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Group files suit challenging RI school mask mandate

Sep. 17, 2021 10:14 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A group of Rhode Island parents and grandparents has filed a legal challenge to Gov. Daniel McKee's statewide school mask mandate. The lawsuit filed in Providence Superior Court on Thursday alleges the Democratic governor violated state law and...

Prosecutors drop murder charge against Rhode Island man

Sep. 17, 2021 09:19 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Prosecutors have dropped a first-degree murder charge against a Rhode Island man who had been accused of fatally shooting his friend, because surveillance video showed he was not at the scene of the crime. Kenneth Hernandez, 33, of Cranston, was...

Police make arrest in shooting outside Providence nightclub

Sep. 16, 2021 09:14 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Police have made an arrest in connection with a fatal shooting outside a Providence nightclub last month. Ahmad Crowell, 31, of Warwick was held without bail at his arraignment Wednesday on first-degree murder and firearms charges. He did not...

Providence Mayor Elorza says he won't run for governor

Sep. 15, 2021 14:53 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza said Wednesday that he won't run for governor next year. While many expected Elorza to seek the Democratic nomination, he emailed supporters to say it would be impossible to campaign statewide while running the...

Tuesday's Scores

Sep. 15, 2021 00:49 AM EDT

PREP VOLLEYBALL= Adrian def. Murray County Central, 25-16, 25-17, 25-19 Aitkin def. Duluth Denfeld, 3-2 Albany def. Little Falls, 25-17, 25-21, 24-26, 25-11 Alden-Conger def. Madelia, 25-21, 23-25, 25-14,...

Retired Navy officer sentenced to life for child sex abuse

Sep. 11, 2021 16:38 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A retired Navy officer from Rhode Island has been sentenced to serve life in prison for sexually abusing a child for years. U.S. District Judge John McConnell ordered retired Lt. Cdr. Ronald Zenga to serve the rest of his natural life in federal...

Friday's Scores

Sep. 11, 2021 06:00 AM EDT

PREP FOOTBALL= Abingdon 52, Cambridge 14 Aledo (Mercer County) 40, Monmouth United 26 Algonquin (Jacobs) 48, McHenry 32 Amundsen 65, Lake View 6 Anna-Jonesboro 28, Massac County 27 ...

Central Falls unveils new slogan: 'Diversity that Inspires'

Sep. 09, 2021 14:19 PM EDT

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's smallest city has a new slogan. Central Falls Mayor Maria Rivera announced Thursday that her city will now carry the tagline “Diversity that Inspires.” Rivera says the new slogan honors the city's...

Advocates for homeless demand more action from lawmakers

Sep. 09, 2021 10:08 AM EDT

Providence, R.I. (AP) — Advocates for homeless Rhode Islanders are urging state leaders to do more to address a big increase in the problem since the pandemic began. Members of the Rhode Island Homeless Advocacy Project set up dozens of tents on the grounds of the...

Students in Boston, Providence, return to classrooms

Sep. 09, 2021 09:07 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Students have returned to classrooms in Boston and Providence as the school year got underway in both cities Thursday. In Boston, in-person learning resumed for students in grades 1 through 12, while kindergarten and pre-K classes will begin on Monday. ...