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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....

Governor urges Rhode Islanders to scale back Thanksgiving

Oct. 21, 2020 3:48 PM EDT

With the number of new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the rise, Gov. Gina Raimondo on Wednesday urged Rhode Islanders to scale back their Thanksgiving holiday plans by avoiding out-of-state travel and limiting celebrations to just those who live within the same household. For people planning to attend larger...

Report points out inequities in school reopenings

Oct. 20, 2020 2:38 PM EDT

Students from low-income families in urban areas who stand to benefit most from a return to in-person lessons during the coronavirus pandemic are more likely to be learning remotely, exacerbating educational inequities that already exist, according to a report released Tuesday. The report was released by the...

Rhode Island positivity rate, hospitalizations on the rise

Oct. 16, 2020 2:27 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's coronavirus test positivity rate and the number of people in the hospital with COVID-19 are continuing to climb, according to state Department of Health data released Friday. The 198 new positive cases were out of about 6,600 tests, a 3% positivity rate. The 7-day...

Rhode Island allows trick-or-treating, with restrictions

Oct. 15, 2020 3:30 PM EDT

Children in Rhode Island will still be allowed to go trick-or-treating on Halloween, Gov. Gina Raimondo said Thursday, but she urged people not to hold Halloween parties, even if they are within the state's gathering limit of 15 people. “Trick-or-treating gives kids a sense of normalcy," the Democratic...

Gov. to unveil new rules to stem rise in coronavirus cases

Oct. 14, 2020 3:41 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island is heading into troubled waters if coronavirus numbers continue to trend in an upward direction, Gov. Gina Raimondo said Wednesday. The number of new cases, the positivity rate and the number of people being hospitalized with the disease are all on the rise, the...

Judge rules against students seeking better civics education

Oct. 14, 2020 2:10 PM EDT

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by a group of Rhode Island school children demanding a better civics education in the nation's public schools, but in the same decision praised the students for bringing attention to the issue and lamented the delicate state of American democracy. The class-action...

4 bars cited for noncompliance with coronavirus regulations

Oct. 13, 2020 3:15 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Four Rhode Island bars have been temporarily closed for alleged noncompliance with regulations meant to control the spread of the coronavirus, state health officials say. The violations include serving alcohol after 11 p.m., allowing customers to mingle at bars, not having barriers...

Virus news: URI tells frats, sororities to shelter in place

Oct. 9, 2020 8:20 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The University of Rhode Island issued a two-week shelter-in-place order Friday for fraternity and sorority members, citing a high number of coronavirus cases in the school's Greek system. The school sent the notice in tandem with its Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic...

Some Providence College students resume in-person classes

Oct. 8, 2020 2:17 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Some Providence College students resumed in-person classes Thursday for the first time since the school switched to a remote-only plan because of a coronavirus outbreak that affected more than 200 people. Only students who live on campus will be allowed to return to in-person...