Latest Rhode Island state government News

Rhode Island governor releases proposed $12.8B state budget

Jan. 20, 2022 16:06 PM EST

Rhode Island's governor submitted a $12.8 billion state budget plan to the General Assembly on Thursday that seeks to address the pandemic, build more affordable housing, invest in schools and help businesses. Democratic Gov. Dan McKee said in the budget documents that he's trying to...

Rhode Island unemployment rate drops to 4.8% in December

Jan. 20, 2022 11:28 AM EST

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's unemployment rate dropped to 4.8% in December, down three-tenths of a percentage point from the November rate but higher than the national rate of 3.9%, the state Department of Labor and Training said Thursday. The state's December rate was also...

Governor lays out climate change plan for Rhode Island

Jan. 19, 2022 15:51 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee on Wednesday proposed spending more than $150 million during the next fiscal year on several initiatives intended to address threats to the state from climate change by cutting greenhouse gas emissions. His plan includes spending...

Inmate wants permission for hairstyle based on his religion

Jan. 19, 2022 12:40 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — An inmate at the Adult Correctional Institutions is suing the state Department of Corrections because it has sanctioned him for his hair style, which he says is based on his religious beliefs. Christopher Banks, 24, of Westerly, seeks in the suit filed in...

Gov. McKee looks beyond COVID in State of the State speech

Jan. 18, 2022 20:07 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — While the pandemic continues to dominate the conversation, Rhode Island’s governor said in his first-ever State of the State address Tuesday that it’s time to start looking to the future. Democratic Gov. Dan McKee laid out his administration's...

Rhode Island arts, cultural groups share $3.5M in grants

Jan. 16, 2022 10:29 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Dozens of arts, culture, heritage and historic sites across Rhode Island are getting almost $3.5 million in help from the state government for renovation, repair and program expansion projects, officials say. The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is...

Man shot in police lobby had attacked officers, agency says

Jan. 15, 2022 09:50 AM EST

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — A 29-year-old man was shot by police in the lobby of the Warwick Police Department on Friday after attacking officers with a knife, authorities said. A group of officers was entering the lobby from a briefing in a nearby room when the man lunged at officers,...

Man shot by police in lobby of Warwick police department

Jan. 14, 2022 19:13 PM EST

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — A man was shot by police in the lobby of the Warwick Police Department Friday afternoon, authorities said. Police Chief Bradford Connor said an investigation has been launched into the shooting, according to WPRI-TV. The identity of the man who...

ACLU seeks release of 2 convicted of murder based on new law

Jan. 14, 2022 13:35 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island asked the state's highest court Friday to order the release on parole of two men convicted as teenagers of murder and sentenced to life in prison, saying they are being held in violation of a new state law. ...

Rhode Island panel OKs voting maps with last-minute change

Jan. 13, 2022 17:26 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A panel voted Wednesday to approve new voting districts for the state legislature and congressional seats in Rhode Island, with a last-minute change. The Redistricting Committee voted 13-4 to approve new district maps for state House and Senate seats, The...