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Mosquito-borne virus triggers second round of spraying

Sep. 19, 2019 11:11 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island says it will launch a second round of aerial mosquito sprays in response to the increased risk of eastern equine encephalitis. The state health and environmental management departments made the announcement Thursday to begin spraying two targeted areas on Sept. 23. The...

Rhode Island man held on $100K bail in fatal hit and run

Sep. 16, 2019 11:49 AM EDT

TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — The Rhode Island driver charged with leaving the scene after striking and killing a woman walking with her 11-year-old son in Massachusetts has been held on $100,000 bail. Jeremy Schmidt was held after pleading not guilty Monday in Taunton District Court to charges including operating...

Officials ID victim in deadly bar shooting in Fall River

Sep. 15, 2019 1:58 PM EDT

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Authorities are identifying the victim of a fatal shooting at a Massachusetts bar that left two others injured. Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn's office says 39-year-old Eric Voshell was killed following the Friday night shooting at JC's Cafe in Fall River. The...

Retired bishop, army chaplain dies at 90

Sep. 15, 2019 11:18 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A retired Roman Catholic bishop and military chaplain has died in Rhode Island. The Diocese of Providence says Bishop Francis X. Roque died Thursday at the Jeanne Jugan Residence Home in Pawtucket. He was 90. Roque was born in Providence and served as a pastor at the Cathedral of...

Bar shooting leaves 1 dead, 2 injured in Fall River

Sep. 14, 2019 3:07 PM EDT

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A shooting at a Massachusetts bar has left one person dead and two others injured. The Bristol County District Attorney's Office says the shooting happened just after 10 p.m. Friday at JC's Cafe in Fall River. Police say a 39-year-old man was found at the scene suffering from...

Rhode Island man arrested in Massachusetts fatal hit and run

Sep. 13, 2019 11:06 AM EDT

SEEKONK, Mass. (AP) — The Rhode Island man charged with leaving the scene after striking and killing a woman walking with her 11-year-old son in Massachusetts has waived rendition. Authorities say 27-year-old Jeremy Schmidt, of East Providence, appeared in a Rhode Island court on Friday on a fugitive from...

Climate activists press politicians on 'Green New Deal'

Sep. 9, 2019 5:14 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Climate activists have called on politicians to reject campaign contributions from fossil fuel interests at a rally in downtown Providence. The Sunrise Movement drew over 150 people to Burnside Park in a call for political leaders to respond to global warming by committing to a...

License board proposes 24-hour nightclub district

Sep. 9, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Providence official is proposing a 24-hour nightlife district to concentrate the capital city's nightlife in a manageable area outside of residential neighborhoods. Board of Licenses Chairman Dylan Conley says clubs located within such a district would be allowed to serve alcohol...

Rhode Island man charged with threatening Patriots' stadium

Sep. 9, 2019 2:21 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man with what police called an "intense dislike" of the New England Patriots has been charged with threatening a shooting at Gillette Stadium before the team's regular-season opener. Tobias Gray appeared in a Rhode Island court on Monday, wearing a New York Giants...

Baby in the office? Providence mayor's habit sparks debate

Sep. 9, 2019 4:35 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — He has taken his baby to ribbon cuttings and held the child on his lap while testifying at the Statehouse. He balanced the boy at his side at news conferences and rolled him into a closed-door meeting with the governor in a stroller. He installed a bassinet and toy box in his office...