Latest Rhode Island News

Pandemic-weary Americans plan for summer despite COVID surge

May. 24, 2022 17:51 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A high school prom in Hawaii where masked dancers weren't allowed to touch. A return to virtual city council meetings in one Colorado town after the mayor and others tested positive following an in-person session. A reinstated mask mandate at skilled nursing facilities in Los...

2 sent to prison for roles in drug trafficking scheme

May. 24, 2022 11:32 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Two Rhode Island men have been sent to prison for their roles in a drug trafficking scheme that shipped or tried to ship an estimated 50 kilograms (110 pounds) of cocaine to the state through the postal service, federal prosecutors said. George Mojica, 42,...

Massive blaze damages newly renovated Rhode Island hotel

May. 24, 2022 11:09 AM EDT

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Three firefighters were injured battling a major fire at a recently renovated hotel in Newport, Rhode Island, fire officials said. The fire at the Wayfinder Hotel was reported at about 8 p.m. Monday and crews remained on the scene on Tuesday morning. ...

State attorney general withdraws objection to utility deal

May. 23, 2022 17:41 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island ratepayers should expect about $200 million in benefits under an agreement clearing the way for the state’s main electricity and gas provider to be sold to a Pennsylvania-based corporation, state Attorney General Peter Neronha said Monday. ...

New Haven mayor nominates city police official for chief

May. 23, 2022 14:13 PM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker nominated a high-ranking city police official for chief Monday following a nationwide search. The mayor announced Assistant Chief Karl Jacobson was his pick to lead the department. The nomination will now go before the city's...

COVID-19, shootings: Is mass death now tolerated in America?

May. 21, 2022 08:01 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — After mass shootings killed and wounded people grocery shopping, going to church and simply living their lives last weekend, the nation marked a milestone of 1 million deaths from COVID-19. The number, once unthinkable, is now an irreversible reality in the United States...

Fauci urges college grads to stand against disinformation

May. 20, 2022 11:26 AM EDT

BRISTOL, R.I. (AP) — Dr. Anthony Fauci urged graduates of Roger Williams University on Friday to fight what he called the “normalization of untruths,” which has become a growing and more troubling problem during the COVID-19 pandemic. Fauci, the nation’s top infectious...

In 2 states, 1 in 20 residents missed during US head count

May. 19, 2022 23:06 PM EDT

Around 1 in 20 residents in Arkansas and Tennessee were missed during the 2020 census, and four other U.S. states had significant undercounts of their populations which could shortchange them of federal funding in the current decade, according to figures from a survey the U.S. Census Bureau...

Rhode Islanders may have been too excited to fill out census

May. 19, 2022 16:23 PM EDT

Rhode Island's efforts to encourage people to fill out the 2020 census may have worked too well, with the U.S. Census Bureau releasing a survey Thursday showing an overcount that saved a congressional seat. The bureau said residents in eight states were overcounted during the...

Lawmakers revise bill to legalize recreational marijuana

May. 17, 2022 15:42 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island lawmakers unveiled changes Tuesday to a bill to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana, revisions that aim to ensure the legislation passes the state's General Assembly. The amended bill was released Tuesday in advance of committee votes...