Latest Rhode Island News

Rhode Island governor signs climate change bill into law

Apr. 10, 2021 16:36 PM EDT

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — A wide-ranging climate bill that requires Rhode Island to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 was signed into law Saturday by Gov. Daniel McKee. “With four hundred miles of coastline, urban and rural coastal communities, fishing and...

New Hampshire governor gets vaccine, gives thumbs-up

Apr. 10, 2021 15:44 PM EDT

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu received his COVID-19 vaccine Saturday at the state's mass vaccination site at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. The Republican, driving an orange convertible, got the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine in his left arm. ...

New Hampshire man dies in crash on Rhode Island highway

Apr. 10, 2021 14:57 PM EDT

WEST GREENWICH, R.I. (AP) — A New Hampshire man died in a car crash early Saturday morning in Rhode Island, state police said. The single-vehicle crash occurred on Interstate 95 south in West Greenwich at about 3:30 a.m., Rhode Island State Police said in a news...

Cities win immigration policing dispute with US government

Apr. 10, 2021 11:34 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice has dropped its challenge to a court decision that said the federal government could not force two Rhode Island cities to turn local police into federal immigration agents. Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza and Central Falls...

State expanding vaccine eligibility in hardest-hit areas

Apr. 09, 2021 17:29 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE (AP) — Rhode Island on Friday started expanding its COVID-19 vaccine rollout in areas that have been hit hardest by the pandemic. Starting Friday, Woonsocket residents age 16 and older became eligible for vaccines, and the same eligibility will open up Monday...

Top state official will take over, review hospital agency

Apr. 09, 2021 15:20 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Gov. Dan McKee has appointed a top administration official to take charge of the state agency that operates a hospital that has come under scrutiny from disability advocates and public officials. Health and Human Services Secretary Womazetta...

15 arrested for unemployment benefits fraud

Apr. 08, 2021 16:48 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Fifteen Rhode Island residents have been charged with defrauding unemployment insurance programs tied to federal COVID-19 relief funds, U.S. Acting Attorney Richard Myrus announced Thursday. Prosecutors said the suspects fraudulently filed...

Gov: Proms, graduations and perhaps July 4 parades on tap

Apr. 08, 2021 15:36 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — There will be high school proms and graduation ceremonies in Rhode Island this spring as more residents get vaccinated against COVID-19, Gov. Dan McKee said Thursday. “We’re making great progress,” the Democratic governor said, noting the...

Massachusetts man killed in Rhode Island highway crash

Apr. 08, 2021 11:32 AM EDT

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — A Massachusetts man was killed Thursday in a single-car crash on a Rhode Island highway, police said. The crashed happened around 6 a.m. on Interstate 95 South in the area of Exit 27 in Pawtucket, according to Rhode Island state police. ...