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Historic Rhode Island newspapers digitized, available online

Jan. 17, 2021 8:32 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The archives of several historic Rhode Island newspapers have been digitized and are now freely available for researchers, the Providence Public Library and the Rhode Island Historical Society said. The newspapers were digitized with the help of a $250,000 grant from the National...

Lawsuit filed on behalf of man injured in moped crash

Jan. 14, 2021 11:46 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Guardians of a Rhode Island moped driver who was sent into a coma with a head injury after he crashed while being followed closely by a Providence police cruiser filed a federal lawsuit on his behalf alleging brutality and excessive force. Kendra Thibault and Tia Tribble, identified...

Providence reports spike in gun violence

Jan. 13, 2021 5:52 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Providence has reported a higher number of shootings and homicides in 2020. The Providence Police Department reported that there were 18 homicides and that 73 people were injured or killed by gunfire as of Dec. 29, the Providence Journal reported. According to data from the...

Senate President Ruggerio names leadership team

Jan. 13, 2021 9:42 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island Senate President Dominick Ruggerio has named his leadership team for the new legislative session. The North Providence Democrat announced Tuesday that Sen. Maryellen Goodwin will continue to serve as Senate Majority Whip, a position the Providence Democrat has held...

Rhode Island House Democrats round out leadership team

Jan. 12, 2021 9:15 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Democrats in the Rhode Island House of Representatives have elected a new leadership team that includes two women in key posts. Rep. Katherine Kazarian of East Providence was elected House majority whip, while Rep. Mia Ackerman of Cumberland was named as deputy whip, The Providence...

Providence police investigate city's 1st homicide of year

Jan. 11, 2021 4:08 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Police are investigating Providence's first homicide of the year. A man was brought to Rhode Island Hospital with a gunshot wound at about 7:15 a.m. Sunday and was later pronounced dead, Maj. David Lapatin said at a news conference Monday. He was identified as Tillman Hodge, 44, of...

Police: Animal rights protesters pepper spray shop workers

Jan. 10, 2021 5:30 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Animal rights activists protesting outside a poultry shop in Providence threw fake blood and used pepper spray on workers, police said. A group of about a dozen protesters gathered outside Antonelli Poultry Co. on Saturday and wrote phrases such as “Don’t hurt animals...

Some Dartmouth students to return; rapid tests at RI airport

Jan. 9, 2021 5:31 PM EST

Coronavirus developments across New England: ___ NEW HAMPSHIRE Half of the student body at Dartmouth College will be back on campus by Jan. 18, but most undergraduate classes will continue to be taught remotely. In an online community conversation this week, Provost Joseph Helble said confirmed cases of the...

Officer involved in crash that hurt moped rider suspended

Jan. 8, 2021 11:39 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Providence police officer will be suspended for two days after closely following a moped rider who crashed and went into a coma, officials said Friday. Officer Kyle Endres, a six-year member of the force, is being suspended because he did not drive his cruiser safely and he did...

Providence VA Medical Center starts vaccinating patients

Jan. 7, 2021 2:21 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The VA Providence Healthcare System has started giving COVID-19 vaccinations for veteran patients at the Providence VA Medical Center, authorities say. John Kirby was the first non-employee veteran to receive a first dose of the vaccination on Wednesday. “As vaccine supplies...