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Newport mansions host more than 1 million tours in 2019

Jan. 8, 2020 12:30 PM EST

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — The nonprofit that oversees several of Newport, Rhode Island's famous mansions hosted more than 1 million tours in 2019, the organization announced Wednesday. It was the fourth consecutive year that the Preservation Society of Newport County has hosted more than 1 million tours. The...

Defiant back on water as America's Cup World Series nears

Jan. 6, 2020 6:34 PM EST

The New York Yacht Club's American Magic sailing team returns to the water Tuesday at its winter base in Pensacola, Florida, to resume training for the first warmup regatta for the 36th America's Cup. American Magic shipped Defiant, its new 75-foot foiling monohull, from Newport, Rhode Island, to Pensacola late...

FILE - This undated file image provided by the U.S. Navy shows Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harley, president of the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I. Harley was removed from his post in June, days after The Associated Press reported he was under investigation amid allegations of mismanagement. (U.S. Navy via AP, File)

Ex-war college head to retire, pending investigation results

Dec. 31, 2019 2:46 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The U.S. Navy will allow a senior officer who was removed as president of the Naval War College to retire at his current rank, the service said Tuesday, though the terms of his retirement could change depending on the results of an open investigation. The Navy secretary approved a...

Rhode Island officials lift advisories for blue-green algae

Dec. 28, 2019 9:12 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island health and environmental officials have lifted recreational advisories that have been in place for a number of bodies of water because of a blue-green algae known as cyanobacteria. The Rhode Island Department of Health and the state Department of Environmental...

FILE - In this May 23, 2019, file photo, Tammy Brown, of Cranston, R.I, leads the crowd in chants outside a fundraiser for the Rhode Island Senate Democrats political action committee in Providence, R.I. Gov. Gina Raimondo signed legislation passed by the General Assembly in June to preserve federal abortion protections in state law. (AP Photo/Jennifer McDermott, File)

School takeover, abortion debate are Rhode Island's top news

Dec. 24, 2019 9:04 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The state takeover of the struggling Providence school system, a debate over abortion rights in the General Assembly and immigration protests at a detention facility were among the top stories in Rhode Island in 2019. Other top headlines included the political rifts in the...

Rhode Island woman faces manslaughter charge in baby's death

Dec. 5, 2019 3:35 PM EST

MIDDLETOWN, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island woman was charged Thursday with manslaughter in connection with the death of a 4-month old boy. Tia Anderson, 26, of Middletown, pleaded not guilty and was held on $50,000 bond at an initial court appearance Thursday in Newport Superior Court. She was referred to the...

Rhode Island hospital system ends year in the red

Dec. 4, 2019 11:56 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island’s largest hospital group will look to cut costs after finishing the 2019 fiscal year with a net loss of $35 million, the CEO said Wednesday. Lifespan President and CEO Timothy Babineau said those measures include an early retirement plan with the goal of...

Man charged with video recording women using bathroom

Nov. 27, 2019 8:33 AM EST

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man is facing video voyeurism charges for allegedly video recording women using the bathroom on two separate occasions. The Newport Daily New reports that 23-year-old Trevon Jollymore, of Newport, was arrested Monday and police seized his cellphone and computers....

CCRI proposes $63M bond to renovate campuses

Nov. 26, 2019 2:52 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Community College of Rhode Island is proposing a $63 million general revenue bond to renovate its aging campuses. College spokeswoman Amy Kempe tells The Providence Journal the Warwick and Lincoln locations are both 30 years old. Beneath one of the entrance ramps to campus in...

Mapping effort underway at Colonial-era African burial site

Nov. 26, 2019 12:41 PM EST

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — The city of Newport is working with Brown University to create a digital map of one of the nation’s largest and most intact Colonial-era African burial grounds. The city wants a high-resolution map of God’s Little Acre to serve as the foundation for future site management...