• coronavirus 21 hours ago

    AG Seeks Information About RI Hospital Vaccine Plans

    Rhode Island’s attorney general asked the state’s two biggest hospital groups to explain their coronavirus vaccine distribution policies in light of reports that some board members, trustees and administrative staff have been receiving inoculations. “Rhode Islanders need to have confidence that vaccine prioritization is guided by a public health rationale alone and that vaccines are going to those who...

  • coronavirus Jan 26

    Rhode Island Gets $70M to Boost COVID Testing, Vaccinations

    Rhode Island has received an infusion of more than $70 million in federal funding to bolster the state’s coronavirus testing and vaccination programs, U.S. Sen. Jack Reed announced Monday. The money from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be used to expand COVID-19 testing and vaccine distribution across the state, the Democrat said in a statement....

  • CDC Jan 26

    Where Each New England State Ranks in COVID Vaccine Distribution Right Now

    While vaccine distribution is in full swing nationwide, some states are outperforming others when it comes to doses distributed and administered. A few New England states are near the top of one or both of those lists, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID Data Tracker, last updated Monday evening. But some show disparities, where the...

  • Massachusetts Jan 25

    Baker Makes Changes to Vaccine Rollout

    Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has provided new information on the plan to vaccinate people across the commonwealth.

  • coronavirus Jan 25

    Friendship Between 3-Year-Old and His Favorite Garbage Man Helps Them Both Get Through the Pandemic

    A three-year-old Rhode Island boy has made a special bond with his favorite garbage man, a bond which has helped him find joy during the isolation of quarantine.

  • coronavirus Jan 25

    Sanitation Worker Bonds With Boy Who Admires Him

    A three-year-old Rhode Island boy has made a special bond with his favorite garbage man, a bond which has helped him find joy during the isolation of quarantine.

  • Rhode Island Jan 20

    RI Loosens Restrictions on Some Sports Competitions

    Rhode Island on Tuesday began allowing the resumption of competitions in sports deemed lower or moderate risk amid the coronavirus pandemic. According to the Department of Environmental Management, competitive events in such sports as swimming, sideline cheering, basketball, ice hockey and gymnastics can resume if they follow state guidelines. The announcement comes after sports competitions were put on hold in…

  • Rhode Island Jan 17

    RI Hospital Company Leaders Get Vaccinations While Seniors Wait

    Vaccines have been given to board members at Lifespan and trustees at Care New England even as older adults across the state have to wait weeks or months for their turn, officials say. Both companies, the state’s largest and second-largest hospital groups, respectively, have expanded eligibility to everyone who works there, no matter their age or risk or exposure,...

  • Rhode Island Jan 16

    Rhode Island's Coronavirus Death Toll Passes 2,000

    More than 2,000 Rhode Islanders have now died of coronavirus-related complications, the state Department of Health said Friday. With nine additional fatalities from the disease, the death toll is now 2,005. The national death toll is nearly 389,000, according to Johns Hopkins University. “The tragic loss of life is unfathomable and unforgiveable and the grief is immeasurable,” Democratic U.S. Sen….

  • Rhode Island Jan 14

    RI's COVID Response Won't Be Affected If Raimondo Heads to DC, She Says

    Should she be confirmed as the next U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Gov. Gina Raimondo said Wednesday there will be no disruptions to Rhode Island’s coronavirus response. Raimondo held her first coronavirus briefing of the new year and since being nominated for the commerce secretary position last week by President-elect Joe Biden. She briefly said that although she never pictured...

  • coronavirus Jan 12

    COVID-19 Death Toll Approaches 2,000 in RI

    The number of people who have died of COVID-19 in Rhode Island is approaching 2,000, according to state Department of Health statistics released Tuesday. With 23 more fatalities reported, the total number of virus-related deaths during the pandemic has climbed to 1,970. Nationally, almost 378,000 people have died, according to the Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering….

  • Rhode Island Jan 11

    Providence Police Investigate City's First Homicide of Year

    Police are investigating Providence’s first homicide of the year. A man was brought to Rhode Island Hospital with a gunshot wound at about 8 a.m. Sunday and was later pronounced dead, Maj. David Lapatin said. The victim’s name has not been made public by police. Investigators are trying to determine exactly where the shooting took place, he said. No...

  • Rhode Island Jan 10

    RI Lt. Gov. Quarantining at Home

    Lt. Gov. Daniel McKee is quarantining at home after coming into close contact with someone who later tested positive for COVID-19, officials said Saturday. The lieutenant governor learned of the close contact Saturday morning, has since tested negative and is showing no symptoms, officials said. He will continue to be tested and will remained quarantined until midnight on Jan. 12,…

  • Rhode Island Jan 9

    Lt. Gov: No Impact to COVID Response With Governor Leaving

    Rhode Island’s coronavirus response will not be impacted by Gov. Gina Raimondo’s imminent departure to join President-elect Joe Biden’s Cabinet, Lt. Gov. Daniel McKee promised on Friday. In his first public statement since Raimondo was named Biden’s pick for commerce secretary, McKee said he’s committed to retaining many of the top officials and experts Raimondo has tapped to lead...

  • White House Jan 9

    Biden Introduces Boston Mayor Walsh, RI Gov. Raimondo as Cabinet Picks

    President-elect Joe Biden introduced the mayor of Boston and the governor of Rhode Island as members of his economic and jobs team on Friday, the final Biden-Harris Cabinet nominations to be announced. Biden had on Thursday revealed Mayor Marty Walsh as his candidate for labor secretary and Gov. Gina Raimondo as his choice to become commerce secretary. The scale of…

  • officer suspended Jan 8

    Officer Involved in Providence Crash That Hurt Moped Rider Suspended

    A Providence police officer will be suspended for two days after closely following a moped rider who crashed and went into a coma, officials said Friday. Officer Kyle Endres, a six-year member of the force, is being suspended because he did not drive his cruiser safely and he did not wear a seat belt, Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare said…

  • moped crash Jan 7

    No Charges for Officer Involved in Moped Crash: Prosecutors

    Prosecutors in Rhode Island will not file criminal charges against a Providence police officer involved in a moped crash last year that left a 24-year-old man in a coma and sparked two nights of protests that occasionally turned violent in the state capital.

  • house fire Jan 6

    Man Dies Trying to Save Uncle From RI House Fire

    A man has died after trying to save his uncle from house fire in West Warwick, Rhode Island. Fire officials responded to the blaze at a home on the New London Turnpike sometime after 3 a.m. Authorities say the fatal victim was in his 40s, according to WJAR. The victim attempted to wake up his uncle instead of saving himself,…

  • Rhode Island Jan 5

    Rep. Joe Shekarchi Becomes Next Rhode Island House Speaker

    Rhode Island lawmakers opened the new legislative session on Tuesday, taking their oath of office and formally electing State Rep. Joseph Shekarchi as the new Speaker of the House of Representatives. The 58-year-old Warwick Democrat succeeds former House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, who was defeated by Republican activist Barbara Ann Fenton-Fung in the November election. “My approach will be different,” Shekarchi…

  • Rhode Island Jan 5

    Maria Rivera Sworn in As Rhode Island's First Latina Mayor

    Rhode Island has its first Latina mayor. Maria Rivera was sworn in Monday as mayor of Central Falls by Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea during a livestreamed ceremony at the city’s high school because of the coronavirus pandemic. Central Falls, which is about 1.3 square miles with a population of roughly 20,000, has been hard hit by the pandemic and…

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