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$300M in emergency loans OK'd; New York restrictions imposed

Mar. 26, 2020 3:50 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island lawmakers on Thursday approved as much as $300 million in emergency borrowing to help the state pay its bills with the economy virtually shut down by the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Gina Raimondo told House and Senate leaders the extraordinary measure is needed because the...

Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo gives and update on the coronavirus during a press conference in the State Room of the Rhode Island State House Sunday, March 22, 2020, in Providence, R.I. (Kris Craig/Providence Journal via AP, Pool)

Rhode Island to get $1.25 billion from virus stimulus plan

Mar. 25, 2020 5:28 PM EDT

Rhode Island is poised to receive about $1.25 billion in federal aid to help bolster state finances. U.S. Sen. Jack Reed also said Wednesday that the $2 trillion economic stimulus plan announced by congressional leaders will, if approved, include direct payments to families, expanded jobless benefits, aid for...

Newport Pell Bridge rehabilitation project to resume Monday

Mar. 22, 2020 9:30 AM EDT

JAMESTOWN, R.I. (AP) — The structural rehabilitation project on the Newport Pell Bridge scheduled to resume Monday will lead to lane closures, the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority says. The agency is rehabilitating about 4,500 feet of the bridge deck over the next nine months in three phases,...

Former school committee chairman faces domestic charges

Mar. 19, 2020 4:13 PM EDT

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — A former chairman of a Rhode Island school committee faces domestic charges. David Hanos Jr. was arrested Tuesday after authorities responded to an alleged domestic simple assault at a location that was redacted from the police report, Newport Daily News reported. The victim told...

World sailing race to make stop in Rhode Island in 2022

Mar. 13, 2020 9:30 AM EDT

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — An around-the-world sailing race is once again making its only North American stop in Rhode Island. The Ocean Race announced this week that the Newport stop in the spring of 2022 will be one of 10 stops during the eight-month, 38,000 nautical-mile race, which begins in Alicante, Spain,...

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo faces reporters during a news conference, Sunday, March 1, 2020, in Providence, R.I. Raimondo, took questions on what officials described as the state's first presumptive positive case of coronavirus. Officials said the person is in their 40s and had traveled to Italy in February of 2020. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Providence declares state of emergency over virus

Mar. 12, 2020 7:13 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The mayor of Providence declared a state of emergency on Thursday and barred gatherings of more than 100 people in response to the threat from the new coronavirus. Mayor Jorge Elorza said the city would not issue any licenses or permits for special events until further notice, and...

Governor asks for no large events in Rhode Island

Mar. 11, 2020 5:57 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo on Wednesday called for people to avoid attending or organizing events with more than 250 people amid concerns about the new coronavirus. The guidance stops short of the outright bans that have been issued in harder-hit parts of the United States, but...

Gov declares state of emergency, hospitals suspend visits

Mar. 9, 2020 5:55 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's governor declared a state of emergency Monday amid growing concern over the new coronavirus. Gov. Gina Raimondo said the order allows the state to access additional resources even though the risk of contracting the virus in Rhode Island remains low. Here's a rundown...

Rhode Island man sentenced for robbing pharmacy

Mar. 7, 2020 10:40 AM EST

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A Rhode Island man who robbed a Massachusetts pharmacy has been sentenced to up to 10 years in prison, prosecutors said. Anthony Orr, 48, of Newport, Rhode Island was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty in Fall River Superior Court to unarmed robbery, according to the office of...

Rhode Island police officer found guilty of altering records

Feb. 27, 2020 8:45 AM EST

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island police lieutenant has been convicted of altering or deleting police records and lying to help his girlfriend get public housing when she wasn't eligible. Middletown Lt. Richard Gamache was found guilty by a jury Wednesday of 13 of the 14 counts he faced, The Newport...