WESTERLY — The Town Council decided by consensus Monday to have the town attorney review a proposed ordinance that would prohibit retail stores from providing or selling single-use plastic bags and to provide a recommended version of the ordinance for the council's next workshop meeting.
CareLink, a nonprofit management organization, and PACE Organization of Rhode Island, a health plan that helps older adults live independently in the community, recently announced upcoming changes to the leadership structure of both organizations.
PROVIDENCE — Gas prices in the state are up six cents this week and have risen by 17 cents over the past month, but the costs remain below those of just a year ago.
WESTERLY — Officers arrested two men on suspicion of driving under the influence last Wednesday, the first on a warrant from a previous crash and the second after police said he turned onto Sosoa Lane in front of an officer with sparks emanating from a wheel of his truck.
PROVIDENCE — The U.S. Supreme Court declined to intervene Monday in a fight over control of the nation's oldest synagogue and its religious bells worth millions, leaving in place a ruling that the Rhode Island synagogue will remain the property of a New York congregation.
HARTFORD — A reputed Connecticut mobster who federal authorities believe is the last surviving person of interest in the largest art heist in history criticized government officials Monday as he adjusted to being back home after finishing a four-year prison sentence for weapons crimes.
BISMARCK, N.D.— Federal prosecutors in North Dakota are seeking a prison sentence for a Rhode Island woman who funneled lottery scam money between the U.S. and Jamaica that's more than double what they sought for the scheme's ringleader.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Unlike the Rhode Island House, where every argument and compromise in its committee hearings is recorded, the state Senate is unusually camera shy.
WESTERLY — Rhode Island Wing, the state's branch of the Civil Air Patrol, is looking for young people interested in learning about aviation and aerospace or adults who would like to serve the organization which functions as the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary.
PROVIDENCE — For states looking to profit off the new world of legal sports betting, there’s an app for that. The question for state lawmakers: Should they allow it?
WESTERLY — The Washington Trust Company is holding its 19th annual Peanut Butter Drive through the end of April to benefit the Rhode Island Community Food Bank and local food pantries across Rhode Island and Southeastern Connecticut.
WESTERLY — The Southern Rhode Island Conservation District will use an Urban Agriculture Conservation Grant to assist citizens and groups engaged in urban agriculture in their backyards and at community green spaces in Westerly.
WESTERLY — The Westerly Armory is creating a rolling PowerPoint presentation showing people, scenes and artifacts from the town to help celebrate Westerly’s 350th anniversary. It is looking for people to submit photos of 5- to 21-year-olds posing with an armory museum artifact of their choic…
NEW SHOREHAM (AP) — The Rhode Island Airport Corp. has reached an agreement to bring back a company that provided flight services at Block Island State Airport.
PROVIDENCE — The Rhode Island Department of Health announced Friday that Butterball LLC has recalled 78,164 pounds of raw ground turkey products that may be contaminated with the Salmonella Schwarzengrund bacteria.
WESTERLY — Teacher layoffs might be an inevitable outcome of reductions to the proposed 2019-20 education budget recommended by the Board of Finance, Superintendent of Schools Mark Garceau said Thursday.
NORTH SCITUATE — The acting director of Rhode Island's E-911 call center has been relieved of duties and reassigned to another position after officials said he had been training employees in basic first aid without certification.
WESTERLY — The School Committee voted 4-2 Wednesday to turn over the Bradford School building to the town. The school has been vacant since the last day of school in 2017.
WESTERLY — As the Board of Finance heads toward a budget recommendation for 2019-20 that carries a tax levy increase in the area of 2.81 percent, the board's chairman is calling for a close look at services provided by the town and how certain expenses are justified.
An Ashaway man who dived into the Pawcatuck River to rescue a man from a sinking car on New Year's Day was honored by the state Senate on Tuesday.
PROVIDENCE (AP) — Health officials are encouraging Rhode Island residents to carry an overdose-reversal medication because of the number of opioid overdoses that occur in public places.
COVENTRY — As southern New England grapples with the demise of much of the oak canopy, a forestry group is holding a free workshop to discuss the problem and possible ways to address it.
WESTERLY — Wood River Health Services plans to expand its presence in the region's health care market this summer by opening an office in Westerly offering primary care with integrated behavioral health services.
WESTERLY — They may have graduated from Westerly High School in different centuries, but the digital age has brought them together — along with a mutual allegiance to their alma mater, an appreciation for the education they received there, and an eagerness to lend a hand to those in need.
WESTERLY — Heritage Harbor Foundation has awarded the Westerly Armory a $3,500 grant to revise and reprint a booklet on the 18 historic armories of Rhode Island.
CHARLESTOWN — St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 15 East Beach Road, will hold a one-day Vacation Camp on Monday, April 15, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church. The camp will include singing, storytelling and crafts for children ages 3 years (with preschool experience) to fifth grade.
WESTERLY — An Exeter man charged within the past month with several counts of sexual assault, including one incident involving an 18-year-old disabled man, was associated with a Boy Scout troop that meets in the parish hall of Immaculate Conception Church, the church's pastor said Friday.
NORTH STONINGTON — The North Stonington Garden Club is now accepting applications for the 2019 Anna Coit Memorial Scholarship. The $1,500 scholarship is granted annually to a student pursuing higher education in agriculture, conservation, environmental studies, horticulture, landscape design…
WESTERLY — The Board of Finance will recommend implementation of a teacher retirement incentive to Superintendent of Schools Mark Garceau as a means to reduce operating expenses.
PROVIDENCE — Lawmakers in the Rhode Island House of Representatives approved a bill Thursday to enshrine abortion protections in state law.
Single-family home sales in South County declined nearly 18 percent in January, compared with the same month last year, according to figures released by the Rhode Island Association of Realtors and its subsidiary, the State-Wide Multiple Listing Service. There were closings in all nine towns…
PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island's unemployment rate held steady at 4 percent in January, but the number of jobs in the state fell by 1,700, the state Department of Labor and Training said Thursday. The state's unemployment rate is the same as the national rate. It's four-tenths of a percentage po…
WESTERLY — Tim Killam, the School Committee's newest member, says that getting more information about the proposed school building project is one of his top priorities.