RICHMOND — In a virtual meeting that lasted more than three-and-a-half hours, members of the Richmond Town Council denied an application by a medical marijuana grower to add a compassion center to his operation. They also heard numerous complaints from neighbors of a homeowner who has opened…

WOOD RIVER JCT. — The COVID-19 pandemic prevented them from gathering in large groups on Independence Day, but residents of the Richmond neighborhoods of Switch Road and Route 91 near Meadow Brook Pond couldn’t even enjoy their own backyards. Thousands of flies from a nearby farm have infest…

The number of high school seniors applying for U.S. federal college aid plunged in the weeks following the sudden closure of school buildings this spring — a time when students were cut off from school counselors, and families hit with financial setbacks were reconsidering plans for higher e…

The minor league affiliate for MLB’s Boston Red Sox and an infamous Providence strip club are among nearly 2,500 companies in Rhode Island that were awarded emergency loans of more than $150,000 as part of Congress’ $2 trillion stimulus package to blunt the economic impact of the coronavirus…

The Fourth of July had many of the traditional trappings in New England despite the coronavirus pandemic: Cheap lobsters, warm weather and barbecues. But absent were large crowds and most public fireworks displays on Saturday.

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island had an increase in the number of new confirmed cases of the coronavirus, but the number of patients hospitalized with the disease continues to decline, the state Department of Health reported Thursday.

    BOSTON (AP) — Gyms, casinos, museums, movie theaters and guided tours are some of the businesses and cultural activities that can begin welcoming back customers and visitors in Massachusetts as the state launches Phase 3 of its reopening plan on Monday.

    Rhode Islanders can invite more people to their weddings, go to a movie theater or museum, and take in some live music beginning Tuesday under regulations for the third phase of the state’s coronavirus economic recovery announced by Gov. Gina Raimondo.

      WAKEFIELD — The Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles has reopened the Wakefield branch at 4808 Tower Hill Road for in-person customer service. Customer service remains appointment-only. Walk-in service is unavailable. To make an appointment, visit

      NEW YORK — When the coronavirus pandemic took hold across the United States in mid-March, forcing schools to close and many children to be locked down in households buffeted by job losses and other forms of stress, many child-welfare experts warned of a likely surge of child abuse.

      Rhode Island officials have increased parking capacity at the state’s beaches from 50% to 75%, but are still urging residents and visitors to follow social distancing rules, while numbers continued to decline and buck the national trend in both Rhode Island and Connecticut.

      ROCKVILLE — The Rockville Root Cause community food initiative began with a simple idea: use sustainable agricultural practices to grow food so no one in the community goes hungry. 

      HARTFORD — Visitation bans at nursing homes have renewed interest in legislation that would allow families to put remote cameras inside the facilities to help see how loved ones are doing.

        PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — After shedding tens of thousands of jobs during the coronavirus pandemic, Rhode Island added jobs and saw a decrease in its unemployment rate last month, the state Department of Labor and Training reported Thursday.