Latest Rhode Island state government News

Rhode Island man sentenced in North Dakota fentanyl case

Oct. 17, 2021 12:24 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A Rhode Island man accused by prosecutors of having a “leadership role” an international fentanyl trafficking operation has been sentenced in North Dakota to 33 years in federal prison. Steven Pinto, also known as Yeaboy, is one of more than 30...

Governor releases vision of Rhode Island's future

Oct. 15, 2021 14:44 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Gov. Dan McKee on Friday released a working draft of his administration's vision for Rhode Island's future. The 55-page RI2030 plan looks at spurring economic growth, strengthening education, addressing climate change, prioritizing housing, and...

Rhode Island preparing to vaccinate kids against COVID-19

Oct. 14, 2021 15:03 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island officials are preparing now to vaccinate children ages 5 to 11 in anticipation of the federal government authorizing Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for that age group, Gov. Dan McKee said Thursday. McKee and the state's health director...

Former CVS executive announces run for Rhode Island governor

Oct. 13, 2021 13:57 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A former CVS executive announced Wednesday she's running for governor in Rhode Island, jumping into an already crowded Democratic field. Helena Foulkes touted her 25 years of experience at CVS in her announcement video, stating that she had...

2 arrested during vaccine mandate protest outside gov's home

Oct. 09, 2021 12:47 PM EDT

CUMBERLAND, R.I. (AP) — Police say two people were arrested during a “disturbance” outside Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee's home, where protesters were rallying against the state's vaccine mandate for health care workers. The two people arrested Friday night were...

State to Providence: Stop work on bike lane or pay $4.4M

Oct. 07, 2021 17:04 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Providence must stop all work on a bike lane project or may have to reimburse the state and the federal government for the cost of a previous infrastructure project at the same location because of an agreement signed by the city's former mayor, the state's...

Governor unveils plans to spend $113M in federal money

Oct. 07, 2021 14:43 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Gov. Dan McKee disclosed his plans Thursday to spend about $113 million of Rhode Island's more than $1.1 billion in federal relief funds on essential needs including affordable housing, support for small businesses, and bonuses for child care workers. ...

Zurier wins Democratic primary for open state Senate seat

Oct. 06, 2021 14:39 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Former Providence City Councilman Sam Zurier has won a five-way race in special Democratic primary to fill a vacant seat in the Rhode Island Senate. Zurier received 1,282 votes Tuesday, 300 more than the second-place finisher Geena Pham,...

Man gets 18 years for selling deadly dose of fentanyl

Oct. 04, 2021 12:25 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Massachusetts man who was the first person charged under a Rhode Island law that provides for stiff punishments for people who sell illicit drugs that result in death will spend 18 years in prison, prosecutors said Monday. Cary Pacheco, 57, of...

Vaccine mandate hits hurdles in RI; VT push for more testing

Oct. 02, 2021 15:07 PM EDT

Coronavirus developments around New England: ___ RHODE ISLAND More than 90 health care facilities have requested a 30-day extension to meet Gov. Dan McKee’s requirement to get all workers vaccinated against COVID-19, the Rhode...