Latest Rhode Island News

3rd phase of Newport Pell Bridge rehab project to start

Aug. 9, 2020 8:22 AM EDT

JAMESTOWN, R.I. (AP) — The third and final phase of the Newport Pell Bridge roadway deck rehabilitation project is expected to start this week about a month ahead of schedule. Preparation work will begin Tuesday with hydro-demolition and milling work beginning the week of Aug. 17, the Rhode Island Turnpike...

Alister Martin, an emergency room doctor at Massachusetts General Hospital, poses outside the hospital, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Boston. Martin founded the organization

Doctors, hospitals launch voter registration efforts

Aug. 8, 2020 11:11 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — An emergency room doctor in Boston is assembling thousands of voter registration kits for distribution at hospitals and doctor's offices. Later this month, students at Harvard and Yale’s medical schools are planning a contest to see which of the Ivy League rivals can register the most...

Pam Kissell, a food service worker at the Bellows Falls Union High School, in Westminster, Vt., wraps meals to be handed out to students as part of the Windham Northeast Supervisory Union summer meals program on Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. (Kristopher Radder/The Brattleboro Reformer via AP)

Virus exposure at NH church; Vermont announces relief funds

Aug. 8, 2020 4:48 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A look at coronavirus news from around New England: ___ MAINE Masks and social distancing will be required when Maine holds its first murder trial since the coronavirus pandemic crippled much of the U.S. legal system this spring. Carine Reeves, of New York City, is scheduled to go on trial...

Deadline to register for Rhode Island's primary is Sunday

Aug. 8, 2020 9:07 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The deadline to register to vote in Rhode Island's Sept. 8 primary is Sunday. Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea said eligible residents can register online at They can also download the form, print it out, and submit it to their local board of canvassers or other...

Desks are spaced out in a classroom at Aikahi Elementary School in Kailua, Hawaii on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. While Hawaii has one of the lowest rates of cases per capita in the country and many of its schools have open-air campuses, the challenges of returning kids full time to classrooms may still be insurmountable. (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher)

The Latest: Hawaii schools to open year with remote learning

Aug. 7, 2020 10:21 PM EDT

HONOLULU — Hawaii officials say the state’s public school students will begin the academic year with remote learning only, after a spike of coronavirus cases. Gov. David Ige said Friday that all public students will spend the first four weeks of the school year learning online from home. Officials...

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during a House Subcommittee on the Coronavirus crisis hearing, Friday, July 31, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington.  (Kevin Dietsch/Pool via AP)

Fauci: States must move quickly to address COVID-19 upticks

Aug. 7, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

The nation’s top infectious disease expert said in an online interview Friday that he’s “cautiously optimistic” a COVID-19 vaccine could be developed soon, but acknowledged the chances it would be highly effective are “not great.” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the...

Police: Sex offender used restaurant Wi-Fi to get child porn

Aug. 7, 2020 1:38 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man previously convicted of possessing child pornography used the Wi-Fi network at a restaurant to access and distribute child pornography again, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Rhode Island said. Police arrested Vincent J. Siravo, 40, of Westerly, on Tuesday, and he...

This image released Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows an FBI poster seeking two men who may have information relevant to the investigation of vandalism and arson of a Providence Police Department cruiser late Tuesday, June 1, in Providence, R.I. The cruiser was pelted with objects then burned near the Providence Place Mall after a protest turned chaotic. (FBI via AP)

FBI offers $10,000 for information on police cruiser arson

Aug. 7, 2020 10:55 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Law enforcement officials in Rhode Island are seeking two men who may have information about the destruction and arson of a police cruiser during a June riot in downtown Providence. The FBI also said it's offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of...

The Mayflower II sails through the waters of Fishers Island Sound off Groton, Conn., Tuesday, July 28, 2020, on the seventh day of two weeks of sea trials. The vessel, a replica of the original Mayflower that carried the Pilgrims to America in 1620, left Mystic Seaport Museum last week after a three-year, $11.2 million restoration by the workers at the Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard. The 400th anniversary festivities scheduled for Boston and Cape Cod this spring and summer were all postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day via AP)

32 new COVID-19 deaths; Mayflower II nixes Rhode Island stop

Aug. 6, 2020 5:08 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts reported 32 newly confirmed deaths linked to COVID-19 on Thursday — bringing the total number of confirmed and probable deaths to 8,691 since the start of the pandemic. It's the most deaths reported on a single day in a month. There were just two confirmed deaths reported...

Police: Driver brandished stolen gun in road rage incident

Aug. 6, 2020 3:43 PM EDT

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man used a stolen handgun during what police described as a road rage incident, state police said Thursday. South Kingstown Police advised area law enforcement agencies at about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday that they were investigating a road rage incident where a firearm...