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Expert warns of spread of Delta variant; OSHA cites doctor

Jun. 15, 2021 16:34 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The spread of the Delta variant of the coronavirus will pose a serious risk this summer to people who are not fully vaccinated, according to Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health. “If you have not gotten...

Health Department wants new lab to prepare for next pandemic

Jun. 15, 2021 13:21 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — State officials are proposing to build a new laboratory to replace the one run by the Health Department, which is the only Level 3 biosafety facility in the state. Director Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott is advocating for spending $82 million to...

John Marinatto, ran Big East in time of tumult, dies at 64

Jun. 14, 2021 17:56 PM EDT

John Marinatto, the Big East commissioner during a tumultuous period of conference realignment across college sports, has died. He was 64. Providence College, Marinatto's alma mater and the school where he began a long career in college sports, said he died Saturday. The...

Court: Kin of convicted coin dealer must both forfeit $136M

Jun. 14, 2021 15:32 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The wife and brother-in-law of a Rhode Island coin and precious metals dealer convicted of laundering millions of dollars for a Colombian drug cartel have lost their latest bid to hold on to $136 million each they have been ordered to forfeit. A...

Providence homeless encampment allowed to stay for now

Jun. 12, 2021 09:44 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A homeless encampment in Providence where people were ordered to leave by Friday will be allowed to stay for now after Mayor Jorge Elorza visited the site. “I told them we are not just going to put them out on the street, because it will push...

McKee extends Rhode Island's pandemic state of emergency

Jun. 11, 2021 14:58 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Gov. Daniel McKee has signed an executive order that extends Rhode Island's state of emergency for the coronavirus pandemic until next month. The order signed Thursday, when the previous order was set to expire, extends the state of emergency...

Jewelry maker Alex and Ani files for bankruptcy protection

Jun. 10, 2021 16:20 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island jewelry maker Alex and Ani has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, saying in the filing it has between $100 million and $500 million in debts. The company lists assets in a similar range, according to Wednesday's filing. ...

RI man sentenced to double-life for killing barber

Jun. 10, 2021 13:52 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island Superior Court judge has sentenced a Providence man to serve double life sentences in the 2014 death of an East Providence barber. Thomas Mosley was sentenced Wednesday in the death of 42-year-old Yusef A’Vant, the Providence...

Salve Regina to require students, employees to get vaccines

Jun. 09, 2021 13:59 PM EDT

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Salve Regina University is the latest college in Rhode Island to announce that it will require students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to campus next fall. The Catholic school in Newport announced Tuesday that all students,...

Attorney general to appeal hate crime ruling on racist rant

Jun. 09, 2021 12:33 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's attorney general plans to appeal a judge's decision that a woman did not commit a hate crime when she directed a profanity-laced rant at a Black family at a restaurant. Christine Longo, who is white, was convicted of misdemeanor...