Latest Rhode Island News

Offshore wind developers to invest $4.5M in Rhode Island

Apr. 22, 2019 1:25 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The developers of a new offshore wind farm said Monday that they're investing $4.5 million in Rhode Island to advance the industry in the state. Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo said it was fitting that the funding from Danish-based Orsted U.S. Offshore Wind and Eversource was...

Commerce official wants businesses to get Trump tax break

Apr. 18, 2019 12:42 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's commerce secretary said Thursday he's analyzing new regulations issued by the Trump administration about a program for giving tax breaks for investing in low-income areas to ensure concerns by state economic development officials were considered. The Opportunity Zones...

CVS fined $535K for filling forged Percocet prescriptions

Apr. 16, 2019 11:35 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Drugstore chain CVS Health has agreed to pay $535,000 to resolve federal allegations that it filled dozens of Percocet prescriptions its pharmacists should have known were forged. The U.S. attorney for Rhode Island and the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration's New England...

Ex-state senator sentenced on bank fraud and tax charges

Apr. 12, 2019 6:20 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A former state senator has been sentenced to two years in federal prison on bank fraud and tax charges. Rhode Island's U.S. Attorney, Aaron Weisman, says 47-year-old James Doyle, of Pawtucket, was sentenced Friday. Weisman says Doyle engaged in a $74 million dollar check-kiting...

Stop & Shop supermarket workers in 3 states go on strike

Apr. 11, 2019 4:33 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Tens of thousands of employees at Stop & Shop supermarkets in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut went on strike Thursday over stalled contract negotiations. United Food & Commercial Workers union members from several locals walked off the job, with some picketing...

Police: Firefighter went into store nude on dare to buy soda

Apr. 11, 2019 1:26 PM EDT

MIDDLETOWN, R.I. (AP) — A firefighter who police say walked naked into a Rhode Island convenience store on a dare has been placed on leave. Police responded to a 7-Eleven in Middletown the afternoon of April 3 for a report of a naked customer. The owner said the man with a "smile on his face" purchased a...

Man pleads not guilty to kidnapping woman outside nightclub

Apr. 9, 2019 3:25 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Rhode Island man charged with kidnapping a Boston woman from her birthday celebration whose body was later found in the trunk of his car has pleaded not guilty. Louis Coleman III appeared Tuesday in U.S. District Court to face a charge of kidnapping resulting in death, which carries a...

Taylor Swift responds to crash with 'Getaway Car' lyric

Apr. 4, 2019 12:20 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Taylor Swift knows all too well that "nothing good starts in a getaway car." The 29-year-old pop star invoked the lyrics of her own song, "Getaway Car," in response to a police chase Tuesday that ended with a stolen car crashing into the gates of her beachfront home in Rhode Island....

Car in police chase crashes into gate at Taylor Swift's home

Apr. 3, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — A stolen car crashed into the gates of Taylor Swift's beachfront home in Rhode Island following a police chase, police said. The singer was not home, though police do plan to ask for surveillance video from her property to help the investigation, Westerly Police Chief Shawn Lacey said...

The Latest: Taylor Swift not at home at time of crash

Apr. 3, 2019 3:11 PM EDT

WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — The Latest on the investigation into a car chase that ended in a crash at the Rhode Island home of Taylor Swift: (all times local): 3:10 p.m. Authorities in Rhode Island say Taylor Swift was not at home when a stolen car crashed into the gates of her beach house after a police chase....