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House Finance Committee to vote on revised PawSox bill | WPRI
WPRI | June 21, 2018
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- The House Finance Committee is set to vote Thursday on the revised version of a bill for a new PawSox stadium.The Committee has met several times about House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello's revised legislation, which he released last month.The new plan calls for the $83-mill...
Bridgewater woman speaks out after getting attacked while jogging | WPRI
WPRI | June 21, 2018
BRIDGEWATER, Mass. (WPRI) - A Bridgewater woman is speaking out after she was attacked while jogging on Father's Day.The 37-year-old Bridgewater resident, who does not want to be identified, was out for a run on Pleasant St. around 7:30 a.m. on Sunday when an SUV stopped next to her, and a man got o...
Allegations against Bristol County Sheriff's Office raising concerns | WPRI
WPRI | June 21, 2018
DARTMOUTH, Mass. (WPRI) -- The Bristol County Sheriff, Thomas Hodgson, is expected to respond Thursday after calls for an investigation into the jail he oversees. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is asking for a thorough investigation of the Bristol County jails after she says recen...
House approves TF Green name change | WPRI
WPRI | June 21, 2018
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- After a long debate, the House has voted to pass a bill that would rename the T.F. Green International Airport.The airport is named after former Governor Theodore Francis Green, who took office in 1933. In the new legislation, the airport would be renamed to the Rhode Is...
Trudeau: Canada to legalize marijuana on Oct. 17 | WPRI
WPRI | June 21, 2018
TORONTO (AP) — Marijuana will be legal nationwide in Canada starting Oct. 17 in a move that should take market share away from organized crime and protect the country's youth, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday.The Senate gave final passage to the bill to legalize cannabis on Tuesday, le...
Central Falls Mayor calls for immediate reunification of families separated at the border | WPRI
WPRI | June 21, 2018
CENTRAL FALLS, R.I.(WPRI) - With confusion about the next steps in how families will be processed after President Trump signed an executive order to reverse his administration's policy to separate parents and children upon entry into the U.S., mayors from all across the country are traveling to a Te...
Senate votes to send $9.6B state budget to governor's desk | WPRI
WPRI | June 21, 2018
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- The Rhode Island General Assembly has approved the state's budget.The Senate voted 34-2 Wednesday to send the $9.6 billion budget to the governor's desk. The chamber made no changes to the House spending plan.The proposal would allow the state to implement sports betting at ...
RI lawmakers OK stronger penalties for deceitful contractors | WPRI
WPRI | June 21, 2018
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- The General Assembly has passed a bill that will increase penalties for contractors who do shoddy work or operate without the proper license or registration.Attorney General Peter Kilmartin is calling it a major win for consumers.Here's the scenario: You hire a contractor...
FBI urges caution amidst increase in reported sexual assaults aboard airplanes | WPRI
WPRI | June 21, 2018
(WPRI) - The FBI is urging flight passengers to be aware of their surroundings after an alarming increase in the number of reported sexual assaults on commercial flights. The FBI says the number of reports of sexual assault on commercial airlines is growing at "an alarming rate," and the number o...
Providence Journal | June 21, 2018
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello Wednesday said the Pawtucket Red Sox told him they are "interested" in his proposed ballpark financing legislation passing the General Assembly."I was informed by someone from the PawSox organization that they are interested in the legislati...
Providence Journal | June 21, 2018
Lawmakers voted 55 to 17 to change the name of T.F. Green Airport to Rhode Island International Airport. The bill now moves to the Senate.
Providence Journal | June 21, 2018
The new tax-and-spending plan would increase state and federally financed spending by $330 million to a record-high of $9.572 billion, provide a swath of pay raises to state employees and others in state-subsidized industries, and provide enough extra money to the state’s nursing homes to set...
Providence Journal | June 21, 2018
Senate leaders sponsor bills to keep hospital executives honest, encourage settlements after hospitals' pension collapse
Providence Journal | June 21, 2018
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Department of Environmental Management lost out on the possibility of collecting a $45,000 fine in a water contamination case after the Rhode Island Supreme Court ruled that state lawyers incorrectly sought an appeal of a lower-court decision.The court dismissed the app...
Ahead of consolidation, 2 Warwick school close for good | WPRI
WPRI | June 20, 2018
WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — The last day of school is normally filled with excitement and happiness. But, it was bittersweet for students at several Warwick schools Wednesday.John Wickes and Randall Holden Elementary Schools are closing for good as part of the district's school consolidation plan and ...
New Bedford airport drawing up master plan for building up service | WPRI
WPRI | June 20, 2018
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) -- At New Bedford Regional Airport Wednesday morning, Mayor Jon Mitchell called a news conference to highlight that the planning is underway to push the airport forward as a competitor with the larger airports in the region, as well as on Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard.The ...
Jurors in mob murder trial enter day two of deliberations | WPRI
WPRI | June 20, 2018
BOSTON, Mass. (WPRI) – Jurors in the mob trial against former Mafia don Francis “Cadillac Frank” Salemme began their second full day of deliberations on Wednesday.The panel of 10 women and six men – including four alternates are not taking part in the deliberations – are pouring over 24 da...
Ribbon cut on new Hyatt hotel at City Centre Warwick | WPRI
WPRI | June 20, 2018
WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) -- In the shadow of the Interlink building housing a parking garage, commuter train station, and rental car vendors for T.F. Green Airport, the new location of Hyatt Place - the legacy hotel chain's brand of extended-stay lodging - held a ribbon-cutting Wednesday morning.Actin...
Palace: Prince Louis christening set for July 9 | WPRI
WPRI | June 20, 2018
LONDON (AP) — Britain's royal palace says Prince Louis will be christened July 9 by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.The third son of Prince William and his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge was born April 23 and is fifth in line to the throne.Kensington Palace said Wednesday that Louis will be...
Police continue to investigate after fight sends 4 to hospital | WPRI
WPRI | June 20, 2018
CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) -- Police in Cranston continue to investigate a family dispute that turned physical and sent four people to the hospital Tuesday night.The fight broke out around 9 p.m. Tuesday outside a Burbank Street home, according to police.One man suffered severe facial lacerations after h...
Police investigating after family dispute injures 4 | WPRI
WPRI | June 20, 2018
CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) -- Police are investigating after several people were injured during a dispute in Cranston Tuesday evening.The incident occurred around 9 p.m. on Burbank Street. Officers on scene tell Eyewitness News four people were injured after a fight broke out.Police confirm all four peop...
In-Depth: Who has the ultimate authority to send troops to the border? | WPRI
WPRI | June 20, 2018
EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- Governor Gina Raimondo is joining her counterparts from multiple states in saying she won't send National Guard troops to the United States-Mexico border.Among the governors is Massachusetts' Charlie Baker, who also announced he will withhold sending a National Gua...
General Assembly OKs bill involving fraudulent airbags | WPRI
WPRI | June 20, 2018
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- The General Assembly has passed legislation that will strengthen regulatory controls on airbags.The proposed legislation would make it a felony to import, manufacture or install a fraudulent or non-functioning airbag.The bill was introduced by Senate President Dominick...
With clock ticking, Grebien warns lawmakers PawSox will bolt without bill | WPRI
WPRI | June 20, 2018
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) - Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien made an 11th-hour plea to state lawmakers on Tuesday night, imploring them to pass a bill for a new PawSox stadium before their expected adjournment later this week.“If by the end of the session we don’t have a bill, then I don’t think t...
Hendricken's Xavier Truss discusses his decision to play at Georgia | WPRI
WPRI | June 20, 2018
Hendricken All-State offensive Lineman Xavier Truss is taking his talents to the University of Georgia. He spoke to Eyewitness Sports' J.P. Smollins about his decision.
Man facing charges after crashes in Woonsocket, Blackstone | WPRI
WPRI | June 20, 2018
BLACKSTONE, Mass. (WPRI) -- One man is facing charges after he allegedly crashed his van in Woonsocket and neighboring Blackstone. Woonsocket Police say the 59-year-old Woonsocket man crashed into a snow route sign and a "smart machine," which is an electric traffic control sign that lights up w...
Protesters heckle Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen out of restaurant over zero-tolerance policy | WPRI
WPRI | June 20, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WPRI) - Watch protestors heckle Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen out of a Mexican restaurant in D.C. Tuesday night in protest of the Trump administration's zero-tolerance immigration policy. Stay with Eyewitness News all morning and at WPRI.com for continuing updates o...
Police arrest man on suspected DUI after car crashes into Newport building | WPRI
WPRI | June 20, 2018
NEWPORT, R.I. (WPRI) -- Police have arrested the driver of a vehicle that crashed into a building in Newport Tuesday night.According to the Newport Police Department, officers responded to Bowery Street around 7 p.m. Police said the vehicle, a Corvette, was found crashed into a residence.Police said...
FDA backs off added sugar label for maple syrup, honey | WPRI
WPRI | June 20, 2018
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is backing off its plan to label pure natural products like maple syrup and honey as containing added sugars.Maple syrup and honey producers had rallied against the plan, saying FDA's upcoming requirement to update nutrition labels to te...
25 RI communities recognized for efforts to combat opioid epidemic | WPRI
WPRI | June 20, 2018
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- Governor Gina Raimondo, along with several health officials, recognized 25 Rhode Island cities and towns for their overdose response plans Tuesday.The communities recognized received the Overdose Leadership Designations at the Second Annual Community Overdose Engagement ...
Massachusetts State Police stop overloaded truck on I-91 | WPRI
WPRI | June 20, 2018
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WPRI) -- A Massachusetts State Trooper pulled over an overzealous driver who overloaded several items into the back of his pickup truck.Photos from the Massachusetts State Police Facebook page show the truck bed full of chairs and other pieces of furniture, all tied together with...
Rhode Islanders rally against 'zero-tolerance' border policy | WPRI
WPRI | June 20, 2018
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- Dozens of people gathered at the Rhode Island State House Wednesday to rally in support of migrant families.The event started just minutes after President Donald Trump signed an executive order preventing the separation of families at the United States-Mexico border. Ra...
Police: Car crashed after barely missing cruiser | WPRI
WPRI | June 20, 2018
FOXBORO, Mass. (WPRI) -- A speeding driver barely missed a Massachusetts state trooper before slamming into a utility pole in Foxboro early Wednesday morning, state police said.According to state police, the trooper was on patrol on Route 495 North in Raynham when the driver nearly collided with ...
After veto, Mayor Elorza backs revised ban on single-use plastic bags | WPRI
WPRI | June 20, 2018
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Nearly three months after Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza vetoed an ordinance designed to largely ban single-use plastic bags in the city, he is supporting a revised proposal that will be introduced to the City Council Thursday night.Councilwoman Jo-Ann Ryan, the ordinance...
Safety advocates stress importance of pool precautions | WPRI
WPRI | June 20, 2018
EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- With the arrival of summery weather, people are beating the heat by hopping in the pool.But safety advocates are stressing the importance of taking precautions to ensure that everyone has a safe swim.According to the Consumer Product and Safety Commission, at least 1...
PayPal move blocks sales of school shooting video game | WPRI
WPRI | June 20, 2018
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The developer of a school shooting video game condemned by parents of slain children has lost the ability to sell its products online after being dumped by PayPal.Acid Software said Tuesday that purchases of "Active Shooter" were "temporarily disabled" as its representatives...
AP Explains: Where do kids split from parents go? | WPRI
WPRI | June 20, 2018
PHOENIX (AP) — The Trump administration has not figured out a way to reunite families separated by a new zero-tolerance policy enacted this year that's resulted in more than 2,000 kids being taken from their parents.That's raised concerns about what happens to them and how long it will take to reu...
Trump signs executive order ending child-parent separation | WPRI
WPRI | June 20, 2018
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed an executive order Wednesday that ends the process of separating children from families after they are detained crossing the U.S. border illegally. Raimondo: RI won't take in migrant children separated from parents » Where do kids split from...
Cranston Dems say they also got rent-free HQ from Carpionato | WPRI
WPRI | June 20, 2018
CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) - Republican gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung was not the only Cranston politician who received a rent-free campaign headquarters from the city’s top developer in recent years, the Target 12 Investigators have learned.The Cranston Democratic City Committee used a retail spa...
State may force presidential candidates to release taxes | WPRI
WPRI | June 20, 2018
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP/WPRI) -- The Rhode Island Senate has passed a bill that would require presidential and vice presidential candidates to file five years' worth of tax returns in order to appear on the state's ballots.The Senate voted 33-3 to pass the measure. A House version has been held in a co...
As fishermen age, concerns about the future of the RI's fishing industry grow | WPRI
WPRI | June 20, 2018
NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (WPRI) -  At the Port of Galilee Wednesday morning, the Excalibur brought in a boat full of monk fish. For the Heather Lynn, it was summer squid. Kevin Jones is the Heather Lynn's captain. He says he has watched Rhode Island's fishing industry age. "There’s no young people," ...
American Medical Association urging regulators to block CVS-Aetna merger | WPRI
WPRI | June 20, 2018
(WPRI) - After months of merger analysis, The American Medical Association says it is urging regulators to block the CVS-Aetna merger.The AMA's president outlined the reasons for the organization's opposition while testifying at a hearing at the California Department of Insurance Tuesday. The A...
Raimondo: RI won't support border policy, take in migrant children | WPRI
WPRI | June 20, 2018
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- Gov. Gina Raimondo on Wednesday called on President Donald Trump to end his administration's controversial zero-tolerance border policy that's resulted in migrant children being separated from their parents.Speaking to reporters at the State House, Raimondo said if the T...
'Lavaberg' from Kilauea seen floating off Hawaii | WPRI
WPRI | June 20, 2018
(CBS) — Tourists traveling in a boat were surprised by floating lava from Hawaii's fissure in the sea.Video of the floating lava was posted on social media Tuesday and has since garnered at least 16,000 views.Social media user, Joshua Burbank, who filmed the video captioned "One of the strangest ...
Disney ups Twenty-First Century Fox to more than $70.3B | WPRI
WPRI | June 20, 2018
NEW YORK (AP) — The mouse is chasing the fox.Disney is upping the ante for Fox, making a $70.3 billion counterbid for Fox's entertainment businesses following Comcast's $65 billion offer for the company.The battle for Twenty-First Century Fox reflects a new imperative among entertainment and telec...
Providence's $749M budget wins first approval from council | WPRI
WPRI | June 20, 2018
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Providence is one step closer to finalizing its budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.The City Council voted 13-0 Wednesday to give first approval to a $749-million tax-and-spending plan that includes no increase in the tax rate for the fifth consecutive year. Two...
Police: Cranston man beat family member with hammer, glass vase | WPRI
WPRI | June 20, 2018
CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) -- A Cranston man is facing charges after police say he seriously wounded a family member during a fight Tuesday night.City police said they took Raymond Basker into custody after investigating the incident at 85 Burbank St.Officers responded just before 9 p.m. to reports of a ...
With home prices at 10-year high, housing advocates hope for more development | WPRI
WPRI | June 20, 2018
WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) -- The median price for a home in Rhode Island has hit record numbers, and a group advocating for affordable housing for all Rhode Islanders said Wednesday the high prices reflect high demand and low supply.The median price of single-family homes sold in Rhode Island reached $27...
State's emergency management director tapped for FEMA post | WPRI
WPRI | June 20, 2018
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The director of the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency has been nominated for a top post at the Federal Emergency Management Agency.The White House issued a statement Wednesday stating that Peter Gaynor has been nominated to be deputy administrator of FEMA. The nomina...
Providence Journal | June 20, 2018
Eliminating the costly requirement to have at least one school resource officer at every public school gained the support of the Rhode Island Police Chiefs' Association, but questions remain about training, chain of command and fairness in state reimbursements for the officers' salaries.