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Chepachet man arrested on drug, gun charges

2 hours 34 min ago
GLOCESTER, R.I. — A Chepachet man was arrested on drug and gun charges after state and local police searched his home Friday morning, authorities said.Antonio Vazquez, 23, of 884 Putnam Pike, was charged with possession with intent to deliver crack cocaine and possession of a firearm while committing a controlled substance violation, the state police said.The Glocester Police Department and the State Police High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force searched [...]

Common Fence Music cancels performance because of poor ticket sales

3 hours 9 min ago
WARREN — The Honeysuckle with Four Bridges performance scheduled for 8 p.m. tonight at Hope & Main has been cancelled because of poor ticket sales, according to a press release sent by Common Fence Music on Friday. The performance was part of the Common Fence Music series, and the organization’s financial health has been suffering without its main location, Common Fence Point Hall in Portsmouth. The hall is closed until the fall of 2019 [...]

The Hummel Report: Cellphone use by Providence City Council members under scrutiny | Video

3 hours 41 min ago
City Council members with taxpayer-funded cellphones will — for the first time — be required to review their bills every month and confirm that they are using the phones only for city business, under a policy imposed by Council President David Salvatore as part of a larger audit of contracts and expenditures.

Judge: White House must return CNN's Jim Acosta's credential

4 hours 3 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge ordered the Trump administration on Friday to immediately return the White House press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta, saying Acosta suffered "irreparable harm" from the decision to bar him. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Kelly, an appointee of President Donald Trump, announced his decision following a hearing. The judge said Acosta's credentials would be returned immediately and reactivated to allow him access to the [...]

Police: Man left child in car while he was in casino

4 hours 3 min ago
LINCOLN, R.I. (AP) — Police have charged a man they say left his 4-year-old daughter locked inside his car for more than half an hour while he was inside a Rhode Island casino. Jose Funes, of Cumberland, faces a charge of child neglect. Lincoln police responded to the Twin River Casino last weekend after security personnel found the girl crying inside a car in the parking lot. They opened the car and cared for the girl. [...]

Millennials plan to spend big this holiday season - on their pets

5 hours 11 min ago
 Millennials love their pets, and that love's showing up on their holiday credit-card bills. The much-discussed generation of shoppers, known for their industry-disrupting tastes, will spend heavily on their pets this holiday season - more than double what consumers overall are expected to pony up, according to a report from PwC. Millennial households earning $70,000 or more will be the biggest spenders, forking over an average of $183 for [...]

State police: 50 crashes related to storm

6 hours 8 min ago
The Rhode Island State Police responded to 50 weather-related crashes between 6 p.m. Thursday and 6 a.m. Friday, the state police said Friday morning.No serious injuries were reported.Most of the crashes were between 7 and 9 p.m. Thursday.The state police also responded to some 28 disabled vehicles between 6 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Thursday.Most roadways were clear for the morning commute, with no weather-related issues, according to the state police.A list of [...]

Storm dumped 9 inches on Burrillville, more than 7 on several other towns

6 hours 26 min ago
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- With nine inches of snow as of 10:50 p.m. Thursday, Burrillville was the big winner -- or loser -- in the snow sweepstakes, according to unofficial storm totals on the National Weather Service's website.Several other municipalities in the northern part of the state had more than 7 inches, including North Foster with 8.2 inches as of 1:13 a.m., Scituate and Glocester with 7.8 inches as of 11:06 and 11:46 p.m. respectively, Cumberland with 7.2 [...]

Schools delay start, cancel because of storm

8 hours 16 min ago
Schools around the state are delaying their openings, and some are closing altogether, after the first snowfall of this winter season.They are the following, according to the Rhode Island Broadcasters Association:Public schoolsBarrington Pub. Schools: Delayed 1 hour; No AM PreschoolBurrillville Public Schools: Delayed 1 hour; No AM Kindergarten/PreCoventry Public [...]

Snowstorm delays newspaper delivery

8 hours 42 min ago
Due to last night's snowstorm, delivery of many copies of our print edition is late today.Please be patient as our carriers make their rounds.

46-story tower proposal in Providence clears hurdle

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 10:57pm
The City Council voted 8-5 with two abstentions Thursday night to approve the first passage of a zoning variance that would allow developer Jason Fane to surpass the 100-foot height restriction of the tower’s proposed location on Dyer Street and build up to 600 feet high.

On the Blackstone, entrepreneurial spirits behind R.I.'s 5th distillery

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 10:43pm
Rhode Island Spirits will produce under the Rhodium brand name and expects to distill the equivalent of 30,000 750-milliliter bottles of gin, vodka and liqueurs in the first year.

Providence: Teachers OK new contract by a landslide

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 8:53pm
CRANSTON, R.I. — Providence teachers overwhelmingly voted to sign a three-year contract with the city following months of acrimony and  protests by union members.By a vote of 930 to 23, teachers approved a new agreement Thursday night after more than 430 days without a new contract. The agreement, which now goes before the City Council for ratification, calls for salary increases of 2 percent retroactive to September, a 2 percent increase on Jan. 1, 2019, and a [...]

Renewable energy: Bids would add 350 megawatts of offshore wind

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 8:42pm
State has tripled its supply of renewable energy in the last two years.

From 2009: First Family Favorites - Cooking with the Carcieris

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 6:34pm
This story from The Journal archives recalls Mrs. Carcieri at home with her family. She died today at 76.

'Generous,' 'passionate,' 'amazing' former first lady Sue Carcieri dies at 76

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 5:36pm
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — One of the most indelible moments for former Rhode Island first lady Suzanne "Sue" Carcieri came just six weeks after her husband's inauguration.It was Feb. 20, 2003, when The Station nightclub in West Warwick burned to the ground, killing 100 and injuring another 230 people. The Carcieris were in Disney World, a quick vacation with grandchildren, and they rushed back to Rhode Island to deal with the disaster.Sue Carcieri, who died early Thursday at [...]

Roy Clark, country star who hosted 'Hee Haw' variety show, dies at 85

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 4:33pm
Roy Clark, a country guitarist, singer and cornpone comedian who headlined the hit variety show "Hee Haw" and was known for crossover hits including "Yesterday, When I Was Young," died Nov. 15 at his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was 85. The cause was complications of pneumonia, according to a statement from his publicists, Sandy Brokaw and Jeremy Westby. While Clark often performed with the banjo, fiddle and mandolin, he was best known for his brilliance [...]

Newport police: Man tried to ram officers with commandeered forklift

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 2:59pm
NEWPORT, R.I. — A Narragansett man has been charged with multiple felonies after Newport police said he illegally drove a forklift around and at officers at Fort Adams on Wednesday night.Ross E. Ahlborg, 27, of Narragansett, was arrested Wednesday at about 10:07 p.m. on six counts of felony assault with a dangerous weapon, one felony charge of driving a motor vehicle without the consent of the owner, and three misdemeanor charges of vandalism.Newport police were [...]

Batkid won hearts. Now he's got something much better: He's cancer free.

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 2:52pm
When he was 5 years old and battling leukemia, the boy known as Batkid captivated the country as he dramatically "saved" Gotham from the bad guys in 2013. He just clinched another, much bigger, victory: He passed his 5-year mark being cancer free. It is an important milestone for Miles Scott, now 10, who lives in Northern California and was diagnosed with leukemia when he was a year old. "He's doing great!" announced the Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area [...]

R.I. unemployment rate drops again, hits low point of 3.8 percent

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 2:48pm
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's unemployment rate ticked down to 3.8 percent in October, reaching its lowest point in nearly 30 years.Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo said Thursday it's the lowest rate seen in Rhode Island since May 1989, and the rate has now been lower than 5 percent for two years.The state Department of Labor and Training says the October rate is one-tenth of a percentage point lower than in September, and one-tenth of a percentage point [...]