A once-influential Rhode Island lawmaker is beginning nine-months of home confinement after pleading no contest to perjury charges. Former state Rep. John Carnevale was placed in handcuffs following his sentencing in state Superior Court in Providence on Wednesday. The 56-year-old Providence Democrat was indicted last year after a WPRI-TV investigation raised questions about whether he lived in the district he represented.
Environmental officials say three mosquito samples in Rhode Island have tested positive for West Nile virus. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management said Wednesday that the positive test results came from mosquito samples from traps set in Warren, Tiverton and Providence. The department says the findings are expected because this is the highest risk period for transmission of mosquito-related illness to humans.
Senator Jack Reed is announcing that Rhode Island is receiving a federal grant to help pay for new Rhode Island Public Transit Authority buses. RIPTA will get one-and-a-half-million-dollars from a U.S. Department of Transportation program to purchase the all-electric buses and charging infrastructure. Reed says the grant will help RIPTA curb pollution and accelerate the transition to a greener fleet, plus reduce maintenance costs. The state is also using a portion of funds it received in a settlement with Volkswagen over diesel emissions fraud to help pay for the buses.
Details regarding a new bio-medical center in Warwick are being shared. Warwick Mayor Joseph Solomon and property developer the Carpionato Group announced the plan for the 100-thousand-square-foot, three-story building across from the Crowne Plaza Hotel, which will serve as a medical office and surgery center for Ortho Rhode Island. The facility is expected to bring 125 construction jobs and 275 permanent jobs. Construction is expected to start by early next year and be finished by the end of 2019.
The students that attended a South County school that was destroyed in a fire are getting a new educational home. The Meadowbrook Waldorf School says the nearly 150 pre-K through eighth-graders will attend the South Road School, a former public school that is being rented out from South Kingstown, for the upcoming school year, which starts on September 4th. Meadowbrook's previous school went up in flames last month after an apparent lightning strike. Meadowbrook says it has the option to extend at South Road beyond this school year.
Pawtucket is getting a couple of dashes of good news following the bad news of the PawSox leaving. At a conference at Slater Mill on Wednesday, it was announced that the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation will provide the city a three-hundred-thousand-dollar grant for streetscape improvements around a planned commuter rail station. Agency officials also announced they are prepared to offer one-point-two-million-dollars in state incentives to Pawtucket-based Collette Vacations for the hiring of an additional one-hundred employees.
A new contract is being approved by unionized nurses at Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children's Hospital. A statement from the United Nurses and Allied Professionals Local 5098 on Wednesday indicates union members approved the five-year deal after a tentative agreement was reached last Friday. The terms of the agreement include across-the-board salary increases and a competitive wage plan, establishing a new committee to address unsafe staffing and resources concerns, and several other provisions. A three-day strike was held in July, followed by a one-day lockout.
Two Rhode Island companies are collaborating on a sweet treat. Warwick Ice Cream and Del's Frozen Lemonade are marketing a lemon ice cream. The first batch was made yesterday. It will be available at Dave's Marketplace stores and other retail locations around the state.
The public is being urged to provide input on the redesign of the Newport Pell Bridge access ramps. The state Department of Transportation is accepting public comment for the environmental assessment of the project. Newport/Jamestown State Senator Dawn Euer says the state needs to hear from residents and small businesses. The project is intended to reduce congestion and backup on the bridge and reduce traffic in downtown Newport.
Police are trying to identify a man who broke into Providence City Hall over the weekend. Investigators say he got into the building by breaking a window around 2:30 Saturday morning. Among the items he reportedly stole are two laptops, a projector and a camera. Anyone with information is urged to contact the police.
The Rhode Island Department of Health is recommending closing the Kent County YMCA Upper and Lower ponds in Warwick to swimming because of high bacteria levels. Sandy Point Beach in Portsmouth is also closed to swimming because of the high bacteria numbers. State officials are also closing Georgiaville Pond in Smithfield and Pleasant Lake in Roger Williams Park because of a blue-green algae bloom.
The Warwick Police Department is looking for help in identifying two people who gained access to the Warwick Public Works Yard. The department says the two individuals broke in last week and severely damaged seven vehicles, stole a window air-conditioning unit and vandalized a building. Surveillance video is posted on the department's Facebook page.
The Worcester City Council reviewed the financing package for a new baseball stadium intended to host the Pawtucket Red Sox on Tuesday. That city plans to borrow 100-million dollars in bonds and have the team contribute 30-million toward the new ballpark, which would open in 2021. Council members pledged due diligence regarding the fiscal responsibility of the city and said they would not serve as a rubber stamp, with some noting there are members of the community that do not believe the deal is a good one for the city. Mayor Joseph Petty, who supports the new stadium, has said he hopes the council will take a final vote before the end of next month.
The Record-Journal Publishing Co. has agreed to sell The Westerly Sun to a publishing group that owns newspapers in Rhode Island. The Record-Journal reports the sale to Rhode Island Suburban Newspapers was announced Monday and is effective Aug. 31. Rhode Island Suburban Newspapers will also acquire several related publications, including the weekly Mystic River Press.
Lieutenant Governor Dan McKee says the departure of the PawSox to Worcester is a missed opportunity for economic development in the Blackstone Valley. He says he has great admiration for the tireless fight Pawtucket Mayor Don Grebien waged to keep the team. McKee says he's calling on state leaders to commit to helping jump-start the economic revitalization that Pawtucket deserves.
The teenage driver in a crash in Portsmouth might be facing traffic-related charges pending the results of an investigation. The car that five high school students were riding in left Middle Road and slammed into a stone wall on Saturday night. The teens were all taken to Hasbro Children's Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
The July unemployment rate in Rhode Island is four-point-one percent. That's a two-tenths of a percent drop from June. The national jobless rate for July is three-point-nine percent.
The Little League team from Coventry is ending its participation in the Little League World Series on a high note. Coventry, representing the New England region, blasted Queensland, Australia, fifteen-to-nothing in a consolation game on Monday. Coventry lost both games of a double-elimination set in Williamsport last week.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island is filing a lawsuit against the city of Woonsocket. The ACLU said it filed the suit on Monday because Woonsocket has illegally withheld critically needed grant funds from Sojourner House, a social service agency that helps domestic violence victims. The ACLU adds that the city retaliated against the agency after it petitioned other government agencies for help in resolving the dispute and also banned the agency from receiving any similar funding in the future.
Victims of sex abuse are calling for Rhode Island lawmakers to change the statute of limitations on sex crimes against children, an effort that has been previously defeated. A new rally at the State House on Monday came in the wake of explosive new allegations in Pennsylvania against hundreds of Catholic priests in a grand jury indictment. Currently underage sex abuse victims have seven years to file a claim, but the push is being made to extend the time period to 35 years.
Rhode Island Department of Transportation officials are promising to find a way to ease traffic congestion on Interstate 195. Motorists going from East Providence to Providence were crawling on Monday due to a lane shift accommodating reconstruction work on the Washington Bridge, plus this week starts the long-term closure of the Gano Street exit in Providence. A RIDOT spokesperson is urging drivers to stay in their lanes to allow for better traffic flow, and the DOT is also installing additional barrels along the Taunton Avenue on-ramp in East Providence to help alleviate the logjam.
The historic Westerly Train Station is re-opening. State and Congressional officials were on hand on Friday for the ribbon-cutting for The Artists' Cooperative Gallery of Westerly, which moved into the station previously this month. The gallery is being called a unique partnership with the Rhode Island Department of Transportation which will give Amtrak passengers a more colorful waiting area. The station as closed for two years following changes to Amtrak's online and smartphone ticketing system.
The U.S. Navy is planning to relocate its chaplains' school to the Naval Station in Newport. Senator Jack Reed made that announcement on Friday regarding the school that's currently in Columbia, South Carolina, effective at the beginning of next March. The Navy Chaplaincy School and Center is responsible for the education and professional development of chaplains, who work to serve the spiritual and emotional needs of people serving in the Navy.
Rhode Island Hospital's ownership Lifespan and the union representing the hospital's nurses are reaching an agreement on a new contract. The tentative five-year deal was announced by both sides on Friday night, with a vote by the union's members scheduled for Wednesday.
The Coventry Little League baseball team is out of the Little League World Series. The team was eliminated on Saturday with a 9-to-5 loss to a team from Des Moines, Iowa. Coventry had been beaten by a team from Houston, Texas in the series opener last Thursday in Williamsport. They'll play a consolation game today.
The Pawtucket Red Sox ownership is blaming the Rhode Island House of Representatives for the team moving to Worcester. Team officials faulted the House for not passing a different version of a stadium-financing plan in the most recent legislative session that had been approved by the state Senate after it was negotiated by Governor Gina Raimondo. The governor also blamed House leadership when she spoke to reporters on Friday.
Pawtucket Red Sox fans are not happy about the team announcing its intention to build a new stadium in Worcester. Some called for a boycott of the PawSox on the team's Facebook page for their remaining games this year and beyond as the top minor league affiliate of the Boston Red Sox intends to play two more seasons at McCoy Stadium before moving. Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien said in a statement on Friday that he knew many people in the city and throughout Rhode Island are struggling with the sudden news of the move.
The head of the Rhode Island State Police says troopers will be "aggressively enforcing" laws against driving under the influence as summer winds down. Col. Ann Assumpico says she's adding patrols as part of a national highway safety campaign. She says the message is simple: "Do not drink and drive." The extra patrols continue through Sept. 3
The state Department of Transportation says it's closed a well-traveled highway exit through the fall of 2019. The DOT says it had to close the off-ramp for Exit 3, which leads to Gano Street, on Interstate 195 West in Providence to repair the Washington Bridge. The DOT closed the exit Sunday night. The bridge carries I-195 West from East Providence to Providence.
The Providence Fire Department has been awarded nearly $1 million for training and equipment. The state's congressional delegation says the department is getting federal funding through a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant program. The money will be used to train 173 officers in National Fire Protection Association courses, buy fitness equipment and expand the department's peer fitness program.
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.
Police in Cranston are investigating after thieves target a landscaping company. They say someone stole three vehicles and a lot of equipment form Forest Hills Nursery and Lawn Beautician Landscaping. The trucks were later found near Coventry, but all of the stolen tools were missing. The owner says other landscaping companies have offered the use of their equipment until they're fully stocked again.
Gas prices in the Ocean State are holding steady. RhodeIslandGasPrices.com says the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is two dollars and ninety cents, the same from a week ago and two cents less than one month ago. Prices are still significantly higher than they were a year ago, when the average price in the state was two-thirty-seven.
The price tag of fixing Rhode Island's troubled new online benefit access system is increasing. The Rhode Island Executive Office of Health and Human Services says the total cost for the completion of the Unified Health Infrastructure project, or UHIP, is now expected to reach 648-million dollars by 2020, up almost 150-million dollars from the previous estimate. The state would be on the hook for about 30-million dollars more, while the federal government would pick up the rest of the tab.
The National Flood Insurance Program is being extended after the U.S. Senate voted yesterday to reauthorized the program. Senator Jack Reed says the four-month extension will help businesses, renters and homeowners from being left in the lurch during the peak of Atlantic hurricane season. Reed says Congress needs to stop dragging its feet and get to work on a long-term flood management plan.
Governor Gina Raimondo wants school district officials to take advantage of a fund that will allow for security upgrades at their schools. The Providence Journal says the governor wants school districts to use money from the School Building Authority to enhance safety on their campuses. The more than ten-million-dollar fund was created three years ago for emergency projects. The governor's official announcement is scheduled for this afternoon.
Gov. Gina Raimondo continues to raise substantially more money than her challengers in her re-election bid. Campaign finance reports filed Tuesday show she raised more than $1.2 million this spring, starting July with $3.9 million in the bank. Democratic challenger Matt Brown raised about $77,000. His ending cash balance was $41,000. The reports show that Cranston Mayor Allan Fung raised the most for the Republican primary, with about $245,000.
A missing exotic dog that was part of the Providence County Kennel Club show over the weekend has been found. Pagan, a borzoi escaped from his owner's van and went missing at the University of Rhode Island. Borzois are bred to run and it eluded capture, but a group of volunteers retrieved Pagan on Wednesday.
The North Providence School Committee is moving forward with an audit of former superintendent Bridget Morisseau's alleged spending habits. The committee met with an auditor on Wednesday, a week after accepting Morisseau's resignation. School officials and North Providence Mayor Charles Lombardi claim she racked up thousands of dollars in personal purchases on a school credit card.
A Providence charter school is responding to an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit over failure to provide records on a transgender student policy. The ACLU filed the suit in Superior Court on Wednesday against the Achievement First Mayoral Academy, alleging an open records law violation. School officials said the request for the copy of the policy was sent to a principal who doesn't work there anymore and that the school would have complied with the request
A staff member for Governor Gina Raimondo is recovering from a stabbing. The Providence Police Department says Kenneth Suarez was arrested for felony assault after Daniel Brown was stabbed in the neck on Terrace Avenue on Tuesday. Officials say Brown works in the governor's constituent affairs office. His injuries were reportedly very serious and he was last listed in stable hospital condition by Providence police.
An internal review is being conducted after a Cranston police officer was reportedly involved in an accidental firearm discharge incident right after a funeral was held for a fallen Massachusetts police officer. Reports indicate a sergeant who was changing out of his honor guard uniform on a bus in Braintree following services for Weymouth policeman Michael Chesna accidentally fired a single round from his weapon, causing two officers to be sprayed with debris from asphalt that was kicked up. The officers, who were from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, reportedly declined medical treatment. Chesna and a bystander were murdered on July 15th.
Sailors can expect some closures this weekend during the 42nd annual Save the Bay Swim. Hundreds of swimmers and kayakers are expect to participate in Saturday's event. Organizers say parts of the East Passage of Narragansett Bay will be closed between 6:30 and 9:30 in the morning. All proceeds raised will go to protecting and improving Narragansett Bay.
There's a new president at the IYRS School of Technology & Trades. Officials announced that Jay Coogan will take the helm on October 1st, replacing outgoing president Terry Nathan. Coogan is currently president of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He once served as provost at theRhode Island School of Design, and says he's excited about returning to the area.
State officials say commercial fishermen who caught a great white shark near Westerly didn't violate any laws. The six-foot long shark was accidentally snared on Sunday and then released back into the water. It garnered national attention when one of the fishermen uploaded a video to social media. According to the Department of Environmental Management, the footage shows that no violation occurred.
All public housing in Rhode Island is now 100 percent compliant with a new federal law designed to protect residents against second-hand smoke. A new rule takes effect today banning smoking from all indoor areas and within 25-feet of buildings. Officials with the state Department of Health say each of Rhode Island's public housing authorities met the new requirements by implementing smoke-free policies that in some cases exceed federal guidelines.
T.F. Green Airport is getting 725-thousand-dollars in infrastructure grants. Senator Jack Reed made that announcement on Tuesday. Reed says the airport will use the funding to help improve runway safety.
The Providence Board of Canvassers is looking into another residency dispute between City Council candidates. The board voted on Tuesday to look into allegations from Ward 9 City Councilwoman Carmen Castillo that her opponent, Gerard Catala, does not live at the address where he is registered to vote. The board determined last week that Oscar Vargas, a candidate in Ward 15, is an eligible voter after Ward 15 Councilwoman Sabina Matos filed a residency complaint.
A watchdog group is filing a complaint against former Rhode Island congressional candidate Russell Taub, claiming he's running a scam political action committee. Taub allegedly violated federal law by failing to register the Keeping America in Republican Control PAC with the Federal Election Commission or send any money to candidates, according to the Washington-based Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust. Taub, a Republican who lost to incumbent Democrat David Ciccilline in 2016, is alleged to have raised more than one-and-a-half-million dollars.
The Rhode Island Department of Health is reopening four beaches for swimming, meaning all 115 beaches in the state are clear. The four areas that were closed because of high bacteria levels were Conimicut Point Beach in Warwick, Larkin Pond Beach Club and Kingston Camp beach in Kingston, and DiFonso Recreational Area beach in Glocester. The health department and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management are telling people to avoid contact with the Slack Reservoir in Greenville due to a blue-green algae bloom in the pond.
The Rhode Island Commerce Corporation is putting out a new series of advertisements for the state's "Fun Sized" campaign. The campaign, launched last year, features short videos that run on websites showing people engaged in a fun activity in the state. Four new destinations were added on Tuesday showcasing Newport, Westerly and Warwick. The corporation says the Fun Sized campaign has brought in over two-and-a-half-million dollars in hotel revenues.
The president of the Providence campus of Johnson and Wales University is being named the university's new chancellor. Dr. Mim Runey is becoming JWU's third chancellor in October, succeeding John Bowen, who announced his upcoming retirement in January. Runey has served in her current position since 2011. Johnson and Wales has three other campuses in North Miami, Florida; Denver, Colorado; and Charlotte, North Carolina.
Biotech company Amgen is constructing a new facility at its West Greenwich campus. A groundbreaking was held on Tuesday for a 200-million-dollar, 120-thousand-square-foot addition, which the California-based company says will be used to manufacture medicines for the U.S. and global markets. The existing plant, federally licensed in 2005, makes commercial and clinical bulk drug substance. Amgen says it expects to add 150 manufacturing jobs with the new facility.