Latest Rhode Island News

George Washington letter to be read at oldest US synagogue

Aug. 18, 2018 11:08 AM EDT

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — A letter from George Washington will be read at the nation's oldest synagogue to celebrate freedom of religion. The annual reading is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday at the 255-year-old Touro Synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island. Touro Synagogue holds an important place in the history of the...

School of Navy chaplains to return to Rhode Island

Aug. 18, 2018 10:03 AM EDT

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — A school for U.S. Navy chaplains is returning to Rhode Island. Democratic U.S. Sen. Jack Reed said Friday the Navy plans to relocate the Naval Chaplaincy School and Center and about 20 jobs from Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina to Naval Station Newport in Rhode Island,...

The Latest: PawSox planning move to Massachusetts

Aug. 17, 2018 2:42 PM EDT

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — The Latest on a plan to move the Pawtucket Red Sox from Rhode Island to Massachusetts (all times local): 2:30 p.m. The Pawtucket Red Sox say they have signed a letter of intent to build a new ballpark in Worcester, Massachusetts. The Triple-A affiliate of the of the Boston Red Sox...

Democratic governor faces tough re-election in Rhode Island

Aug. 16, 2018 9:53 AM EDT

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — By the numbers, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo should be sitting pretty in her bid for a second term. She's a Democrat in a state where Republican President Donald Trump remains unpopular after losing 54-39 percent in 2016. She's a woman in a year when a record number of female...

Democratic governor faces tough re-election in Rhode Island

Aug. 16, 2018 12:18 AM EDT

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's governor is facing a tough re-election fight in a year that's supposed to be a good one for Democrats and women. Gov. Gina Raimondo has raised $7 million, seven times her closest rival. But she's facing a spirited challenge from the left in the Sept. 12 primary. Raimondo...

Gubernatorial candidate challenges mayor with chicken outfit

Aug. 15, 2018 5:10 PM EDT

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island gubernatorial candidate has brought a campaign volunteer in a chicken suit to challenge a rival to debate. Republican Patricia Morgan visited Cranston City Hall on Wednesday to personally challenge Mayor Allan Fung to a series of primary debates. She did not go alone....

Eisenhower's 'Summer White House' phone sold at auction

Aug. 15, 2018 12:32 PM EDT

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — The plain green telephone President Dwight D. Eisenhower used at his summer residence in Rhode Island has sold at auction. The Newport Daily News reports that the phone with no numbers or dial was sold earlier this month by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers of Cranston for $1,375. The...

Correction: Citizens Bank Headquarters story

Aug. 14, 2018 12:39 PM EDT

JOHNSTON, R.I. (AP) — In a story Aug. 13 about Citizens Bank, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the bank is unveiling its new corporate headquarters. Citizens Bank is opening a campus in Johnston, Rhode Island. Its headquarters remains in Providence, Rhode Island. A corrected version of the...

Rhode Island alone celebrates Victory Day, debate lingers

Aug. 13, 2018 10:13 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island is marking the end of World War II as a state holiday, although it remains the only state in the U.S. to do so. Every few years, state residents debate changing the name of Victory Day or doing away with it entirely. Rhode Island made the day an official holiday in...

Officials probing Salve Regina football hazing allegations

Aug. 10, 2018 7:23 PM EDT

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Officials have launched an investigation into allegations of hazing of football players at Salve Regina University in Rhode Island. Salve Regina spokeswoman Kristine Hendrickson said Friday university officials received an email from a parent detailing inappropriate conduct by...