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Rhode Island Gov. McKee narrowly wins Democratic primary

Sep. 13, 2022 23:57 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee eked out a victory in his Democratic primary on Tuesday, beating back strong challenges from a pair of opponents as he seeks his first full term in office. McKee, the former lieutenant governor who became the state’s chief...

AMPed up: Providence arena announces new naming rights deal

Sep. 07, 2022 09:02 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Insurance company Amica has reached a 10-year deal for the naming rights to the downtown Providence arena that for two decades has been known as the Dunkin' Donuts Center. The 14,000-seat facility will now be known as the Amica Mutual Pavilion, or the AMP...

More rainfall after downpours flooded Rhode Island streets

Sep. 06, 2022 18:23 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A two-day rainstorm that dropped more than 11 inches of rain in one Rhode Island community, blocked a major highway, stranded motorists, and forced the shutdown of the state's largest zoo fizzled out later Tuesday, forecasters said. A flood watch was...

2 men indicted in drive-by shooting death of woman

Aug. 27, 2022 10:29 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Two men have been indicted on murder charges in a drive-by shooting that killed a woman in Providence last year. Miya Brophy-Baermann, 24, of Warwick, Rhode Island, was shot and killed while talking with a friend on a city street in the early morning of Aug....

Rhode Island mayor proposes $10M reparations spending plan

Aug. 25, 2022 18:04 PM EDT

Providence’s mayor proposed spending $10 million in federal coronavirus pandemic aid on financial literacy and homeownership, workforce training, small business development and other programs recently recommended by the city’s reparations commission. Mayor Jorge Elorza’s...

Brown U. acquires trove of Mumia Abu-Jamal's prison papers

Aug. 24, 2022 13:16 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Brown University has acquired a trove of records, writings and artwork from Mumia Abu-Jamal, a political activist and journalist who spent decades on death row for the shooting death of a Philadelphia police officer in the 1980s. The Ivy League university...

Rhode Island reparations report suggests programs, not cash

Aug. 23, 2022 19:07 PM EDT

A new report suggests ways Providence, Rhode Island, can atone for its extensive ties to the transatlantic slave trade and centuries of racism and discrimination by, among other things, establishing home repair funds, launching financial literacy programs and boosting aid to Black and Indigenous...

Drought disaster declared; city restricts outdoor irrigation

Aug. 23, 2022 17:34 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Federal officials have declared a drought-related disaster in Rhode Island while New England’s second-largest city is restricting outdoor water use as the drought in the Northeast worsens. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack declared Monday all five...

Man vacationing in Milwaukee dies in fall from drawbridge

Aug. 16, 2022 17:56 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Rhode Island man vacationing in Milwaukee fell to his death after a drawbridge was raised while he was walking across it. Richard Dujardin, 77, of Providence, Rhode Island, was crossing the Kilbourn Avenue Bridge in downtown Milwaukee on Monday afternoon with...

Northeastern farmers face new challenges with severe drought

Aug. 15, 2022 00:17 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Vermont farmer Brian Kemp is used to seeing the pastures at Mountain Meadows Farm grow slower in the hot, late summer, but this year the grass is at a standstill. That's “very nerve-wracking” when you're grazing 600 to 700 cattle, said Kemp, who manages...