City of Newport to seek grant for EV charging station
NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) — The city of Newport wants to welcome drivers of electric vehicles with charging stations for them.
The Caledonian Record reports the Newport City Council voted this week...
Police: Gunman, 1 other dead in Tennessee mall shooting
SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Police say a man apparently fatally shot a Pennsylvania woman and wounded a Massachusetts man outside an outlet mall near Great Smoky Mountains National Park before...
Superintendent says high school closed due to threat
NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont school district superintendent says a high school is closed due to a "credible threat."
The North Country Union High School was closed Thursday.
NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man has pleaded not guilty to a new first-degree murder charge in the death of his wife.
The Caledonian Record reports a judge found probable cause for the new...
Panel seeks feedback on school safety recommendations
NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) — A panel formed to help find ways to reduce violence and keep kids safe in Vermont schools is holding an open meeting to gather feedback on its recommendations.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court declined to intervene Monday in a fight over control of the nation's oldest synagogue and its religious bells worth millions, leaving in place a...
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Gov. Phil Scott has announced $100,000 in grants to two communities for outdoor recreation.
Randolph will receive $65,000 to promote events and design trails,...
Residents warned to be wary of counterfeit $100 bills
NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) — Police and bank officials in Vermont are warning residents to be wary of counterfeit bills.
The Caledonian-Record reports the Newport Police Department says several...
Bank robber gets 4 years for robbing Tiverton bank
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Massachusetts man who robbed a Rhode Island bank has been sentenced to four years in prison.
Federal prosecutors say 36-year-old Justin Davis, of Fall River, was...
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island nonprofit that helps veterans says it's moving its memorial to U.S. service members killed in action.
Operation Stand Down Rhode Island said Friday that...
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Officials from the National Sailing Hall of Fame and the city of Newport expect to finalize the sale of most of the municipal Armory later this month.
Deadline approaches to enter ice guessing contest
NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) — There is less than one month left to guess how long the ice will last on Vermont's Lake Memphremagog.
The Caledonian-Record reports participants in the annual Joe's Pond...
Opponents of landfill expansion ask for air quality study
NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) — Opponents of expanding a Vermont landfill are asking the state to begin air quality monitoring at the site.
Newport residents are asking the state Agency of Natural...
Body of missing Arkansas man recovered from floodwaters
NEWPORT, Ark. (AP) — Authorities have found the body of a man who had been missing in rising floodwaters on a road near the Black River in northeastern Arkansas.
Businesses, nonprofits urged to seek disaster relief
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island and Massachusetts businesses and nonprofit agencies that lost natural gas service in January due to extreme cold temperatures are being urged to submit...
Funeral held for sailor in V-J Day Times Square kiss photo
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — The sailor photographed kissing a woman in Times Square at the end of World War II was mourned Friday at a funeral in Rhode Island.
Sailor in V-J Day Times Square kiss photo to be laid to rest
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Funeral arrangements for the sailor photographed kissing a woman in Times Square at the end of World War II have been scheduled.
George Mendonsa's daughter says her father died Sunday after he fell and had a seizure at the assisted living facility in Middletown, Rhode Island, where he had lived with his wife of 70 years. He was 95.
Billionaire buys fourth Newport estate
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Billionaire Larry Ellison has apparently purchased a fourth home in Newport, Rhode Island for $11 million, reuniting a 9-acre estate created in 1881.
The Newport Daily News reports that a deed for the Seacliff home was signed by its seller trustee on Jan. 31. The address of the buyer has been used by Ellison before.
Several artists announced for Newport Jazz festival
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Herbie Hancock, Corinne Bailey Rae, The Bad Plus and Buika are among the first wave of artists announced for this year's Newport Jazz Festival .
The three-day festival in Rhode Island is scheduled for August 2, 3 and 4 at Fort Adams State Park and the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Lawmakers seek to form natural gas commission
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island lawmakers have filed a bill to create a commission to oversee a study of the state's natural gas and electricity system following a weeklong natural gas outage.
Newport pushes for increase in hotel and meal taxes
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Newport city councilors and the city manager are pushing for an additional 1 percent for hotel and meal taxes to go to local communities.
Man who tried to force way into high school gets probation
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — A man charged with assaulting a teacher who tried to block him from forcing his way into a Rhode Island high school's gymnasium has pleaded no contest.
The Newport Daily News reports that 23-year-old Marcus Schlip was sentenced to three years of probation on Wednesday after entering his plea to charges of assault and disorderly conduct.
Officials launch ice guessing contest on Vermont lake
NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) — Vermont officials have launched their annual contest to guess how long the ice will last on Lake Memphremagog.
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McKee: New bill would improve utilities’ emergency response
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Lt. Gov. Daniel McKee is pushing for legislation he says will improve the emergency response of utility companies, following a weeklong natural gas outage that affected the Newport area.
National Grid says a dramatic pressure drop forced it to suspend service to thousands of customers in Newport and Middletown in late January.
Damage from natural gas outage leads to business closure
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island business is closing permanently and the owner is blaming the weeklong natural gas outage that affected the Newport area.
Tim Johnson says he had to close his free-to-use Kid Corner children's play space in Newport after a burst pipe during the gas outage cased significant damage to the business.
2 lawsuit filed over Rhode Island natural gas outage
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Residents and businesses in Newport have filed class action lawsuits over the natural gas outage on Aquidneck Island.
Lawyer Brian Cunha filed two lawsuits Monday against National Grid and pipeline operator Enbridge Inc.
One lawsuit was filed on behalf of eight residents and the other on behalf of three businesses.
Loans available for businesses affected by gas outage
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — The state of Rhode Island is offering emergency loans of up to $25,000 for businesses that had to close because of a loss of natural gas service for a week.
Gov. Gina Raimondo announced the program Monday, saying "being without a week of revenue is very difficult."
Courthouse to remain closed amid lingering gas outages
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Officials say Newport's courthouse will remain closed Monday as efforts continue to restore natural gas service to homes and businesses.
The Murray Judicial Complex was among many institutions shut down last week after National Grid shut off service to parts of Aquidneck Island following a potentially dangerous loss of pressure caused by a supplier's faulty valve.
National Grid said that 80 percent of Newport customers had their service restored as of Sunday morning.
Gas service restored to 80 percent of Newport customers
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Utility company officials say they have restored gas service to more than 5,100 customers in Newport.
National Grid says that 80 percent of the roughly 6,400 impacted Newport customers have had their meters turned back on and their gas appliances re-lit as of Sunday morning.
National Grid suspended service to parts of Aquidneck Island on Monday following a potentially dangerous loss of pressure caused by a supplier's faulty valve.
Gov. Raimondo says state is investigating natural gas outage
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Gov. Gina Raimondo says the state has opened an investigation into a natural gas outage affecting residents and businesses in Newport and Middletown.
The Democratic governor told WPRO-AM on Friday that the Public Utilities Commission is conducting the investigation to figure out whether National Grid was responsible for "causing this crisis."
Utility turns off gas service in Newport after pressure loss
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — National Grid says it's working to shut off natural gas to customers in Newport so they can repressurize the system.
The utility suspended service Monday following a potentially dangerous loss of pressure caused by a supplier's faulty valve.
Chief customer officer Terence Sobolewski said Thursday that about 6,250 of 6,500 Newport customers have had their service suspended. He says every meter must be off before they can repressurize, then restore service.
Rhode Island gas service restoration effort making progress
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Officials with utility National Grid say they're making good progress restoring natural gas to thousands of Rhode Island customers who lost service during the coldest day of the year.
National Grid's chief customer officer, Terence Sobolewski, said as of mid-day Wednesday the utility's door-to-door effort to shut off gas to customers in Newport and Middletown had reached about 5,900 of the roughly 6,800 customers who lost service.
Restoring gas heat in Rhode Island could take a week or more
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — National Grid began the painstaking process Tuesday of going door-to-door to restore natural gas service to about 7,000 Rhode Island customers who were without heat on a day when temperatures weren't expected to rise above freezing.
The Latest: Utility head hospitalized for medical emergency
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — The Latest on a natural gas outage in Rhode Island (all times local):
National Grid President Tim Horan has been hospitalized after suffering a medical emergency at the podium during a news conference on the gas outage in Rhode Island.
Horan and Gov. Gina Raimondo had been addressing the media late Tuesday evening when Horan collapsed.
Rhode Island Governor declares state of emergency
Biologists say seal that spent weekend on beach was resting
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Officials from Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut say a juvenile harp seal who spent the weekend on a Rhode Island beach apparently was just resting.
Sarah Callan, assistant manager of the animal rescue program at Mystic, says officials had been monitoring the seal after it was spotted Saturday on Easton's beach.
Man run over by landscaping equipment dies
JAMESTOWN, R.I. (AP) — Police say a man has died after he was run over by landscaping equipment in Rhode Island.
Authorities say a landscaping contractor was operating a skid steer machine in Jamestown Thursday morning when the contractor backed into the 86-year-old man.
The man was transported to Newport Hospital, where he later died of his injuries.
Quebec and Vermont team to survey lake anglers
NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) — The governments of Vermont and Quebec, Canada, are working together to conduct a survey of fishermen beginning this winter.
Lost skier found safe in deep woods near Jay Peak
JAY, Vt. (AP) — Vermont State Police say rescue crews found a skier missing for four hours safe deep in the woods.
Officials say 69-year-old Robert Staniforth, of Newport, was found Thursday evening by members of the Jay Peak Ski Patrol. The Caledonian-Record reports medical personnel evaluated Staniforth and found him in good health.