Latest Rhode Island News

Woman killed, man injured in shooting at West Warwick home

Jun. 16, 2021 14:46 PM EDT

WEST WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — A 74-year-old woman was killed and a 74-year-old man was injured in a shooting at a West Warwick home, police said Wednesday. The victims were found at about 9 p.m. Tuesday when police responded to the home, police said in a statement. ...

State to equip every uniformed officer with body cameras

Jun. 16, 2021 11:26 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island leaders on Wednesday proposed equipping every uniformed police officer in the state with body-worn cameras. Democratic Gov. Dan McKee and other state leaders unveiled legislation to equip about 1,700 patrol officers across every...

Message in a bottle travels across the Atlantic Ocean

Jun. 15, 2021 18:20 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Portuguese teenager has found a message in a bottle that traveled at least 2,400 miles from a Vermont teenager. Christian Santos, 17, was spearfishing in the Azores when he found a crumpled plastic bottle that was tossed into the sea near Rhode...

Expert warns of spread of Delta variant; OSHA cites doctor

Jun. 15, 2021 16:34 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The spread of the Delta variant of the coronavirus will pose a serious risk this summer to people who are not fully vaccinated, according to Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health. “If you have not gotten...

Health Department wants new lab to prepare for next pandemic

Jun. 15, 2021 13:21 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — State officials are proposing to build a new laboratory to replace the one run by the Health Department, which is the only Level 3 biosafety facility in the state. Director Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott is advocating for spending $82 million to...

New owners try to get Bally's Atlantic City back in the game

Jun. 15, 2021 10:34 AM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Phil Juliano was looking at Bally's casino through rose-colored glass. Or more accurately, rose-colored glass flecked with jarringly out-of-place blue squares. Walking along the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, he looked up at the glass-encased...

John Marinatto, ran Big East in time of tumult, dies at 64

Jun. 14, 2021 17:56 PM EDT

John Marinatto, the Big East commissioner during a tumultuous period of conference realignment across college sports, has died. He was 64. Providence College, Marinatto's alma mater and the school where he began a long career in college sports, said he died Saturday. The...

Court: Kin of convicted coin dealer must both forfeit $136M

Jun. 14, 2021 15:32 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The wife and brother-in-law of a Rhode Island coin and precious metals dealer convicted of laundering millions of dollars for a Colombian drug cartel have lost their latest bid to hold on to $136 million each they have been ordered to forfeit. A...

Rhode Island scales back COVID-19 testing strategy

Jun. 14, 2021 14:51 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — With more than half the state's population fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, and the number of new confirmed cases falling, Rhode Island is scaling back its COVID-19 testing program, the state Department of Health announced Monday. The...

Juvenile great white tagged in RI waters for first time

Jun. 14, 2021 11:32 AM EDT

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — An acoustic tracking tag has been attached to a great white shark in Rhode Island waters for the first time, shark researchers announced Monday. The tag was placed on a 7-foot, juvenile female inside the Point Judith Harbor of Refuge on...