Category Archives: Local News

Adult-use marijuana now on sale in Rhode Island

Adult-use marijuana now on sale in Rhode Island

Recreational marijuana can now be legally purchased in Rhode Island, with the December 1 start of adult-use cannabis sales at five state-sanctioned compassion centers under a newly enacted law. MORE

New England senators seek help to avoid energy disruptions

New England senators seek help to avoid energy disruptions

Senators from Connecticut, Vermont and Maine called on the Biden administration Tuesday to bring together federal, state and regional officials to find ways to prevent possible energy disruptions this winter across New England, while Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island urged the Biden administration to add more money to make additional heating aid available for the winter season. MORE

Coat exchange draws hundreds to the State House lawn

Coat exchange draws hundreds to the State House lawn

Hundreds of people lined up for a free winter coat, hat or gloves on “Black Friday” in a long-standing tradition, the “Buy Nothing Day Coat Exchange”, where “gently used” donated items are handed out to those in need, no questions asked.MORE

Back in RI, Raimondo talks up broadband, business

Back in RI, Raimondo talks up broadband, business

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo came home to Rhode Island Monday, to address a business group and to announce a planning grant for the state as the Biden administration rolls out a $65 billion plan to expand broadband access nationwide.MORE

Officer acquitted of assaulting woman at abortion rally

Officer acquitted of assaulting woman at abortion rally

A Rhode Island police officer charged with punching a political rival at an abortion rights rally was acquitted Wednesday of a misdemeanor simple assault charge by a judge who determined that his actions were justified because he was trying to maintain public order.MORE

US offshore wind energy industry faces blowback from locals

US offshore wind energy industry faces blowback from locals

Thousands of wind turbines have been proposed for areas along the U.S. coastline as the nation tries to meet an ambitious goal of deploying enough of them offshore by 2030 to power 10 million homes. So far, just one project is up and running, in Rhode Island, while another is under construction off Virginia, where two of an expected 176 turbines are operating.MORE

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