Latest Rhode Island News

Hundreds remember Scituate teen who died riding dirt bike

Jul. 17, 2018 8:15 AM EDT

SCITUATE, R.I. (AP) — Hundreds of people gathered in Scituate to remember a popular local teenager killed in a weekend dirt bike crash. The group gathered for a candlelight vigil on Monday night at the spot where police say 14-year-old Jared Carpenter was killed while riding his dirt bike on Saturday....

Rhode Island senators criticize Trump's approach to Putin

Jul. 16, 2018 4:52 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Both U.S. senators from Rhode Island are criticizing President Donald Trump's comments about Russian election meddling. Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse issued a statement Monday after Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke at a joint news conference in Finland calling...

Governor signs executive order to reduce plastic pollution

Jul. 16, 2018 2:24 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo has signed an executive order aimed at reducing plastic pollution. The Democratic signed the order Monday at Scarborough State Beach in Narragansett. The "tackling plastics" order establishes a task force to recommend the best ways to avoid...

With climate change, black sea bass numbers increase

Jul. 16, 2018 1:20 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — It may be time for local eateries to explore black sea bass recipes. Warmer waters off Rhode Island have caused a spike for this species, and loosened regulations are reeling fisherman in. The Providence Journal reports the population of the black sea bass has spiked off New...

Gas prices fall 1 cent, to $2.89 a gallon in Rhode Island

Jul. 16, 2018 11:19 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The price of a gallon of gasoline in Rhode Island is down this week. AAA Northeast found in its weekly survey released Monday that the price of self-serve, regular is averaging $2.89 per gallon, a penny lower than last week. That's two cents higher than the national average and 64...

Group armed with baseball bats beats up man, steals his car

Jul. 16, 2018 10:07 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Police say a Rhode Island man was beaten up by a group of people armed with baseball bats, who then proceeded to steal his car. The 26-year-old Providence man told police he was outside his home smoking early Monday when a group of seven to nine people came up and told him to hand...

Juvenile killed in Rhode Island dirt bike crash

Jul. 16, 2018 8:19 AM EDT

SCITUATE, R.I. (AP) — Police in Rhode Island say a juvenile has died in a dirt bike crash. Scituate Police Chief Donald Delare Jr. confirmed the death Saturday but did not release the person's name or share what caused the crash. WPRI-TV reports that Carol Blanchette, superintendent of Scituate public...

Man shot in head during vehicle shooting

Jul. 15, 2018 10:45 AM EDT

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Rhode Island man was shot in the head in Massachusetts, but is expected to survive. Authorities say a 19-year-old Woonsocket man was shot in the head in Worcester, and is being treated at St. Vincent Hospital. Police were notified of the shooting at 6 p.m. Saturday night by a...

Parking will be free at state beaches on Governor's Bay Day

Jul. 15, 2018 10:13 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Parking at all Rhode Island state beaches will be free for the annual Governor's Bay Day. Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo signed an executive order Thursday setting Sunday, July 29 as the 30th Governor's Bay Day celebration. In addition to free parking at all state beaches, people are...

City Council to hear from public about 600-foot tower plan

Jul. 15, 2018 10:06 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Providence City Council is holding a public hearing about a proposal to build what would be the tallest skyscraper in Rhode Island. The council's ordinances committee will hold the hearing Wednesday. Billy Kepner, council spokesman, says it's the first time residents can voice...