PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) - The U.S. Senate is set to vote on a bill to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy.
If approved, the measure would provide $50.5 billion in aid to the regions hardest hit by the Superstorm, including Rhode Island.
The house has already approved the proposal and the president has said he will sign the bill.
Hurricane Sandy is blamed for 140 deaths and billions of dollars in damage to residential and business properties.
Two-year federal review of controversial taxpayer-backed loan fund forced changes.
Governor Lincoln Chafee has directed that both the Rhode Island and U.S. flags on all public buildings, grounds and naval vessels across the state to be flown at half-staff.
Providence Mayor Angel Taveras says the city needs to get illegal guns off the street, following the shooting death of a city teenager.
A judge handed New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard another year of probation and 30 additional days in jail Thursday as a result of a drinking-and-driving incident in Nebraska last summer.
Officers honored included Mark Dececco and John Reposa, who brought an iPad to a special needs child after hers was stolen last December.