Rhode Island

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Eight acrobats, seriously injured during a circus accident in Providence, are now suing the Rhode Island Convention Center and the arena’s management company. The acrobats sustained injuries during a performance in 2014.

As the acrobats dangled from a steel truss some 20 feet in the air, a carabiner snapped, sending them hurtling to the ground. Eight female performers were injured, some had to learn how to walk again and several will never return to their former profession, according to a lawsuit filed this week in Providence.

Rhode Islanders Try To Beat The Heat, As Temps Climb Into The 90s

Jul 6, 2016
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The mercury has already climbed above 90 degrees in Providence. 

Elisabeth Harrison

Starting in September, every public school in Providence will designate teams to meet one-on-one with transgender students and their families. Providence Public Schools spokesperson Laura Hart said it’s part of a new policy aimed at making sure schools respect the rights of transgender and other gender non-conforming students.


  After admitting to cheating on emissions tests, car manufacturer Volkswagon will pay more than $10 billion in settlements across the U.S. $570 million could go to drivers affected in the Ocean State.

Between 2009 and 2015, the German car manufacturer sold nearly 500,000 affected cars in the U.S. More than 3,000 of those were sold in Rhode Island.

Despite cheating on emissions tests, these diesel engine cars, including Passats, Jettas, and Beetles, were often sold as being environmentally friendly or "green."


The State Police have launched an investigation into a state representative who faces questions about whether he lives in his district. 

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Providence-based band the Low Anthem has just released its fourth full-length album,“eyeland,” the group’s first major release in 5 years.


A crackdown on impaired boating kicks off this weekend. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management will increase boat patrols in waterways starting Friday through Sunday.


After more than 24 hours on the floor, Democratic members of the House of Representatives have ended their sit-in in the House chamber.

The lawmakers were demanding hearings on gun-control legislation. RI Representatives David Cicilline and Jim Langevin were among them.

Rhode Island’s two representatives joined their Democratic colleagues in chastising Republican lawmakers for refusing to hear, what they call quote “common sense” gun control legislation.

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Central Falls High School has just graduated more than a dozen seniors who are the first in Rhode Island to receive special recognition for speaking and reading two languages. 

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House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello says the all-night session that closed out the legislative session will not happen again on his watch. Lawmakers concluded their 2016 session after sunrise on Saturday.

The Providence Board of Canvassers will hold a hearing Tuesday, to consider whether state Rep. John Carnevale lives in his district.

Following an undercover report last week by WPRI-TV, state Republican chairman Brandon Bell filed a complaint against Carnevale.

Bell’s complaint asks the Canvassers Board to consider whether Carnevale really lives at his listed address in Providence. Carnevale maintains he does live at the Providence location.

WPRI’s undercover report found Carnevale a frequent presence at a property he owns outside his district in Johnston.

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Thousands turned out for Rhode Island’s Pride Festival Saturday. Organizers expected the event to draw exceptionally large crowds following the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando.

Spirits were high among those who thronged the blocked-off street, lined with dozens of booths representing everything from LGBTQ athletic clubs, wedding planners, and dozens of vendors.

Lenore Costa came to the event from Swansea, Massachusetts.


The state department of labor put out its monthly jobs report Thursday. The numbers show mixed news for the state.

Once burdened with one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, Rhode Island’s most recent rate stood at 5.4 percent, for the sixth consecutive month. 

That’s down about a point from the same time last year, but still more than a point higher than the national average.

The number of jobs in the state dropped by two-thousand between April and May. 

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Rhode Island’s largest health system posted a $9 million dollar net loss for the 2015 fiscal year. Those losses come in part from Lifespan’s behavioral health entity, Gateway Healthcare.

But total operating revenue is up slightly over the previous year, as are expenses.

In its most recent annual report, Lifespan details more growth: the addition of more than 200 employees, and a boost in the number of outpatient visits over last year.

LGBT advocates have scheduled a vigil Tuesday at Roger Williams National Memorial park in Providence, in response to the attack in Orlando, Florida, where a gunman opened fire in a nightclub, killing 49 people before he was shot down by police.

Speakers from several gay, lesbian, trans and queer groups will deliver remarks. Governor Gina Raimondo and Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza are also expected to participate.