PROVIDENCE, RI – More powerful thunderstorms are expected Thursday afternoon through the evening. The biggest danger, according to the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency, is for damaging winds and large hail. Heavy downpours could also cause flooding.
The National Weather Service says the time frame of greatest risk appears to be between 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm, but there could also be severe thunderstorms earlier.
PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island is experiencing a spike in the number of gay and bi-sexual men with syphilis or HIV and the federal government is trying to figure out why.
The state department of health called on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for help when it noticed that the number of syphilis cases among men who have sex with men jumped from 20 to 54 in just two years.
PROVIDENCE, RI – The Chafee administration is using an unusual approach to overcome federal opposition to adding tolls on Interstate 95.
The US Department of Transportation opposes adding tolls to pay for highway repairs. But Rhode Island hopes to qualify for a federal pilot program permitting up to three states to implement tolls to improve existing interstates.
PROVIDENCE, RI – Cities across the state are opening up cooling centers to help get residents out of the heat. The National Weather Service says it could get as hot as 93 degrees on Wedensday, 97 degrees on Thursday.
This list will grow as more municipalities open up cooling centers, but here's a list of centers that have been announced so far.
Providence, RI – By MEGAN HALL Rhode Islanders will have a chance to weigh in on proposed health insurance rate increases at a public meeting at 4:30 this afternoon at the Department of Labor and Training.
The requests for raising the price of small and large employer based insurance range from the single digits to the double digits.
Providence, RI – It's official. Steward Health Care System is committed to buying Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket.
The parent company of the Caritas Christi hospital chain in Massachusetts has signed a purchase agreement with Landmark. Steward has committed to spending more than 70 million dollars on the hospital, including nearly 50 million dollars in improving the building and replacing out of date equipment.