Latest Rhode Island state government News

McKee extends Rhode Island's pandemic state of emergency

Jun. 11, 2021 14:58 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Gov. Daniel McKee has signed an executive order that extends Rhode Island's state of emergency for the coronavirus pandemic until next month. The order signed Thursday, when the previous order was set to expire, extends the state of emergency...

Rhode Island extends gambling deal by another 20 years

Jun. 11, 2021 14:44 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Gov. Daniel McKee on Friday signed into law a new 20-year no-bid contract with International Game Technology and Bally's Corp. to run Rhode Island's gambling operations, the state's third largest source of revenue. The deal boosts revenue, keeps...

Rhode Island's COVID-19 hospitalization numbers tumble

Jun. 10, 2021 14:52 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — There are just 37 people in Rhode Island's hospitals with confirmed cases of the coronavirus according to the latest data from the state Department of Health released Thursday, the lowest single-day total since the early days of the pandemic in March 2020. ...

Attorney general to appeal hate crime ruling on racist rant

Jun. 09, 2021 12:33 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's attorney general plans to appeal a judge's decision that a woman did not commit a hate crime when she directed a profanity-laced rant at a Black family at a restaurant. Christine Longo, who is white, was convicted of misdemeanor...

Some Rhode Island hospitals ease visitation rules

Jun. 08, 2021 14:35 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island Hospital, Hasbro Children’s Hospital, and The Miriam Hospital are loosening some of their visitation rules as the number of new coronavirus cases in the state continues to fall. The hospitals, all operated by Lifespan, announced...

Providence schools name interim superintendent

Jun. 08, 2021 11:36 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — An elementary school principal in the city has been named interim superintendent of the embattled Providence public school district, Gov. Daniel McKee and state Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green announced Tuesday. Javier Montanez,...

Rhode Island governor signs bill banning child marriage

Jun. 07, 2021 17:44 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's governor on Monday signed into law a bill meant to ban child marriage in the state. Democratic Gov. Daniel McKee said the legislation eliminates language in state law allowing youths under the age of 18 to obtain a marriage license...

Rhode Island sends 200,000 COVID-19 tests to India

Jun. 07, 2021 15:36 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — With the coronavirus apparently on the run in Rhode Island, the state is sending help to other areas of the world still battling the disease, officials said Monday. Care New England’s COVID-19 Crisis Relief Effort and the Rhode Island...

Rhode Island to close 2 mass vaccination sites this month

Jun. 03, 2021 15:22 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island plans to close two of its mass vaccination sites by the end of June as the state shifts its focus to smaller community clinics in an effort to get coronavirus shots to the unvaccinated, Gov. Daniel McKee said Thursday. The sites at...

AG to approve sale of two RI hospitals, with conditions

Jun. 01, 2021 15:48 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's attorney general said Tuesday his office will approve the sale of two hospitals under certain conditions, including that current ownership puts $80 million in escrow to ensure that the hospitals stay viable for at least five years. ...