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Slain Providence woman had taken out restraining order; boyfriend arrested | Video

41 min 54 sec ago
PROVIDENCE — A woman was found dead in her apartment in Elmhurst on Tuesday morning shortly after her boyfriend walked into the Public Safety Complex and confessed to stabbing her, the police said. Rachael Rene, 33, had taken out a restraining order against 34-year-old Louis Motta, said Providence Detective Maj. David Lapatin. Rene was home with her 8-month-old baby Tuesday morning when Motta killed her, Lapatin said. Motta then brought the baby to his mother’s [...]

Bristol's Roger Williams University dining hall a welcome station for the unpaid Coast Guard

1 hour 6 min ago
Bon Appétit Management Co. — which manages the university's dining services — offered free meals to members of the Coast Guard and their families affected by the government shutdown.

Fire on roof of Hasbro Children's Hospital quickly put out | video

1 hour 27 min ago
PROVIDENCE — Firefighters rushed to Hasbro Children's Hospital Tuesday evening after a child visitor spotted a fire on the hospital roof, Lifespan officials said.The fire was reported at 8:11 p.m. when a child visiting a patient noticed that there were flames on the roof, a Lifespan spokesman said.Providence Firefighters IAFF Local 799, the labor union which represents the city's firefighters, tweeted out around 8:50 p.m. that they "made quick work of this 2 alarm [...]

R.I. observatories open for Sunday night's total lunar eclipse

2 hours 12 min ago
Two Rhode Island observatories will welcome visitors to watch the total lunar eclipse Sunday night into Monday morning.The Frosty Drew Observatory, 61-62 Park Lane, Ninigret Park, Charlestown, will be open from 8:30 p.m. until 3 a.m. Organizers suggest a donation of $5 for those 5 and older."Dust off those binoculars. Grab a blanket, lawn chair, some tasty eats, family, and [...]

Vineyard Wind to present compensation offer to R.I. fishermen on Wednesday

2 hours 18 min ago
Rhode Island fishermen have waited seven weeks for Vineyard Wind to put forward a proposal to compensate them for blocking access to valuable fishing grounds in the ocean waters where the New Bedford company wants to install 84 giant wind turbines.

T.F. Green Airport's bond rating upgraded to A by Standard & Poor's

2 hours 46 min ago
WARWICK — Standard & Poor's Global Ratings has raised the bond rating for the Rhode Island Airport Corporation two notches, from BBB+ to A, the corporation announced Tuesday.In a statement dated Dec. 20, the rating agency also said that the airport corporation's rating outlook is stable, saying that it does not expect to raise the rating in the next two years and that it would only lower the rating if the amount of money the airport has to pay its debts "falls substantially. [...]

Journal exclusive: Fane explains his vision for Hope Point Tower in downtown Providence

3 hours 57 min ago
'The symbolic benefit can be the most important,' he says.

Ex-Cranston police officer pleads no contest to stealing cash from cars in church parking lot

3 hours 58 min ago
WARWICK — A 56-year-old former Cranston police officer who was accused of stealing purses and cash from vehicles parked outside a Smithfield church pleaded no contest Tuesday in District Court, Warwick.Carmine Giarrusso, who also worked as a teacher in Johnston, was arrested in the parking lot of St. Philip Catholic Church on Dec. 30 after witnesses had reported that a man had rifled through unlocked cars.Smithfield police charged him with larceny in the theft of pursues [...]

Mark Patinkin: R.I. boat captain recalls his role in Miracle on the Hudson rescue

4 hours 7 min ago
Carl Lucas, who lives in South Kingstown but was working on the Hudson River when a US Airways flight ditched in the river, says training was key to success.

Health care, economy, education and gun legislation top Raimondo's agenda in State of the State address

4 hours 15 min ago
PROVIDENCE — Setting ambitious goals for her second four-year term in the state's top office, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo on Tuesday night promised "to strengthen gun laws, end the overdose crisis, protect health care, expand job training, support businesses and provide our children with a world-class education."In her fifth annual state-of-the state address [...]

5 takeaways from R.I. Gov. Raimondo's State of the State address

4 hours 24 min ago
Five takeaways from the State of the State1) If Gov. Gina Raimondo’s first term was judged on the economy, her second term (barring a recession) will likely be defined by her record on education. She campaigned on it last year, and her State of the State speech Tuesday was dominated by school proposals: two tuition-free years at Rhode Island College, universal pre-kindergarten and improving the state’s maligned K-12 public schools. “When it comes to our future, [...]

Providence Career and Technical Academy students are nailing their final exam

4 hours 36 min ago
A partnership between the Providence schools, the city's Office of Economic Opportunity and Gov. Gina Raimondo's Workforce Board, the 770-square-foot house will be sold on the open market, with all proceeds going toward the school's next construction project.

People: Bruce Springsteen surprises Irish pub patrons in Boston

4 hours 58 min ago
BOSTON — Bruce Springsteen made an unexpected visit to a Boston pub last week.Tommy McCarthy, owner of The Bebop, says Springsteen walked into the bar with his wife and another woman to spend some time listening to a local performer playing Friday evening. McCarthy tells The Boston Globe that Springsteen enjoyed the music and had a few drinks before he went on his way.McCarthy says the Boss told him he'd like to stop by again sometime. [...]

DCYF head to address questions surrounding death of 9-year-old girl in Warwick

7 hours 38 min ago
WARWICK — The head of the state’s child welfare agency plans to answer questions Wednesday about the death of an adopted 9-year-old girl with cerebral palsy who may have spent eight hours in a bathtub before she died.A rescue crew found Zah-Nae Rothgeb unresponsive when they rushed to a squalid home on Oakland Beach Avenue in Warwick on Jan. 3.The girl was one of eight children with special needs adopted by Michele Rothgeb, 55. Police charged Rothgeb on [...]

Cranston police, fire retirees ask high court to restore money cut from pensions

7 hours 59 min ago
PROVIDENCE -- Property assessments in Cranston plummeted $1 billion a decade ago, in the turmoil brought about by the Great Recession. A few years later, record flooding left portions of the city submerged. In addition, the city sustained sharp cuts in state aid and watched as its bond rating slipped.Those were some of the factors the city used in justifying ordinances that trimmed retirement benefits for dozens of police and firefighters in an effort to help keep the pension plan [...]

T.F. Green Airport's bond raiting upgraded to A by Standard & Poor's

8 hours 12 min ago
WARWICK — Standard & Poor's Global Ratings has raised the bond rating for the Rhode Island Airport Corporation two notches, from BBB+ to A, the corporation announced Tuesday.In a statement dated Dec. 20, the rating agency also said that the airport corporation's rating outlook is stable, saying that it does not expect to raise the rating in the next two years and that it would only lower the rating if the amount of money the airport has to pay its debts "falls substantially. [...]

Providence police find woman dead after man reported stabbing his girlfriend | Video

8 hours 20 min ago
PROVIDENCE — A woman was found dead in her apartment in Elmhurst on Tuesday morning shortly after her boyfriend walked into the Public Safety Complex and confessed to stabbing her.Police Chief Hugh T. Clements Jr. said the man's sudden revelation to a clerk at the front desk sent police rushing to 198 River Ave., where they found the slain woman inside the first-floor apartment.The man remained in custody Tuesday and is expected to be charged with murder, making this the [...]

Providence police: Woman found killed on River Avenue | Video

10 hours 34 min ago
PROVIDENCE — The police are investigating the city's second homicide of the year after a woman was found dead in an apartment at 198 River Ave.Police confirmed that they came to the address after a man walked into the Providence Public Safety Complex late Tuesday morning and said he'd stabbed his girlfriend.Detective Maj. David Lapatin said that police discovered the body of a woman in her early 30s inside the first-floor apartment."This is believed to be a [...]

Governor Raimondo State of the State speech to address health care, the economy, attitude

10 hours 48 min ago
PROVIDENCE - Governor Raimondo will strike familiar themes in her State of the State address to lawmakers on Tuesday night, including her take on Rhode Island's economic turnaround and the continuing fight to "protect health care'' against the partisan drive in Washington to dismantle the Obama-era Affordable Care Act.Her office released excerpts from a prepared text of the speech she will deliver to a joint session of the House and Senate, starting at 7 p.m. The following were among [...]

Police: Car stolen in Pawtucket crashes into Providence building

12 hours 4 min ago
Two juveniles are being charged with possession of a stolen vehicle and other crimes after, the Pawtucket police say, they led officers on a brief chase before crashing a car.It started with the report of a stolen car in Pawtucket, and ended in Providence when the car crashed into a building, according to a Pawtucket police press release.According to the Pawtucket police, officers responded to 99 Johnston St. at 5 a.m. for the report of a stolen vehicle. The [...]

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