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Boat sewage pumpout grants will help keep state waters clean

Oct. 25, 2020 11:55 AM EDT

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is awarding $37,500 in matching grants to help make state coastal waters cleaner. The grants funded under the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Clean Vessel Act will help communities invest in boat sewage pumpout facilities...

Police: Man stole car with 2-month-old baby in backseat

Oct. 25, 2020 10:32 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island authorities are searching for a man they say stole a car with a 2-month-old baby in the backseat before dropping the baby off at a storage facility. Police said a couple pulled into a Cumberland Farms parking lot in Providence on Saturday and left the car running as...

FILE - In this March 12, 2019, file photo, Rhode Island Democrat Speaker of the House Nicholas Mattiello gavels open a late afternoon session of the legislature at the State House in Providence, R.I. Mattiello is seeking for re-election in the state's 15th legislative district in the Nov. 3, 2020, election. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

RI's House speaker in tight race in pro-Trump district

Oct. 25, 2020 9:57 AM EDT

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — Could a big political upset potentially be brewing in the littlest state? Democratic House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello — one of Rhode Island's most powerful politicians — is in a tight race as he campaigns to hang on to his legislative seat in a district that backed...

NH ice rinks to reopen; Maine city getting mask dispensers

Oct. 24, 2020 5:27 PM EDT

Here is a look at pandemic-related developments around New England: ___ NEW HAMPSHIRE Hockey and other indoor ice arena activities can resume in New Hampshire starting Oct. 30 but participants and staff will have to be tested for COVID-19, Gov. Chris Sununu said. The state paused all hockey activities at indoor...

Rhode Island's gasoline tax won't increase next year

Oct. 24, 2020 1:46 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island’s 34-cents per gallon gasoline tax rate won't increase next year, the state Department of Revenue said this week. Since 2015, Rhode Island has adjusted its gas tax rate every two years to match the rate of inflation. It rose 1 cent in 2015 and 1 cent last year,...

Police: Man shot, killed while making a music video

Oct. 23, 2020 3:52 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A man recording a music video on a Providence street was shot and killed, police said Friday. The victim shot at about 11:45 p.m. Thursday, identified by police as Dante Mann, 27, was the city's 15th homicide victim of the year. Officers reponding to reports of a shooting found that...

Rhode Island hit new highs in daily virus cases this week

Oct. 23, 2020 2:27 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The two highest single-day totals of new confirmed coronavirus cases in Rhode Island since the pandemic began were this week, but they come as the state is conducting more tests than ever. The state Department of Health on Friday said there were 449 new cases confirmed the previous...

Vehicles stop at a drive-thru U.S. Census participation campaign organized by Montana Native Vote on the Crow Indian Reservation in Lodge Grass, Mont. on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020. There have always been geographic and cultural challenges to Census taking on Native lands, but the pandemic dealt a devastating setback. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)

Census takers fall short of target goal in areas of US

Oct. 23, 2020 2:02 PM EDT

From tribal lands in Arizona and New Mexico to storm-battered Louisiana, census workers who go door to door were unable to reach all the households they needed for a complete tally of the U.S. population, a count that ended abruptly last week after a Supreme Court ruling. Community activists, statisticians and...

Utility commission weighs natural gas rate increase request

Oct. 23, 2020 1:44 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's Public Utilities Commission is weighing a request from National Grid to raise rates on natural gas for consumers starting Nov. 1. National Grid is asking to raise rates on natural gas by 7.3% starting on Nov. 1 and extending for a year, the Providence Journal...

Judicial nominators send 3 Superior Court picks to governor

Oct. 22, 2020 6:15 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A panel that nominates judges in Rhode Island has submitted its three picks for state Superior Court to Gov. Gina Raimondo. The three candidates submitted Wednesday are R. David Cruise, Raimondo’s former legislative director; Superior Court Magistrate Richard Raspallo; and R....