTOWN — A home on Kickapoo Run sustained minor damage from a chimney fire over the weekend. Charlestown and Richmond-Carolina firefighters, with mutual aid from the Dunn's Corners Fire Department, were called to a home at 41 Kickapoo Run around 10:15 p.m. Saturday and quickly contained…