Latest Rhode Island News

Fire at poultry farm leaves 3,000 chickens dead

Apr. 21, 2021 09:20 AM EDT

JOHNSTON, R.I. (AP) — An estimated 3,000 chickens were killed in a fire at a poultry farm in Johnston on Wednesday, the farm’s owners said. Fire crews were called to Baffoni’s Poultry Farm on Greenville Avenue around 5 a.m. after a building housing 8,000 chickens...

Worker dies in accident at submarine building facility

Apr. 20, 2021 16:18 PM EDT

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — An employee at Electric Boat's facility in Rhode Island died Tuesday from injuries suffered in a workplace accident, the company said. Sean Davies, a vice president for the Connecticut-based submarine builder, told WPRI-TV the incident took...

Experts: outdoor mask mandates may soon be able to be lifted

Apr. 20, 2021 16:05 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Medical experts in New England suggest it soon might be safe enough for states to lift mask requirements when outdoors. Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health in Providence, Rhode Island, tweeted Sunday that wearing...

Missing girl found; truck driver facing federal charges

Apr. 20, 2021 11:14 AM EDT

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — A Virginia truck driver wanted in Texas for sexual assault of a child was found in Rhode Island with a teenage girl reported missing nearly a year ago, authorities said. David Romero Reyes, 50, of Stafford, Virginia was apprehended on April 2 when...

Rhode Island expands vaccine eligibility to all 16 and older

Apr. 19, 2021 15:27 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island on Monday opened up coronavirus vaccinations to all residents 16 years old and older and state officials are encouraging residents to sign up to get their shot. Gov. Dan McKee said appointments are available on

Rhode Island man indicted in virus relief fraud scheme

Apr. 19, 2021 11:33 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man has been indicted in a scheme to fraudulently apply for unemployment funds and economic relief for small businesses amid the coronavirus pandemic. Courtney Hilaire, 28, faces federal charges including conspiracy to commit wire...

RIEMA, Red Cross team up to prevent home fires

Apr. 18, 2021 16:16 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency and the state chapter of the American Red Cross are teaming up to prevent home fires, which they say have increased 40% compared to this time last year. The Sound the Alarm Prepare-a-thon is a...

State grants support small agriculture, aquaculture projects

Apr. 18, 2021 09:00 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Farming and seafood businesses in Rhode Island are now eligible for a portion of $160,000 in state grants to help grow their business and market their products, state environmental officials said. The Local Agriculture & Seafood Act grants...

Some schools requiring testing after spring vacation week

Apr. 17, 2021 12:44 PM EDT

As the April school break kicks off in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, families are being asked to revisit guidelines for testing and quarantining before students get ready to return to school. In Massachusetts, some schools are following the state’s lead and...

Man charged with fatally shooting father held without bail

Apr. 16, 2021 14:36 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A man charged with killing his father during an argument in the victim's Rhode Island apartment was held without bail at his arraignment Friday. Alex Cote, 22, of Blackstone, Massachusetts, is charged with domestic first-degree murder in the...