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Cars line up with people seeking COVID-19 tests, Tuesday, April 7, 2020, in Lowell, Mass. The City of Lowell, the state and CVS Health have teamed up to open Massachusetts' first free, rapid COVID-19 drive-up testing site that will be able to test up to 1,000 people per day and provide results in about 15 minutes. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

No coronavirus samples, just coffee, spill in traffic crash

Apr. 7, 2020 12:59 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A car carrying samples to be tested for the coronavirus crashed Tuesday near the Massachusetts and Rhode Island border, but liquid found at the scene turned out to be coffee, not the samples themselves, state police said. Responders were initially concerned the samples may have spilled when...

People read and walk through India Point Park, in Providence, R.I., as temperatures reach the 60s, Monday, April 6, 2020. Many people are working from home out of concern for the coronavirus. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Providence parks closed; artist support fund launched

Apr. 7, 2020 12:31 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Providence is shuttering parks and recreational areas to control the spread of the coronavirus as springtime weather is drawing more residents outdoors. Democratic Mayor Jorge Elorza said the order that took effect at noon Tuesday covers all green spaces, dog parks, sports fields...

A member of the Rhode Island National Guard, center right, greets a visitor in a vehicle at a coronavirus testing site, Monday, April 6, 2020, at Twin River Casino, in Lincoln, R.I.  Gov. Gina Raimondo announced Monday that CVS Health is rolling out a free, rapid COVID-19 test at the new drive-through testing site. Results from tests being administered at the site could be ready in as little as 15 minutes, the governor said. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Rapid virus testing site opens; new jobless program launched

Apr. 6, 2020 4:43 PM EDT

A rapid virus testing site opened in Rhode Island on Monday and the state is launching a new federal jobless benefits program while shuttering more courthouses. A look at those and other virus-related developments in the state: __ RAPID TESTING SITE CVS Health began offering a free, rapid COVID-19 test at a new...

FILE - In this March 30, 2020, file photo Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a news conference at a drive-through coronavirus testing site in front of Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

Governors seize spotlight amid states' coronavirus response

Apr. 6, 2020 2:25 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Across America, as families are stuck in their homes anxious and isolated by the new coronavirus, a new daily ritual is taking shape: tuning into the governor’s afternoon press briefing. Residents sequestered under a stay-at-home order in Ohio seem to hang on Republican Gov....

Woman who stole $5M denied prison release

Apr. 6, 2020 9:25 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island woman who stole nearly $5 million from close friends and family was denied special release from prison because of the pandemic on Monday. U.S. District Court Chief Judge John McConnell Jr. said in his ruling there is “nothing unique” about Monique...

Lincoln Chafee ends Libertarian run for president

Apr. 5, 2020 7:34 PM EDT

Former Rhode Island governor and U.S. senator Lincoln Chafee has ended his run for president as a Libertarian. Chafee said in a Facebook post on Sunday that he looks “forward to helping other Libertarians seeking office.” He said his campaign was changed by the coronavirus but had a successful...

Woman who stole $5M requests prison release amid pandemic

Apr. 5, 2020 2:08 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island woman who stole nearly $5 million from close friends and family is requesting that she be released from prison to home confinement until the coronavirus pandemic “has subsided,” according to court filings. Monique Brady, of East Greenwich, pleaded guilty...

Two women practice social distancing while talking on Commonwealth Avenue Mall in Boston during the coronavirus outbreak Saturday, April 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Disaster declarations OK'd as New England death toll rises

Apr. 4, 2020 10:17 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Maine and New Hampshire join the ranks of states approved for federal disaster relief, the head of a major sub maker has contracted the new coronavirus and New England's death toll from the pandemic continues to climb. A look at virus-related developments in the region: CONNECTICUT The...

Passers-by walk down a nearly empty street, Monday, March 30, 2020, in Providence, R.I. Many people are working from home and many business have closed indefinitely out of concern about the coronavirus. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Rhode Islanders encouraged to use cloth coverings in public

Apr. 3, 2020 2:45 PM EDT

Rhode Island residents should consider wearing cloth-based coverings on their faces when in public to help curb the spread of coronavirus, the state’s top health care official said Friday. Those coverings include scarves, bandanas or other cloth items that can be used to cover the mouth and nose, according...

Ammonia leak at food plant sends 13 to the hospital

Apr. 2, 2020 3:57 PM EDT

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — Thirteen people were taken to the hospital Thursday after an ammonia leak at a Rhode Island food-processing plant, officials said. A hazardous materials crew responded to the Taylor Farms facility in North Kingstown at about 9:30 a.m. None of the injuries is considered serious,...