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Governor works with broadcasters to address mental health

Dec. 8, 2019 4:48 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's governor and her husband are joining with local broadcasters to launch a mental health awareness campaign. Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo and Andy Moffit plan to visit the Rhode Island PBS office in Providence on Monday. Members of the Rhode Island Broadcasters...

Rhode Island launches online tool to compare census records

Dec. 8, 2019 12:22 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island’s secretary of state has announced the launch of a free online resource to explore and compare centuries of data from state and federal census records in Rhode Island. Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea said the “ Count Me In!” data was launched to...

Police investigate after Cranston officer shoots at suspect

Dec. 7, 2019 4:28 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Cranston patrol officer shot at a suspect who was driving on Saturday, according to the Cranston police chief. Col. Michael Winquist said the incident occurred Saturday morning on Cranston Street, near the intersection of Niantic Avenue in Providence. No one was injured and the...

14 climate activists arrested for trespassing at Statehouse

Dec. 7, 2019 4:13 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island capital and state police arrested 14 climate activists at the Statehouse for trespassing Friday night. Several hundred citizens gathered on the Statehouse steps in Providence asking Gov. Gina Raimondo to decline contributions from fossil fuel companies or to sign on to...

Meeting held to discuss education reform in Rhode Island

Dec. 7, 2019 12:58 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Hundreds of educators, policymakers, parents and students met Saturday to discuss ways to improve public education in Rhode Island. The nonprofit Rhode Island Foundation said that a long-term education planning committee it convened shared its suggestions with the group, after...

Climate activist wants governor to reject fossil fuel money

Dec. 6, 2019 11:15 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Climate activist have called for Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo to reject contributions from fossil fuel companies. Several hundred citizens gathered on the steps of the State House in Providence asking the governor to decline contributions or to sign on to the Green New Deal,...

Russell leads Rhode Island over Providence 75-61

Dec. 6, 2019 9:21 PM EST

KINGSTON, R.I. (AP) — Fatts Russell had 24 points as Rhode Island defeated Providence 75-61 on Friday night. Russell reached 20 points for the seventh straight game. Cyril Langevine had 17 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks for Rhode Island (6-3), which earned its fifth straight home victory. Tyrese...

Providence bridge construction finishes ahead of schedule

Dec. 6, 2019 4:34 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's Department of Transportation celebrated the early completion of a crucial bridge on Thursday. The $10.8 million Oxford Street Bridge project wrapped up in two months, way ahead of schedule. The bridge is short but critical to the area since it carries 160,000...

Strip club could be closed over prostitution, drug charges

Dec. 6, 2019 3:12 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island strip club could be shuttered permanently over accusations of drug dealing, prostitution and the onsite assault of a dancer, police said. The Providence Board of Licenses will continue a hearing on Jan. 8 to decide whether to revoke the license for The Wild Zebra...

Rhode Island's former Superior Court presiding justice dies

Dec. 6, 2019 3:03 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The retired presiding justice of the Rhode Island Superior Court has died. A court spokesman in an emailed statement said Joseph F. Rodgers Jr. died at his South Kingstown home early Friday. He was 78. The statement did not give a cause of death, but his daughter, Superior Court...