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Health staff to be posted to protests to stymie virus spread

Jun. 3, 2020 4:32 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island Department of Health staff will be posted to all future peaceful protests seeking justice in the death of George Floyd to help reduce the chances that the coronavirus spreads at them, Gov. Gina Raimondo said Wednesday. The staff will distribute masks and provide...

Police look for people who did not get off the street after the start of curfew Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in New York, during a protest over the death of George Floyd. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers May 25. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

The Latest: Thousands on New York City streets after curfew

Jun. 3, 2020 12:03 AM EDT

The Latest on the May 25 death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck: TOP OF THE HOUR: — Thousands of protesters on New York City streets after curfew. — Protest in Washington on Tuesday lacking tension of...

Workers sweep up broken glass from smashed windows, Tuesday, June 2, 2020, from the store front of a business in the downtown section of Providence, R.I. Authorities said the people who caused the damage in the early hours of Tuesday, June 2 were not protesting the death of George Floyd, the Minneapolis man who died after a police officer pressed his knee into his neck for several minutes even after he stopped moving and pleading for air. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Curfews imposed, National Guard activated following violence

Jun. 2, 2020 8:35 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo activated the National Guard and major cities imposed curfews on Tuesday in response to unrest in Providence that officials say was not a protest over the death of George Floyd, but an organized effort to cause destruction. No one will be allowed on...

Poll worker Neuza Ferreira, left, checks in voter Christina Tremblay, right, both of Providence, R.I., Tuesday, June 2, 2020, at a voting station, in Providence. In-person voting is being offered at a reduced number of locations for voters who missed the deadline to request a mail ballot. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Biden, Trump chalk up more primary wins in Rhode Island

Jun. 2, 2020 8:30 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Joe Biden and President Donald Trump handily won Tuesday's presidential primaries in Rhode Island — balloting that ended up being more of a logistical test of voting by mail during a pandemic than a political challenge for the candidates. Tuesday’s outcome was a...

Judge sides with state in legal challenge to sports betting

Jun. 2, 2020 10:47 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A judge has denied a request by a Republican activist to halt sports betting in Rhode Island. Daniel Harrop, a former Providence mayoral candidate, in his complaint said that sports betting at the state’s two casinos and online violates the state Constitution because it was...

Shoppers walk near a social distancing arrow on a carpet in a hallway at Providence Place shopping mall, Monday, June 1, 2020, in Providence, R.I. Providence Place was opened Monday, June 1 for the first time since mid-March when it was closed in response to the coronavirus crisis. The mall has taken safety measures in response to the pandemic, including safe distancing signage and hand-sanitizing stations in common areas. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Rate of coronavirus cases in cities worries top officials

Jun. 1, 2020 4:33 PM EDT

While the overall percentage of people testing positive for the coronavirus in Rhode Island continues to decline, allowing many businesses to begin reopening, concern remains over high infection rates in cities. Of people tested in Central Falls, 26% have tested positive, state health Director Nicole...

A counter-demonstrator holds up makeshift body bags while separated by police from a protest calling for the repeal of all government restrictions related to concern about the spread of COVID-19, Saturday, May 30, 2020, at the Statehouse, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Judge denies motion in suit over out-of-staters' quarantine

May. 30, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

A look at the coronavirus-related developments around New England on Saturday. MASSACHUSETTS City officials in Boston are concerned that many Asian American residents may not be getting tested for the new coronavirus. Boston’s Chinatown zip code, where half the residents are of Asian descent, is one of...

A member of the Rhode Island National Guard directs motorists as volunteers with the Dairy Farmers of America distribute free milk to families in need, Wednesday, May 27, 2020, in Pawtucket, R.I. Dairy farmers have a milk surplus because demand has dropped as schools and restaurants closed during the coronavirus pandemic, and some farmers have had to pour excess milk away. Farmers donated the 4,300 gallons of milk given away today at McCoy Stadium. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Salons, gyms and beaches: State continues reopening economy

May. 29, 2020 3:55 PM EDT

Rhode Island will be opening the door to a wide range of businesses Monday as the state’s coronavirus outbreak appears to be subsiding, Gov. Gina Raimondo said Friday. The Democrat said she’ll sign an order to officially begin the second stage of the state’s plan to reopen its economy because...

Rhode Island National Guard Pfc. Gerald Moniz distributes gallons of milk and produce along with volunteers with the Dairy Farmers of America to families in need, Wednesday, May 27, 2020, in Pawtucket, R.I. Dairy farmers have a milk surplus because demand has dropped as schools and restaurants closed during the coronavirus pandemic, and some farmers have had to pour excess milk away. Farmers donated the 4,300 gallons of milk given away today at McCoy Stadium. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Youth sports returning; hair salon virus guidelines released

May. 28, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

Youth sports programs will be allowed to resume in Rhode Island starting Monday, though there won’t be any league play, tournaments or other organized competitions for now, Gov. Gina Raimondo said Thursday. The Democrat said the focus is on resuming practices and scrimmages under new guidelines to limit...

Matt Fontaine receives a gallon of free milk on his motorcycle distributed by members of the Rhode Island National Guard and volunteers with the Dairy Farmers of America to families in need, Wednesday, May 27, 2020, in Pawtucket, R.I. Dairy farmers have a milk surplus because demand has dropped as schools and restaurants closed during the coronavirus pandemic, and some farmers have had to pour excess milk away. Farmers donated the 4,300 gallons of milk given away today at McCoy Stadium. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

New gym rules released; GOP seeks nursing home oversight

May. 27, 2020 4:43 PM EDT

Gyms and fitness studios will be subject to new rules when they're allowed to reopen Monday as part of the state’s second phase of resuming its economy from the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Gina Raimondo said Wednesday. Among the new guidelines: face masks will be required for most workouts and exercise...