Latest Rhode Island News

TF Green to offer nonstop service to Dominican Republic

May. 21, 2019 11:49 AM EDT

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's T.F. Green Airport will soon start offering nonstop flights to the Dominican Republic. The Rhode Island Airport Corp. on Tuesday announced that Sun Country Airlines will offer service to Punta Cana International Airport beginning Nov. 16 and running through April. The...

How 'lunch shaming' is facing scrutiny around the US

May. 16, 2019 4:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Denying children a hot meal apparently isn't a popular way for schools to deal with unpaid lunch money. After a flood of angry Facebook comments and phone calls, a Rhode Island district last week abandoned its plan to serve cold sandwiches to students whose families owe money. "The outcry...

Self-driving vehicle pulled over by curious police officer

May. 15, 2019 6:29 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A self-driving shuttle got pulled over by police on its first day carrying passengers on a new Rhode Island route. Providence Police Chief Hugh Clements said an officer pulled over the odd-looking autonomous vehicle because he had never seen one before. "It looked like an oversize...

Correction: Oregon-Vaccine Exemptions story

May. 15, 2019 6:20 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — In a story May 14 about vaccine legislation in Oregon, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Washington state this year passed a law to end all non-medical exemptions for the measles vaccine. The Washington measure included religious exemptions. A corrected version of the story...

House approves bill to aid casino bid by Massachusetts tribe

May. 15, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Wednesday approved a bill reaffirming the right of a Massachusetts tribe to hold land in trust, a crucial step to building a $1 billion casino. The bill, approved 275-146, would allow the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe to hold 321 acres of reservation land in trust, despite a...

District may close Rhode Island's last one-room schoolhouse

May. 13, 2019 4:27 PM EDT

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's last one-room schoolhouse could close if funding is withdrawn. The nonprofit Prudence Island School Foundation and Portsmouth School District have an agreement in which the district funds the education program and the foundation runs the program and maintains the...

Quick-thinking police officers save life of choking baby

May. 12, 2019 11:04 AM EDT

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — Two Rhode Island police officers are being praised for their quick actions that saved the life of a choking baby. Warwick Police Officers Brian Holleran and Anthony D'Abrosca were responding to another call in the Kohl's parking lot on Friday when they heard a woman calling for help....

Company comes to aid of students offered jelly sandwiches

May. 10, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The yogurt company Chobani plans to pay the school lunch debts of low-income families with students attending a district that made headlines by announcing children who owe money would get cold sunflower butter and jelly sandwiches instead of a hot meal, the mayor's office confirmed...

School district changes cold sandwich policy after backlash

May. 9, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island school district reversed its decision to start serving cold sandwiches instead of hot lunches next week to students whose families owe lunch money. Warwick Public Schools had said it would serve sunflower butter and jelly sandwiches to students whose families are in...

Lottery cuts expectations for sports betting revenue in half

May. 7, 2019 4:01 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Sports betting is now expected to bring in about $15 million in Rhode Island in the next fiscal year, half of what state officials had hoped for, the lottery said Tuesday. The new estimate is based on a consultant's report, and Revenue Department spokesman Paul Grimaldi said it's...