A renovation project is getting underway at the city-owned parking garage at Main Street and Park Place in downtown Pawtucket. Vacant stores along the first floor of the garage will be demolished, the structure will be painted and new lighting will be installed. The Pawtucket Times reports the garage improvements project is part of a downtown revitalization plan.
Rhode Island added 12-hundred jobs last month. That's according to data from the U.S. Department of Labor, which adds the state set a new all-time high for the number of jobs. The state has added 21-thousand new jobs since the start of 2015. The four-point-one percent unemployment rate is the lowest in the state since 2000.
Governor Gina Raimondo and Senator Jack Reed are among those expected at today's reopening of the Westerly Train Station. The Artists' Cooperative Gallery of Westerly is the new tenant at the state-owned station. In addition to a waiting area and restrooms for train passengers, the Artists' Cooperative is providing a new arts venue for the community.
A real estate company led by former Providence Mayor Joe Paolino is being approved to purchase the federal building in downtown Providence. Paolino Properties says it will buy the Westminster Street property for nine-and-a-half-million dollars. The building houses the IRS, Housing and Urban Development, Social Security Administration, the U.S. Secret Service and the federal bankruptcy court.
Work is set to begin on the Washington Bridge on Monday. The Rhode Island Department of Transportation is closing the Gano [[ GAY-no ]] Street exit on Interstate 195 until the fall of 2019 as part of the rehab effort. A temporary on-ramp to I-195 will be opened from Taunton Avenue-Route 44. RIDOT says the entire Washington Bridge project will wrap up in the fall of 2020.
President Trump is nominating a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent and criminal investigator in Providence to serve as the U.S. Marshal for the District of Rhode Island. Wing Chau began his law enforcement career in 1989 as a patrolman with the Rhode Island Capitol Police, where he served until 1994 when he joined the U.S. Border Patrol, according to a statement from the White House. Chau then became a special agent with the ATF and has served in San Diego, Washington, DC and Providence over the course of his 24-year career.
A former Rhode Island state senator is being charged with bank fraud and tax crimes. The U.S. Justice Department alleges that James Doyle, as the owner of two durable medical equipment companies, drew checks on an account in one bank and deposited them in an account in a second bank when neither account had sufficient funds, a scheme known as check-kiting, to the tune of more than half-a-million dollars from 2013 to 2016. Doyle has agreed to plead guilty to the charges. He was a state senator representing the Pawtucket area and he resigned in January, citing his struggle with alcohol.
Worcester city officials are planning an announcement today related to the Pawtucket Red Sox. The city has been trying to lure the top minor league affiliate of the Boston Red Sox from Rhode Island for three years. PawSox chairman Larry Lucchino was in Worcester touring a possible stadium site in the Canal District last week. However, all involved are being tight lipped about the content of the announcement, which is set for this afternoon.
Rhode Island's governor is facing a tough re-election fight in a year that's supposed to be a good one for Democrats and women. Gina Raimondo has raised $7 million, seven times her closest rival. Raimondo is facing a spirited challenge from the left in the Sept. 12 primary. Although she's highlighting the improving economy and a free college tuition program, many voters say they're disappointed in her close corporate ties, and her approval ratings remain tepid.
Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey is rooting for Worcester in its effort to lure the Pawtucket Red Sox. The Telegram & Gazette reports that Markey says having the team move into into a new ballpark would be a big boost for Worcester. Both cities are awaiting a decision from ownership on whether the team will stay in Pawtucket or leave Rhode Island.
The Rhode Island Department of Health is recommending reopening Third Beach in Middletown for swimming based on water samples showing acceptable bacteria levels. Three other beaches are being recommended for closures because of high bacteria levels. They are Sandy Point Beach and Conimicut Point Beach in Portsmouth, and Bristol Town Beach.
A pastor was reportedly the victim of a carjacking by a homeless man in Cranston on Wednesday. Police say Casimir Dynak approached the pastor outside the church on Elmwood Avenue on Wednesday afternoon, said he had a gun, and the pastor then gave up the car. He then reportedly got into someone else's vehicle and followed Dynak while reporting the incident to police. Dynak was later arrested on a robbery charge and admitted that he lied about having a gun, according to police.
A Massachusetts woman is in trouble after allegedly leaving a three-month-old infant in a parked car outside of Twin River Casino in Lincoln on Tuesday. Police say Halston Borglund, from the Cape Cod area, left the infant in a running vehicle nearly an hour-and-a-half, contrary to her claim that she had only left the child in the car to retrieve keys in the casino. The baby was reported to be in fair condition after being taken to Hasbro Children's Hospital. The Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families has taken custody of the child.
Care New England is reporting itself to be in the black following the closure of Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket. Rhode Island's second-largest hospital group reported this week that it turned an 800-thousand-dollar profit during the third quarter of the 2018 fiscal year, compared to a loss of six-and-a-half-million in the same period last year. Excluding costs related to closing the hospital, CNE said it recorded a four-point-six-million-dollar gain. Care New England asked Rhode Island officials last week for an expedited review of a proposed merger with Boston-based Partners HealthCare.
Another round of federally mediated talks between Lifespan and the union representing nurses at Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children's Hospital is scheduled for Friday. Seven hours of negotiations, the fifth round during the current labor dispute, did not result in a new contract on Wednesday. United Nurses and Allied Professionals Local 5098 president Frank Sims released a statement saying there was some progress made during negotiations last week, but that yesterday's exchange was a sharp step backward.
Police in Portsmouth are searching for the people responsible for multiple acts of vandalism at Sandy Point Beach Beach.They say suspects have sprayed graffiti on bathrooms and tossed lifeguard chairs into the ocean. Police say the lifeguard chairs can cause problems for area boaters because they float.
The price of a gallon of gasoline in Rhode has remained the same this week. AAA Northeast found in its weekly survey released Tuesday that the price of self-serve, regular is averaging $2.88 per gallon, which is unchanged from last week. That’s three cents higher than the national average and 52 cents per gallon higher than it was a year ago. AAA found self-serve, regular gasoline selling for as low as $2.75 per gallon and as high as $3.09 in Rhode Island. AAA says prices have been relatively flat for the last few weeks nationally. AAA says it’s watching to see if prices spike closer to Labor Day, as people take road trips before the summer ends.
Citizens Bank has officially opened its new corporate campus in Johnston, Rhode Island. The bank held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the 123-acre campus Tuesday that includes a wellness center, a 24-hour gym and a human-sized security robot. Citizens Bank says about 3,000 employees from Cranston and Smithfield facilities will move to the Johnston campus.
An East Bay resort community is being sold for just over ten-million dollars. A Miami-based investor and a Maine developer announced the acquisition of the Newport Beach Club in Portsmouth on Tuesday. The new ownership said in a statement that the development has had a troubled past marked by years of uncertainty and legal wrangling.
Attorney General Peter Kilmartin is seeking to have online blueprints for 3D plastic guns stopped. He's joining with 22 other attorneys general challenging a settlement between the federal government and a Texas-based company that wants to put the blueprints online. A federal judge temporarily blocked the release, but Kilmartin says the 3D plans have been illegally posted on several websites.
A new stone marker has been unveiled at an historic American Revolutionary War fort in Rhode Island. The Newport Daily News reports the marker for Fort Barton was uncovered on Sunday close to the fort's entrance in Tiverton. The site was named for William Barton, who captured British General Richard Prescott during a midnight raid in Portsmouth in 1777. It served as a launching position for American forces during the Battle of Rhode Island the following year.
A Lincoln school employee is facing felony drug charges. Brian Lataille of Lincoln was arrested by Rhode Island State Police last week for possession and intent to deliver cocaine and oxycodone, plus possession of morphine and hydrocodone. Lincoln Public Schools Superintendent Lawrence Filippeli tells WPRI-TV that Lataille is a maintenance worker. Filippeli said he could not comment on disciplinary actions that may be taken.
The Adult Correctional Institutions Intake Service Center in Cranston was on lockdown on Tuesday after a correctional officer discovered an envelope containing a white powder. The Cranston Fire Department responded after the envelope was reportedly discovered at around 3 p.m. at the Intake Service Center. All visitors and non-essential personnel were evacuated. No injuries were reported.
Rhode Island Education Commissioner Ken Wagner is issuing several proposals to make it easier to find teachers to teach subjects like secondary math and science, special education and English as a second language. One of Wagner's proposals is to fill vacancies in the state with teachers who are certified in Massachusetts and Connecticut, according to The Providence Journal. He is also suggesting a seven-year certification period, rather than an annual renewal for districts which rely on emergency certifications to fill the positions, and allowing regular teachers to earn an endorsement instead of a full certification for ESL. The proposals will go out for public comment this fall before a vote from the Rhode Island Council of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Citizen's Bank is set to unveil its new corporate headquarters in Johnston. A ribbon cutting ceremony for the 123-acre campus is scheduled for today. According to Citizens Bank, about 3,000 employees from Cranston and Smithfield facilities will move to the Johnston campus.
Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse met with Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea [[ gor-BAY-uh ]] on Monday to talk about election security. The trio talked about ways to defend voter information and the elections themselves from cyberattacks. Proposed solutions include more federal funding and security clearances for local election officials.
A Providence City Council member says the city's new traffic camera program is expanding. Michael Correia tells GoLocalProv that five cameras are being added, raising the total to fifteen. Three existing cameras are moving, according to Correia. The controversial traffic cameras, which were put in place earlier this year, resulted in a federal lawsuit and eventually a new law passed by the Rhode Island Legislature which reduced penalties and added new regulations.
Providence Public Schools is agreeing to provide English language services to roughly eight-thousand students who currently lack fluency. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Rhode Island made that announcement on Monday, after a federal probe found violations of the Equal Educational Opportunities Act of 1974. Officials say the district will properly identify and place English-learning students when they enroll in the district's 41 schools and secure a sufficient number of teachers who are certified in English Second Language.
The deadline to register to vote in the Rhode Island primary has arrived. Today is the deadline. Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea is urging voters to be prepared. She says voters should have up to date registrations and know their options if they can’t get to the polls Sept. 12 to vote in the primary.
The state treasurer’s office says $15.2 million in unclaimed property was returned to nearly 50,000 Rhode Island residents in the last fiscal year. Treasurer Seth Magaziner says the number of people who received unclaimed property is nearly five times the amount of any previous year. He credits the increase to a new initiative that automatically sends checks to many people listed in the unclaimed property database.
A quasi-public agency says it’s investing more than $18 million in drinking water projects in Rhode Island. The Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank said the financing is going to the city of Woonsocket, towns of Burrillville and Cumberland and the Providence Water Supply Board.The agency says this will save about $1 million in interest expenses,compared to borrowing from other sources.It says it has now invested more than $500 million in drinking water projects throughout Rhode Island.
Warwick police are being criticized for what some called preferential treatment of Narragansett's Town Council president during a traffic stop that was broadcast on television.Police pulled over Susan Cicilline-Buonanno -- the sister of U.S. Rep. David Cicilline -- during Friday night's episode of "Live PD" on the cable network A&E.An officer conducted a field sobriety test and determined Cicilline-Buonanno was not impaired, but she agreed to a ride home.Critics on social media accused the department of special treatment because of Cicilline-Buonanno's political connections.
A welcoming ceremony is planned for tomorrow morning at the new Citizens Bank campus in Johnston. Bank officials say the 400-thousand square foot building will house three-thousand employees. A highway exit from Route 295 to serve the campus opened a couple of weeks ago.
The Gano Street exit on I-195 west in Providence is closing on August 20th. The Department of Transportation says it will be closed through the fall of 2019 as part of the rehabilitation project for the Washington Bridge. RIDOT says that during the long-term closure, traffic headed to Gano Street and the East Side should use exit 2 at South Main Street.
West Nile Virus is confirmed in Pawtucket and Tiverton. The Department of Environmental Management says the results are from mosquito traps set on July 30th. They are the first findings of the mosquito-borne West Nile Virus this year. The public is urged to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites.
Providence is imposing rules and regulations on electric scooters. A California-based scooter sharing company dropped dozens of the two-wheel vehicles in the city recently without any warning. They can be rented via a smartphone app. The city says it will begin a one-year pilot program this week.
Cranston Mayor Allan Fung says if he's elected governor Rhode Island will not be a sanctuary state, and he will fight sanctuary cities. According to his campaign, Fung has signed an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, to contact immigration authorities when a criminal in custody is in the country illegally. The announcement comes after the mayors of Providence and Central Falls filed a lawsuit against U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions over public safety grant money linked to cooperating with immigration authorities.
URI's Meade Stadium is going to get a four-point-one-million-dollar upgrade, thanks in large part to a couple of alumni. They've each committed one-million-dollars toward improving the home of the Rams football team. The upgrade will include a new playing surface and stadium lighting.
Governor Gina Raimondo now has four lawyers to consider for a vacancy on the Superior Court bench. The Providence Journal reports the Judicial Nominating Committee forwarded the names following interviews and public hearings this week. The court vacancy was caused by the death of Judge Walter Stone last year.
There's concern about an exposed high-voltage power line on Block Island. The National Grid line, which runs from the Deepwater Wind turbines to the mainland, is supposed to be buried, but a picture posted by the Block Island Times this week showed the line clearly visible in the water during low tide at Town Beach. In a statement, the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council said it has met with representatives of National Grid and Deepwater, and is requiring both companies to work toward a solution.
Fire caused major damage in a classroom in a Providence school on Wednesday. Firefighters put out the blaze in about 45 minutes at Vartan Gregorian Elementary School on Wickenden Street. Reports indicate there were five staff members in the building, but they were unharmed. School officials say they plan to have the damage repaired in time for the start of the school year.
United Nurses and Allied Professionals Local 5098 and Rhode Island Hospital are filing complaints against each other with the National Labor Relations Board. The complaints were filed Thursday, just one day after the two sides met for contract talks for the first time since the nurses went on strike. Rhode Island Hospital alleges the nurses' union has negotiated in bad faith, while the union said the hospital has made changes to workplace conditions that are supposed to be subjected to collective bargaining. A federal mediator scheduled a second round of negotiations for next Wednesday.
A new lawsuit is being filed by the cities of Providence and Central Falls against U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions over the immigration policies of the Trump administration. The complaint, filed on Thursday, alleges the Department of Justice is requiring federal criminal justice grant recipients to cooperate with immigration enforcement agents, and argues the conditions being set are unconstitutional. The complaint is separate from the one filed by Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin and other attorneys general against the DOJ and Sessions last week. City officials say Friday is the deadline for them to accept the federal funds with the new conditions.
The chairman of the Boston Red Sox's Triple-A affiliate in Rhode Island has been spotted taking a tour of Worcester, which has spent the past year trying to woo the team. The Telegram & Gazette reports Pawtucket Red Sox Chairman Larry Lucchino toured the Massachusetts city Tuesday along with PawSox president Mike Tamburro, International League president Randy Mobley and an economist. Lucchino says the tour was scheduled weeks ago "as part of our due diligence as we explore options."
Governor Gina Raimondo's Democratic primary opponent is calling on the governor to agree to a series of debates. Matt Brown says the voters deserve to hear the candidates voice their ideas and answer questions. He says it's hard to believe that in 2018, a Democrat running for governor would refuse to debate. Brown says he's accepted debate invitations.
Republican candidate for governor Patricia Morgan says her GOP primary rival, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, is afraid of the voters. His campaign says Fung will participate in one primary debate, on a local Woonsocket radio station. Morgan calls Fung's refusal to take part in televised debates before the September 12th primary cowardly.
An agreement is being announced for Brown University to keep its affiliation with Care New England, as the hospital system is coming close to being acquired by Boston-based Partners Health. The three entities have signed a memorandum of understanding following a definitive agreement to formalize the planned Partners purchase of CNE in May. The agreement establishes Brown's Warren Alpert Medical School as the primary academic research and teaching institution of record for Partners-CNE in Rhode Island. Partners' primary university affiliation is with Harvard Medical School.
Former Providence state Representative John Carnevale won't be on the September primary ballot after he pled no contest to a felony count of perjury on Wednesday. That announcement was made by Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea following news of the plea deal. Carnevale acknowledged that he lied about whether he lived in his district in 2016 and was sentenced to home confinement and probation.
A second round of talks is being scheduled between Rhode Island Hospital and the United Nurses and Allied Professionals Local 5098. Talks resumed on Wednesday for the first time since unionized nurses held a strike two weeks ago. A federal mediator has scheduled more negotiations for August 15th.
A small sample survey of likely Rhode Island voters shows President Trump's approval rating rising. The WPRI-Roger Williams University poll released today surveyed just over 400 people late last month. Thirty-seven-percent rated the president's job performance as good to excellent, up from 30-percent in a winter survey. Overall, 44-percent gave him a poor job review, in a survey with a margin of error of plus-or-minus four-point-eight-percent.
The Providence Public Library is getting a financial boost with some federal funding. U.S. Senator Jack Reed announced yesterday the library will be receiving 450-thousand-dollars through the National Endowment for the Humanities. The award will support a major facilities renovation to move the library's special collections to a upgraded user-friendly facility. The facility will preserve the collections and improve storage conditions for some of the library's most significant materials and artifacts.
Officials with Warwick Public Schools are responding to the city's offer of nearly two-million-dollars in additional funding to help close a six-million-dollar budget deficit. School officials yesterday called the offer "a good beginning" and say they hope it's part of a continuing dialogue about fully funding public education in Warwick. Mayor Joseph Solomon says the additional money would be taken from the city's paving budget.
Warwick firefighters are thanking departments in other towns and cities for loaning them their firetrucks, taking to social media to say express their appreciation. Five of Warwick's firetrucks are currently out of service for repair, leaving the department scrambling. City officials say they are working to repair the vehicles and put them back on the street.
The U.S. Navy and contractor General Dynamics Electric Boat are dealing with a problem with the Navy's new submarine program. Officials say faulty welding was discovered in several missile tubes for U.S. and United Kingdom sub programs. A subcontractor is being blamed for the issue. The Navy and Connecticut-based General Dynamics, which has a manufacturing facility in Rhode Island, are investigating.
A town council resolution urging people to donate money to charity instead of giving it to panhandlers in West Warwick was defeated on Tuesday. The board voted 4-to-1 against the proposal from council president David A. Gosselin Jr. following criticism from people in attendance and a letter of concern sent the day before from the ACLU and other groups. Gosselin said the proposal was not meant to be anti-homeless.
A plane that was en route to T.F. Green Airport is safely on the ground after making an emergency landing yesterday afternoon at JFK Airport in New York. United Airlines Flight 4697 was on its way from Washington, D.C. when the pilot reported smoke in the cockpit. The plane landed safely, was evacuated and three people were treated on the scene for minor ailments. The FAA is investigating.
Intrigue continues to build regarding the Pawtucket Red Sox and their possible move to Worcester, Massachusetts. On Tuesday, PawSox chairman Larry Lucchino [[ lou-KEY-no ]] was in Worcester and took a tour of the Canal District, which has been proposed as a possible new stadium site, along with the president of AAA baseball's International League and several others. The team released a statement acknowledging the visit and said Lucchino and other club representatives met with Pawtucket city officials on Monday at Slater Mill, where that city has proposed a new ballpark. The statement said both visits are part of ongoing due diligence efforts.
There's a renewed effort to get a new contract for teachers in Providence. The Providence Journal reports the president of the Providence Teachers' union met with representatives of Mayor Jorge Elorza's administration on Tuesday, constituting the first negotiation session the two sides have had in seven months. Since talks broke off in January, the union has protested Elorza's State of the City speech and staged an informal picket of an education forum. The last contract for the teachers expired almost a year ago.
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 $2.88 per gallon, a penny lower than last week.
Gov. Gina Raimondo has signed an executive order giving a one-year extension to a working group that helps minority and women-owned construction businesses. Raimondo announced the extension for the Working Group on Diversity in Construction Monday at New England Highway Technologies in Cranston. She created the group last year to ensure all businesses get a fair opportunity to participate in the state's public construction projects.
The Tiverton School Department has a yard sale planned for this Thursday starting at 8 a.m. in the high school parking lot. Among the items for sale, a truck with a plow, a riding mower, and commercial cooking equipment. It's all items that are no longer needed. The school department's director of maintenance tells The Newport Daily News that whatever isn't sold will be taken to a scrapyard.
Warwick Mayor Joseph Solomon is offering the school department nearly two-million-dollars in additional funding to help close a six-million-dollar budget deficit. Solomon says it would restore cuts made to a mentoring program, fund school bus service, cover charter school payments and pay for middle and high school sports. The mayor says the additional money would be taken from the city's paving budget.
AMC has plans to film a new TV series in the Ocean State. The show is called N-O-S-4-A-2, pronounced NAHS-fur-AH-too, which is based on a horror novel by Joe Hill. Rhode Island Film and Television Office executive director Steven Feinberg says an official announcement, including a cast, will be made with AMC in the near future. Production is expected to get underway this fall.
A closing date is being announced for Newport Grand Casino. Twin River Management Company says the establishment will stay open until 11 p.m. on August 28th. Newport Grand's gaming license will be transferred to the new Tiverton Casino Hotel, which will then open on the first of September.
Providence City Council President David Salvatore is voicing a negative public opinion about a proposed new skyscraper. Salvatore released a statement yesterday saying the six-hundred-foot Fane Tower could work in another part of the city, but not where it's currently being proposed on former Route 195 land on Dyer Street, where it would require a zoning change. He says it's not right to require a change in the city's comprehensive plan. A response from the organization of developer Jason Fane, of New York, indicates Fane isn't interested in building the 46-story tower elsewhere.
A new poll dealing with the Rhode Island governor's race has incumbent Gina Raimondo and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung in a virtual dead heat. Raimondo, who narrowly defeated Fung in the 2014 election, leads him 39 to 37 percent in the poll from WPRI-TV and Roger Williams University. The survey also includes head-to-head matchups involving the other candidates for governor in the Democratic and Republican primaries.
Another hot day is on tap for Rhode Islanders on Tuesday. The National Weather Service has a Heat Advisory in effect for predicted high temperatures in the 90s. The heat index will be above one-hundred degrees. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management says air quality will reach unhealthy levels statewide.
Over 300 swimmers participated in this year's Save the Bay swim in Narragansett Bay on Saturday. This was the 42nd year for the annual journey from Newport to Jamestown. Olympic swimmer Elizabeth Beisel was among those who participated. Save the Bay officials say it's a celebration of the efforts to keep the bay clean.
Deepwater Wind is coordinating a new ocean floor survey starting this week for a pair of wind farm projects. They are the ninety-megawatt South Fork Wind Farm and six-hundred-megawatt Revolution Wind project, to serve Rhode Island and Connecticut from Deepwater's federal lease site fifteen miles south of the Rhode Island coast and more than thirty miles off of Montauk, New York. Researchers plan to create a seafloor map to help provide information for the design and locations of the turbines.
Minor League Baseball is applying to have the name "WooSox" trademarked, but the league says it doesn't necessarily mean the Pawtucket Red Sox are moving to Worcester. MILB says the application, filed on July 26th, is a precautionary move and that the team has not indicated whether it intends to relocate to Massachusetts. The Rhode Island legislature passed a stadium-financing bill earlier this year for the PawSox to build a new home in Pawtucket. McCoy Stadium, the current home of the Boston Red Sox AAA affiliate, is 76 years old.
Rhode Island is joining a lawsuit aiming to stop 3D-printed guns. Attorney General Peter Kilmartin says Rhode Island will join ten other states attempting to stop what he calls an abrupt policy shift from the federal government to allow the distribution of firearm designs for reproduction using a 3D printer. Kilmartin says the move creates a public safety crisis by allowing the mass manufacture and distribution of illegal and untraceable firearms that will end up in the hands of criminals and terrorists.
A Heat Advisory is in effect from the National Weather Service for all of Rhode Island until Tuesday evening. Forecasters say temperatures will be in the mid-90s, causing heat index values in the upper 90s, today and tomorrow. People who work or spend time outside are being urged to take extra precautions.
The Providence Fire Department rescued a half-dozen people trapped in their apartments by a large structure fire on Sunday. Officials say every available fire department company was summoned to the blaze at a triple-decker on Elmwood Avenue at around 12:30 p.m. One resident and several firefighters were treated for smoke inhalation. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The Narragansett Bay Commission says its effort to acquire the Providence water system is on hold. Spokeswoman Jamie Samons said Thursday that the commission is still interested but legislation to permit a sale would need to pass the General Assembly next year when state lawmakers reconvene. Providence's water supply serves about 60 percent of Rhode Island residents. The city says it's exploring all of its options.
Nurses at two Rhode Island hospitals who recently returned to work after a strike are figuring out their next steps. Members of Local 5098 of the United Nurses and Allied Professionals overwhelmingly voted "no confidence" on Thursday in the leadership of hospital operator Lifespan and Rhode Island Hospital. They also voted to authorize members of the bargaining team to issue a 10-day strike notice if negotiations stall. A second vote by the membership would be required to go on strike.