Rhode Island

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Dad Backs Trump, Son Doesn't: They're Running for Same Seat

The two drove to city hall together to file papers in Rhode Island

(Newser) - A father and son in Rhode Island who disagree about President Trump are running for the same office, one as a Republican, the other as an Independent. David Quiroa Sr., 47, and David Quiroa Jr., 22, both filed Tuesday to run for a state House seat currently held by a... More »

Big Move in One State Could Keep Trump Off 2020 Ballot

Rhode Island bill would make all presidential hopefuls release tax returns to get on ballot

(Newser) - Gayle Goldin wants to make sure future presidential candidates fully reveal any potential conflicts of interest. That's why the Democratic state senator from Rhode Island is now sponsoring a bill that would require Oval Office hopefuls to release five years' worth of tax returns—meaning President Trump could see... More »

10 Most, Least Valuable US States

In the Lower 48, New Jersey ranks No. 1, while Wyoming brings up the bottom

(Newser) - If we had to place a price tag on how much the 1.9 billion acres in the Lower 48 are worth, economist William Larson puts it at $23 trillion. But to determine how individual states fare, 24/7 Wall St. looked more closely at a 2015 paper by Larson that... More »

America's Best Summer Job? Nudist Campground's Lifeguard

Winning candidate doesn't need to don a swimsuit

(Newser) - A Rhode Island nudist campground is looking for a lifeguard, and the uniform is cheap: nothing. The Providence Journal reports Dyer Woods Nudist Campgrounds' help wanted notice for a lifeguard this summer says qualified candidates must have "excellent communication skills" and the ability to "work as part of... More »

Lawmaker Dumps Proposed Outhouse Ban Bill

Bill called for all outhouses in Rhode Island to be 'abandoned, filled up, and destroyed'

(Newser) - A Rhode Island lawmaker who introduced a bill that would ban outhouses in the state says he is withdrawing the legislation, the AP reports. Republican Rep. Justin Price said Wednesday he is pulling the measure ahead of a scheduled State house hearing. Price says the issue should be addressed by... More »

RI State Senator, 27, Charged With Extorting Sex

Nicholas Kettle has pleaded not guilty

(Newser) - A grand jury indictment unsealed Monday accuses a Republican state senator of extorting sex from a page in the Senate's page program. The indictment was unsealed as Senate Minority Whip Nicholas Kettle was arraigned on two counts of extortion in Providence Superior Court. Kettle, of Coventry, is accused of... More »

This State Is the Best to Spend Your Golden Years In

Florida ranks at the top of the best states for retirement

(Newser) - Trying to plan ahead for where you'll spend your golden years? WalletHub has done a good portion of the legwork for you, looking closely at three categories—affordability, health care, and overall quality of life—in all 50 states to see which ones offer the best retirement options. The... More »

This State Has the Highest Cancer Rate

It's Kentucky, with Delaware and Louisiana trailing

(Newser) - Cancer may be the second leading cause of death in the US, but its effects across the country vary widely. Kentucky, for example, sees 514 cancer diagnoses per 100,000 people, the highest rate in the nation. New Mexico, on the other hand, has the lowest rate at 370 per... More »

City Must Pay Private Tuition of Girl Raped at School

Victim was 13 when assaulted by fellow student at public school in Pawtucket, RI

(Newser) - A federal judge has ordered the Rhode Island city of Pawtucket to pay private school tuition for a girl who was raped by another student in a public school bathroom when she was 13. George Hovarth, who represents the girl identified in court papers as Jane Doe, told the AP... More »

A Teacher of the Year's Photo With Trump Is Going Viral

Thanks to a rainbow pin and black fan

(Newser) - Rhode Island's Teacher of the Year is drawing attention for his display of LGBT pride in a photo-op with President Trump, the AP reports. The photo from Nikos Giannopoulos' visit to the Oval Office in April shows the teacher wearing a rainbow pin on his suit jacket; he is... More »

City Tells Man to Get Rid of His Seriously Smelly Driveway

Man used unwashed shells to pave driveway, then came flies and maggots

(Newser) - A Rhode Island town's long, smelly nightmare is finally over. Two weeks ago, a Tiverton resident used unwashed clam shells to pave an access road on his property, the AP reports. The shells still had bits of clam meat stuck to them, eventually drawing flies and maggots while creating... More »

Neighbor's Choice of Road Material Brings Stink, Maggots

And Rhode Island residents aren't happy about it

(Newser) - Crushed seashells are one of the best surfaces for making paths and driveways on your property, according to this helpful landscaping website . But some Rhode Islanders are learning the hard way it's ideal if the shells are cleaned first. Residents in Tiverton say a neighbor recently dumped thousands of... More »

10 States With the Biggest Drug Problems

DC leads pack, followed by Vermont, Colorado

(Newser) - The United States as a whole is battling an opioid epidemic, but certain states are harder hit by drugs than others. Colorado, for example, has the highest percentage of teenagers and adults who use illicit drugs, while West Virginia has the most overdose deaths per capita, reports WalletHub . The site... More »

Tribal Chief Who Signed Treaty With Pilgrims to Be Reburied

Massasoit Ousamequin's remains were scattered when a railroad was built

(Newser) - The remains of the Wampanoag leader who forged a peaceful relationship with the Pilgrims will be reburied at his original gravesite in Rhode Island, the AP reports. Members of the Wampanoag Nation have spent 20 years tracking down the remains and artifacts of Massasoit Ousamequin. It was their "spiritual... More »

New England Wants to Dump the Clock Change

Lawmakers contemplating ditching daylight saving switch, joining Atlantic Standard Time

(Newser) - New England really wants to get ahead—by one hour. The New York Times reports on the movement that's afoot in that region for some states to transition permanently to the Atlantic Standard Time zone, ignoring the changing of the clocks that takes place at the start and end... More »

Lawmaker Shocked by 'Insane' State House Boozing

RI Rep. Moira Walsh says it 'blows her mind'

(Newser) - A new state lawmaker says she's surprised by the "insane amount of drinking" that goes on in the Rhode Island State House. Providence Democratic Rep. Moira Walsh told WPRO-AM Tuesday that lawmakers have "file cabinets full of booze." She described how they recently took shots on... More »

Steps From Home, Tragedy for 97-Year-Old Twins

Rhode Island sisters apparently froze to death after both falling outside

(Newser) - A double tragedy took the lives of 97-year-old twin sisters over the weekend in Rhode Island. Jean Haley and Martha Williams were found Saturday morning after both fell outside the door of Haley's home in Barrington on Friday night, reports the Providence Journal . Police don't suspect foul play.... More »

Wind Energy Just Got a Big Boost in US

Nation's first offshore wind farm opens off coast of Rhode Island

(Newser) - The nation's first offshore wind farm has opened off the coast of Rhode Island, ushering in a new era in the US. Deepwater Wind built five turbines 3 miles off Block Island to power about 17,000 homes, a project costing about $300 million. It announced Monday that the... More »

Boarding School Settles Over Decades of Sexual Abuse

At least 30 former students say they were abused at St. George's in Rhode Island

(Newser) - A 120-year-old boarding school in Rhode Island has settled with up to 30 former students who claim they were sexually abused by staff there, the AP reports. According to the Boston Globe , the details of the financial settlement weren't revealed, but a lawyer for the victims calls it "... More »

Body Found in Trunk After Ex-Cop Kills Himself

Former Providence officer Franklin Osgood shot himself after police chase

(Newser) - A former police officer killed himself Saturday night after a highway chase with state police, who later discovered the body of the officer's wife in the vehicle's trunk, the AP reports. Franklin Osgood, 61, was a former police officer in Providence, RI, where police say they received a... More »

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