Latest Rhode Island state government News

Rhode Island union agrees to contract with vaccine bonuses

Dec. 03, 2021 09:52 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The largest state employees' union in Rhode Island has approved a new four-year contract that includes $3,000 COVID-19 vaccination bonuses, officials said. Council 94 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which...

$31M being poured into affordable housing in Rhode Island

Dec. 01, 2021 15:20 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island is pouring $31 million into efforts to build or preserve a total of more than 600 units of affordable housing in 13 communities around the state, the administration of Gov. Daniel McKee announced Wednesday. The money was approved by...

Rhode Island gets voluntary app to show COVID vaccinations

Dec. 01, 2021 12:08 PM EST

LINCOLN, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island is developing a cellphone app that will allow residents to quickly and easily prove they have been vaccinated against the coronavirus, Gov. Daniel McKee said Wednesday. Although hesitant to call it a vaccine passport, the Democratic...

2 Pawtucket residents face multiple weapons charges

Nov. 29, 2021 15:18 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Two Rhode Island residents are facing several charges in connection with the alleged trafficking and possession of firearms, including a so-called ghost gun, the state attorney general's office announced Monday. Brian Watson, 33, and Zaira...

RI nonprofits eligible for $4.5M in COVID-19 response grants

Nov. 29, 2021 12:10 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island nonprofits that have been playing a critical role in the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic are now eligible to apply for a portion of $4.5 million in federal relief funding, Gov. Dan McKee and the Rhode Island Foundation announced Monday. ...

Rhode Island's governor sets State House tree lighting event

Nov. 28, 2021 08:30 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's governor is hosting the annual holiday celebration and tree lighting at the State House. Gov. Dan McKee said the festivities will take place at 5 p.m. on Dec. 2 outside, on the south lawn of the State House. The tree will be lit at...

School districts receive grants to support homeless students

Nov. 27, 2021 08:27 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's education department has awarded grants to eight districts to support homeless students. Gov. Dan McKee and Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green announced Wednesday that the department awarded more than $336,000 in McKinney-Vento...

Rhode Island seeks to relicense part of psychiatric hospital

Nov. 24, 2021 16:28 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island will apply to relicense a portion of the state-run Eleanor Slater Hospital in part to make it easier to comply with Medicaid billing rules that apply to facilities that treat psychiatric patients. Gov. Dan McKee said Tuesday that...

Rhode Island rethinks plan to cut transportation pollution

Nov. 23, 2021 12:32 PM EST

Rhode Island officials plan to lean on federal funding and come up with a new way to cut emissions from the transportation sector, following the demise of a multistate compact aimed at dramatically reducing transportation pollution. Terrence Gray, acting director of the...

Health workers again challenge Rhode Island's vaccine rule

Nov. 20, 2021 16:09 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A group of Rhode Island health care workers is again asking a federal judge to block the state's requirement that people working in the medical profession be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. A lawyer for eight people went before a...