Latest Rhode Island state government News

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....

Redistricting commission to consider how inmates are counted

Oct. 24, 2021 09:42 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The commission that's redrawing political districts in Rhode Island is going to consider the way inmates are counted for census and redistricting purposes. The commission said Friday that it's adding a meeting to its schedule to discuss the...

Rhode tax collectors want to expand list of tax delinquents

Oct. 23, 2021 11:59 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island tax collectors want to publicly name more of the people who owe taxes, in the hopes that the attention would spur them to pay their debt. The Providence Journal reports Saturday that the state Department of Revenue wants to expand...

Rhode Island's unemployment rate fell to 5.2% in September

Oct. 21, 2021 14:39 PM EDT

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's unemployment rate dropped to 5.2% in September, and 75% of jobs lost in the state at the start of the coronavirus pandemic have now been recovered, the state Department of Labor and Training said Thursday. The September unemployment...

Graves of some who died at RI institutions lie under highway

Oct. 20, 2021 08:55 AM EDT

The thousands of drivers who use a Rhode Island highway on their way to work every day probably have no idea they are passing over the graves of some people who died in the late 1800s and early 1900s at state institutions. The location of the graves beneath the highway in...

AG: Contractors failed to properly pay workers OT wages

Oct. 19, 2021 16:00 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The owners of an asbestos remediation company failed to properly pay their workers overtime for work performed at a Rhode Island middle school, prosecutors said in court Tuesday. Thomas McCoog, 64, and Amy Franklin, 57, owners of Franklin...

Rhode Island man sentenced in North Dakota fentanyl case

Oct. 17, 2021 12:24 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A Rhode Island man accused by prosecutors of having a “leadership role” an international fentanyl trafficking operation has been sentenced in North Dakota to 33 years in federal prison. Steven Pinto, also known as Yeaboy, is one of more than 30...

Governor releases vision of Rhode Island's future

Oct. 15, 2021 14:44 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Gov. Dan McKee on Friday released a working draft of his administration's vision for Rhode Island's future. The 55-page RI2030 plan looks at spurring economic growth, strengthening education, addressing climate change, prioritizing housing, and...

Rhode Island preparing to vaccinate kids against COVID-19

Oct. 14, 2021 15:03 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island officials are preparing now to vaccinate children ages 5 to 11 in anticipation of the federal government authorizing Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for that age group, Gov. Dan McKee said Thursday. McKee and the state's health director...

Former CVS executive announces run for Rhode Island governor

Oct. 13, 2021 13:57 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A former CVS executive announced Wednesday she's running for governor in Rhode Island, jumping into an already crowded Democratic field. Helena Foulkes touted her 25 years of experience at CVS in her announcement video, stating that she had...