Latest Rhode Island News

Report: RI veterans agency has multimillion-dollar deficit

Nov. 18, 2019 6:33 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A state agency report shows Rhode Island’s nursing and residential care program for veterans is having financial issues. WPRI reports the Rhode Island Office of Veteran Services has projected a nearly $3 million deficit for this fiscal year. The agency’s issues stem...

First bronze slave medallion unveiled in Rhode Island

Nov. 18, 2019 5:51 PM EST

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (AP) — The first of the bronze slave medallions to be placed at locations around Rhode Island has been unveiled. Rhode Island Democrat David Cicilline and Chairman of the Rhode Island Slave History Medallions project Charles Roberts cut the ribbon for the unveiling of the medallion...

Driver involved in fatal weekend crash appears in court

Nov. 18, 2019 3:39 PM EST

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man charged with being drunk when he crashed his car over the weekend, killing his passenger, has appeared in court. Patrick Carson, of Newport, remained free on $50,000 bond after his arraignment Monday on charges including driving under the influence, death resulting....

Rhode Island debt collections far below expectations

Nov. 18, 2019 2:37 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Department of Revenue team created last year to collect millions owed to the state has collected $196,000. Officials originally anticipated the Central Collections Unit to bring in $1.3 million in the first partial year and $3.1 million in its first full year. These...

Pawtucket man convicted for role in liquor store robberies

Nov. 18, 2019 11:23 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man has been convicted of his role in organizing and pulling off three armed liquor store robberies. Attorney General Peter Neronha announced Monday that 38-year-old Tony Reverdes was found guilty last week by a jury of multiple counts of first-degree robbery and...

Report: Pedestrian fatalities in Rhode Island have dropped

Nov. 18, 2019 10:15 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Pedestrian fatalities in Rhode Island have dropped since 2017, bucking the national trend. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, fatal pedestrian crashes in Rhode Island have decreased from 21 in 2017 to five so far in 2019. A Rhode Island Department of...

Red Cross helping several families displaced by fires

Nov. 17, 2019 4:49 PM EST

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (AP) — The American Red Cross says it’s helping families in Rhode Island and in Connecticut who were displaced from their homes after recent fires. The charity announced Sunday that it’s aiding four families who were living in a building that caught fire in Central Falls,...

Police release name of 22-year-old woman killed in crash

Nov. 17, 2019 4:16 PM EST

MIDDLETOWN, R.I. (AP) — Police have released the identity of a female passenger who was killed in a crash that resulted in drunken driving charges for the driver. The Newport Daily News reports that 22-year-old Kailyn Newton of Westport, Massachusetts, died after the Saturday morning crash. Police...

Rhode Island gains jobs, and unemployment rate holds steady

Nov. 17, 2019 3:18 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — State labor officials say Rhode Island gained 2,400 jobs from September to October and the unemployment rate held steady. The state Department of Labor and Training says the number of Rhode Island-based jobs in October was 505,800, up 2,400 jobs from the revised September job count....

Land trust in Rhode Island awarded grant to help new farmers

Nov. 17, 2019 9:19 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jack Reed says a land trust in Rhode Island has been awarded $600,000 in federal funding to help beginning farmers. The Rhode Island Democrat says the Southside Community Land Trust won a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to help beginning farmers access resources and...