• Rhode Island December 18, 2022 5:32 pm

    State House Homeless Encampment Removed After Legal Fight

    Workers removed tents set up outside of Rhode Island’s State House on Saturday after a judge sided with Democratic Gov. Dan McKee in a lawsuit over the people who had been camping there to protest a lack of adequate housing. The ACLU and the R.I. Center for Justice had sued on behalf of the group of more than two...

  • Rhode Island October 26, 2022 2:07 pm

    First Lady Jill Biden Visits Rhode Island Weeks Before Elections

    First Lady Jill Biden will be visiting Rhode Island weeks before the midterm elections. According to WJAR, her visit will focus on education and the elections. Biden will be arriving to Rhode Island’s TF Green Airport at 3pm before making her way to Rhode Island College. Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee will be joining the First Lady in an...

  • Joe Biden July 21, 2022 7:12 pm

    Lawmakers Who Interacted With Biden During Mass. Visit Getting Tested for COVID

    President Joe Biden tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, a day after he was in Massachusetts for an event promoting plans to address the climate change crisis. The White House said Biden is fully vaccinated and boosted and is experiencing mild symptoms. He is taking Paxlovid, an antiviral drug that has been found to reduce the severity of the virus….

  • DMV June 30, 2022 5:19 pm

    Rhode Island Letting Undocumented Residents Get Driver's Licenses

    People living without documentation in Rhode Island will be able to get driver’s licenses starting next year. Gov. Dan McKee signed the legislation into law Thursday at a ceremony at the Division of Motor Vehicles, and said the bill would make driving in Rhode Island safer and strengthen the economy. “By granting every Rhode Islander of driving age the...

  • Rhode Island May 26, 2022 7:34 am

    RI Governor Signs Bill Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

    Rhode Island’s governor signed legislation Wednesday making the state the 19th in the nation to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana, an issue that some lawmakers have been working on for years. “Together we got this job done and we got it done right,” Democratic Gov. Dan McKee said at the bill signing ceremony on the State House steps. Rhode...

  • coronavirus February 11, 2022 1:25 pm

    Providence Schools to Continue Requiring Masks After March 4

    The Providence public schools will continue requiring students and staff to wear face coverings even after a statewide school mask requirement ends March 4, officials said Friday. Gov. Dan McKee announced earlier this week that the statewide school mask mandate would end March 4, a week after students return from February vacation, but added that mask regulations would then be…

  • Rhode Island February 9, 2022 3:15 pm

    McKee on Lifting COVID Restrictions

    Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee announced he will lift the statewide mask mandate and proof of COVID-19 vaccine requirements, and plans to lift the school mask mandate in March.

  • Rhode Island January 4, 2022 3:34 pm

    Rhode Island to Use National Guard to Help With Virus Surge

    Rhode Island Gov. Daniel McKee said Tuesday that he has activated 180 members of the National Guard to help with the state’s response to the latest wave of new coronavirus cases. The guard “is supporting vaccination and testing throughout RI, including being on the ground in Central Falls today,” the Democrat tweeted. A Central Falls testing site has been plagued…

  • Rhode Island January 3, 2022 2:49 pm

    Rhode Island's New Legislative Session Set to Begin

    Lawmakers plan to spend $119 million of Rhode Island’s federal pandemic relief money when they return to the State House on Tuesday.

  • coronavirus December 15, 2021 2:33 pm

    RI Reinstates Mask., Proof of Vaccination Rules, Giving Out Free COVID Tests

    Rhode Island is reinstating a mask mandate for some indoor venues, Gov. Dan McKee announced Wednesday, while requiring masks for people who can’t show proof of vaccination in others. The new rules go into effect on Monday and will be reevaluated within 30 days, McKee said. He also announced that the state would be sending out 100,000 at-home rapid COVID…

  • Rhode Island December 13, 2021 12:49 pm

    Rhode Island Governor Extends Pandemic Executive Orders

    Rhode Island’s governor has extended his executive orders requiring masks in schools and declaring a disaster emergency due to new COVID-19 variants. Both orders were due to expire Saturday. Gov. Dan McKee signed an extension through Jan. 8. McKee reported on Saturday the state’s first case of the omicron variant of coronavirus in an adult who recently had traveled out-of-state. McKee...

  • Rhode Island December 11, 2021 11:12 pm

    1st Case of Omicron Variant Confirmed in Rhode Island

    Gov. Dan McKee made the announcement Saturday.

  • Rhode Island December 5, 2021 12:11 pm

    In RI, US Energy Secretary Says Offshore Wind Brings ‘Gust' of Job Growth

    U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said Thursday that the administration’s goal for offshore wind and the projects being developed now represent a “gust of job growth throughout the country.” Granholm visited a new offshore wind manufacturing hub in Providence to talk about the Biden administration’s plan to deploy 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030 and to promote...

  • coronavirus December 1, 2021 12:26 pm

    Rhode Island Preparing for Omicron Variant's Arrival

    Gov. Dan McKee said Wednesday that Rhode Island is taking steps to prepare for the arrival of the omicron COVID-19 variant in the state. The new variant has not been discovered in the state or elsewhere in the United States yet. But there is a widespread belief that it will be here soon. During a Wednesday morning COVID update, McKee…

  • COVID Q&A December 1, 2021 4:27 am

    COVID Q&A: Top Boston Doctors Explain New Omicron Variant

    Three top Boston doctors explain what the new omicron variant is, whether it’s already in the U.S., what the symptoms are and if vaccines protect against it on the weekly “COVID Q&A” series.

  • Rhode Island November 20, 2021 5:10 pm

    A Year After Rhode Island Changed Its Name, Many Buildings Still Say ‘Plantations'

    Rhode Island dropped “Providence Plantations” from its name a year ago, but not from its buildings. Providence Plantations is written in the script in marble near the State House dome and on bronze plaques in the entryway. The state seal with the full former name is on the rotunda floor, the elevator doors, door numbers and directional signs. It’s...

  • coronavirus October 14, 2021 3:54 pm

    Rhode Island Preparing to Vaccinate Kids Against COVID-19

    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 went to the Providence Children’s Museum to describe their strategy for the next vaccination campaign. The museum plans to offer the...

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