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    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The average price of a gallon of gasoline in Rhode Island edged up by a penny, AAA Northeast said Monday. The current average of $2.10 per gallon is 1 cent higher than a week ago, but remanins 63 cents lower than the Rhode Island price one year ago. The Rhode Island price is also 8 cents per gallon cheaper than the national average. A drop in demand amid an increase in supplies comes as many states...
    Rhode Island is fighting a sharp uptick in accidental ODs with a provocative online ad campaign — “Do you know your drug dealer is a vegan?” — and a fistful of cash to get the message out. The $500,000 campaign, paid for by the state’s behavioral healthcare department, targets users who may not know that their dealer could be selling fentanyl — and calling it heroin or some other drug. The ads ask: “How well do you know the person...
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island nursing home trade group is defending the way its members cared for residents during the coronavirus pandemic, after Gov. Gina Raimondo pledged more scrutiny of the facilities as the state recovers. Rhode Island’s “nursing homes and our workers fought tirelessly against this virus, yet without the proper tools and support, they were climbing uphill,” Rhode Island Health Care Association President and CEO Scott Fraser said in a statement, according to The Providence Journal....
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of the contractor shot and killed at a Providence home he was working on earlier this week. Jorge Gonzalez Colon, 37, was shot multiple times at about 11 p.m. Wednesday outside the home in the citys Silver Lake neighborhood. He was taken to Rhode Island Hospital where he was pronounced dead. “We spoke to some of the family members and friends of the victim, who described him as a hardworking and...
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Providence children wont necessarily go to the same school they went to last year when classes restart this fall because of coronavirus-related changes, Superintendent Harrison Peters said. Peters held a remote town hall for hundreds of parents of children in kindergarten through eighth-grade on Wednesday. “We’ve got some tough decisions before us,” he said. Children may have to go to schools closer to their home because of a shortage of school buses. State guidance regarding social...
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Police are investigating an overnight shooting in Providence that left one man dead. The shooting occurred in the citys Silver Lake neighborhood at about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday. The 37-year-old victim was taken to Rhode Island Hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said. Residents told WJAR-TV they heard up to three gunshots. WPRI-TV reports that another victim was also taken by ambulance to the hospital. The victims name was not released and no arrests have been...
    “Real Housewives of New York” newbie Leah McSweeney claimed this week that co-star Ramona Singer tried to get her booted from the show for her drunken antics on Season 12. McSweeney, 37, alleged that the 63-year-old Singer wanted her off the Bravo show following an alcohol-fueled cast trip to Rhode Island, McSweeney said on Tuesday’s edition of the “Not Skinny But Not Fat” podcast. “Ramona tried to get me kicked off the entire show that weekend,” McSweeney said, adding...
    “Actual Housewives of New York” beginner Leah McSweeney claimed this week that co-star Ramona Singer tried to get her booted from the present for her drunken antics on Season 12. McSweeney, 37, alleged that the 63-year-old Singer needed her off the Bravo present following an alcohol-fueled solid journey to Rhode Island, McSweeney stated on Tuesday’s version of the “Not Skinny However Not Fats” podcast. “Ramona tried to get me kicked off your complete present that weekend,” McSweeney stated, including...
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A teachers assistant at a Rhode Island high school who is also a childrens summer camp counselor was charged Wednesday with soliciting sex from someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl. Alexander Carlson, 26, of Lincoln, faces two counts of indecent solicitation of a child and two counts of electronically disseminating indecent material to a minor, Rhode Island State Police said in a statement. Carlson has been a teacher’s assistant in the special education program at...
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island residents can now select a gender-neutral designation on their driver’s license, Gov. Gina Raimondo announced Tuesday. The new option will appear on driver’s licenses as an X, according to a statement from the governors office. The move aligns Rhode Island with neighbors Connecticut and Massachusetts and several other states. “Representation matters at every level, and I am proud to make our government better reflect the diverse identities of Rhode Islanders,” the Democratic governor said....
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island’s two casinos started offering some table games again on Tuesday. The Twin River Casino Hotel in Lincoln and the Tiverton Casino Hotel, which both closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, entered the third phase of the states economic restart by opening fully to the public at a capped capacity, expanding hours, and offering table games on a socially-distanced basis. Under the plan, a maximum of three players per table will be allowed and all...
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Islanders can invite more people to their weddings, go to a movie theater or museum, and take in some live music beginning Tuesday under regulations for the third phase of the state’s coronavirus economic recovery announced by Gov. Gina Raimondo. “We really want to enable commerce so people can get their jobs back, but we also have to keep a lid on large group gatherings, and particularly social gatherings, because we know that’s where the...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Airbnb says it has refunded $1 billion to hosts and travelers who booked and canceled trips due to COVID-19, but 7 On Your Side continues to get complains from travelers unable to get their refunds.It was a Sigma Gamma Phi reunion for a group of 12 sorority sisters who were all recent graduates of Oneonta College,Danielle Grieco found the house for rent in Rhode Island on Airbnb, collected the money from her 11 friends and made...
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island summer camps were allowed to open Monday under a set of rules that balance fun for children against the risks of spreading the coronavirus. Groups of campers and their leaders cannot exceed 15 people, and they cannot interact with other groups. At YMCA of Greater Providence camps in Barrington, Seekonk, Warwick, and Wakefield, children will know their groups as “pods,” the Y’s chief executive officer, Steven O’Donnell, told The Providence Journal. The YMCA’s camps...
    COVENTRY, R.I. (AP) — An Army veteran has become the first person in Rhode Island to to receive a mortgage-free home from a national foundation that supports military members injured in combat. Sgt. Bryan Cline said this week that being handed the keys to his Coventry home is “an amazing feeling, according to WJAR-TV. Originally from Arizona, Cline and his family were selected to receive a mortgage-free home courtesy of Citizens Bank and the Military Warriors Support Foundation. There’s a...
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Police in Providence have so far arrested 14 people since the city formed a task force to crack down on illegal fireworks that have bedeviled cities across the country this summer. The department tweeted Saturday that six people were arrested Thursday and eight more on Friday as officials prepared to enforce the states ban on fireworks again Saturday. About a dozen officials from the Providence police and fire departments as well as the State Fire Marshal’s...
    PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND - Police chiefs from across Rhode Island on Thursday announced a list of 20 promises they say will ensure transparency and maintain human rights in an era when the killing of George Floyd has led to nationwide protests demanding racial justice and police reform. The Rhode Island Police Chiefs Association pledges, called the Twenty for 2020 Campaign, includes an acknowledgement of the realities of police brutality that specifically mentions Floyd; a promise that every department in the...
    Rhode Island is dropping the latter part of its official name on state documents, per an executive order signed by Gov. Gina Raimondo (D). The state, formally known as the “State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations,” will be removing “and Providence Plantations” due to its connection to the history of slavery, officials say. Raimondo signed an executive order on Monday, citing ongoing public discussion of the word “plantations” in Rhode Island’s official name, which was established in 1790. “We have...
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — After shedding tens of thousands of jobs during the coronavirus pandemic, Rhode Island added jobs and saw a decrease in its unemployment rate last month, the state Department of Labor and Training reported Thursday. The state added more than 13,000 nonfarm jobs in May, for an employment level of 423,400. But that was still about 80,000 fewer jobs than in May 2019. Most of the job gains were in the accommodation, food services and retail sectors,...
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Police chiefs from across Rhode Island on Thursday announced a list of 20 promises they say will ensure transparency and maintain human rights in an era when the killing of George Floyd has led to nationwide protests demanding racial justice and police reform. The Rhode Island Police Chiefs’ Association pledges, called the Twenty for 2020 Campaign, includes an acknowledgement of the realities of police brutality that specifically mentions Floyd; a promise that every department in the...
    Shows coming back for another season Things never to do at the doctors office Rhode Island Moves to Change Official State Name Due to Slavery Link The state of Rhode Island is moving to eliminate the second half of its official name, “The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations” in response to activists’ claims that it serves as a painful reminder of slavery. © Getty Images Front view of the Rhode Island state capitol building and lawn on...
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Islands largest health insurer is seeking state approval for a 10% medical premium credit due to a decline in demand for health care services during the coronavirus pandemic. If Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Islands proposal is approved by the Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner, $13.8 million would be returned to employer groups and individuals in the form of a credit or refund check. “COVID-19 has had an unprecedented impact on health...
    VIDEO2:5802:58Rhode Island governor mulls new travel restrictions on hot spot coronavirus statesMad Money with Jim Cramer Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo told CNBCs Jim Cramer on Wednesday that she is considering measures to enforce quarantine and travel restrictions on visitors from emerging coronavirus hotspots after three neighboring states imposed safety orders. The Ocean State, which is the smallest U.S. state by land size but second most-densely populated state in the country, may implement plans similar to those of New York,...
    Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo has ordered the last three words of her state’s official name, the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, purged from state documents and websites. The Democrat governor announced an executive order to delete “and Providence Plantations” on Monday because of the “image” the word “plantations” evokes concerning slavery. The order is part of a larger push involving the state legislature to cut the phrase out of the state name entirely. “This morning I signed...
    Joseph Prezioso/AFP/Getty Images The state of Rhode Island considering changing its official name to “Rhode Island.” No, that’s not a typo — the state’s full official name is “The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations,” and that last part of the name has been criticized for invoking connotations of slavery. As the map below shows, the majority of Rhode Island’s territory is not actually on islands. The state’s name comes from Colonial times, when four Colonial settlements were combined,...