Rhode Island


  • Chemical firm pleads guilty to clean air violation Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 10:23 AM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.— A Massachusetts- based chemical company has pleaded guilty to violating the Clean Air Act at a facility it owned in Rhode Island. Roberts Chemical Co., now based in Attleboro, Massachusetts, pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in Providence as part of a plea deal with prosecutors.

  • Unemployment rises in most US states in July Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 11:34 AM ET

    The Labor Department said Monday that unemployment rates fell in eight states in July and were unchanged in 12. At the same time, hiring rose in 36 states, fell in 13, and was unchanged in Iowa. Mississippi had the highest unemployment rate in July, at 8 percent, its first month with the highest since the 2008-2009 Great Recession.

  • Cianci sauce made no money for charity in 4 years Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 11:07 AM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.— Former Mayor Buddy Cianci's face beams from the label of his Mayor's Own Marinara Sauce, which also promises that sales are "Benefiting Providence School Children" and have helped hundreds of students attend college.

  • RI unemployment rate falls to 7.7 percent in July Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 3:08 PM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.— Rhode Island's unemployment rate fell slightly to 7.7 percent in July, down two-tenths of a percentage point from June, when it was tied with Mississippi as having the highest unemployment rate in the nation, according to new numbers released by the state Department of Labor and Training on Thursday.

  • Gas prices drop 2 cents to $3.58 per gallon in RI Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 | 11:56 AM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.— The price of gasoline in Rhode Island has fallen slightly this week, to an average of $3.58 per gallon for regular. In its weekly survey released Tuesday, AAA Southern New England says the price dropped 2 cents a gallon in the Ocean State. Prices in Rhode Island are still 11 cents more than the national average of $3.47 per gallon.

  • Rhode Island home prices drop 4 percent in June Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 | 6:46 AM ET

    WARWICK, R.I.— The Rhode Island Association of Realtors says the state's median home price dropped 4 percent in June compared with the same month last year, but it's still the second-highest price in six years. That was down from $240,000 in June 2013, which was the highest median price since August 2008.

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif., Aug 11- All smartphones sold in California would have to come with a "kill switch" to render them inoperable if lost or stolen under a bill passed by the legislature on Monday, the latest effort to stem an epidemic of phone theft in the most populous U.S. state.

  • Penn National moving ahead with $225M slot parlor Sunday, 10 Aug 2014 | 9:05 AM ET

    PLAINVILLE, Mass.— Plans to open the state's first slot parlor are moving forward at a harness racing track near the Rhode Island state line despite a vote in three months on whether to repeal Massachusetts' 2011 casino law, which made the project possible.

  • Smartphones must include 'kill switch' under bill Thursday, 7 Aug 2014 | 1:44 PM ET

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California is on the verge of becoming the latest state to require technology that can disable smartphones when they're stolen. Mark Leno, D- San Francisco, passed the state Assembly 51-18 Thursday and will return to the Senate for a final vote on amendments.

  • Report: Spending by New Englanders strongest in US Thursday, 7 Aug 2014 | 1:24 PM ET

    Individually, consumers spent more in New England— $44,549— in 2012 than in any other region in the United States, according to the statistics from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

  • Consumer spending still lags in RI since recession Thursday, 7 Aug 2014 | 12:41 PM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.— Consumer spending in Rhode Island has rebounded since the depths of the Great Recession, but new numbers released by the federal government Thursday show the state still lags behind New England and the nation.

  • Maine spends more on gasoline, less on housing Thursday, 7 Aug 2014 | 11:24 AM ET

    The figure is the second-lowest in New England, above only Rhode Island, but is more than the national average of $35,498. The report found Maine spent the most out of the New England states on gasoline at $2,373 per capita. Maine's per capita expenditure of $5,803 on housing and utilities was the lowest of the six New England states.

  • WASHINGTON, July 31- U.S. consumers who purchase private health coverage through the federal Obamacare website HealthCare.gov are likely to find only modestly higher premiums but may still have technical problems signing up, a top health official said on Thursday.

  • SPENCER, Mass., July 24- Tucked off a two-lane highway in a hilly, wooded section of central Massachusetts, a group of Roman Catholic monks has embraced a centuries-old tradition they hope can sustain their aging members in a world of rapidly rising health costs.

  • New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, has backed the proposed increase to $8.50 from the current $7.25 an hour, but the bill has met heavy resistance in the state senate, where Republicans have a power sharing agreement with a breakaway group of Democrats.

  • U.S. lawmakers urge ban on e-cigarettes on airplanes Tuesday, 10 Jun 2014 | 4:15 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, June 10- E-cigarette use should be banned on domestic flights and those to or from the United States, seven U.S. senators said on Tuesday in a letter urging the Department of Transportation to finalize rules proposed almost three years ago.

  • WASHINGTON, June 1- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans on Monday to propose a 30 percent cut in carbon dioxide emissions from the country's existing power plants by 2030, people briefed on the proposal told Reuters. The White House and the EPA declined to confirm or comment on the rules before they are released.

  • May 30- The City of Los Angeles has sued JPMorgan Chase& Co, accusing the largest U.S. bank of engaging in discriminatory mortgage lending practices that drove up foreclosures among minority borrowers.

  • BOSTON, May 29- Providence, Rhode Island, filed a federal lawsuit against Santander Bank on Thursday alleging it has refused to make prime mortgages available in the city's minority neighborhoods, a charge the bank rejected.

  • Scenes From Hurricane Sandy Friday, 23 May 2014 | 2:29 PM ET

    The East Coast's most populated region is struggling to recover from devastating Hurricane Sandy, its worst storm in generations.