Latest Rhode Island state government News

Top adviser to governor resignes after DUI arrest

Jul. 11, 2020 10:30 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A top adviser to Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo has resigned after he was charged with driving under the influence. Daniel Connors, a former Democratic state lawmaker who rose to become Senate majority leader, was pulled over by Narragansett police on Wednesday, according to court...

Anti-eviction effort starts; clam shack ends dining service

Jul. 10, 2020 3:40 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Gov. Gina Raimondo on Friday announced a $7 million effort to help residents facing eviction. The Safe Harbor program administered by the United Way of Rhode Island will help tenants and landlords reach a new payment plan for past due rent in order to avoid the court eviction...

Bar temporarily closed for violating coronavirus regulations

Jul. 9, 2020 4:11 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island restaurant was ordered closed over the July 4 weekend for failing to follow the state's coronavirus safety regulations. The state Department of Business Regulation ordered Harris Bar and Grill in Coventry closed on July 3, making it the first establishment the state...

State to crack down on businesses flouting coronavirus rules

Jul. 8, 2020 4:00 PM EDT

Rhode Island is about to come down harder on businesses that continue to flout rules designed to prevent a resurgence of coronavirus cases in the state, Gov. Gina Raimondo said Wednesday. Although state inspections of businesses have found that the vast majority are complying with regulations meant to stop...

Brown announces plans for students' return to campus in fall

Jul. 7, 2020 3:06 PM EDT

Brown University will move to a three-term model for the next academic year, students will live alone in dorm rooms, and classes with more than 20 students will be taught remotely to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the Ivy League university announced Tuesday. Undergraduates will be allowed to be on campus...

Massachusetts moves forward reopening; RI students scramble

Jul. 5, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

Most of Massachusetts is moving forward with the next phase of its economic reopening, which covers many indoor venues like gyms, museums movie theaters and casinos, effective on Monday. The governor's order covers all of the state except Boston, where the changes will take effect on July 13. Gov. Charlie Baker...

General Assembly planning to return for sessions

Jul. 5, 2020 10:21 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island lawmakers are working on plans for a rare summer session later this month to consider several bills, legislative leaders say. Committee hearings are being scheduled in both the Senate and House chambers next week and the House is expected to reconvene on July 16,...

Roadway changes coming during bridge replecement project

Jul. 4, 2020 1:38 PM EDT

NORTH SMITHFIELD, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island transportation officials are warning the public of lane changes and road closures as part of a bridge replacement project in North Smithfield. The state Department of Transportation starting Friday, July 10, will install a lane split on Route 146 North and close...

Nursing homes defend care, taking visitors again next week

Jul. 3, 2020 4:16 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Residents of Rhode Island's nursing homes and assisted-living facilities will be able to welcome their loved ones again starting next week under new rules released Friday by the state Department of Health. Guests will be allowed beginning Wednesday, provided the facilities adhere to...

State sees uptick in new confirmed cases, fewer in hospital

Jul. 2, 2020 1:04 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island had an increase in the number of new confirmed cases of the coronavirus, but the number of patients hospitalized with the disease continues to decline, the state Department of Health reported Thursday. There were 74 new confirmed cases, up from 36 the previous day. The...