The Coast Guard is looking for the owner of a life jacket found floating in the water near Block Island. The discovery follows several reports of flare sightings on Tuesday evening.
Coast Guard officials say they are treating this as a search and rescue case.
"Anytime we have multiple reports of flare sightings that leads us to believe there may be someone in distress," says Coast Guard Petty Officer Connie Terrell. "That's how we're treating it until we get any further information otherwise."
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Republican Secretary of State candidate Catherine Taylor has conceded the race to Democrat Ralph Mollis.
In a released statement, Taylor congratulated Mollis in what she called a hard fought race. She said the 1.2 percent margin shows the importance of counting every vote, and that the two candidates agreed last night to look at the margin fresh this morning.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Independent Lincoln Chafee won a close race to become Rhode Island's next governor.
His victory comes after months in which his rivals sharply criticized his plan to add a one percent sales tax on currently exempt items. Unofficial results show Chafee with 36 percent, Republican John Robitaille with just under 34 percent, Democrat Frank Caprio with 23 percent, and Moderate Ken Block with just under seven percent.
Chafee vows candor will remain his signature as the state's next governor.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – What a difference a day makes. After casting ballots yesterday, Rhode Islanders have selected a new governor, congressman, attorney general and a host of other public offices. This represents a major shift in the state's political landscape. WRNI's Dave Fallon broke down the results with WRNI Political Analyst Scott MacKay.
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Islanders have approved $177-million in bonds while rejecting a change to the state's official name.
The three bonds will raise millions of dollars for road and bridge repairs across the state chemistry labs at the University of Rhode Island, an arts center for Rhode Island College, improvements to Fort Adams and open space at Rocky Point and India Point.
Providence, RI – Passages. Most of us walk through our lives with a sense that we are part of a journey that is full of mystery, challenge, joys, and the occasional sorrow. The most fortunate among us travel down life's paths with a keen sense of awareness that what we experience today may disappear tomorrow or, perhaps, show up in very different form. Sarah Sutton reminds us how important it is to pay very close attention to the passage of time.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – After months of campaigning and debating by the candidates,today's the day voters pick their candidates.
The Secretary of State's office says there are 537 polling places open across the state. At one of them in Providence, Scott Gunn weathered the 45-degree temperatures and made it to his polling place during the lunch hour.
There are many important races this year and he wanted his voice to be heard, Dunn said.