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Rhode Island inmates sue to overturn Civil Death Act

Feb. 25, 2020 5:40 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Two Rhode Island inmates serving life in prison are suing to overturn a state law that declares them civilly dead. Joshua Davis, 34, and James Lombardi, 35, argued in federal court Monday that the Civil Death Act violates their first and fifth amendment rights by preventing them...

State charges contractors for substandard, incomplete work

Feb. 25, 2020 2:29 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Seventeen Rhode Island contractors have been charged with either performing substandard work or failing to do or complete jobs that had been paid for, Attorney General Peter Neronha said Tuesday. Seven contractors are facing felony charges and 10 are facing misdemeanor charges, he...

Lawmakers propose tax hike on high earners to fund education

Feb. 25, 2020 11:44 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Two Rhode Island lawmakers are proposing to raise taxes on residents earning more than $500,000 annually to pay for education. Democratic state Sen. Ryan Pearson, of Cumberland, and Democratic Rep. Gregg Amore, of East Providence, are proposing a new tax bracket for income earned...

Man charged with fatally shooting cousin held without bail

Feb. 25, 2020 11:33 AM EST

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — A Connecticut man charged with killing his cousin in Rhode Island has been held without bail. Louis Seignious Jr., 31, of Norwich, was arraigned last week on a charge of domestic first-degree murder. He did not enter a plea and was referred to the public defender's office,...

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2020, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at a campaign rally at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. (Tom Gralish/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Bloomberg’s influence stretches far and wide

Feb. 25, 2020 10:41 AM EST

When Mike Bloomberg held a rally this month at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, the signs of his wealth and influence were everywhere. Former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, long a paid adviser to one of Bloomberg’s charitable programs and now to his campaign, warmed up the crowd with...

3 group homes on probation, 2 closed following investigation

Feb. 25, 2020 5:42 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Three Rhode Island group homes have been put on probation and two others have closed following a scathing report detailing how the homes' operator was treating troubled youths in its care. State officials made the announcement after an investigation released by the child advocate's...

Man gets 5 years for selling crack on behalf of inmate

Feb. 24, 2020 5:49 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man who distributed crack cocaine at the direction of an inmate at the state prison was sentenced Monday to five years behind bars, authorities said. Gerald Price, 34, of Cranston, pleaded guilty in November to delivering crack to a customer at the direction of James...

Governor expects to sign ban on 3D guns and 'ghost guns'

Feb. 24, 2020 3:01 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's governor said Monday she plans to sign legislation to ban 3D-printed guns and so-called ghost guns that are untraceable. The General Assembly is expected to soon send the legislation to Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo for her consideration. “I fully and...

Rhode Island gasoline prices holding steady

Feb. 24, 2020 12:20 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Gasoline prices in Rhode Island are holding steady, but may not for much longer, AAA Northeast said Monday. The price of a gallon of self-serve, regular unleaded is averaging $2.46, the same as last week, the organization said. That's a penny lower than the national average and a...

Speaker Mattiello to face challenge from Fenton-Fung

Feb. 24, 2020 12:03 PM EST

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — Barbara Ann Fenton-Fung, a Republican activist and wife of a two-time GOP candidate for governor of Rhode Island, filed paperwork Monday to challenge Democratic House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello. “In response to a near tsunami of support in Cranston to end what has become the...