Latest Rhode Island News

Rhode Island's unemployment rate hit 8.1% in December

Jan. 21, 2021 4:06 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's unemployment rate climbed to 8.1% in December as the state lost 6,300 jobs, state labor officials said Thursday. The December rate was up from November's 7.3% rate and December 2019's 3.5% rate. It was also higher than the national unemployment rate of 6.7% for...

Governor vaccinated; AG probes hospital vaccine distribution

Jan. 21, 2021 1:17 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's attorney general is reviewing whether the state's largest hospital operators are properly distributing COVID vaccines. The Providence Journal reports state Attorney General Peter Neronha's office has been in contact with the state Department of Health regarding the...

Prison officer placed on leave after suspect dies in custody

Jan. 21, 2021 12:30 PM EST

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island corrections officer has been taken off the job as state officials continues to probe the death of a man in custody for the fatal beating of a couple in their home. The Providence Journal reports the state Department of Corrections confirmed on Wednesday that an unnamed...

Pedestrian struck, killed by car while crossing busy road

Jan. 21, 2021 10:31 AM EST

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — A pedestrian was struck and killed by a car while crossing a major road in Warwick Wednesday evening, police said. The incident happened around 5 p.m. on Bald Hill Road. Police say they found a 53-year-old man lying in the road unresponsive. He was rushed to Rhode Island Hospital in...

Hughes carries Duquesne over Rhode Island 71-69

Jan. 20, 2021 8:51 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Michael Hughes recorded 15 points and 10 rebounds to lift Duquesne to a 71-69 win over Rhode Island on Wednesday night. Makhel Mitchell had a dunk with 5:05 remaining to give Rhode Island a 67-66 lead but it was the final field goal for the Rams, who led by 17 points late in the first...

Muslim group denounces racist graffiti

Jan. 20, 2021 4:17 PM EST

SMITHFIELD, R.I. (AP) — A national Muslim advocacy group is denouncing racist graffiti found in Rhode Island and Virginia. The Council on American-Islamic Relations said Wednesday that graffiti was found recently on the Stillwater Scenic Trail in Smithfield, R.I. The organization didn't elaborate on the...

Kennedy Plaza bus plan spurs discrimination complaint

Jan. 20, 2021 2:42 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Opponents of a proposal to break up the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority's bus hub in Kennedy Plaza in Providence have filed a federal civil rights complaint against the state over the project, alleging it is discriminatory. Grow Smart RI and the South Providence Neighborhood...

Gov. signs order to alleviate substitute teacher shortage

Jan. 20, 2021 2:21 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Gov. Gina Raimondo has signed an order allowing retired teachers to return to the classroom while continuing to collect their full pension, a move meant to help alleviate a shortage of substitutes exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. The pandemic led many teachers to retire or...

FILE - In this March 1, 2020 file photo, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo faces reporters during a news conference, in Providence, R.I. In a letter to Raimondo Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, a First Amendment rights organization with the backing of journalists' organizations is asking her to resume full media briefings and respond to direct questioning from reporters during those briefings. The Democratic governor has held one news conference but has not made herself available for questioning from journalists since she was nominated to serve as commerce secretary in the Joe Biden administration. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

1st Amendment group asks Raimondo to stop avoiding reporters

Jan. 20, 2021 11:16 AM EST

WESTBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — A First Amendment rights organization with the backing of journalism organizations is asking Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo to resume full media briefings and respond to direct questioning from reporters during those briefings. The Democratic governor has not made herself...

Double homicide suspect dies in custody days after arrest

Jan. 19, 2021 3:07 PM EST

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man suspected of beating a married couple to death in their own home last week has died in custody, a state prisons spokesperson confirmed Tuesday. Timothy McQuesten, 49, was found unresponsive in his single cell at the state prison's Intake Service Center in Cranston...