Rhode Island

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The Port of New Bedford is often touted as the most lucrative in North America. That’s thanks mainly to the popularity, and apparent abundance, of scallops. But the success of scallops may be masking hard times for other parts of the fishing industry.


Eleven states, including four in New England, have sued the Trump Administration over its decision to suspend the 2015 “Clean Water Rule”.

The Clean Water Rule closed a loophole in the Clean Water Act. It defined exactly what streams, rivers, lakes, and wetlands were protected by the Act. Before it was enacted in 2015, certain rain-fed streams and wetlands were not protected.

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The state attorney general’s office continues to investigate the officer-involved shooting that resulted in the death of a civilian last November.

The shootout along interstate 95 involved officers from State and Providence Police. It came after a standoff with a suspected related to the theft of a State Police cruiser. Both departments conducted their own investigations.

State police told RIPR they wrapped up their investigation in December, and have turned the results over to the Rhode Island Attorney General.

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When President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address Tuesday, his audience in the House chamber will include a number “Dreamers” who could face deportation as early as March — including one who grew up in Portland, Maine.


A Johnston woman faces deportation even though her attorney said she has no criminal record.

With No Immigration Deal, New England DACA Recipients Still In Limbo

Jan 24, 2018

An agreement on the future of so-called Dreamers has been a stumbling block for Congress. As they passed a measure to reopen the federal government this week, Republican Senate leaders assured Democrats that they will take up the issue soon.


Fourteen Rhode Island cities and towns are joining a growing legal attack on the makers of prescription opioids.  Lieutenant Governor Dan McKee announced Monday he is leading the local leaders in filing a public nuisance lawsuit targeting makers and wholesalers of prescription opioids. 

Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

The PawSox stadium proposal passed last week by the Rhode Island Senate is expected to undergo some changes when the plan gets introduced at the Rhode Island House of Representatives.

Providence elementary school principal Violet LeMar is appealing the guilty verdict handed down Monday for failing to report allegations of sexual assault at her school. LeMar is the first educator to be found guilty under a new state reporting law.

The new law was adopted in 2016, and requires educators to notify DCYF within 24 hours of abuse allegations at schools. LeMar, principal at Harry Kizirian elementary school in Providence, was accused of initiating an internal investigation when allegations of abuse of students by a gym teacher came to light.

Diane Barense

Large crowds of marchers packed the Rhode Island State House steps and lawn on Saturday, the one-year anniversary of the Women's March to protest the inauguration of President Donald Trump. 

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Rhode Island didn’t make the short list for Amazon’s much anticipated new headquarters, but Boston did. Boston is among 20 cities that the tech giant says could fit the bill for a new headquarters.

Rhode Island State Senator Nicholas Kettle has no plans to resign, that according to his attorney.

Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Providence College will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy with a week-long series of events culminating in a speech by Bernice King, his daughter.

Providence public schools have announced a new effort to train more teachers of English as a second language.

A 15-year-old boy has been charged in connection with with an assault by intruders at a Providence high school.

Police said the 15-year-old and another young man were let into the Juanita Sanchez Educational Complex through a side entrance on Wednesday and attempted to rob a student.

One of the young men hit the student in the head with a handgun, police said, before fleeing the building.