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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...

Hazel Roberts walks in a field of flags ahead of Memorial Day, Saturday, May 23, 2020, in Cohasset, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

New England Catholics look forward to celebrating Mass again

May. 23, 2020 10:07 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Major hospitals in Maine's largest city experienced an uptick in coronavirus hospitalizations; Roman Catholics in New Hampshire can begin receiving Holy Communion again in parishes that follow certain safety guidelines; Vermont’s largest annual event has been canceled for the first...

Server Katie Maloney, of Providence, R.I., center, wears a mask out of concern for the coronavirus while assisting patrons in an outdoor seating area at Plant City restaurant, in Providence, Monday, May 18, 2020. Rhode Island allowed restaurants to provide service with outdoor seated dinning Monday for the first time since the beginning of the government imposed lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Governor: Hair salons, gyms, parks and more to reopen June 1

May. 22, 2020 3:54 PM EDT

Rhode Island is eyeing a broad reopening of its virus-shuttered economy starting June 1. Hair salons and barbershops, gyms and fitness studios, and a range of outdoor venues will be allowed to reopen as part of the state’s planned second phase of resuming normal social and business activities, Gov. Gina...

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2017, file photo, New England Patriots' Tom Brady raises the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Atlanta Falcons in overtime at the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game in Houston. Brady’s journey to each of his nine Super Bowls with the New England Patriots will be the subject of an ESPN series released in 2021. Entitled “The Man in the Arena: Tom Brady,” the nine-episode series will include a look from Brady’s perspective at the six NFL titles and three Super Bowl defeats he was a part of. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

New England bishop takes tongue-in-cheek shot at Tom Brady

May. 22, 2020 2:57 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Roman Catholic bishop in New England says not even a Hail Mary is going to help Tom Brady win a seventh Super Bowl championship now that he's with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Diocese of Providence Bishop Thomas Tobin, in a tongue-in-cheek tweet Friday, took a swipe at the former...

Unemployment soars to 17% as gov says virus crisis easing

May. 21, 2020 4:04 PM EDT

The coronavirus pandemic that forced the shutdown of businesses across Rhode Island sent the state’s unemployment rate soaring to 17% in April, the state Department of Labor and Training announced Thursday. That’s up from 4.7% in March and 3.6% last April. The state shed almost 99,000 jobs from...

Notorious counterfeiter gets compassionate release

May. 20, 2020 4:38 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man who calls himself the “world’s greatest counterfeiter” has been granted compassionate release from prison, where he was serving a 15-month sentence for producing fake $100 bills. A federal judge in Providence on Wednesday reduced Louis...