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High near 87, showers, thunderstorms possible

4 hours 7 min ago
The third heat wave of the summer could break today, but not by much.The National Weather Service is forecasting a high temperature of 87 degrees in Providence, three degrees shy of the temperature needed to continue the heat wave.There’s a 30% chance of rain, scattered showers with thunderstorms also possible."It will remain quite warm today and Friday, but less humid as the frontal boundary pushes south of New England," the Weather Service says. [...]

Portsmouth man pleads guilty in boat crash that killed Tiverton woman

4 hours 49 min ago
The operator of the marine vessel involved in a fatal boating collision last summer — which resulted in the death of a Tiverton woman — had no criminal charges levied against him, but Frank Teixeira’s lawyer on Wednesday entered "guilty" pleas at the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal to the four citations his client faced.Teixeira, 76, of Portsmouth, was cited with four violations of the Coast Guard’s Inland Navigational Rules: risk of collision, action to [...]

Johnston police ask for help finding woman, 43

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 10:10pm
JOHNSTON — Police are asking for help in finding Christina Aguiar, 43, who was last seen on Oxford Street in Fall River, Mass., driving a gold Nissan Maxima with R.I. plates CW-710.TO OUR READERS: This content is being provided for free as a public service during the coronavirus outbreak. Sign up for our [...]

Cranston police: Man, woman stole wallet from 83-year-old woman

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 4:14pm
The Cranston police are looking for help finding a man and woman who stole a wallet from an 83-year-old woman.At the Stop & Shop on Atwood Avenue on July 17, the female suspect distracted the 83-year-old woman by asking her some questions about an item, while the man grabbed her wallet from her purse, the police said in a Facebook post that includes photos of the suspects. [...]

R.I. updates list of coronavirus cases by community

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 4:03pm
The state Department of Health has updated its list of coronavirus cases by community.Here is the list, ordered by the number of cases added over the last seven days.TO OUR READERS: This content is being provided for free as a public service during the coronavirus outbreak. Sign up for our daily or [...]

Unemployment: Bonus jobless benefits are on hold

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 4:02pm
It’s unclear when, if ever, jobless Rhode Islanders might receive the bonus unemployment benefits promised by President Donald Trump last week.Gov. Gina Raimondo Tuesday called Trump’s executive order on unemployment insurance a "smoke and mirrors" approach to helping those out of work during the COVID pandemic and said she didn’t know if it is workable.TO OUR [...]

R.I. house sales fall, prices surge

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 3:35pm
WARWICK The number of single-family houses that sold in Rhode Island during the second quarter of the year dropped by almost 20% compared to a year ago, while buyers competing for fewer houses drove up the median sales price to $300,000 for the first time ever, according to the Rhode Island Association of Realtors.A total of 2,456 houses sold in April, May and June in 2020, compared to 3,060 in the same period last year, a decrease of 19.7%, figures the association made public [...]

R.I. reports 2 coronavirus deaths, 76 additional cases; Raimondo moves start of school back to Sept. 14

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 3:30pm
Gov. Gina Raimondo is postponing the start of public school in Rhode Island by two weeks so that school districts can continue preparing to safely reopen.School will begin on Sept. 14, she said Wednesday at her weekly news conference. She said she will now make her final determination of whether schools will open full in person, fully online, or in a hybrid model on the week of Aug. 31. [...]

U.S. appeals court overturns dismissal of sex-abuse claims at Pawtucket school

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 3:27pm
PAWTUCKET -- A federal appeals court has reversed, in part, a judge’s dismissal of a lawsuit accusing the Pawtucket Learning Academy of violating a former student’s rights by tolerating a culture that enabled the 13-year-old girl to be sexually assaulted and harassed multiple times.A three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week let stand allegations that the City of Pawtucket and its school department violated the teenager’s rights under [...]

R.I. issues 5 COVID violation orders, 2 closures

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 3:21pm
Restaurants on the beach in Misquamicut and on Central Avenue in Pawtucket were ordered to close bars Tuesday after inspectors found they had been serving drinks in violation of COVID-19 prevention measures.State Department of Business Regulation inspectors visited the Andrea Hotel on Atlantic Avenue in Westerly on July 31 and found the outside bar, which they had been told was closed, open with no barrier separating a bartender from patrons sitting at the bar, according to a [...]

Bonus jobless benefits are on hold

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 12:18pm
It’s unclear when, if ever, jobless Rhode Islanders might receive the bonus unemployment benefits promised by President Donald Trump last week.The state Department Labor and Training on Wednesday said it is waiting for more information from the Trump Administration about how his executive order providing the additional payments would be administered.TO OUR READERS: This [...]

R.I. reports 2 coronavirus deaths, 76 additional cases

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 12:15pm
The Rhode Island Department of Health on Wednesday reported two coronavirus-related deaths and 76 additional cases of COVID-19.Seventy-four of those additional cases were positive tests that came back Tuesday; two were positive tests added to previous days’ totals.TO OUR READERS: This content is being provided for free as a public service during the coronavirus outbreak. [...]

Providence has its third heat wave of the summer

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 11:45am
The temperature has reached 90 degrees today in Providence, marking the third heat wave of the summer.On both Monday and Tuesday, high reached 93 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.A heat wave is defined as three or more days with temperatures of 90 degrees or higher.It looks like the heat wave will run for just three days, since Thursday’s high is expected to reach 85 degrees.Providence had two heat waves in July. The first [...]

R.I. Latin Kings leader pleads guilty to drug charge

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 10:48am
A Rhode Island leader of a violent national gang faces up to 20 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy Tuesday in U.S. District Court, Boston, according to United States Attorney for Massachusetts Andrew E. Lelling.Eric Thomas, 46, leader of the Rhode Island Chapter of the Latin Kings, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine, Lelling said in a news release.Thomas, also known as King E, was [...]

R.I. scrap-metal company to pay $875,000 for violating Clean Air Act

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 9:20am
PROVIDENCE -- In a case that has resulted in what state authorities describe as the largest fine ever in Rhode Island for air pollution, a scrap metal company with a shredding facility in Johnston has agreed to pay at least $875,000 for violations of the federal Clean Air Act and related state laws.The penalty against SMM New England Corp., which operates in Rhode Island as SIMS Metal Management, could rise as high as $2 million if it does not follow through on the terms of a [...]

Florida sheriff forbids employees, visitors to wear masks: If they do, 'they will be asked to leave'

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 8:35am
As the city of Ocala wrestles with an ordinance requiring face coverings for people inside businesses, Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods told his employees they will not wear masks at work and visitors to his office can’t wear masks either.Woods, in an email dated Aug. 11, said "my order will stand as is when you are on-duty/working as my employee and representing my Office – masks will not be worn."Ocala City Council passed an emergency ordinance last week [...]

Media mogul Sumner Redstone dies at 97

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 8:27am
Sumner Redstone, who built a media empire from his family's drive-in movie chain, has died. He was 97.Redstone built the company through aggressive acquisitions, but many headlines with his name focused on severed ties with wives, actors and executives. In multiple interviews, he said he'd never die.His tight-fisted grip on the National Amusements theater chain, which controlled CBS Corp. and Viacom Inc. through voting stock, was passed to his daughter Shari Redstone, [...]

Bishop Tobin stirs up Twitter with Biden tweet

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 8:08am
Providence Bishop Thomas Tobin stirred up social media with a Tweet claiming that presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden isn't a Catholic."Biden-Harris. First time in awhile that the Democratic ticket hasn’t had a Catholic on it. Sad," Tobin tweeted at 5:46 p.m. Tuesday.The tweet has generated a flurry of responses, with some accusing Tobin of lying, calling for the bishop to quit Twitter, and referencing the Catholic church's sex abuse scandal. [...]

Minnesota's Omar holds off well-funded primary challenger

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 6:46am
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota survived a stiff Democratic primary challenge Tuesday from a well-funded opponent who tried to make an issue of her national celebrity, the latest in a string of victories by a new generation of emboldened progressive lawmakers.Omar, seeking her second term in November, easily defeated Antone Melton-Meaux, an attorney and mediator who raised millions in anti-Omar money.Omar and her allies gained confidence in her [...]

More ’oppressive heat and humidity’

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 6:18am
A heat advisory remains in effect until 8 p.m., as "oppressive heat and humidity continues today," the National Weather Service says.Showers and thunderstorms are also in the forecast. The chance of precipitation is 40%.The high in [...]