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Matos Sworn in as Rhode Island's Lieutenant Governor

Sabina Matos made history Wednesday when she was sworn in as Rhode Island’s lieutenant governor, the first person of color to hold the post. Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea administered the oath of o...

  • coronavirus Apr 6

    RI Adds 7,300 New Vaccine Appointments as Residents 50+ Become Eligible

    Rhode Island officials announced that they added approximately 7,300 new COVID-19 vaccination appointments on Tuesday, a day after residents age 50 to 59 became eligible to schedule a vaccine for the first time. The new appointments will be for the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, Sockanosset Cross Road and regional sites in Westerly, Johnston and East...
  • Rhode Island State Police Apr 5

    Rhode Island State Police Launch Recruitment Drive

    The Rhode Island State Police are looking for upstanding, dedicated and hardworking men and women to become troopers. The agency this week launched a recruiting drive for its next training academy scheduled to start in January. “Service in the Rhode Island State Police requires active, intelligent people whose reputations are above reproach,&...
  • Bear Warning Apr 4

    RI Wildlife Officials Warn Residents About Emerging Bears

    Rhode Island wildlife officials are reminding residents to remove potential food sources from their properties as black bears emerge from hibernation. Although rarely aggressive around people, bears can quickly become a nuisance if they identify and repeatedly return to a source of food, the Department of Environmental Management said in a statemen...
  • Rhode Island Apr 3

    Future is Unclear for Rhode Island's Bovine Escapee

    The future is uncertain for a 1,600-pound steer that enjoyed an extended reprieve from the slaughterhouse after escaping in Rhode Island. Skylands Animal Sanctuary & Rescue announced that the owner decided to sell the steer that had amused Rhode Islanders by its ability to elude capture in Johnston and Providence. “We don’t know whe...
  • Rhode Island Apr 3

    RI Special Elections Voter Registration Deadline is Sunday

    Rhode Islanders in four communities are running out of time to register to vote in upcoming special elections. Special elections will be held in Coventry, South Kingstown, West Greenwich and Westerly on May 4. The deadline to register to vote or update voter information for the elections is Sunday. In Coventry and West Greenwich, elections are bein...
  • coronavirus Apr 2

    This New England College Will Require COVID Vaccine for Students This Fall

    Roger Williams University in Rhode Island will require all students to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus next fall if they want to step on campus. The private college is also urging faculty and staff to get their shots, WJAR-TV reported Thursday. The school with campuses in Bristol and Providence in a statement to the station sa...
  • coronavirus Apr 1

    RI Says 12,000 New COVID-19 Vaccination Appointments Will Be Posted Friday

    Rhode Island is scheduled to make 12,000 vaccination appointments available on Friday and expects to have an additional 25,000 doses available next week, Gov. Daniel McKee announced Thursday. “Tomorrow, we’ll be releasing the largest batch of vaccine appointments in Rhode Island to date,” the governor said in a statement. “This is great news for ou...
  • Rhode Island Apr 1

    Discovery of Ancient Coins May Solve Mystery of Murderous 1600s Pirate

    A handful of coins unearthed from a pick-your-own-fruit orchard in rural Rhode Island and other random corners of New England may help solve one of the planet’s oldest cold cases. The villain in this tale: a murderous English pirate who became the world’s most-wanted criminal after plundering a ship carrying Muslim pilgrims home to India from Mecca...
  • Rhode Island Mar 31

    Providence City Council Head Tapped for Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island

    Rhode Island Gov. Daniel McKee on Wednesday nominated Providence City Council President Sabina Matos as his lieutenant governor, who if confirmed by the state Senate, will be the first person of color in state history to hold the job. About 80 people initially applied for the job, but the Democratic governor said at a news conference that Matos sha...
  • Rhode Island Mar 31

    Ex-Employee Gets 5 Years for Stealing From Law Firm

    A former bookkeeper and office manager at a Rhode Island law firm who previously pleaded guilty to embezzling nearly three-quarters of a million dollars from her employer has been sentenced to five years in prison, federal prosecutors said. Sarah Gaulin, 39, a former employee of the law firm of Hamel, Waxler, Allen and Collins, was also ordered Tue...
  • Rhode Island Mar 28

    Rhode Island Moves Up Start of Trout Fishing Season

    Rhode Island anglers are being allowed to get an early start on the trout fishing season this year, and it’s all because of the coronavirus, state environmental officials say. Trout stocked lakes, ponds, rivers and streams across the state will open for fishing at 6 a.m. on April 7, the state Department of Environmental Management said in a s...
  • Rhode Island Mar 28

    RI Authorities Investigating Fatal Crash on Highway Ramp

    A Rhode Island man died Saturday in a crash on a highway ramp, state police said. The crash happened at around 5 p.m. on a ramp to I-95 North in Pawtucket. State police said John Betters III, 62, of Providence, had been driving on the highway ramp when the vehicle left the roadway, entered the grassy median and struck a…

  • Rhode Island Mar 26

    Steak-Out: Rhode Island's Runaway Steer Has Been Recaptured

    A steer that has been on the lam for nearly two months after escaping while on the way to a Rhode Island slaughterhouse was finally corralled Friday morning, police said. Johnston Chief Joseph Razza said the beefy fugitive was captured unharmed in Johnston by its owner and returned to a Connecticut farm, according to NBC affiliate WJAR. The steer t...
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