Latest Rhode Island News

State labor department warns of email phishing scam

Jun. 24, 2021 11:05 AM EDT

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — The state Department of Labor and Training is warning Rhode Island residents of an email phishing scam regarding professional licenses. The phishing email, which does not come from a DLT email address, asks recipients to verify their license...

Police investigate after off-duty officer shoots teen

Jun. 24, 2021 08:44 AM EDT

WEST GREENWICH, R.I. (AP) — Police in Rhode Island are investigating the shooting of an 18-year-old man by an off-duty Pawtucket officer, West Greenwich Chief Richard Ramsay said. The chain of events started at about 8 p.m. Wednesday on Interstate 95 and ended up off...

Beach club tied to US senator refutes claims its ‘all-white’

Jun. 23, 2021 19:49 PM EDT

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — An exclusive Rhode Island beach club tied to Democratic U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse has broken its silence to defend itself from claims that it’s for white people only after the controversy garnered national attention. Bailey’s Beach Club in...

What a relief: Rhode Island transit hub bathrooms reopening

Jun. 23, 2021 16:07 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — To the relief of many, Rhode Island reopened public restrooms Wednesday at the Kennedy Plaza transit hub in Providence, which had been closed since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority also recently...

Rhode Island lawmakers vote to end authority over marriages

Jun. 23, 2021 12:55 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Years of “no's" have culminated in the Rhode Island legislature saying “yes” to a proposal that would remove lawmakers' authority over approving who has permission to officiate marriages. Lawmakers gave final approval Tuesday to a proposal...

Authorities: 2 dead in fire at Hopkinton home

Jun. 23, 2021 09:32 AM EDT

HOPKINTON, R.I. (AP) — Two people died in a late night fire at a Hopkinton home, authorities said. The fire was reported just before midnight Tuesday and the mobile home was fully engulfed by the time firefighters arrived. It appears that the...

Rhode Island Senate approves legalizing marijuana for adults

Jun. 22, 2021 19:05 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Senate approved legalizing recreational marijuana use for adults on Tuesday, marking the first time either chamber of the state Legislature has voted on a bill to legalize cannabis. The proposal was introduced by longtime...

State police to look into DMV head's ties to raided business

Jun. 22, 2021 14:53 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Gov. Dan McKee has asked state police to investigate whether the administrator of the state Division of Motor Vehicles had any knowledge of, or involvement in, an alleged prostitution operation that leased one if his rental properties. Cranston...

How Big Tech created a data 'treasure trove' for police

Jun. 22, 2021 13:45 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — When U.S. law enforcement officials need to cast a wide net for information, they’re increasingly turning to the vast digital ponds of personal data created by Big Tech companies via the devices and online services that have hooked billions of people around the...

Auto shops deal with non-sticky inspection stickers

Jun. 22, 2021 13:13 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Auto repair shops in Rhode Island are reporting an odd situation with vehicle inspection stickers: they don't stick. The stickers applied to the lower right interior corner of the windsheld after a successful safety and emissions test are peeling...