Latest Rhode Island News

Rhode Island woman gets 10 years on meth trafficking charges

Nov. 30, 2020 3:37 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island woman described in court records as a “major pipeline” for trafficking methamphetamine in the state was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison, federal prosecutors said. Alexa Samoiloff, 51, of Providence, who was on state probation for drug trafficking...

A medical workers works in a COVID-19 set up for rapid new coronavirus testing in Vienna, Austria, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. The Austrian government has moved to restrict freedom of movement for people, in an effort to slow the onset of the COVID-19 disease and the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

The Latest: Croatia’s Prime Minister tests positive

Nov. 30, 2020 2:50 PM EST

ZAGREB, Croatia — Croatia’s Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic has tested positive for the new coronavirus. Government spokesman Marko Milic says Plenkovic is feeling fine and will continue to perform his duties from his home. The announcement came after Plenkovic’s wife tested positive for the...

Authorities release name of kayaking accident victim

Nov. 30, 2020 2:10 PM EST

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (AP) — Authorities on Monday released the name of the Rhode Island woman who died in a kayaking accident last week. Vickie Medeiros, 61, of Cumberland, died at the hospital on Friday after her kayak overturned in rough waters at the mouth of the Narrow River in Narragansett, the state...

Rhode Island sends alert: hospitals reach COVID-19 capacity

Nov. 30, 2020 2:00 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's hospitals reached their COVID-19 capacity on Monday, the same day the state's two-week pause, meant to control the rise in new coronavirus cases that threatens to overwhelm the state's health care system, took effect. “Hospitals at capacity due to COVID," the...

1 killed, 1 injured by stray bullet at apartment complex

Nov. 30, 2020 12:11 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A 33-year-old man was killed and a 50-year-old woman was injured by a stray bullet in a shooting early Monday morning at a Providence apartment complex. Officers responding to reports of gunfire at the Roger Williams Green complex just after 3 a.m. found an unresponsive man in the...

Russell lifts Rhode Island over San Francisco 84-71

Nov. 29, 2020 8:16 PM EST

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Fatts Russell had 21 points, going 11 for 11 from the foul line, and Rhode Island beat San Francisco 84-71 on Sunday. Two days earlier San Francisco defeated fourth-ranked Virginia 61-60. The Rams led the whole way, putting the lead in double figures with the last basket off the...

Virus news: Rhode Island offers tests upon airport arrival

Nov. 29, 2020 6:04 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A look at coronavirus developments around New England: ___ CONNECTICUT Connecticut officials scrambled to find enough personal protective equipment when the coronavirus pandemic hit last spring, relying on Chinese bankers and a lumber company to help procure masks and gowns. They have used a...

South Florida's David Collins, left, and Rhode Island's Makhel Mitchell vie for control of the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Russell lifts Rhode Island past South Florida 84-68

Nov. 28, 2020 8:43 PM EST

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Fatts Russell scored 15 points as Rhode Island topped South Florida 84-68 at Bubbleville at theMohegan Sun Resort on Saturday. Jalen Carey had 12 points for Rhode Island (1-2). Makhel Mitchell added 11 points and four blocks. Jeremy Sheppard had 11 points. Mitchell scored on a...

Virus news: Businesses see holiday shopping challenges

Nov. 28, 2020 5:47 PM EST

A look at coronavirus developments around New England: ___ CONNECTICUT The marketing director of a New Haven theater who has watched the toll the coronavirus has taken on his industry is fighting back — by enrolling in a vaccine trial. Anthony Lupinacci was among more than 43,000 volunteers across the...

Former YMCA building converted into housing for the homeless

Nov. 28, 2020 1:31 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island is getting more beds for its homeless population just as winter approaches. Social services agency Crossroads Rhode Island has opened an emergency shelter at a former YMCA building in Providence with 30 additional beds that allow for appropriate social distancing,...