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Croswell, Horchler lead No. 21 Providence over Georgetown

Jan. 20, 2022 20:16 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Providence coach Ed Cooley wasn't sure what to expect from his team after five days locked in hotel rooms in quarantine and two days of practice following a COVID-19 outbreak. The 21st-ranked Friars certainly looked sharp at the start of both halves. ...

US fugitive who faked death, skipped UK court date arrested

Jan. 20, 2022 16:28 PM EST

A Rhode Island man who authorities say fled the U.S. and faked his death to evade prosecution for rape and financial fraud has been arrested after skipping his court date in Scotland, police said Thursday. Police Scotland said officers arrested Nicholas Alahverdian in the Woodlands...

Rhode Island governor releases proposed $12.8B state budget

Jan. 20, 2022 16:06 PM EST

Rhode Island's governor submitted a $12.8 billion state budget plan to the General Assembly on Thursday that seeks to address the pandemic, build more affordable housing, invest in schools and help businesses. Democratic Gov. Dan McKee said in the budget documents that he's trying to...

Rhode Island unemployment rate drops to 4.8% in December

Jan. 20, 2022 11:28 AM EST

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's unemployment rate dropped to 4.8% in December, down three-tenths of a percentage point from the November rate but higher than the national rate of 3.9%, the state Department of Labor and Training said Thursday. The state's December rate was also...

Rhode Island leans on defense to stop La Salle 56-54

Jan. 19, 2022 21:43 PM EST

KINGSTON, R.I. (AP) — Ishmael Leggett's layup with 23 seconds remaining and Makhi Mitchell's 10 points helped carry Rhode Island to its eighth straight home win as it beat La Salle 56-54 on Wednesday night. Clifton Moore missed a contested layup and Christian Ray and Jhamir Brickus...

Governor lays out climate change plan for Rhode Island

Jan. 19, 2022 15:51 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee on Wednesday proposed spending more than $150 million during the next fiscal year on several initiatives intended to address threats to the state from climate change by cutting greenhouse gas emissions. His plan includes spending...

Inmate wants permission for hairstyle based on his religion

Jan. 19, 2022 12:40 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — An inmate at the Adult Correctional Institutions is suing the state Department of Corrections because it has sanctioned him for his hair style, which he says is based on his religious beliefs. Christopher Banks, 24, of Westerly, seeks in the suit filed in...

Reward offered for suspect in mail carrier assault

Jan. 19, 2022 10:44 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A $10,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of a man suspected of taking part in an assault on a postal worker in Rhode Island last September. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the U.S. attorney's office on...

Contractor gets probation in tax evasion scheme

Jan. 19, 2022 08:46 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A contractor from Massachusetts who frequently traveled to Rhode Island to cash business checks at a check-cashing facility to avoid reporting or paying taxes on nearly $2 million in income has been sentenced to two years of probation, federal prosecutors said. ...

Gov. McKee looks beyond COVID in State of the State speech

Jan. 18, 2022 20:07 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — While the pandemic continues to dominate the conversation, Rhode Island’s governor said in his first-ever State of the State address Tuesday that it’s time to start looking to the future. Democratic Gov. Dan McKee laid out his administration's...