Latest Rhode Island News

Municipalities sue over new public employee contracts law

Nov. 12, 2019 12:33 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Sixteen Rhode Island municipalities announced Tuesday they're suing the governor and legislative leaders over a new law that automatically extends expired municipal worker and teacher contracts. The municipalities said they're suing the Democratic governor, House speaker and Senate...

Pilot who landed on highway said he had to think fast

Nov. 12, 2019 12:21 PM EST

EXETER, R.I. (AP) — The New York pilot who landed his plane in the breakdown lane of a Rhode Island highway says he had just seconds to make life-or-death decisions. Rafael Campos says 15 minutes after he took off from T.F Green Airport in Warwick on Saturday, the engine of his Rockwell Commander 112 died,...

Many Rhode Island state pensions exceed 6 figures

Nov. 12, 2019 11:31 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Some retired state workers in Rhode Island have been collecting pensions that exceed six figures while the state retirement system is underfunded, and cost-of-living adjustments have been frozen. The Providence Journal reports that a cost-cutting overhaul passed in the General...

Woman dies in fall down stairs at Rhode Island bar

Nov. 11, 2019 4:22 PM EST

WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — Police have released the name of the woman who died in a fall down the stairs of a Rhode Island bar last week. Westerly police say 31-year-old Traci Kiriakou, of Westerly, died at the hospital after falling down the stairs at the Hilltop Cafe sometime before 9 p.m. Friday. Her friend,...

Motorcycle crash claims life of operator

Nov. 11, 2019 12:23 PM EST

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — Police are investigating the death of a motorcycle rider in Rhode Island. Police say the motorcycle operator crashed on U.S. Route 1 in South Kingstown at about 7 p.m. Sunday. The crash occurred in the area of the Post Road-Camp Fuller Road off-ramp. No other vehicles were...

Police: Officer opened fire after being hit by dirt bike

Nov. 11, 2019 11:01 AM EST

WEST GREENWICH, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island officials say an environmental police officer fired his weapon after he was hit and injured by a man on a dirt bike. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management says the officer opened fire at Big River Management Area in West Greenwich on Saturday. No...

Gov. Raimondo hosts the state's Veterans Day ceremony

Nov. 11, 2019 10:12 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Gov. Gina Raimondo is hosting the state's Veterans Day ceremony. The Democratic governor will gather with members of the congressional delegation and the state's other general officers on Monday at the Rhode Island Veterans Home in Bristol to honor those who have served. Kasim Yarn,...

Grant scores 24 to lead Bryant over Cornell 82-81

Nov. 10, 2019 4:19 PM EST

SMITHFIELD, R.I. (AP) — Adam Grant scored 24 points and Benson Lin added 16 as Bryant narrowly beat Cornell 82-81 on Sunday. The Bulldogs led 79-75 heading into the final minute. Grant made one of two free throws for a five-point lead with 40 seconds remaining. He made two free throws with 20 seconds left...

Lawmakers seek to dismiss governor's suit over marijuana law

Nov. 10, 2019 1:38 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island lawmakers are asking a judge to dismiss Gov. Gina Raimondo's challenge to a new medical marijuana and hemp law. The Democratic governor wants the state Superior Court to block legislation giving lawmakers the right to veto regulations imposed on the industry. The...

New exhibit about the census opens at Rhode Island archives

Nov. 10, 2019 12:15 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A new exhibition about the history of the census has opened at the Rhode Island State Archives. Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea says that with the 2020 Census approaching, she's inviting the public to explore the "why" and the "how" of the decennial census. The "Count Me In!"...