Rhode Island

  • Rhode Island 12 hours ago

    Rhode Islanders Urged to Celebrate Fourth of July Responsibly Amid Pandemic

    Gov. Gina Raimondo is cautioning Rhode Islanders to celebrate the upcoming Fourth of July weekend responsibly to avoid an uptick in coronavirus cases. Speaking at a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Raimondo said she’s worried that the state could see an increase of coronavirus cases if residents stop following the rules. She also pointed to the increase of cases in...

  • Rhode Island 15 hours ago

    RI to Enter Phase 3 of Reopening Tuesday, Gov. Says

    Rhode Island will enter Phase 3 of its reopening plan on Tuesday but restrictions will remain on social gatherings amid a nationwide surge in coronavirus cases, Gov. Gina Raimondo said. In a press conference Monday, Raimondo said the state was able to further ease restrictions due to a continued decline in COVID-19 cases. However, increases in the amount of people…

  • New England vacation week 16 hours ago

    How to Make the Most of Vacation Week in Rhode Island, Connecticut

    If there’s ever been a need for a vacation — it’s right now! With COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions keeping many of you close to home, it’s a good thing we live in a virtual summer playground. In honor of New England Vacation Week, here are five must-visit locations in both Rhode Island and Connecticut. The Cliff Walk The Cliff...

  • New England vacation week 16 hours ago

    Vacation Week: Exploring Rhode Island

    From a river walk to a trip to the Roger Williams Park Zoo, Rhode Island is filled with fun activities to do with the family.

  • New England vacation week 18 hours ago

    Vacation Week: Connecticut and Rhode Island

    Here are five must-visit locations in both Rhode Island and Connecticut for New England Vacation Week.

  • Rhode Island Jun 28

    Veteran Gets New Home in Rhode Island Thanks to Nonprofit

    An Army veteran has become the first person in Rhode Island to to receive a mortgage-free home from a national foundation that supports military members injured in combat. Sgt. Bryan Cline said this week that being handed the keys to his Coventry home is “an amazing feeling.” Originally from Arizona, Cline and his family were selected to receive a mortgage-free…

  • illegal fireworks Jun 28

    Providence Police Arrest 14 in Illegal Fireworks Crackdown

    Police in Providence, Rhode Island, have arrested 14 people since the city formed a task force to crack down on illegal fireworks that have bedeviled cities across the country this summer. The department tweeted Saturday that six people were arrested Thursday and eight more on Friday. Police said they will “continue this enforcement indefinitely.” About a dozen officials from the…

  • coronavirus in rhode island Jun 27

    RI Has 1st Case of Rare Coronavirus-Related Condition in Kids

    Rhode Island has had its first case of a rare but serious inflammatory condition in children that has been linked to the coronavirus, state Department of Health Director Nicole Alexander-Scott said Friday. The child was diagnosed with multisystem inflammatory syndrome Thursday and tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, she said. The child is in the hospital….

  • Rhode Island Jun 26

    Raimondo to Make Decision When Phase 3 Will Begin on Monday

    Gov. Gina Raimondo says she will announce Monday when Rhode Island will officially start Phase 3 of the state’s economic reopening plan. Speaking at her Friday news conference, Raimondo said she wants the weekend to further assess the current situation and what is happening in other states before she makes the decision official. Unless extended, Phase 2 of reopening is…

  • Rhode Island Jun 24

    RI to Allow Summer Sports in Phase 3 of Reopening

    Gov. Gina Raimondo has announced no-contact and low-contact youth and adult sports will be allowed in Phase 3 of Rhode Island’s economic reopening, which could begin some time next week. During her Wednesday news conference, Raimondo said sports such as baseball, softball, tennis and golf will be allowed to be played in stable groups of the same players and coaches…

  • Rhode Island Jun 23

    RI Signs Order Removing ‘Providence Plantations' From State's Formal Name

    Gov. Gina Raimondo on Monday signed executive order to remove the phrase “Providence Plantations” from various official state documents as well as executive agency websites. The move, which was formally announced at an afternoon press conference, came after several weeks of meetings with community and youth leaders and was an effort to address racial inequities in the state following a…

  • Rhode Island Jun 22

    Rhode Island to Shift to ‘Gentler' Coronavirus Test

    Officials in Rhode Island on Monday said the state was shifting to a “gentler” coronavirus test to encourage more people to get tested for the virus. In a news conference, health director Nicole Alexander-Scott said the state was shifting away from longer swabs that reach the back of the throat through the nostril to a “regular” nasal swab that only…

  • Rhode Island Jun 20

    Providence Cracking Down on Illegal Fireworks Amid Spike in Reported Usage

    Providence officials are trying to crack down on the illegal sale and use of fireworks. Mayor Jorge Elorza and City Council Majority Leader Jo-Ann Ryan said the city will now require firework vendors to have a firework sales permit. It will cost $50 for a permit that’s valid for one year. City officials say sellers will have to file separate…

  • Rhode Island Jun 19

    Guidelines for Phase 3 of Reopening of RI's Economy Released

    Gov. Gina Raimondo on Friday provided further guidance for Phase 3 of the ongoing reopening of Rhode Island’s economy. Phase 3, which will begin around July 1, would raise the limits for indoor social gatherings from 50 to 75 people and outdoor social gatherings from 75 to 150 people. The governor said examples of social gatherings include weddings, parties, networking…

  • Rhode Island Jun 17

    RI's Coronavirus Numbers Dip, Gov. Urges Asymptomatic People to Get Tested

    Gov. Gina Raimondo says Rhode Island continues to stay “ahead of the curve” in response to the coronavirus pandemic but still wants people to get tested for COVID-19, even if they don’t feel sick. “Rhode Island is faring much, much better than other states that are seeing cases go up,” Raimondo said Wednesday during her regular news conference. The...

  • coronavirus Jun 17

    Despite Improving Numbers, Raimondo Wants COVID-19 Testing Ramped Up

    Gov. Gina Raimondo announced Friday she wants more people without symptoms of the new coronavirus tested in order to prevent a potential outbreak. During a news conference, the governor said even though the state was moving in the right direction, it was important to stay vigilant. As of Friday, there were 15,947 cases of COVID-19, according to the Rhode Island…

  • Rhode Island Jun 15

    RI Students to Be Offered Expanded Online Summer Learning

    Gov. Gina Raimondo announced Monday Rhode Island students will be able to take part in expanded online learning over the summer and have the opportunity to attend camps. During a news conference, Raimondo said education officials would be working hard all summer to make sure students were ready to return to in-person classes on Aug. 31. In the meantime, any…

  • Rhode Island Jun 14

    Christopher Columbus Statue Vandalized in Providence, 3 Arrested

    Three people who were allegedly involved in vandalizing the Christopher Columbus statue in Providence have been arrested and charged, police in Rhode Island say. Derrick Garforth, 34, Charlotte Whittingham, 28, and Mackenzie Innis, 26, were all charged with desecration of a grave/monument, which is a felony, and conspiracy. Providence police say detectives were conducting surveillance in the area of Reservoir…

  • Rhode Island Jun 14

    Christopher Columbus Statue Vandalized in Providence

    Derrick Garforth, 34, Charlotte Whittingham, 28, and Mackenzie Innis, 26, were all charged with desecration of a grave/monument and conspiracy.

  • Rhode Island Jun 10

    Raimondo Hopes to Have RI Students Back in Classrooms Aug. 31

    Gov. Gina Raimondo hopes to have students in Rhode Island back in classrooms on Aug. 31 after moving to remote learning back in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. Raimondo made the announcement Wednesday during a news conference saying that teachers and parents have done well with distance learning but it’s time to get back into the classroom. “Even though…

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