Latest Rhode Island News

Lawmakers revise bill to legalize recreational marijuana

May. 17, 2022 15:42 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island lawmakers unveiled changes Tuesday to a bill to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana, revisions that aim to ensure the legislation passes the state's General Assembly. The amended bill was released Tuesday in advance of committee votes...

K-9 featured in Netflix's 'Rescued by Ruby' euthanized

May. 15, 2022 12:52 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island dog whose inspiring story of going from shelter dog to lifesaving police K-9 became the subject of a recent Netflix movie has been euthanized. State Police said Sunday K-9 Ruby was put down Friday following a “sudden, acute, and...

7 people injured during clash between motorcycle clubs

May. 14, 2022 17:37 PM EDT

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Seven people were injured during a Saturday afternoon melee between rival motorcycle clubs in a Massachusetts city. Police in Fall River say more than fifty people were involved in the brawl at around 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. Fall River...

Candidate facing menacing charge exits congressional race

May. 14, 2022 12:21 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island congressional candidate recently arrested on a menacing charge in Ohio has dropped out of the race. Michael Neary said in a statement Friday he was seeking medical treatment for non-epileptic seizures following his arrest in Ohio in March. He...

2 get life sentences in shooting death of 17-year-old girl

May. 12, 2022 14:55 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Two Rhode Island men who pleaded guilty in connection with the 2019 shooting death of a 17-year-old girl have been sent to prison for life, prosecutors said. Quinton St. Pierre, 20, and Craig Robinson, 20, both pleaded guilty recently to second-degree murder...

Rhode Island man gets 3 years for cryptocurrency fraud

May. 11, 2022 21:32 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A 25-year-old Rhode Island man who federal prosecutors say defrauded more than 170 people who poured millions of dollars into his cryptocurrency investment business was sentenced in New York City on Wednesday to more than three years in prison and ordered to pay more than $2.8...

Head of Rhode Island hospital group announces retirement

May. 11, 2022 14:16 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The head of Rhode Island's second-largest hospital group announced Wednesday that he will retire early next year. Care New England Health System President and CEO Dr. James Fanale's announcement comes nearly three months after the state attorney general's...

Musk says he would reverse Twitter's ban of Donald Trump

May. 10, 2022 18:47 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Elon Musk said Twitter would reverse its ban of former President Donald Trump if his purchase of the social media company goes through, signaling just how permissive the platform could become toward free speech under his ownership. Speaking virtually at an auto...

Scientists renew efforts to find ship torched by colonists

May. 10, 2022 16:11 PM EDT

A new effort is underway to find the remains of a British ship that Rhode Island colonists burned 250 years ago, marine archaeologists and state officials announced Tuesday. The June 10, 1772, burning of the HMS Gaspee was an an act of rebellion that some proud Rhode Islanders...

URI establishes scholarship program for Indigenous students

May. 09, 2022 15:52 PM EDT

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — The University of Rhode Island has established a scholarship program that this year is helping 15 citizens of the Narragansett Indian Tribe pay for their educations, the university announced Monday. The Narragansett Undergraduate Scholarship stems from...