Providence is getting its first bike-sharing service. City officials said on Thursday that there will be four-hundred bikes provided by JUMP, which is owned by ride-share company Uber, next month. The initiative is being co-sponsored by Lifespan, Tufts Health Plan and RIPTA. There will be dozens of stations where riders can park and pick up the electric pedal-assist bikes.
The state department of Health is restricting swimming at two beaches at Larkin Pond in Kingston due to high bacteria counts. They are Camp Hoffman and Kingston Camp. Beaches at Kent County YMCA Lower Pond and Conimicut Point in Warwick remain closed for swimming. The department says swimming is allowed again at Camp Grosvenor Beach in North Kingstown.
Former state Senator Nicholas Kettle is asking to have video voyeurism charges dismissed. An attorney for Kettle filed a motion in Kent County Superior Court on Monday asking for three counts to be dismissed, arguing illicit photos he allegedly took of his former girlfriend without her knowledge and then shared with a friend were taken in New Hampshire, and therefore are outside of the jurisdiction of Rhode Island courts. Kettle was the youngest lawmaker in the General Assembly when he was elected in 2010. He resigned after being arrested in February.
Cox Communications is parting ways with a Middletown store that has been in the news for alleged customer voyeurism. A spokesperson for the company says Cox is in the process of removing its retail counter from Flint Audio-Video. Four employees and the store's two owners are facing charges for allegedly scheming to access and share the nude images of customers who brought in electronics.
Independent candidate for governor Joe Trillo is remaining defiant against the town of Narragansett's stance against campaign signs on the property of a family member. Trillo is facing potentially thousands of dollars in fines for violating an ordinance that says political candidates can't put up signs until 60 days before an election. He appeared in Narragansett municipal court for a hearing on Thursday, where a judge continued the case until August 23rd. Until then, Trillo says the signs will stay up and that the action is constitutionally protected.
Governor Gina Raimondo held a bill-signing ceremony for three women's health care bills on Thursday. One law requires health insurers to provide a full year of access to contraceptive care, another aims to remove barriers to safe and affordable mastectomies, and the third allows pregnant minors to access prenatal care without parental consent. Speaking at the Women's Health Practice at Kent County Hospital, Raimondo referenced the presidential nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court and said proactive steps must be taken to protect women's rights. She encouraged the General Assembly once again to pass the Reproductive Health Care Act to enshrine the protections of Roe v. Wade in state law.
National Grid is asking for a 19-percent electric rate increase for it’s Rhode Island customers. The proposal, submitted to the Public Utilities Commission this week, would equal an average increase of nearly 19 dollars per month for a residential customer who uses five-hundred kilowatt hours. The utility company says the increase, which would go into effect in October and last until next March, is needed to pay for the higher cost of the purchase of electricity from suppliers.
Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children's Hospital nurses are set to begin a strike on Monday. The local chapter of the United Nurses and Allied Professionals voted yesterday to authorize a strike that will run until Friday after members rejected a final three-year offer. Hospital parent company Lifespan says it's disappointed in the action and notes that it is prepared for "business as usual" when it comes to inpatient and outpatient services thanks to temporary staffing.
Rhode Island is the latest state to require public colleges to do more to prevent suicides. The governor recently signed a measure into law that requires public colleges and universities to establish a plan for promptly addressing students' mental health needs. The new law strongly discourages relying solely on off-campus services. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention says 11 states now have a law addressing suicide prevention in higher education.
The Board of Canvassers is likely to consider a complaint against longtime Providence City Councilor Luis Aponte in early August. His Democratic primary opponent, Pedro Espinal, is questioning at least one signature on Aponte's nomination papers, and he wants all the signatures discarded. Aponte says he personally collected all the signatures and that they are legitimate.
Details are being shared about how the Rhode Island State Police wiretapped the alleged leader of a biker gang. Police announced nearly 60 arrests earlier this year as part of "Operation Patched Out," and the seizure of guns and drugs being allegedly trafficked by gangs. New court documents indicate authorities tapped the phones of alleged Pagans Motorcycle Club leader Deric "Tuna" McGuire of Burrillville for nearly a year. Most of the transcripts are of conversations between McGuire and another Pagans member who reportedly helped set up a Rhode Island chapter of the club.
Crews have cleaned up a hazardous material spill in West Greenwich. A chemical spill was reported at the Cranston Trucking Company at around 9 p.m. Wednesday after workers accidentally punctured a barrel that released a corrosive chemical. The substance was deemed not a threat to the public. Fire officials say one person suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene.
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation is releasing data from the first month of truck tolling. RIDOT says nearly 626-thousand dollars were collected from the two toll gantries, an amount which was slightly above expectations. The transportation department is planning public comment meetings on July 27th after submitting an environmental assessment for another ten gantry locations. The tolls are the subject of a recently announced lawsuit.
Another "no" vote is being issued against a proposed new skyscraper in Providence. A city council ordinance committee voted on Wednesday to deny a zoning change that would allow for the 46-story Hope Point tower. The full council will make a decision with the committee's recommendation in mind later this year. The Providence Plan Commission voted not to recommend the zoning change for the luxury apartment tower, proposed by New York City-based developer Jason Fane, back in May.
Rhode Island candidate for governor Matt Brown is releasing his economic plan for the state. The Democrat said yesterday he plans to cut red tape and create incentives for cities and towns to unlock a housing construction boom, helping create 40-thousand new homes in the state over the next decade. Brown also said he wants to build a 100-percent clean, renewable energy system, creating 11-thousand jobs in the process, end corporate handouts while cutting taxes and fees for small businesses, and raise the minimum wage to 15 dollars an hour.
Governor Gina Raimondo is announcing a new job-training center in Woonsocket. Raimondo said on Tuesday that a public-private partnership comprised of Amica, CVS Health, Fidelity and AAA Northeast will establish the Northern Rhode Island Higher Education Center. The center is modeled on the Westerly Education Center, which Raimondo established earlier in her term. A specific location in the city for the new center has not been determined yet.
The Rhode Island Department of Health is making more beach management decisions because of high bacteria counts. Swimming is off for the Kent County YMCA Lower Pond beach in Warwick, Camp Hoffman Beach in Kingston and Camp Grosvenor Beach in North Kingstown. The department says swimming is okay now in Goddard State Park Beach in Warwick and Kingston Camp Beach in Kingston.
Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner is calling for new transparency requirements for pension plans managed by religious organizations. Magaziner joined retired members of the Saint Joseph Health Services of Rhode Island pension plan to call on lawmakers to craft a new bill. Magaziner called it unacceptable what is happening to those retirees, whose pension plan is in receivership. Plan members are involved in a class-action lawsuit against Bishop Thomas Tobin, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence and the hospital operators.
Providence's longest-serving city councilman is not on the ballot for this year's election. The Providence Board of Canvassers says Terrence Hassett only got 47 of the required 50 citizen signatures before the deadline. Hassett had represented Ward 12 since 1997. That gives newcomer Katherine Kerwin an apparent clear path to being elected, with no other names on the ballot.
Rhode Island didn't appear to get hit as bad as other southern New England states when storms rolled through on Tuesday. There was a report of a lightning strike blasting a chimney and causing it to be on fire in Burrillville. The storm caused numerous flooding and downed tree problems in Massachusetts and Connecticut, according to the National Weather Service.
A work stoppage for nurses at Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children's Hospital is becoming more likely after the hospital said the nurses' union made the decision to strike late Tuesday. Hospital parent company Lifespan says it's moving forward with its promise to take ten-million dollars off the contract offer it had made and spending the money for temporary staffing. The strike is expected to begin Monday. A mediator had been brought in this week to try to prevent a strike.
The price of a gallon of gasoline in Rhode Island is down this week.AAA Northeast found in its weekly survey released Monday that the price of self-serve, regular is averaging $2.89 per gallon, a penny lower than last week.That's two cents higher than the national average and 64 cents per gallon higher than it was a year ago.AAA found self-serve, regular gasoline selling for as low as $2.68 per gallon and as high as $3.09 in Rhode Island.
Gov. Gina Raimondo has signed an executive order aimed at reducing plastic pollution. The governor signed the order Monday at Scarborough State Beach in Narragansett. The "tackling plastics" order establishes a task force to recommend the best ways to avoid unnecessary use of disposables, prevent waste and increase recycling.
The Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles is providing a new online option. Commercial driver's license holders can now save themselves a trip to the DMV when they have to submit medical certifications. The General Assembly passed legislation during its recent session to streamline the CDL process by allowing drivers to submit medical certificates electronically.
The Coventry fire and police departments are the latest to participate in the hash-tag Lip Sync Challenge. The latest social media craze is being taken up by law enforcement and emergency responders all over the U.S. Coventry officers are challenging their colleagues in Warwick to respond.
The Rhode Island Department of Health and the state environmental management department are issuing an expanded notice about a blue-green algae bloom in East Providence. People are being advised to avoid contact with water from Central Pond, Turner Reservoir, Omega Pond, and the portion of the Ten Mile River that flows from Turner Reservoir to Omega Pond. All recreation, including swimming, fishing, boating and kayaking, should be avoided.
Rhode Island's Congressional delegation is hammering President Trump for his comments at the Helsinki summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump on Monday appeared to go against U.S. intelligence officials on the topic of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Congressman David Cicilline called the press conference held by Trump and Putin a colossal embarrassment for America, while Senator Jack Reed said Trump sounded like Putin's press agent.
The Newport Daily News reports that the Two Mile Corner road improvement project is nearing completion in Middletown. A State Department of Transportation spokesman says that the work where the East and West Main roads meet, along with the intersection of West Main and Coddington Highway, is expected to be done by the end of September. He said that is about five months later than originally planned, mainly due to weather delays with utility work.
The Newport Daily News reports that no one was injured in a fire that damaged at least the top floor of a three-story apartment building on 248 Broadway on Sunday afternoon. Fire crews were still on the scene around 3:30., and Fire Chief Brian Dugan had few details because a report on the blaze and response had not been submitted at that time.
The Providence City Council is holding a public hearing about a proposal to build what would be the tallest skyscraper in Rhode Island. The council's ordinances committee will hold the hearing Wednesday. Billy Kepner, council spokesman, says it's the first time residents can voice their concern or support directly to council members.
Several Rhode Islanders are being considered for Emmy awards. The nominees include Kevin and Matthew McManus of Warwick for their work on the Netflix comedy "American Vandal", in the category of Outstanding Writing for Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special. Central Falls native Viola Davis has been nominated for her role as Annalise Keating in "Scandal" on ABC in the Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series category.
The date is set for the 2018 edition of Governor's Bay Day in Rhode Island. Governor Gina Raimondo signed an executive order on Thursday for Sunday, July 29th. Parking will be free at all state beaches that day and people can fish salt waters without a license. This is the 30th edition of Governor's Bay Day.
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation is announcing a new four-night closure period for Interstate 95 as part of a bridge replacement project in Pawtucket. Detours will be posted. RIDOT says the closures at Exit 27 will begin the night of July 22nd. Workers are installing structural components of a new bridge that is replacing the Pine Street Bridge.
Swimming is being banned at two more Rhode Island beaches, while the activity is being allowed again at two others. The Rhode Island Department of Health says high bacteria counts were measured at Kingston Camp Beach and Goddard Park State Beach in Warwick. Camp Grosvenor Beach in North Kingstown and Briar Point Beach, or Lake Tiogue in Coventry, are open for swimming again.
Rhode Island State Police lost or destroyed extensive amounts of undercover surveillance footage in a criminal case against former state representative John Carnevale. That accusation was made by Carnevale's attorney in a motion filed in Superior Court last week. A grand jury indicted Carnevale in 2017 on perjury charges after he allegedly lied to the Providence Board of Canvassers about where he lived. Police had set up cameras on a telephone pole outside the Providence residence in question.
A southeastern Massachusetts man working as a technician for Verizon is being charged with intentional computer access and video voyeurism in East Providence. Police say Derrick Calvano of Dighton was installing service in a woman's home last week and asked her if she wanted to connect any electronic devices and she gave him her iPad. The woman then reportedly received a text message indicating a video of hers had been sent to an unknown number while Calvano had the iPad. A Verizon spokesperson says the company is conducting an internal investigation.
A second home invasion in as many days is being investigated by Providence detectives. Police reports indicate five or six suspects who were armed and wearing masks broke into a home on Lisbon Street overnight Saturday. Authorities say two people were home and one of them was assaulted.
Rhode Island has revised its Medicaid policy to cover the cost of treatment for people living with the Hepatitis C virus. Until now, individuals with the potentially deadly blood-borne virus could only receive coverage if they experienced severe liver damage or cirrhosis. The Providence Journal reports the change follows an upwelling of support to bring the state into compliance with federal guidelines.
The National Science Foundation has selected a group of oceanographers in New England to operate a new research vessel. The University of Rhode Island said Thursday the $100 million vessel will be delivered to its Graduate School of Oceanography in 2021. URI, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts and the University of New Hampshire formed the East Coast Oceanographic Consortium to apply for one of three new research vessels awarded nationwide.
Rhode Island Congressman David Cicilline is ordering the release of closed-door testimony from embattled FBI agent Peter Strzok. Republicans on Capitol Hill pressed Strzok on Thursday about anti-Donald Trump text messages he exchanged during the 2016 presidential campaign. Strzok was booted from Robert Mueller's Russian probe last year after the text messages surfaced. During yesterday's hearing, Democrats claimed Republicans were cherry-picking Strzok's testimony given to several House committees from June, and Cicilline questioned why it couldn't be released, tweeting that Republicans couldn't come up with an excuse.
Despite a lawsuit being filed against the first two, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation is asking for public comment for another ten truck tolls. RIDOT on Thursday announced the posting of its environmental assessment for the toll locations on I-95, I-295, U.S. Route 6, and Rhode Island Route 146 in nine cities and towns. The report concludes the tolls will present minimal or zero environmental negative impacts. Public hearings are being scheduled in Warwick, Providence and Central Falls on July 27th.
The Rhode Island Department of Health is closing another beach for swimming due to high bacteria counts. The newest affected beach is Camp Grosvenor in North Kingstown. The only other beach currently closed for swimming is Briar Point in Coventry.
A state corrections officer from Rhode Island is facing possible prison time after he pleaded guilty to smuggling drugs into a prison to an inmate in Massachusetts. William Holts of Pawtucket was planning to smuggle 100 suboxone strips into the prison in Norfolk in exchange for two-thousand-dollars. Holts reportedly had smuggled drugs to the inmate several times before his arrest in May. His sentencing is now set for September 17th.
Unionized nurses at Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children's Hospital are rejecting a three-year proposed contract. A spokesperson for United Nurses and Allied Professionals Local 5098 said Thursday night that a ten-day strike notice will be issued as a result. But, union officials are calling for Lifespan executives to return to the bargaining table in the meantime. The union represents more than 24-hundred employees.
The Newport Daily News reports that The Newport City Council gave unanimous approval last night to the appropriation of $800,000 from the city's reserve fund to purchase Chromebooks and laptops for students in all three city schools. School Superintendent Colleen Burns Jermain said the funding would pay for 387 Chromebooks for students at Rogers High School, 301 for students at Thompson Middle School and 600 for students at the Pell Elementary School.
A Rhode Island lawmaker says he tried to repeal a 200-year-old law about dueling because he figured no one would be prosecuted for that these days. Surprisingly enough, the state's attorney general recently charged someone with violating a section of the law last fall for arranging a fight. House Majority Whip John Edwards introduced dozens of bills to repeal old and unconstitutional laws. None of them passed both chambers.
The Navy says it will now allow servicewomen to sport ponytails and other hairstyles, reversing a policy that long forbade them from letting their hair down. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson says it makes the Navy more inclusive. A female sailor announced the new policy Tuesday with Richardson. Lock hairstyles are also now allowed. Wider hair buns too. At the U.S. Naval War College in Rhode Island Wednesday, women said they're excited to switch from buns to ponytails.
A trash problem is being addressed at Misquamicut State Beach in Westerly. Town officials say a trash dumpster is being placed at the beach exit. The state is agreeing to waive tipping fees for the dumpster. Previous solutions included giving beachgoers trash bags as part of a carry-in, carry-out policy, but the bags were being left on the beach.
Surfers took advantage of waves generated by Hurricane Chris on Rhode Island's south-facing coastline on Wednesday. Being in the water became dangerous for some yesterday, as lifeguards at Scarborough Beach in Narragansett told WPRI-TV that at least one person had to be rescued from a rip current. Massachusetts officials have closed Horseneck Beach in Westport because of high surf conditions. The National Weather Service says Chris will pass well east of the region.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island is suing the Newport Grand Casino for sex and age discrimination. The ACLU filed the claim in federal court in Providence yesterday on behalf of a female employee who said she was being paid significantly less than a younger male employee performing the same duties in the same position. The suit seeks a ruling declaring the casino's conduct unlawful, damages and the amount the employee would have received in the absence of the discrimination.
Brown University is dropping the SAT essay and ACT writing test requirement for applicants. University officials say not all schools that offer free school-day SATs in the U.S. include the essay portion, so the requirement may be discouraging talented students from applying at Brown. A report from "The Washington Post" indicated Brown was the last Ivy League school to still have the requirement in place.
A firm is being fined by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for an improper donation made to the campaign of Governor Gina Raimondo. The SEC says an associate at California-based Oaktree Capital made the one-thousand-dollar contribution in 2014 despite the fact that the company provided advisory services for the state's public pension plan, in violation of pay-to-play laws. A spokesperson for Raimondo's campaign says the contribution was returned after it was flagged. Oaktree has agreed to pay a fine of 100-thousand dollars.
Brown University has released a plan that shows how the school can improve Rhode Island's technology economy. The university published the "Brown and the Innovation Economy" report Monday. According to the plan, "talent, innovation and entrepreneurship" are all at integral parts of the plan. The report outlines five goals that include developing and retaining talent, engaging with local industry, increasing commercialization of university research, improving the environment for entrepreneurs and building stronger ties with cities like Boston.
Lawyers for two people formerly associated with Rhode Island House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello ask the state Superior Court to close a contempt case filed against them. The case centers on a mailer that said a Republican opponent was endorsing Mattiello instead of her party's nominee. Lawyers for former Mattiello campaign operative Jeffrey Britt and bit player Theresa Graham say that the closing of the case against Mattiello effectively closed the entire case.
A former worker for the Rhode Island State House has accused Republican gubernatorial candidate Patricia Morgan of disability discrimination. According to the complaint filed June 28, Morgan violated Rachel Masciarelli's civil rights when she fired her from her job as a policy analyst in 2017. Morgan has denied her claims, saying Masciarelli was instead fired due to her poor work ethic.
Roger Williams University is appointing a replacement for school president Donald Farish following his sudden death last week. The school announced on Tuesday that Provost Andrew Workman will take on the new position on an interim basis. RWU had planned a search for a new president after Farish announced his plans to retire, and the university says the search will continue as planned.
Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza is announcing a new way to get permits in the city. The digital Special Permit System aims to offer streamlined access to necessary permits and applications for special event organizers. It can be accessed on the city's website, ProvidenceRI.gov.
A nurse employed at the Providence VA Medical Center is facing charges for allegedly tampering with and stealing prescription opioids. The U.S. Justice Department says Jared Scott of West Warwick pleaded not guilty in federal court in Providence on Tuesday to a federal grand jury indictment charging him with stealing liquid opioids for his own personal use and replacing them with saline. Scott faces up to ten years in prison on the charge of tampering with a consumer product and four years for fraudulently obtaining a controlled substance if convicted.
As was promised, a lawsuit is being brought against Rhode Island's new truck toll system. The suit was filed Tuesday in federal court in Providence by the American Trucking Associations, of which the Rhode Island Trucking Association is an affiliate, Cumberland Farms, M-and-M Transport Services and New England Motor Freight against Rhode Island Department of Transportation director Peter Alviti, Jr. The parties claim the truck-only-toll system, in place on I-95, violates the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
A new World War Two education center is planned for South County. The non-profit World War Two Foundation in South Kingstown recently announced the project, to be erected in a former department store in Wakefield. The foundation's founder says it will include artifacts, books, lectures, veterans' speaking events and more. The goal is for it to be open by September.
Rhode Island is updating regulations on opioid prescriptions. The state said on Monday that the rules now require healthcare providers to have a conversation with their patients on the risks of taking such a prescription, to indicate the diagnosis code or codes on the prescription, and to co-prescribe naloxone to patients who are at a higher risk for overdose. Department of Health officials say the updates will help Rhode Island move forward after previously making significant strides in reducing the number of opioids that are prescribed.
The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management and federal agencies are announcing an agreement to clean up a Superfund site in North Providence and Johnston. Acting EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler says the Centredale Manor site has been a national priority for nearly two decades. The settlement includes cleanup work in the Woonasquatucket River and bordering residential and commercial properties along the river. The companies, Emhart Industries and Black and Decker, are expected to pay 100-million dollars for the cleanup effort.
The U.S. Coast Guard is reporting a rescue of a boater who was found near the Sakonnet River on Monday. Eighty-year-old Peter Horan was set to sail from Cuttyhunk to New Bedford in his cabin cruiser "Best Friends" but didn't check in, prompting his caretaker to call the Coast Guard shortly before noon. Crews reportedly searched Buzzards Bay when a radio call was overheard paging Horan. He was escorted to family and medical services awaiting him at Sakonnet Harbor.
An agreement is being announced between Rhode Island Hospital and the union representing its nurses. Union officials say a vote from members on the three-year deal is scheduled on Thursday. Local 5098 of the United Nurses and Allied Professionals represents over 24-hundred employees at Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children's Hospital.
Rhode Island's U.S. senators are reacting to President Trump's pick of Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court justice. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse says special interests approved the nominee and that Kavanaugh will have to convince him that he can be an independent judge. Fellow Democrat Jack Reed said he opposed Kavanaugh's nomination to a lower court seat because of his overtly partisan background, and he does not believe he's a good fit for the Supreme Court. The Senate must confirm Trump's pick.
The price of a gallon of gasoline in Rhode Island is down this week.AAA Northeast found in its weekly survey released Monday that the price of self-serve, regular is averaging $2.90 per gallon, or two cents lower that last week.That's four cents higher than the national average and 67 cents per gallon higher than it was a year ago at this time.
The Newport Daily News reports that The Newport City Council on Wednesday night will take up a proposed $800,000 expenditure for school technology that would be appropriated from the city's reserve fund. A council majority has voiced public support for providing the money to the School Department as long as certain preconditions were met. Council members made it clear that their support for the technology expenditure depends on the state Department of Education agreeing that it would be a “nonrecurring expense” and not be added to the School Department's budgets in the future.
The Rhode Island Foundation is offering $120,000 in grants to emerging arts and cultural organizations in minority communities. The foundation says its Expansion Arts Program targets organizations focused on the cultural practices and traditions of the state's diverse communities. The foundation says it wants to nourish these traditions and build the capacity of organizations that strengthen their communities.
The Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles is getting closer to open a new location in Woonsocket. The branch is scheduled to open next month at a renovated former fast food restaurant on Diamond Hill Road, replacing the current DMV office on Pond Street. Transportation officials say the new location will have more clerk stations, leading to possibly less wait time for drivers.
There are updates on the status of closed swimming areas in the Ocean State. Tiogue Lake and Briar Point Beach in Coventry remain off-limits and local emergency management officials say they'll continue to monitor water quality. On Friday, the Rhode Island Department of Health re-opened Peabody's Beach in Middletown and Camp Watmough Beach in Glocester for swimming.
More arrests are being made in the case of alleged illegal accessing and sharing of nude photos of customers at a tech store in Middletown. The owners of Flint Audio Video, Gary Gagne and Daniel Anton, both of Jamestown, were arrested on Friday, bringing the total arrests in the case up to six. Gagne and Anton face charges of conspiracy and solicitation to fraudulently access computers, according to Rhode Island State Police.
A neighborhood in Warwick is dealing with a serious rat infestation problem. Neighbors in the Governor Francis neighborhood are the ones being affected, with some catching more than a dozen of the rodents in roughly a week's time. Sewer work being done in the area is believed to be the culprit. Project officials say an extermination company has been hired to look into the issue.
The Rhode Island General Assembly is continuing to highlight bills that were recently passed by Governor Gina Raimondo. On Friday, legislators noted a new law that bans vaping in the workplace, one that raises the penalty for driving drunk with child passengers, and another that will expunge criminal records for crimes that have been abolished. More information on the laws passed from the most recent legislative session are available on the General Assembly's website.
Rhode Island governor candidate Joe Trillo is thanking the Coast Guard and the Charlestown Harbormaster for assisting when his yacht struck a rock on Sunday. The Coast Guard says a 911 call was received from the 65-foot "Lady M" at around 11 a.m. stating they were taking on water near the Charlestown Breachway after the accident. The harbormaster reportedly removed all four passengers and crew, including Trillo, safely. The independent candidate tweeted a photo of the yacht earlier this month on the water with a large campaign sign draped over it.
The count is now approximately 100 people who were treated for heat-related issues at Wednesday's 4th of July parade in Bristol. At least 20 were taken to hospitals for further treatment. The situation was bad enough that a level 2 mass casualty incident was declared. With high temperatures and humidity, the feel-like temp during the parade was close to 100-degrees.