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1 dead, 1 injured after shooting in Providence

Jan. 16, 2022 11:49 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A shooting in Providence left one man dead and another injured early Sunday morning, police said. Providence police were called to Elmwood and Potters avenues around 3 a.m. on a report of a shooting and found two men who had been shot. One man...

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...

On Jewish Earth Day, more Jewish groups take climate action

Jan. 14, 2022 17:20 PM EST

(RNS) — Tu BiShvat, the Jewish new year of the trees, barely registers on most Jewish calendars, except as an occasion to plant trees or eat fruit and nuts. But the one-day holiday, which begins Sunday (Jan. 16), has gotten a boost these past few years as environmentalists have...

Rhode Island man pleads guilty to unemployment fraud

Jan. 14, 2022 10:28 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man who authorities say submitted fraudulent online applications for coronavirus pandemic related unemployment benefits in eight states while also collecting benefits in his home state has pleaded guilty to wire fraud, federal prosecutors said. ...

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...

Man who rented SUV used in fatal Boston shooting sentenced

Jan. 13, 2022 09:12 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A Rhode Island man who authorities say rented an SUV that was used as the getaway car in a fatal Boston shooting in 2018 has been sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole. Dewane Tse, 37, of Providence, was sentenced on Wednesday following his...

1 dead, 2 hurt, in wrong-way crash in South Kingstown

Jan. 12, 2022 15:23 PM EST

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — One man died and two other people were injured in a three-vehicle wrong-way crash on U.S. Route 1 in South Kingstown, police said Wednesday. An SUV driven by a 56-year-old Cranston man was traveling north in the southbound lanes at about 5 p.m. Tuesday...

Rhode Island works to ease staffing crunch at hospitals

Jan. 12, 2022 14:47 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island is trying to ease the staffing crunch at hospitals by deploying more National Guard members and making it easier for recent nursing graduates to get temporary emergency licenses so they can join the workforce, Gov. Daniel McKee said Wednesday. ...

Suspect in used car loan scheme pleads guilty

Jan. 12, 2022 09:06 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A sixth person has pleaded guilty to playing a role in a scheme that cheated banks in multiple states out of $2.4 million by obtaining and attempting to obtain car loans using stolen identities, federal prosecutors said. Fernando Diaz, 34, of Haverhill,...

Rhode Island tightens up nursing home visitation rules

Jan. 10, 2022 16:23 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Visitors to nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Rhode Island are now required to either be vaccinated or provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test before being granted entry, Gov. Daniel McKee announced Monday. The rule, which goes into effect...