Latest Rhode Island state government News

States move to protect abortion from prosecutions elsewhere

Jul. 06, 2022 20:41 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Democratic governors in states where abortion will remain legal are looking for ways to protect any patients who travel there for the procedure — along with the providers who help them — from being prosecuted by their home states. The Democratic...

Officials warn of tiny jellyfish that pack a strong string

Jul. 06, 2022 15:07 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Environmental officials in Rhode Island are warning residents about tiny jellyfish that pack a powerful sting. The state Department of Environmental Management say clinging jellyfish have recently been found in Potter Pond in South Kingstown and Ninigret...

Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

Jul. 01, 2022 18:54 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...

3 people involved in Providence gang shootout sent to prison

Jun. 30, 2022 14:24 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Three people involved in a gang-related shootout in a residential neighborhood of Providence, Rhode Island, last year that left nine people injured have been sent to prison, state Attorney General Peter Neronha said Thursday. George Rios, 19, Jordanny...

Chief: Officer hit woman at abortion rally, should be fired

Jun. 29, 2022 13:36 PM EDT

The chief of police in Rhode Island's capital has recommended that a city officer charged with assaulting a woman during an abortion-rights protest should lose his job. Patrolman Jeann Lugo's “disturbing, egregious, assaultive and unprofessional behavior while off duty, has brought...

Rhode Island sets ambitious target for 100% renewable energy

Jun. 29, 2022 11:40 AM EDT

Rhode Island’s governor signed legislation Wednesday setting the most ambitious target in the nation to require the state to be powered completely by renewable energy. The legislation accelerates plans for the electric grid to operate with 100% renewable energy, so the goal is...

Man who had cache of weapons at home now faces state charges

Jun. 27, 2022 16:01 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man already facing federal charges in connection with an arsenal of more than 200 guns found at his home now also faces several state charges, state Attorney General Peter Neronha said Monday. Ronald Andruchuk, 38, of Burrillville, faces state...

Off-duty officer charged with assault at abortion protest

Jun. 26, 2022 11:21 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island police officer accused of punching a woman at an abortion protest while he was off-duty has now been charged in connection with Friday's demonstration at the State House. In a Saturday evening news release, state police said Providence...

Officer suspended for off-duty actions at abortion protest

Jun. 25, 2022 18:07 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island police officer accused of punching a woman at an abortion protest while he was off-duty was suspended from his job with pay Saturday while the Providence Police Department conducts a criminal investigation into his actions. Jennifer Rourke,...

Rhode Island lawmakers pass budget and adjourn for the year

Jun. 24, 2022 11:16 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island lawmakers passed a flurry of major bills before the legislative session ended Friday, including the state budget and legislation to provide driver privilege cards to people who are in the country illegally. The General Assembly adjourned early...