Latest Rhode Island state government News

Rhode Island will offer free rides to vaccination sites

Apr. 15, 2021 15:41 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island is opening up coronavirus vaccine eligibility to all people age 16 and older starting Monday, and to make it easier for people to get to a vaccination site, the state will provide free transportation, Gov. Daniel McKee said at a news conference Thursday....

New facility to build offshore wind turbines comes to port

Apr. 15, 2021 11:10 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The developers of multiple offshore wind projects in the northeast will build a facility in the port of Providence to assemble the rigs for floating wind turbines. Orsted and Eversource are investing $24 million to build the facility with local...

Rhode Island reports almost 500 new coronavirus cases

Apr. 14, 2021 14:12 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Department of Health reported almost 500 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday and two more virus-related fatalities. There have now been more than 143,000 known cases and 2,642 deaths in the state. ...

Matos sworn in as Rhode Island's lieutanent governor

Apr. 14, 2021 10:27 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Sabina Matos made history Wednesday when she was sworn in as Rhode Island's lieutenant governor, the first person of color to hold the post. Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea administered the oath of office in a brief ceremony at the State House...

Rhode Island pauses administration of J&J COVID-19 shots

Apr. 13, 2021 14:41 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Department of Health announced Tuesday that it is pausing the administration of Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccines as federal authorities investigate reports of potentially dangerous blood clots in people who received the shot. ...

Rhode Island expands vaccine eligibility to 40 and older

Apr. 12, 2021 15:22 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island on Monday expanded coronavirus vaccine eligibility to anyone age 40 and older who lives, works or goes to school in the state. The state has also expanded vaccine eligibility to anyone age 16 and older who lives in one of several...

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...

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...

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...

Senate panel holding hearing on lieutenant governor nominee

Apr. 08, 2021 09:36 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island lawmakers are beginning the process to confirm the state’s next lieutenant governor The state Senate's Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing Thursday to consider the nomination of Providence City Council President Sabina Matos,...