Latest Rhode Island state government News

RI may soon administer more COVID-19 booster shots

Sep. 23, 2021 16:17 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — More Rhode Islanders may soon be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot, officials said Thursday at a meeting of the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Subcommittee. The subcommittee voted in support of the state Department of Health moving ahead...

Officials: Neglect contributed to near-drowning of child

Sep. 22, 2021 16:21 PM EDT

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island child welfare officials said Wednesday that neglect contributed to the near-drowning of a 2-year-old child in Cranston this summer. The child nearly drowned in an aboveground pool on July 19, the state Department of Children, Youth and...

Progressive candidate says he'll run for RI governor

Sep. 22, 2021 11:47 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A former Rhode Island secretary of state said Wednesday he's running for governor again in the hopes of “overhauling” the entire state government. Democrat Matt Brown said in a campaign launch video that Rhode Island is run by “the most...

Some health care workers can work beyond Oct. 1

Sep. 22, 2021 11:14 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island health officials are allowing a little leeway to a state mandate that requires health care workers to receive a coronavirus vaccine by Oct. 1. State Department of Health Director Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott announced Tuesday that...

Governor to lawmakers: Spend some of $1.1B in rescue funds

Sep. 21, 2021 16:59 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's governor wants state legislative leaders to decide soon on how to spend federal funds to help the state recover from the coronavirus pandemic. Democratic Gov. Dan McKee said in a press briefing Tuesday that Rhode Island is the...

Former state official to pay fine to settle ethics complaint

Sep. 21, 2021 13:57 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A former state official will pay a $4,500 fine to settle an ethics complaint over his solicitation of campaign donations from state vendors for a mayoral run. Brett Smiley, a Democrat who’s running for Providence mayor, agreed to the settlement...

Lawmakers review agency charged with coastal regulation

Sep. 18, 2021 13:30 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A legislative commission is looking at ways to reorganize Rhode Island's lead agency for reviewing offshore wind projects and other coastal development proposals. House Rep. Deborah Ruggiero, a Jamestown Democrat, will lead the 15-member House...

State offers $4M to build and expand recreation facilities

Sep. 18, 2021 08:51 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island is offering $4 million in grants to help communities build and expand recreation facilities. Democratic Gov. Dan McKee and the Department of Environmental Management announced on Friday that the outdoor recreation matching grants...

Group files suit challenging RI school mask mandate

Sep. 17, 2021 10:14 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A group of Rhode Island parents and grandparents has filed a legal challenge to Gov. Daniel McKee's statewide school mask mandate. The lawsuit filed in Providence Superior Court on Thursday alleges the Democratic governor violated state law and...

Police: Man seriously injured last month dies at hospital

Sep. 16, 2021 15:53 PM EDT

WARREN, R.I. (AP) — A 54-year-old man found seriously injured in Warren last month has died, police said Thursday. Richard Raymond, succumbed to his injuries at Rhode Island Hospital on Sunday, police said. Officers responding to reports of a...