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Rhode Island seeks to prevent virus spread at protests

Jun. 2, 2020 4:19 PM EDT

Rhode Island officials are exploring ways to prevent the spread of the coronavirus at large gatherings such as the protests over the death of George Floyd, Gov. Gina Raimondo said Tuesday. Raimondo said it will be difficult to tell whether any COVID-19 outbreaks in the next few weeks are due to the reopening of...

A counter-demonstrator holds up makeshift body bags while separated by police from a protest calling for the repeal of all government restrictions related to concern about the spread of COVID-19, Saturday, May 30, 2020, at the Statehouse, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Judge denies motion in suit over out-of-staters' quarantine

May. 30, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

A look at the coronavirus-related developments around New England on Saturday. MASSACHUSETTS City officials in Boston are concerned that many Asian American residents may not be getting tested for the new coronavirus. Boston’s Chinatown zip code, where half the residents are of Asian descent, is one of...

State on track to start next phase of economic reopening

May. 26, 2020 12:54 PM EDT

Rhode Island is on schedule to launch the second phase of its economic reboot next week, given the successes of the Memorial Day weekend, Gov. Gina Raimondo said Tuesday. “The good news is, overwhelmingly, people were out and about doing the right thing," the Democrat said during her daily news briefing on...

Server Katie Maloney, of Providence, R.I., center, wears a mask out of concern for the coronavirus while assisting patrons in an outdoor seating area at Plant City restaurant, in Providence, Monday, May 18, 2020. Rhode Island allowed restaurants to provide service with outdoor seated dinning Monday for the first time since the beginning of the government imposed lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Towns eye reopening beaches; CVS returns fed pandemic funds

May. 20, 2020 5:02 PM EDT

Rhode Island communities are making plans to open local beaches shuttered by the coronavirus pandemic as Memorial Day weekend approaches. Newport's City Manager Joseph Nicholson said this week that the city hopes to open Easton’s Beach around June 4. He told the City Council during his Tuesday briefing...

Newport beach getting new self-pay kiosks

May. 16, 2020 8:18 AM EDT

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Visitors to Easton's Beach in Newport will no longer hand over money to a human worker to get into the parking lot. The city has installed eight self-pay kiosks. Although the kiosks were approved by the City Council last year before the coronavirus pandemic, city spokesman Tom Shevlin...

FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2020, file photo, Kansas City Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes, left, and Tyrann Mathieu celebrate after defeating the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Kansas City Chiefs began talking about a repeat before they had even left the stadium following their Super Bowl triumph. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

The Latest: Mahomes to celebrate virtual grads at Texas Tech

May. 15, 2020 8:18 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes is set to be part of the virtual graduation ceremonies for Texas Tech, his alma mater. The star quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs will address the graduates along with two students receiving their...

Gibson Mbedzi delivers vegetables to a restaurant opening for take out, Saturday, May 9, 2020, in Providence, R.I. Non-essential businesses are reopening under Gov. Gina Raimondo's plan to gradually lift some restrictions imposed to slow the outbreak. Face masks are now required for anyone in a public place and bars, salons and gyms remain closed while restaurants remain limited to take out and delivery. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Restaurants to offer outdoor dining, but with screenings

May. 11, 2020 3:40 PM EDT

Rhode Islanders will soon be able to dine al fresco again. Gov. Gina Raimondo announced Monday that the state will allow restaurants to offer limited outdoor dining starting May 18. The state's strict new guidelines call for dining by reservation only and no more than five people per dining party. Restaurants...

Dog walker finds nails in hot dog pieces scattered on lawns

May. 7, 2020 12:23 PM EDT

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — A dog walker found nails in cut-up pieces of hot dogs scattered across some lawns in Rhode Island, police said. The dog walker found the bits of hot dogs on several lawns along one street in Newport on Monday, police said. The Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to...

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to reporters at his official residence in Tokyo Friday, May 1, 2020. Abe told reporters Friday that the coronavirus state of emergency that is supposed to end next week will have to be kept in place roughly for another month. (Kyodo News via AP)

The Latest: Experts back Japan plan to extend virus measures

May. 4, 2020 1:30 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Japan says experts back plan to extend state of emergency...

Stop the music: 2020 Newport folk, jazz festivals canceled

Apr. 29, 2020 4:04 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The 2020 Newport Folk and Newport Jazz festivals were canceled by organizers Wednesday, the same day Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo said that all events that attract crowds of more than 50 people will not be allowed to take place this summer as the state continues to fight the...