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R.I. picks Deepwater to build 400-megawatt offshore wind farm

The project, 10 times the size of the Block Island wind farm, is announced at the same time Massachusetts also picks Deepwater for its 800-megawatt wind farm between Block Island and Martha's Vineyard.

Published on 24 May 2018 | 4:56 am

2 Rhode Island biker gangs toppled; 50 arrested | Video

A yearlong investigation, dubbed Operation Patched Out, leads to 29 raids on Wednesday; police swarm communities, seize drugs and weapons including a rocket launcher from Woonsocket gangs the Pagans and Kryptmen

Published on 24 May 2018 | 4:31 am

East Providence teen shot in back seat of car in Providence

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — An East Providence 19-year-old woman was injured by gunfire Wednesday evening as she rode with her boyfriend in the back seat of a car with another couple, a police official said.Providence police Maj. David Lapatin said the vehicle carrying the two couples was pulling onto Academy Avenue from a convenience store when a shooter opened fire from Whitford Avenue at about 6:30 p.m.Several shots were fired, Lapatin said, and one hit the teen, whom he [...]

Published on 24 May 2018 | 3:25 am

Line-item veto draws praise, criticism at R.I. legislative hearing

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Ken Block, chairman of Watchdog R.I., told a special legislative commission Wednesday afternoon that a Rhode Island governor should have the power to make line-item vetoes in a budget passed by the General Assembly."We've seen the last-minute shenanigans," said Block, who ran for governor in 2014. "We don't like them."In Rhode Island, he said, "extraordinary budget powers are concentrated in the hands of just a very few people." Only six states, Rhode [...]

Published on 24 May 2018 | 3:13 am

Mexican Mafia busted for running crime in LA County jails

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles County jails are run by the sheriff, but the Mexican Mafia wielded the power in the underworld behind bars.The organization made up of leaders from various Latino gangs operated like an illegal government, collecting "taxes" on smuggled drugs, ordering hits on people who didn't follow their rules and even calling the shots on street crimes, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.Their clout was diminished as 83 members and associates were [...]

Published on 24 May 2018 | 2:56 am

R.I. Senate passes bill to allow driver's licenses for Dreamers

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Legislation to preserve the right of “Dreamers” to get Rhode Island driver’s licenses, regardless of what ultimately happens at the national level, won state Senate approval on a 32-to-2 vote on Wednesday.There are about 1,200 Rhode Islanders enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, and their legal status depends on a series of battles [...]

Published on 24 May 2018 | 2:27 am

Partners, Care New England sign definitive agreement on merger

PROVIDENCE — In a development that could remove some of the uncertainty surrounding the future of health care in Rhode Island, Care New England Health System and Boston-based Partners HealthCare have signed a definitive agreement that makes formal the Boston group's plan to acquire CNE.The signing, announced in a joint media release Wednesday, was accompanied by upbeat declarations from leaders of the two systems — and from Brown University president [...]

Published on 24 May 2018 | 2:19 am

R.I. House panel vote would open floodgate on magistrate jobs

Measure allows chief judge of District Court to appoint unlimited number of positions

Published on 24 May 2018 | 2:06 am

At Narragansett Town beach, a fake mass shooting drill | Video

Emergency management agents, police, victim-volunteers perform in vivid detail a fake disaster everyone hopes will never happen

Published on 24 May 2018 | 2:02 am

R.I. orders Asian supermarket in Providence to stop selling live frogs, turtles

PROVIDENCE — The state Department of Health on Tuesday ordered the owners of a new Asian supermarket on Cadillac Drive to cease the sale of live turtles and frogs.Health inspectors found 45 frogs and seven turtles for sale at the Good Fortune supermarket after they responded to a complaint Tuesday, said Joseph Wendelken, spokesman for the Department of Health.“It’s against Rhode Island food code for there to be live animals in a food establishment,” [...]

Published on 24 May 2018 | 1:58 am

Milwaukee police release 'disturbing' video of Bucks player's arrest | Video

Milwaukee police released body-camera video Wednesday evening of the arrest of Milwaukee Bucks rookie Sterling Brown, a video the city's mayor had warned was "disconcerting" and "disturbing" as it prepared for a possible backlash. And, in a brief news conference just before the video was released, the police chief said the officers involved had been disciplined.Brown, 23, was tased during a routine parking violation in January and reportedly plans to file a civil rights lawsuit over [...]

Published on 24 May 2018 | 1:36 am

R.I. Senate OKs extending foreclosure protections for 5 years

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — With a vote of 31 to 0, the state Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would extend for another five years a law requiring banks to mediate with homeowners before starting a foreclosure.The state's Foreclosure Mediation Act, passed in 2013, is set to expire July 1.The law requires lenders to give homeowners the option of meeting with their lender and an independent mediator from Rhode Island Housing to attempt to work out a solution and avoid [...]

Published on 24 May 2018 | 12:39 am

R.I. selects Deepwater Wind to build 400-megawatt offshore wind farm

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The state has selected Deepwater Wind, the Providence company that built the nation’s first offshore wind farm, to develop a 400-megawatt proposal in federal waters far off the coast that would be more than 10 times the size of the Block Island demonstration project. Governor Gina Raimondo announced the surprise decision Wednesday afternoon. “Rhode Island made history when we built the first offshore wind farm in [...]

Published on 23 May 2018 | 8:23 pm

Court rules inmate is 'civilly dead' and can't sue ACI over 2010 attack

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The state Supreme Court recently ruled that a Boston gang member serving multiple life sentences is considered civilly dead under state law and cannot sue the Adult Correctional Institutions for an attack by a fellow prisoner with a razor that left his face scarred.The high court struck down the negligence lawsuit brought against the Department of Corrections by Dana Gallop, 33, serving double life sentences plus 45 years for gunning down a rival and shooting [...]

Published on 23 May 2018 | 8:11 pm

Volunteers play victims for mass shooting drill Narragansett Town Beach

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. — Cops and first-responders swarmed onto Narragansett Town Beach on Wednesday morning to prepare for something they hoped they’ll never have to deal with in real life: a mass shooting.Volunteer re-enactors in bright green shirts and fake blood lay sprawled on the sand. A shadowy figure pointed a fake rifle out of a second-floor window of a beach pavilion. Real police radios burbled with urgent, but fictitious, messages: "Active shooter. [...]

Published on 23 May 2018 | 7:36 pm

Pawtucket man injured in Providence shooting

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Providence police are investigating two shootings Tuesday night that happened within about 10 minutes.A 53-year-old Pawtucket man was injured in one of the shootings, Major David Lapatin said. Both incidents took place shortly before 11 p.m.In one shooting, the 53-year-old told police he was driving in the area of Eddy and Aldrich streets when a vehicle came up behind him, driving erratically. Frightened, the man tried to take off, but heard gunshots and [...]

Published on 23 May 2018 | 7:26 pm

R.I. Senate Labor chairman to retire from General Assembly

State Sen. Paul Fogarty, chairman of the Senate Labor Committee, has announced that he will retire from the General Assembly at the end of his current term, rather than seek reelection in November.Fogarty — a Democrat whose district includes parts of Burrillville, Glocester and North Smithfield — made the decision after conversations in recent months with his wife, Nancy, according to a news release. "It's been a great honor to have served the people of northwest [...]

Published on 23 May 2018 | 7:00 pm

Inside a tractor-trailer pulled over in Texas: Loads of avocados and 88 immigrants

Nearly 90 undocumented immigrants were found inside the trailer of an 18-wheeler truck Tuesday night in south Texas, less than 50 miles from the border with Mexico, authorities said. The immigrants, two of whom were children, were found "packed like sardines" inside the refrigerated trailer, said Frank Torres, emergency medical services manager for Willacy County. It was also carrying several loads of avocados. Officers with the Texas [...]

Published on 23 May 2018 | 6:25 pm

Makeup artist to disguise witnesses in Mafia boss trial

BOSTON (AP) — Two government witnesses in the trial of former New England Mafia boss Francis "Cadillac Frank" Salemme will be disguised by a "movie-industry" quality makeup artist to protect their identities.WPRI-TV reports the judge agreed to the plan Wednesday to protect the identities of two inspectors for the federal Witness Security Program.The U.S. Marshals Service had urged the judge to keep the public out of the courtroom while they're on the stand and broadcast [...]

Published on 23 May 2018 | 6:18 pm

Everest female record-setter, a Sherpa who lives in Connecticut, wants to be an inspiration

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The most successful female climber of Mount Everest who just returned from her ninth ascent of the highest peak said she wants to be an inspiration to all women so they too can achieve their dreams.Lhakpa Sherpa was guiding some 50 climbers with her brother when she scaled the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) peak last week, breaking her own record for the most climbs by a woman."If an uneducated woman who is a single mother can climb Everest nine [...]

Published on 23 May 2018 | 4:23 pm

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