PROVIDENCE — The Rhode Island Department of Education released its annual school report cards Thursday and among the 12 Westerly and Chariho schools, five schools improved their ratings and there was one decline.

WESTERLY — Westerly High School climbed two spots to 14th overall in the state rankings on the mathematics section of the SAT college admissions test, but dropped seven spots to 22nd overall on the English Language Arts section of the test, based on results of students who were juniors when …

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Snow and cold records fell as an arctic airmass that started in Siberia spilled over a big chunk of the eastern half of the U.S., including the normally mild South, on Tuesday.

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Brown University has announced plans to double the number of veterans it enrolls by changing admissions policies, increasing financial support and bolstering recruitment.

    WESTERLY — Screenings for breast, prostate, cervical and colon cancer have become standard procedures. Dr. Louis Mazzarelli, a radiologist on the medical staff of Westerly Hospital and L+M Hospital, hopes that a lung cancer screening, for individuals who meet criteria for the test, becomes s…

    CHARLESTOWN — Twenty-five small business owners attended a free seminar at the Town Hall Thursday on marketing in the digital landscape. The event was hosted by the Charlestown Economic Improvement Commission, the Charlestown Chamber of Commerce and the Rhode Island Small Business Developmen…

    WOOD RIVER JCT. — Seniors in the criminal justice program at Chariho Tech took a fresh look at three notable Rhode Island murders and presented their findings on Wednesday to senior prosecutor Patrick Youngs, who has worked in the state Attorney General’s Office for 33 years and prosecuted t…

    KINGSTON — When University of Rhode Island seniors Luke Miller, of Mystic, and Alex Farley were asked to create a curriculum for a summer camp on artificial intelligence, they didn’t plan on it becoming a research project. However, after a summer of educating kids on AI, they realized that t…

      PROVIDENCE — Gasoline prices in Rhode Island remain the same this week as northeast states continue to avoid price volatility and buck national trends, according to a survey conducted through AAA Northeast.

      Rhode Island Sea Grant and the Coastal Resources Management Council are asking Rhode Islanders to take photographs documenting the effects of high tides in their neighborhoods. The photos will provide important information on local flooding, including trends over time, to coastal planners.

        WESTERLY — The Hope Recovery Center of Washington County, 55 Beach St., will hold a Winter Coat and Clothing Giveaway on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 9 a.m. to noon. There will be items for men, women, and children, all at no charge. Children are welcome to do a craft or activity while parents sho…

          WESTERLY — The Tri-County Community Action Agency’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program offers assistance with managing costs associated with home energy bills. Homeowners and renters may apply for help with paying heating assistance and weatherization services. Eligible clients must m…

            WESTERLY — The Westerly Community Credit Union is collecting donations of new, unwrapped stuffed animals and selling $1 paper medallions now through Nov. 30 to benefit the Mini’s Making a Difference Comfort Animal Drive. The organization is made up of Mini Cooper owners. All donations will b…

              CHARLESTOWN — The Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge, along with the Freedom Hunters group, will host the fifth annual veterans deer hunt on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9 and 10. Six veterans will be given an exclusive opportunity to hunt the refuge for white-tailed deer during a two day muzzle…

              GEORGETOWN, Maine — Few things are as embedded in Maine’s culture — or its mud — as clams, and an environmental group thinks the key to saving the shellfish might be growing a different kind of bivalve along the state’s coast.

              WOOD RIVER JCT. — The Chariho Alternative Learning Academy has received $152,000 in federal funds after being identified by the Rhode Island Department of Education as being “in need of comprehensive support” because of the school’s low graduation rate of 53 percent.

                WARWICK — The Community College of Rhode Island has received its first U.S. Department of Education Title III Strengthening Institutions grant. The competitive $1.7 million, five-year grant will support an initiative, Promoting Pathways to Progress, to increase the number of students who fin…