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Billionaire buys fourth Newport estate

Feb. 12, 2019 3:27 PM EST

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Billionaire Larry Ellison has apparently purchased a fourth home in Newport, Rhode Island for $11 million, reuniting a 9-acre estate created in 1881. The Newport Daily News reports that a deed for the Seacliff home was signed by its seller trustee on Jan. 31. The address of the buyer...

Several artists announced for Newport Jazz festival

Feb. 12, 2019 10:36 AM EST

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Herbie Hancock, Corinne Bailey Rae, The Bad Plus and Buika are among the first wave of artists announced for this year's Newport Jazz Festival . The three-day festival in Rhode Island is scheduled for August 2, 3 and 4 at Fort Adams State Park and the International Tennis Hall of Fame....

Lawmakers seek to form natural gas commission

Feb. 11, 2019 1:24 PM EST

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island lawmakers have filed a bill to create a commission to oversee a study of the state's natural gas and electricity system following a weeklong natural gas outage. The Newport Daily News reports the commission would include the president of National Grid and the president of...

Newport pushes for increase in hotel and meal taxes

Feb. 11, 2019 12:15 AM EST

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Newport city councilors and the city manager are pushing for an additional 1 percent for hotel and meal taxes to go to local communities. According to a Rhode Island state budget document, Newport received $2.61 million in hotel taxes and $2.44 million in meals and beverage taxes in...

Man who tried to force way into high school gets probation

Feb. 7, 2019 11:01 AM EST

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — A man charged with assaulting a teacher who tried to block him from forcing his way into a Rhode Island high school's gymnasium has pleaded no contest. The Newport Daily News reports that 23-year-old Marcus Schlip was sentenced to three years of probation on Wednesday after entering...

McKee: New bill would improve utilities' emergency response

Feb. 3, 2019 12:20 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Lt. Gov. Daniel McKee is pushing for legislation he says will improve the emergency response of utility companies, following a weeklong natural gas outage that affected the Newport area. National Grid says a dramatic pressure drop forced it to suspend service to thousands of...

Damage from natural gas outage leads to business closure

Jan. 30, 2019 10:00 AM EST

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island business is closing permanently and the owner is blaming the weeklong natural gas outage that affected the Newport area. Tim Johnson says he had to close his free-to-use Kid Corner children's play space in Newport after a burst pipe during the gas outage cased...

2 lawsuit filed over Rhode Island natural gas outage

Jan. 29, 2019 9:57 AM EST

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Residents and businesses in Newport have filed class action lawsuits over the natural gas outage on Aquidneck Island. Lawyer Brian Cunha filed two lawsuits Monday against National Grid and pipeline operator Enbridge Inc. One lawsuit was filed on behalf of eight residents and the other...

Loans available for businesses affected by gas outage

Jan. 28, 2019 3:21 PM EST

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — The state of Rhode Island is offering emergency loans of up to $25,000 for businesses that had to close because of a loss of natural gas service for a week. Gov. Gina Raimondo announced the program Monday, saying "being without a week of revenue is very difficult." The loan fund...

Courthouse to remain closed amid lingering gas outages

Jan. 27, 2019 12:38 PM EST

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Officials say Newport's courthouse will remain closed Monday as efforts continue to restore natural gas service to homes and businesses. The Murray Judicial Complex was among many institutions shut down last week after National Grid shut off service to parts of Aquidneck Island...