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New Rhode Island National Guard colonel breaks barriers

Aug. 07, 2022 10:08 AM EDT

EAST GREENWICH, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island National Guard has its first Black colonel. Sharon Harmon attained the rank of colonel at a promotion ceremony Saturday at the Joint Force Headquarters, Camp Fogarty, in East Greenwich, the National Guard said in a statement. ...

Scientists expand study on air quality impact on health

Aug. 06, 2022 10:24 AM EDT

Scientists at the Oregon Institute of Technology were recently awarded a $1 million grant from the federal government that could result in research that improves health outcomes in Southern Oregon due to wildfire smoke. Since 2019, a team of Oregon Tech scientists has been studying...

Police seek to fire officer after video shows excess force

Aug. 05, 2022 17:53 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island police department is seeking to fire an officer after video showed him smashing a handcuffed man’s face into the pavement during a fireworks celebration on Fourth of July weekend. The Providence Police Department said Friday that Capt....

Man involved in shootout that injured 9 gets 14 years

Aug. 02, 2022 13:36 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Another person involved in a gang shootout in a residential neighborhood of Providence, Rhode Island, last year that resulted in injuries to nine people has been sent to prison, state Attorney General Peter Neronha said Thursday. Ricardo Cosme Tejada, 21,...

Joni Mitchell, 78, graces stage after nearly 2 decades away

Jul. 26, 2022 09:14 AM EDT

NEWPORT, RI (AP) — Surprise! Joni Mitchell is back onstage. The folk legend performed her first full-length concert on Sunday at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island, The Boston Globe reported. Mitchell has contended with health complications since suffering an aneurysm in...

Langevin to name leaders for Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus

Jul. 24, 2022 09:40 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Longtime U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin is naming two politicians who will be leaders on issues affecting Americans with disabilities as he prepares to retire from Congress. The Rhode Island Democrat is hosting an event Tuesday in Washington to mark the 32nd...

Newport Folk Festival includes stage powered by bicycles

Jul. 23, 2022 07:46 AM EDT

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — The Newport Folk Festival, known for creating electrifying musical moments — the most famous being Bob Dylan's decision to plug in his guitar in 1965 — this weekend has a small outer stage that is being powered in part by festival-goers on stationary bicycles. ...

CVS seeks verification on drugs with possible abortion use

Jul. 21, 2022 17:20 PM EDT

CVS Health is asking pharmacists in some states to verify that a few of the prescriptions they provide will not be used end a pregnancy. A spokesman said Thursday that the drugstore chain recently started doing this for methotrexate and misoprostol, two drugs used in medication...

Former coach criminally charged in naked ‘fat test’ case

Jul. 21, 2022 16:41 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A successful Rhode Island high school basketball coach was criminally charged Thursday by authorities who say that for years he asked male student-athletes to remove their clothes while alone with him so he could check their body fat. Aaron Thomas, 55, who...

Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

Jul. 21, 2022 16:36 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on June 24 overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling was expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...