Latest Rhode Island News

Nor'easter cuts power to over half-million homes, businesses

Oct. 27, 2021 12:29 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A nor’easter that battered the Atlantic coast with hurricane-force wind gusts left more than a half-million homes and businesses without power in New England and forced the closure of bridges, ferries and schools in the region Wednesday. Utility workers...

Tribe given land where ancestors survived near-annihilation

Oct. 27, 2021 12:06 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The land where the Rhode Island Narragansett tribe survived near-annihilation in a battle with English colonists in 1675 has been transferred to the tribe. The transfer of the land from the Rhode Island Historical Society was finalized Friday....

Clamorous students participate in government — by suing it

Oct. 27, 2021 01:20 AM EDT

Students in Rhode Island are asking a federal appeals court to affirm that all public school students have a constitutional right to a civics education, saying that they aren't taught how to meaningfully participate in a democratic and civil society and that the Jan. 6 insurrection at the...

Woman gets 7 years in prison for DUI fatal crash

Oct. 26, 2021 08:38 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island woman was sentenced on Monday to seven years in prison for a drunk driving crash that killed one person and injured two others, according to Attorney General Peter Neronha. Barbara Trojan, 63, of North Kingstown, was sentenced in...

Gov: 90% of adults at least partly vaccinated from COVID-19

Oct. 25, 2021 16:06 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Ninety percent of adults in Rhode Islanders are now at least partially vaccinated against COVID-19, Gov. Dan McKee said Monday. The Democrat said the state is also now one of the top states in terms of the percentage of its population that is...

Providence bar to remain closed after man shot and injured

Oct. 25, 2021 14:49 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Providence bar where a man was shot and injured over the weekend will remain closed until at least Wednesday. The city's Board of Licenses on Monday extended its review of the shooting at the Sport’s Tap bar. WLNE-TV...

Brown expands student aid after endowment, fundraising haul

Oct. 25, 2021 12:11 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Brown University will expand financial aid for students and work to improve college access following lucrative hauls from its endowment and a fundraising campaign, the Ivy league school announced Monday. The Providence, Rhode Island-based school...

Decline in parishioners leads to parish merger in Warwick

Oct. 24, 2021 16:29 PM EDT

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — The Diocese of Providence announced plans Sunday to close a church in Warwick and consolidate parishes. The diocese said the parish leadership at St. Benedict requested to merge with the St. Kevin parish and close the St. Benedict church building...

Providence World War I veteran getting new monument

Oct. 24, 2021 16:25 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A World War I veteran from Providence is getting a new monument in the city after the original monument in his honor was vandalized. City Councilman David Salvatore said the new marker in honor of Pfc. Carlo Lafazia will be commissioned and...

Rhode Island creates website to share ideas for rescue funds

Oct. 24, 2021 12:37 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's legislature has created a website to post the proposals it's receiving for spending federal funds to help the state recover from the coronavirus pandemic. Rhode Island was allocated $1.1 billion in American Rescue Plan funds....