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Suzanne Carcieri, former Rhode Island first lady, dies

Nov. 15, 2018 5:36 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Former Rhode Island first lady Suzanne Carcieri, who took a visible role during the administration of her husband, Republican Gov. Don Carcieri, died Thursday. She was 76. "Sue was my life partner and best friend, my most trusted adviser, and the heart and soul of our family," the...

Unemployment rate drops again, hits low point of 3.8 percent

Nov. 15, 2018 2:06 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's unemployment rate ticked down to 3.8 percent in October, reaching its lowest point in nearly 30 years. Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo said Thursday it's the lowest rate seen in Rhode Island since May 1989, and the rate has now been lower than 5 percent for two years....

Lamont talks economic development in eastern Connecticut

Nov. 9, 2018 4:48 PM EST

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — Fresh off his election victory, Gov.-elect Ned Lamont focused Friday on economic development in eastern Connecticut, saying he wants to ensure workers are trained to fill jobs at Electric Boat Shipyard. Lamont noted that neighboring Rhode Island has a community college program...

Rhode Island opens mental health and drug abuse help center

Nov. 9, 2018 12:19 PM EST

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island is getting its first triage and call center for mental health and substance abuse disorders. BH Link is a 24/7 facility for Rhode Islanders experiencing behavioral health crises and for their families and friends struggling to find help. It official opening is on...

Democrats pick up 2 seats in state House of Representatives

Nov. 7, 2018 3:31 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island Democrats have extended their dominance over the state House of Representatives, gaining two more seats for the start of the legislative session in January. The number of Republicans in the 75-member House is expected to drop from 11 to nine, provided mail ballot...

Rhode Island mayors rally to keep toy maker Hasbro in area

Nov. 7, 2018 3:29 PM EST

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — Two Rhode Island mayors are calling on Gov. Gina Raimondo and state lawmakers to help prevent toy maker Hasbro from leaving the area. Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien and Central Falls Mayor James Diossa said Wednesday that after the closure of Memorial Hospital and the loss of the...

The Latest: Democratic House speaker wins re-election

Nov. 7, 2018 9:40 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Latest on the midterm elections in Rhode Island (all times local): 11:35 p.m. Democratic state House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello has been narrowly re-elected in his district after an organized effort to oust him. Cranston voters returned Mattiello to the House on Tuesday over...

Rhode Island Democrat incumbents fend off GOP challengers

Nov. 7, 2018 9:34 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's top Democratic officeholders won re-election Tuesday by fending off Republican challengers and promising to continue work they started to help the state. At the top of the ticket, Gov. Gina Raimondo, U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, and Reps. James Langevin and David...

Ballot questions on education, environment spending approved

Nov. 7, 2018 1:53 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Islanders have approved millions of dollars in borrowing for education and environmental projects statewide. Voters on Tuesday approved three ballot questions: a $250 million bond to rebuild local public schools, another $70 million for the state's public colleges and...

The Latest: Gillum concedes in Florida governor race

Nov. 7, 2018 1:51 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Tuesday's elections for governor and other state offices (all times local): 11:25 p.m. Florida Democratic nominee for governor Andrew Gillum is conceding to his Republican rival, Ron DeSantis. The Tallahassee mayor was seeking to become the state's first black governor and...