Latest Rhode Island state government News

McKee promises seamless transition during virus fight

Jan. 14, 2021 4:14 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Lt. Gov. Daniel McKee, who will take over as governor if Gina Raimondo is confirmed as President-elect Joe Biden's commerce secretary, said Thursday his top priority will be continuing the state's fight against the coronavirus. But the Democrat said at a news conference at a Warwick...

RI Report: 100% renewable energy by 2030 possible but costly

Jan. 14, 2021 11:52 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Achieving Rhode Island's goal of using 100% renewable energy by 2030 is possible, a state report said, but it will require the ongoing construction of renewable energy projects as transportation and heating transition to electric power. The report released Wednesday from the...

Raimondo extends restrictions, pledges more testing

Jan. 13, 2021 4:17 PM EST

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo on Wednesday promised a smooth transition in the state's response to the coronavirus when Lt. Gov. Daniel McKee takes over if she is confirmed as President-elect Joe Biden's commerce secretary. "We will not miss a beat," the Democratic governor said in her first news conference...

Senate President Ruggerio names leadership team

Jan. 13, 2021 9:42 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island Senate President Dominick Ruggerio has named his leadership team for the new legislative session. The North Providence Democrat announced Tuesday that Sen. Maryellen Goodwin will continue to serve as Senate Majority Whip, a position the Providence Democrat has held...

Rhode Island's COVID-19 death toll approaches 2,000

Jan. 12, 2021 2:31 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The number of people who have died of COVID-19 in Rhode Island is approaching 2,000, according to state Department of Health statistics released Tuesday. With 23 more fatalities reported, the total number of virus-related deaths during the pandemic has climbed to 1,970. Nationally,...

Rhode Island House Democrats round out leadership team

Jan. 12, 2021 9:15 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Democrats in the Rhode Island House of Representatives have elected a new leadership team that includes two women in key posts. Rep. Katherine Kazarian of East Providence was elected House majority whip, while Rep. Mia Ackerman of Cumberland was named as deputy whip, The Providence...

Rhode Island Supreme Court's first Black justice sworn in

Jan. 11, 2021 3:39 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Supreme Court has its first Black justice. Superior Court Judge Melissa A. Long was sworn in on Monday during a small ceremony on the State House steps presided over by Chief Justice Paul Suttell. “Every day, when I arrive at the courthouse, I will recommit...

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Rhode Island surpasses 100,000

Jan. 11, 2021 2:08 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Rhode Island has surpassed 100,000 according to state Department of Health data released Monday. There were nearly 3,000 new cases and 31 more virus-related deaths in the state over the past three days, the department said, and there have...

Some Dartmouth students to return; rapid tests at RI airport

Jan. 9, 2021 5:31 PM EST

Coronavirus developments across New England: ___ NEW HAMPSHIRE Half of the student body at Dartmouth College will be back on campus by Jan. 18, but most undergraduate classes will continue to be taught remotely. In an online community conversation this week, Provost Joseph Helble said confirmed cases of the...

Lt. Gov: No impact to COVID response with governor leaving

Jan. 8, 2021 4:34 PM EST

Rhode Island's coronavirus response will not be impacted by Gov. Gina Raimondo's imminent departure to join President-elect Joe Biden’s Cabinet, Lt. Gov. Daniel McKee promised on Friday. In his first public statement since Raimondo was named Biden’s pick for commerce secretary, McKee said he's...