Latest Rhode Island state government News

Man involved in shootout that injured 9 gets 14 years

Aug. 02, 2022 13:36 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Another person involved in a gang shootout in a residential neighborhood of Providence, Rhode Island, last year that resulted in injuries to nine people has been sent to prison, state Attorney General Peter Neronha said Thursday. Ricardo Cosme Tejada, 21,...

States boost child care money as congressional effort stalls

Jul. 31, 2022 10:14 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Difficulties in finding affordable child care cost Enoshja Ruffin her job three years ago. The mother of six was let go from her position as a counselor for kids with cerebral palsy after she missed three shifts because she had trouble finding babysitters. After...

Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

Jul. 21, 2022 16:36 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on June 24 overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling was expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...

Investigation: Governor's chief of staff did not break law

Jul. 20, 2022 14:17 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee's former chief of staff did not break the law when he personally involved himself in efforts to secure approval to develop some wetlands he had a financial interest in, but he did show “poor judgment,” state Attorney General Peter Neronha...

Rhode Island sues 5 landlords over alleged lead hazards

Jul. 18, 2022 10:16 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island has sued five more landlords who rent properties in which children with lead poisoning live, the state attorney general said Monday. The three properties in Providence, one in Central Falls, and one in Newport all contain “significant lead...

Lawmaker suspended from TikTok defends twerking video

Jul. 13, 2022 18:23 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A state senator in Rhode Island who was suspended from TikTok after posting a video in which she twerked while doing a handstand in a bikini says she has no regrets. Sen. Tiara Mack, a 28-year-old Providence Democrat, is Black and queer and dismissed any criticism of...

Officer pleads not guilty to hitting woman at abortion rally

Jul. 08, 2022 13:51 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I.. (AP) — A Providence police officer accused of assaulting a woman at an abortion-rights protest last month pleaded not guilty to the charges on Friday. Patrolman Jeann Lugo entered the plea during an arraignment in Providence. He was ordered to have no contact with...

States move to protect abortion from prosecutions elsewhere

Jul. 06, 2022 20:41 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Democratic governors in states where abortion will remain legal are looking for ways to protect any patients who travel there for the procedure — along with the providers who help them — from being prosecuted by their home states. The Democratic...

Officials warn of tiny jellyfish that pack a strong sting

Jul. 06, 2022 15:10 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Environmental officials in Rhode Island are warning residents about tiny jellyfish that pack a powerful sting. The state Department of Environmental Management say clinging jellyfish have recently been found in Potter Pond in South Kingstown and Ninigret...

3 people involved in Providence gang shootout sent to prison

Jun. 30, 2022 14:24 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Three people involved in a gang-related shootout in a residential neighborhood of Providence, Rhode Island, last year that left nine people injured have been sent to prison, state Attorney General Peter Neronha said Thursday. George Rios, 19, Jordanny...