Election Central 2018

Raimondo leads Fung in latest poll

Raimondo leads Fung in latest poll

By Tessa Roy, WPRO News Governor Gina Raimondo has widened her lead over Republican challenger Mayor Allan Fung in the latest WPRI/Roger Williams University poll. Raimondo stands at 43%, Fung at 36%, and Independent Joe Trillo at 7%. Trillo, according to pollster Joe Fleming, could be a roadblock to a Fung victory as Trillo’s supporters…

Fourth Democrat says no to Mattiello

Fourth Democrat says no to Mattiello

By Paul Zangari and Tessa Roy, WPRO News Election season is still underway, but that hasn’t stopped some members of the Rhode Island House from distancing themselves from House Speaker Nick Mattiello. On Wednesday, Jamestown and Middletown Representative Deborah Ruggiero became the fourth Democrat to back away from supporting him for another term as Speaker. “I don’t…

Raimondo, Fung spar over schools

Raimondo, Fung spar over schools

By Tessa Roy, WPRO News Governor Gina Raimondo, standing in front of Cranston High School East, criticized her GOP challenger Mayor Allan Fung’s management of Cranston school buildings and asked why he wouldn’t support her school construction bond. “One of the questions I have for the mayor is why not? Why haven’t you prioritized rebuilding…

Biden to stump for Rhode Island Democrats

Biden to stump for Rhode Island Democrats

State Democratic Party officials say Biden will headline a rally at the Rhode Island Convention Center on Sunday, Sept. 30. The event will be free and open to the public.

Fung campaign, homeowner speak out on hanged campaign sign

Fung campaign, homeowner speak out on hanged campaign sign

By WPRO News and The Associated Press Mayor Allan Fung’s gubernatorial campaign expressed disgust after one of their campaign signs was found hanging on a noose in a yard in Chepachet on Tuesday. The yard also featured signs supporting GOP candidate for U.S. Senate Bob Flanders and independent candidate for governor Joe Trillo. Homeowner Ray…

PODCAST: Representative Moira Walsh not backing Mattiello

PODCAST: Representative Moira Walsh not backing Mattiello

By WPRO News After winning her primary last week, Representative Moira Walsh is unfazed by House Speaker Nick Mattiello’s support for her opponent, an ex-Republican Trump supporter Michael Earnheart. The race between Walsh and Earnheart made national headlines after the state Democratic party endorsed and later rescinded its support for Earnheart. “Honestly, I kind of…

 

Local News

Fire department warns of phone scammers posing as retirees

Fire department warns of phone scammers posing as retirees

TIVERTON, R.I. (AP) – A Rhode Island fire department says phone scammers are posing as representatives collecting money for retirees. WPRI-TV reports the Tiverton Fire Department has received complaints about people raising money for the department’s retirees. Officials say they aren’t collecting donations through the phone. The department says Local 1703 IAFF, the local firefighters…

Hotplates, heaters to be given residents after gas disaster

Hotplates, heaters to be given residents after gas disaster

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) – Hotplates for cooking and space heaters for warmth will be distributed to thousands of Massachusetts residents left without natural gas following a series of explosions and fires. Utility officials, meanwhile, pledged Friday to restore natural gas service by Nov. 19 as they replace 48 miles of natural gas pipeline. The Sept.…

Providence gears up for potential bus driver strike

Providence gears up for potential bus driver strike

By Tessa Roy, WPRO News and The Associated Press As contract negotiations between a bus drivers union and bus company stall, Providence is preparing in case the drivers go on strike. Mayor Jorge Elorza said the city considered alternate transportation options like other bus companies, RIPTA, Uber, or taxis, but none ended up being feasible.…

Car wash owner charged with allowing illegal animal surgery

Car wash owner charged with allowing illegal animal surgery

32-year-old Daniel Guerriero was released on $20,000 personal recognizance after appearing in court Thursday to face charges of felony unauthorized practice of veterinary medicine, misdemeanor unnecessary animal cruelty, and misdemeanor conspiracy.

 
 

Arts + Lifestyle

Rhythm & Roots Festival brings a dance party to Charlestown

Rhythm & Roots Festival brings a dance party to Charlestown

By Steve Klamkin WPRO News Dancers held sway this weekend as the annual Rhythm and Roots Festival brought a wide range of music to Ninigret Park in Charlestown, where thousands of fans camped out and partied all day and into the night. Old favorites joined newer acts to celebrate ‘roots’ music, including Cajun, zydeco and…

First Rhode Island Blues Festival

First Rhode Island Blues Festival

Blues fans were in their glory on Sunday as the first Rhode Island Blues Festival drew several hundred fans to Cranston’s Mulligan’s Island event center, to see top flight blues acts, including Marcia Ball, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Selwyn Birchwood and more

CHICAGO Preview: One on One with Mama

CHICAGO Preview: One on One with Mama

“Chicago” opens Friday, Aug. 18 and runs through Sept. 15 at Theatre by the Sea, 364 Cards Pond Road, Wakefield. Tickets start at $52 and may be obtained by calling 401.782.8587 or online at www.theatrebythesea.com.





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