PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island municipalities have been awarded nearly $25 million in federal funding to help revitalize local neighborhoods and support economic development and affordable...
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Members of Congress from Rhode Island and Connecticut are celebrating the signing of federal legislation that protects several rivers in the two states.
Rhode Island awarded $6.5M to fight opioid addiction
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island has been awarded $6.5 million in federal funding to fight opioid addiction.
The state's congressional delegation announced the funding from a Substance...
Pentagon lists possible project cuts to pay for wall
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon sent a 20-page list of military construction projects to Congress on Monday that might be slashed to pay for President Donald Trump's wall along the Mexican border....
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jack Reed says the Defense Department shouldn't move forward with a new policy that will largely bar transgender troops and military recruits from transitioning...
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Federal legislation that protects several rivers in Connecticut and Rhode Island has been signed into law by President Donald Trump.
Rhode Island to replace Henderson Bridge
EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Department of Transportation has announced plans to replace Henderson Bridge.
WJAR-TV reports that the project is expected to bring an...
Federal grant awarded for affordable housing in Rhode Island
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A $6.4 million federal grant has been awarded to finance affordable housing in Rhode Island.
U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, a Rhode Island Democrat, says the Capital Magnet Fund grant was awarded to Rhode Island Housing for the development and preservation of affordable housing.
Reed wrote the law establishing the program in 2008, to support community development financial institutions and nonprofit housing developers.
RI congressional delegation slams national emergency plan
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's all-Democratic congressional delegation has slammed Republican President Donald Trump's plan to declare a national emergency to build a wall along the southern border.
U.S. Sen. Jack Reed called the move "extreme, illogical, and legally dubious" in an emailed statement.
Reed says there is no security emergency at the border, and that Trump's actions could spark a "humanitarian and constitutional crisis."
Bill advances to protect rivers in Rhode Island, Connecticut
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A bill that would make Rhode Island and Connecticut eligible for federal funding to protect rivers has cleared the U.S. Senate.
U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, a Rhode Island Democrat, says the Senate passed legislation Tuesday that includes his language to designate river segments within the Wood-Pawcatuck watershed as part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.
Research vessel for New England oceanographers is named
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A new research vessel for oceanographers in New England has been named the RV Resolution.
Rhode Island Democratic U.S. Sen. Jack Reed says the Resolution will replace RV Endeavor, a research vessel operated by the University of Rhode Island. The Endeavor is more than 40 years old.
Rhode Island delegates skeptical of State of Union speech
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's all-Democratic congressional delegation says they are skeptical of Republican President Donald Trump's calls for Democrats and Republicans to work together during his second State of the Union speech.
U.S. Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Reps. David Cicilline (sihs-ihl-EE'-nee) and Jim Langevin (LAN'-jih-vin) issued statements after the speech Tuesday.
Rhode Island homeless programs awarded $6M in federal grants
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jack Reed says $6 million in federal grants have been awarded to programs to help homeless people in Rhode Island.
The Rhode Island Democrat announced the federal Continuum of Care grants Friday and called on the Trump administration to make the money available quickly.
Officials to celebrate Martin Luther King at annual ceremony
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island political, community and religious leaders plan to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. at the state's annual commemoration of the civil rights leader.
The public is invited to the event, beginning at 4 p.m. Monday at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Providence.
Gov. Gina Raimondo, U.S. Sen. Jack Reed and other elected leaders plan to attend.
New US attorney for Rhode Island, Aaron Weisman, sworn in
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick for the top federal prosecutor in Rhode Island has been sworn in.
The U.S. attorney's office in Rhode Island says Aaron Weisman took the oath of office Monday. Trump announced Weisman's nomination in October and the U.S. Senate confirmed him Jan. 2.
Weisman replaces acting U.S. Attorney Richard Myrus. Myrus assumed the role after U.S. Attorney Stephen Dambruch stepped down to take a position in the state attorney general's office.
Rhode Island congressmen call for government to reopen
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's congressional delegation is calling on President Donald Trump to reopen the federal government.
Democratic U.S. Reps. Jim Langevin (LAN'-jih-vin) and David Cicilline (sihs-ihl-EE'-nee) and U.S. Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse met with federal employees at Rhode Island's main airport in Warwick on Monday.
In a joint statement, they said the partial federal shutdown is causing hardship for employees at T.F. Green Airport and other federal workers.
US Sen. Reed: $100M authorized to combat Alzheimer’s disease
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jack Reed says that a bill he co-sponsored to combat Alzheimer's disease and promote brain health has been signed into law.
The Rhode Island Democrat says Republican President Donald Trump recently signed the Building Our Largest Dementia Infrastructure for Alzheimer's Act. Reed says the act authorizes $100 million over five years to develop a public health approach that will improve prevention, treatment and care for patients with Alzheimer's disease.
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Senate approves Weisman as US attorney for Rhode Island
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The U.S. Senate has approved President Donald Trump's nomination for the top federal prosecutor for Rhode Island.
U.S. Sen. Jack Reed's office confirmed Wednesday that Aaron Weisman had been approved as U.S. Attorney for the District of Rhode Island. Weisman will replace acting U.S. Attorney Richard Myrus.
Federal grant given to improve rail system at business park
NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jack Reed says $3 million in federal funding has been awarded to make freight rail improvements at a major Rhode Island business park.
The Rhode Island Democrat says the money will help the Quonset Development Corporation enhance the movement of freight within the Quonset Business Park and provide easier access to the northeast corridor.
Democratic senators calling for ban on menthol cigarettes
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — More than a dozen Democratic U.S. senators are calling on the Food and Drug Administration to impose a ban on menthol cigarettes and cigars.
The senators — including Edward Markey and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island — said the agency needs to follow through after pledging last month to try to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars.
Mental health center in Newport gets $2M to expand services
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — A community mental health center in Newport is getting $2 million in federal funding to expand its behavioral health services.
Members of the state's congressional delegation say the Newport County Community Mental Health Center will use the money to meet the needs of 24,500 residents over the next two years.
The delegation asked the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for the funding.
President approves renaming post office after soldier
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed a bill into law renaming a post office in a small Rhode Island community after a local native who died in Iraq.
The Providence Journal reports U.S. Sen. Jack Reed announced Monday the post office in Saunderstown will be renamed after Army Capt. Matthew August.
Piece of sunken USS Arizona heading to Rhode Island
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A piece of a battleship that sank during the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor is heading to Rhode Island for display at an education center.
Tim Gray, founder of the nonprofit World War II Foundation, recently opened the foundation's Global Education Center in South Kingstown, Rhode Island. He asked the U.S. Navy for the piece from the USS Arizona.
It's arriving Monday. Gray says it represents America's sacrifice and its determination and resolve in WWII.
Senators ask for fishermen’s input for offshore wind farms
BOSTON (AP) — Senators from Massachusetts and Rhode Island are asking that fishermen's interests be considered earlier in the siting process for offshore wind farms.
Senator announces support for ending US action in Yemen
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jack Reed says he will back a new Senate resolution revoking U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.
WPRI-TV reports the Rhode Island Democrat also introduced a measure Tuesday calling for President Donald Trump's administration to issue a public report on the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Rhode Island company gets grant for wind turbine technology
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island company has been awarded a $3.5 million federal grant for its work to improve the aerodynamic performance of wind turbines.
U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, a Rhode Island Democrat, says the U.S. Department of Energy awarded funding to East Greenwich-based Aquanis, Inc.
Reed says Aquanis is developing advanced plasma actuators and controls to reduce aerodynamic loads on turbine blades. He says that will encourage the next generation of larger, smarter turbines.
Financial aid workshop offered for college-bound students
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jack Reed is hosting a financial aid workshop for students who need help paying for college.
The Rhode Island Democrat says the free workshop is designed to help students navigate federal and state financial aid programs, learn about their options and get advice from experts.
The workshop is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday at the Community College of Rhode Island's Knight Campus in Warwick.
US Senate approves measure to name post office after soldier
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The U.S. Senate has approved a measure to name the post office in a small Rhode Island community after a native son who died in Iraq.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Jack Reed announced Thursday that the full Senate approved the proposal to rename the post office in Saunderstown after Army Capt. Matthew August.
August grew up in North Kingstown and is a graduate of Bishop Hendricken High School and West Point.
Senator calls out Trump for canceled cemetery visit
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jack Reed has criticized President Donald Trump's canceled visit to a World War I American military cemetery in France, saying it showed an "indifference if not disrespect" to service members.
The Providence Journal reports that the Rhode Island Democrat made his comments Monday during a Veterans Day forum at Brown University.
94-year-old veteran honored for service during WWII
CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — A 94-year-old veteran from Rhode Island is being honored for his service in World War II more than 70 years ago.
U.S. Sen. Jack Reed on Friday presented Benjamin "Benny" Carbone with medals he earned for his actions during the war.
Carbone joined the U.S. Army Air Forces in 1943 and completed 50 combat missions on a B-24 aircraft by the time he was 20 years old. Carbone served as a ball turret gunner, who protect the plane from enemy aircraft.
Rhode Island gets $750K grant to help victims of drug abuse
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island has received a $750,000 federal grant to help children affected by substance abuse.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Jack Reed announced the grant Monday in Providence. The funds will go toward Family Service of Rhode Island and CODAC Behavioral Health Care. Funding will last for three years.
Officials say the grant will help children whose parents are dealing with substance abuse or juvenile patients. Funding covers services including counseling and mentoring programs.
Open enrollment begins for state’s health insurance exchange
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Open enrollment has begun on Rhode Island's health insurance exchange.
Thursday was the first day for individuals and families to purchase health insurance coverage for 2019.
Residents who need coverage starting Jan. 1 must pick a plan and pay through HealthSource RI by Dec. 23.
Rhode Island honors victims of synagogue attack
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A vigil is planned in Rhode Island to remember the victims of the deadly shooting in a Pittsburgh synagogue.
The Providence Journal reports that several groups including the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island will hold the interfaith prayer event and vigil on Monday evening.
Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo ordered state and U.S. flags lowered to half-staff through Wednesday to honor the 11 victims killed in Saturday's attack at the Tree of Life Synagogue.
Federal funds available to help people keep warm this winter
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jack Reed says more than $23 million in federal funding is available to help Rhode Island families and seniors keep warm this winter.
The Rhode Island Democrat says the Trump Administration proposed eliminating the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Reed and Republican Sen. Susan Collins, of Maine, led an effort to prevent that. They secured $3.69 billion in a fiscal 2019 appropriations bill.
World War II veteran’s family gets his medals
CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — A World War II veteran from Rhode Island who participated in the D-Day invasion has been posthumously awarded several medals he earned for his service but never received.
The medals earned by Elmer Howard Lenzen Jr. were given Wednesday to his daughter, Mary Ann Ballard, during a ceremony in the office of Democratic U.S. Sen. Jack Reed.
Sen Reed to help launch new training for building submarines
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jack Reed is helping to kick off a new apprenticeship program for people who want to help build submarines.
General Dynamics Electric Boat has facilities in Rhode Island and Connecticut. The submarine manufacturer has said it needs to hire many more employees to help build ballistic-missile and attack submarines.
The apprenticeship program is a collaboration between Electric Boat and the Community College of Rhode Island.
Joe Biden to stump for Rhode Island Democrats in Providence
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to stump for Rhode Island Democrats.
The Rhode Island Democratic Party says Biden will headline a rally at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence on Sunday, beginning at 4:30 p.m.
Biden plans to talk about what's at stake in the November election.
RIPTA awarded federal funding for bus maintenance facility
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority has been awarded federal funding to buy lifts for its buses and repair its maintenance facility in Providence.
The Federal Transit Administration selected 107 projects nationwide to receive grants through an infrastructure investment program. Rhode Island was awarded nearly $3.3 million for the RIPTA facility.
Most of the money will go toward replacing lifts so maintenance crews can work on the buses.
Powell: Fed rate increases are intended to prolong recovery
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Thursday that the economy is healthy and that the Fed's steady interest rate increases are intended to prolong its expansion.
Powell said he and his colleagues believe the Fed's approach to gradually raising rates from ultra-lows to historically normal levels "is helping to sustain this strong economy for the longer-run benefit of all Americans."
Biden to stump for Rhode Island Democrats
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to visit Providence 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.
Democrats say Biden will talk about what's at stake in the November election.
Rhode Island gets more federal funding for road improvements
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island is getting nearly $26 million in additional federal funding for road maintenance and safety projects.
U.S. Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse announced the Federal Highway Administration funding.
The Rhode Island Democrats say the administration's annual August redistribution means the state Department of Transportation will have access to money not spent by other states to move forward with road improvement projects that are ready to start now.
Rhode Island cities receive grants to address lead paint
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The cities of Pawtucket and Providence are receiving federal grants to identify and address lead-based paint hazards in public housing.
U.S. Sen. Jack Reed said Monday that the Pawtucket Housing Authority will receive $1 million and the Providence Housing Authority will receive about $975,000 to perform risk assessments and remove or control lead-contaminated dust and soil at public housing units.
The grants come from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Providence Housing Authority awarded $400k federal grant
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Providence Housing Authority has been awarded nearly $400,000 to provide more rental housing opportunities for low-income people with disabilities.
U.S. Sen. Jack Reed announced the funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The voucher program provides rental assistance so people with developmental and physical disabilities who are leaving institutional care or who could become homeless can live independently in the community.
Rhode Island officials praise Sen. McCain’s years of service
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island politicians are offering their thoughts on the death of Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain.
Democratic Sen. Jack Reed, who served with McCain on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said that at a time when "divisiveness is too often deployed for short-term political gain, McCain valued patriotism over partisanship."
Rhode Island awarded federal funding to buy electric buses
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority has been awarded $1.5 million in federal funding to purchase electric buses and convert to a low-emissions fleet.
A Federal Transit Administration program pays for purchasing or leasing zero-emission and low-emission transit buses.
Providence Fire Department awarded nearly $1M federal grant
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Providence Fire Department has been awarded nearly $1 million for training and equipment.
The state's congressional delegation says the department is getting federal funding through a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant program.
The money will be used to train 173 officers in National Fire Protection Association courses, buy fitness equipment and expand the department's peer fitness program.
George Washington letter to be read at oldest US synagogue
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — A letter from George Washington will be read at the nation's oldest synagogue to celebrate freedom of religion.
The annual reading is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday at the 255-year-old Touro Synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island.
School of Navy chaplains to return to Rhode Island
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — A school for U.S. Navy chaplains is returning to Rhode Island.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Jack Reed said Friday the Navy plans to relocate the Naval Chaplaincy School and Center and about 20 jobs from Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina to Naval Station Newport in Rhode Island, effective March 1, 2019.
Reed says the school was in Newport in 1951 and moved to South Carolina because of consolidations made in 2005.