Rhode Island News

Rhode Island Gets $193K for Coastal Erosion Protection

Rhode Island’s congressional delegation and Gov. Lincoln Chafee have announced $193,000 in federal funds to help the state prepare for coastline erosion from storms and rising sea levels. The funds will go to the state’s Coastal Resources Management Council. They …

$1M for Sandy-Related Dredging of Rhode Island Pond

Local and federal officials are celebrating $1 million project that will dredge Winnapaug Pond in Westerly, R.I.,after it was filled with sediment during Superstorm Sandy. Sen. Jack Reed on Monday announced more than $900,000 of federal funds will go to …

Rhode Island Investigators Complete Probe Into Circus Accident

Local investigators have completed an initial probe into a circus accident that sent eight acrobats plummeting about 20 feet to the ground during a hair-hanging stunt and are turning over a broken clip and other material to federal workplace safety …

Rhode Island Family Alleges Flooding Linked to Sakonnet Bridge

A family that lives on the north side of the new Sakonnet River Bridge in Tiverton, R.I., has filed suit against the state and bridge contractor, alleging drainage problems with the new span have led to erosion and flooding. Franklin …

Rhode Island Allows Digital Proof of Insurance

Gov. Lincoln Chafee has signed into law legislation allowing motorists in Rhode Island to use their smartphones to offer police proof they have auto insurance. The bills sponsored by Sen. William Conley Jr. and Rep. Gregg Amore allow drivers to …

Rhode Island Gets $1.5M for Highway Safety

Rhode Island congressmen say the state is receiving almost $1.5 million in federal grants to improve highway safety. Reps. Jim Langevin and David Cicilline say the grant money has been awarded through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The grants …

Overdose Deaths Push Rhode Island to Make Antidote Easier to Get

Rhode Island’s health department director has taken emergency steps to address an overdose crisis by making an overdose antidote more widely available, including to law enforcement agencies. The emergency regulations adopted this month say the state is facing “a severe …

Rhode Island Wood Pellet Company Cited Over 2013 Blast

Federal workplace safety officials are seeking $43,000 in fines from a Rhode Island wood pellet company for alleged violations related to a 2013 explosion and fire. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Monday that it has cited Inferno Wood …

Rhode Island Legislation to Allow Digital Proof of Car Insurance

Motorists would no longer have to rifle through their glove compartment for proof of auto insurance under legislation pending before Rhode Island lawmakers. The bill would allow motorists to use their smartphones or other mobile electronic devices to offer police …

Rhode Island Man Dies in Massachusetts Paragliding Accident

Authorities have released the name of the Rhode Island man who died in a paragliding accident in Massachusetts over the weekend. Police say 49-year-old Aldaro Etcheverry, of Smithfield, R.I., plunged into the Merrimack River in Newburyport about 50 yards from …