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Attorney general sides with Rhode Island synagogue

Nov. 16, 2018 4:14 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The attorney general of Rhode Island asked the U.S. Supreme Court Friday to review and reverse a lower court's decision that gave a New York congregation control of Rhode Island's Touro Synagogue and a set of bells valued in the millions. Attorney General Peter Kilmartin filed a...

Rhode Island man arrested after taking forklift

Nov. 16, 2018 11:41 AM EST

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island police say a man stole a forklift and drove it around a park, at times trying to ram police cruisers, before he got stuck and had to be forcibly removed. Newport police say 27-year-old Ross Ahlborg, of Narragansett, took the forklift without permission at about 10 p.m....

Turnpike authority proposes bike path for Pell Bridge

Nov. 15, 2018 11:20 AM EST

JAMESTOWN, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority is considering adding a bike path and an observation deck to the Pell Bridge. Executive Director Buddy Croft tells the Newport Daily News the authority is trying to connect more "people and communities" as the bridge approaches its 50th...

Delay in start of sports betting costs Rhode Island millions

Nov. 12, 2018 1:29 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A delay in the start of sports betting in Rhode Island is costing the state millions in expected revenue. The state budget included $23.5 million in revenue from sports betting through June 30, assuming an Oct. 1 start. Analysts recently cut that total by $12 million because the...

Row like mad: Venetian-style gondoliers race in US contest

Nov. 11, 2018 5:17 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Most of the time, gondoliers row slowly and sing softly. It's all very peaceful. But for one weekend, they row like mad, scream at each other (sometimes in Italian), and it's complete chaos. That's how Greg Mohr describes the U.S. Gondola Nationals, a convention for the small...

Newport receives recommendations for short-term rentals

Nov. 9, 2018 3:08 PM EST

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Newport plans to review a list of recommendations for short-term rental programs issued by a task force that studied the city's housing market. The Newport Daily News reports the Short Term Rentals Investigatory Group was formed in June to study platforms like Airbnb and HomeAway....

Fashion boutique owners charged with writing bad checks

Nov. 7, 2018 10:56 AM EST

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Police in Newport say the husband and wife team who own a fashion boutique have been charged on multiple counts of issuing fraudulent checks. Newport police say 38-year-old Erin Ribeiro and 51-year-old Thomas Ribeiro entered no plea to the charges on Oct. 25 and were released on bond....

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...

Woman rescued from Newport Harbor dies

Nov. 6, 2018 4:03 PM EST

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Police say a woman who was rescued last month from Newport Harbor in Rhode Island has died. Lt. Frank Rosa tells The Newport Daily News the woman was pulled from the water near the Goat Island causeway on Oct. 21. He publicly identified her Tuesday as 40-year-old Karen Ramos, of...

Couple dies after being swept to sea while fishing

Oct. 29, 2018 4:06 PM EDT

JAMESTOWN, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island officials have identified the Massachusetts couple who died after being swept into the sea while fishing off some rocks at a state park. The Department of Environmental Management said Monday that 51-year-old Kongjuan Wei and 52-year-old Xianzan Tan were pronounced dead...