Police say one boater dead, one hospitalized after sinking

Police say one person died and another was suffering from hypothermia after a boat sank off Jamestown.

Jamestown police dispatcher Robert Rexter said the person died Saturday after trying to swim to shore.

He said a man who was also on the boat was able to reach shore and summon help about 9:40 a.m. Rexter said a fire department marine rescue squad then pulled another man from the water, where he had been clinging to a flotation device.

The two survivors were taken to Newport Hospital. Rexter said the man who made it to shore was expected to be fine but the other survivor had life-threatening injuries after suffering from hypothermia.

No further details were immediately available.


Bankrupt city, major unions reportedly reach labor deal

According to court documents, negotiators working on a financial restructuring in bankrupt Central Falls have reached tentative agreements with three major public employee unions.

The Providence Journal reported that no details of the deals were released because the agreements are tentative and subject to review by membership of the fire, police and city hall workers’ unions.

A lawyer for the city’s state-appointed receiver said in a motion filed Friday that the city was “extremely pleased” to announce the agreements.


Four R.I. theater groups join showcase for gay marriage

Four Rhode Island theater organizations are participating in a national showcase of plays about same-sex marriage.

The one-act play readings will take place Monday evening at Brown University’s Stuart Theatre. The production is called “Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays” and includes 11 short plays.

Brown, Trinity Repertory Company, Rhode Island College and 2nd Story Theatre are presenting the readings. The show is among many that will occur simultaneously at universities and theaters nationwide.

Organizers said that before the readings they will also broadcast a speech from the Minetta Lane Theatre in New York City, where the production begins its preview run Monday.

State to temporarily reopen interstate exit in Pawtucket

State transportation officials plan to temporarily reopen an exit along Interstate 95 in Pawtucket that’s been closed to motorists for nearly two months.

The state Department of Transportation said Exit 28 for School Street along the northbound portion of the roadway will reopen today. During the closure, the state built part of a temporary bridge that will take traffic over the Pawtucket River while a permanent bridge is being constructed.

The department said the exit is expected to be closed again during the winter for about two weeks.

The new Pawtucket River Bridge is supposed to help ease congestion by providing additional lanes for on- and off-ramp traffic.