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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during a House Subcommittee on the Coronavirus crisis hearing, Friday, July 31, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington.  (Kevin Dietsch/Pool via AP)

Fauci: Schools should be outdoors as much as possible

Aug. 13, 2020 6:34 PM EDT

School districts developing their plans for reopening for the new academic year should find ways to offer as many outdoor activities as possible, from classes to recess and lunchtime, the nation’s top infectious disease expert recommended in an online discussion Thursday. Dr. Anthony Fauci, who heads the...

Woman injured in deadly 2017 highway shooting sues police

Aug. 13, 2020 4:06 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A woman seriously injured when police opened fire on a busy Rhode Island highway in 2017 after a high-speed chase in a search for a stolen police cruiser has sued the police. Attorneys for Christine Demers, who was a passenger in the car fired at by officers, said in the lawsuit...

High court: Rhode Island mail-in voters don't need witnesses

Aug. 13, 2020 3:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday left in place an agreement that allows Rhode Island residents to vote by mail through November's general election without getting signatures from two witnesses or a notary. State officials had agreed to suspend the witness requirement because of the...

10 businesses cited for not following virus safety mandates

Aug. 13, 2020 2:10 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Ten Rhode Island businesses have been cited for failing to comply with the state's virus safety regulations in the last two weeks, the state Department of Health said Thursday. The agency said eight of the establishments cited by the state's COVID-19 Enforcement Task Force were...

Coast Guard to base two new cutters in Newport

Aug. 12, 2020 3:39 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Newport will serve as the homeport for two of the Coast Guard's newest patrol cutters. U.S. Sen. Jack Reed announced the decision Wednesday. The 360-foot vessels will be part of the Heritage class, a new design. The decision to base two Heritage-class cutters in at Naval Station...

Metal shredder to pay $875K to settle air pollution claims

Aug. 12, 2020 10:59 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A company that shreds scrap metal has agreed to pay the largest fine ever imposed under Rhode Island's air pollution rules. Under a legal settlement announced Wednesday, Sims Metal Management will pay $875,000 and install pollution control equipment at its facility in Johnston....

AG: Resident faces stiffer hate crime penalties if convicted

Aug. 11, 2020 5:21 PM EDT

BARRINGTON, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's attorney general has determined that a Barrington man facing an assault charge after being caught on video yelling racial slurs at his neighbor can face a stiffer sentence under the state's hate crimes law if convicted. Attorney General Peter Neronha said in a legal...

More Ivy League schools shut down campus over virus concerns

Aug. 11, 2020 3:04 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Brown University is delaying a return to in-person instruction until October and the University of Pennsylvania said Tuesday it won't open dorms to the vast majority of undergraduate students this fall, joining their Ivy League colleagues in expanding a push toward online...

Piping plover chick taken from Rhode Island beach dies

Aug. 11, 2020 12:34 PM EDT

WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — A piping plover chick taken by vacationers from a Rhode Island beach died at a wildlife center on Cape Cod, despite efforts to save it. Piping plover are a protected species and removing the birds from the wild is illegal. People from Massachusetts visiting a beach in Westerly,...

RI program serving 100 people with disabilities to close

Aug. 11, 2020 11:41 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A day program that consistently served more than 100 people with disabilities in Rhode Island will close in September because of financial losses, the organization said. Resources for Human Development, a nonprofit based in Philadelphia, will close its Rhode Island location because...