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Massachusetts Gov. Baker to headline Rhode Island GOP event

By: Associated Press Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is heading to Rhode Island looking to inspire his fellow Republicans. Baker is the headliner at a Republican Party of Rhode Island fundraising cocktail reception scheduled for Monday night at The Hope Club in Providence. Party Chairman Brandon Bell calls Baker "the most popular governor in the nation," and indeed Baker has rated highly in several natio...

Few arrests during 'Free Speech' counterprotests

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 BOSTON (WLNE) -- Massachusetts State Police (MSP) announced Saturday's operations at the "Free Speech" counterprotests a success, with just 17 arrests amongst roughly 15,000 people. MSP assisted with at least 17 arrests, most for disorderly conduct. MSP accompanied Boston Police throughout the day with "numerous" patrol troopers, as well as Air Wing, tactical and K9 units. MSP also utilized &quo...

Rhode Island is checking water for chemical contamination

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Rhode Island has begun checking water systems for chemicals that have contaminated water at sites nationwide. Perfluorinated chemicals have been linked to cancer and other illnesses but currently aren't federally regulated in drinking water. Water has been contaminated near sites of industrial facilities and U.S. military bases. The state Department of Health and Brown University are partnering to ch...

Divers to examine mysterious circular object at beach

By: Associated Press Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) - Divers are expected to examine a mysterious object with steel legs that has puzzled onlookers since it was found lodged underwater off a Rhode Island beach. East Beach Association President Peter Brockmann says divers will go underwater to get a closer look at the metal object. Crews hope to pull it out around the end of next week. The circular object located about 10 feet (3 meters) off shore at ...

Pawtucket mayor forms new 'Financial Advisory Team'

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WLNE) -- Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien is banding together financial sector professionals for an advisory committee for the city's economic development. Called the 'Financial Advisory Team,' the group consists of 13 business professionals and six city officials. The team was formed to "support and advise" public and private economic development, with a goal of continuing upward trends. The group w...

Fire and explosion in Rehoboth sends 3 to hospital

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 REHOBOTH, Mass. (WLNE) -- Rehoboth firefighters and emergency crews from surrounding towns responded to a fire resulting from an explosion at a home Sunday morning. The call came in for an explosion at 257 Anawan St. around 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Fire officials on the scene say three people were transported to the hospital after an explosion came from an area of the house where the hot water heater and other appli...

Anti-hate rally held in Attleboro Video included

After all that's happened in the last week and with what was going on in Boston today, a crowd of people gathered in Attleboro to send the message that theres no place for hate in Massachusetts.

The Latest: Speaker calls conservative rally 'unplanned'

By: Associated Press Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 BOSTON (AP) -- The Latest on a conservative rally and counter-demonstration in Boston and around the country (all times local): 1:45 p.m. One of the planned speakers of a conservative activist rally that appeared to end shortly after it began says the event "fell apart.'' Dozens of rallygoers gathered Saturday on Boston Common, but then left less than an hour after the event was getting underway. Thousands ...

1,000 trees to be given away to Rhode Island homeowners

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- State environmental officials are once again working with the Arbor Day Foundation to give away 1,000 trees this spring to help homeowners conserve energy, reduce utility costs and beautify their neighborhoods. The state Department of Environmental Management says a single mature tree can save $30 annually in heating and cooling costs when planted properly.         Online...

Thousands march through Boston week after Virginia bloodshed

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 BOSTON (AP) — Thousands of leftist counterprotesters marched peaceably through downtown Boston on Saturday, chanting anti-Nazi slogans and waving signs condemning white nationalism ahead of a rally being staged by conservative activists a week after a Virginia demonstration turned deadly. Police Commissioner William Evans said Friday that 500 officers — some in uniform, others undercover — were deployed to keep t...

Tiverton Fire offers $5,000 reward for info on possible arson

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 TIVERTON, R.I. (WLNE) -- The Tiverton Fire Department is offering a $5,000 reward for information about a possible arson that happened at an antique store Friday morning. Tiverton Fire says a patrol officer responded to a fire alarm going off at Briars Antiques on Main Road around 5 a.m., and spotted a small fire.  Firefighters quickly put out the fire, and damage was minimal. The cause of the fire remains under i...

Rhode Island native assumes command of Naval Station Newport

By: The Associated Press Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — A U.S. Navy captain and Rhode Island native is now in command..

UPDATE: Police ID bicyclist hit, killed by car in East Providence

By: News Staff Email: news@abc6.com Twitter: @ABC6 EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — A bicyclist is dead after being struck by a vehicle in East Providence...

Specialty 'Bristol 4th of July' license plates handed out

By Alana Cerrone acerrone@abc6.com @Alana_Cerrone 1,447 people who ordered their special Bristol 4th of July Celebration license plates can finally tack it on to their car. Saturday, the 4th of July Committee handed out the plates and swapped out over 1,000 old plates for the new special edition ones. This has been a long time coming -  back in 2011, the committee needed at least 900 people to submit applications before the plates could be made. They received over 1000. The...

Double arm amputee runs Boston Marathon for RI girl battling cancer

By: News Staff news@abc6.com BOSTON, Mass. – A double arm amputee ran in the Boston Marathon on Monday for a 12-year-old Rhode Islander battling cancer. Hector Picard finished his 26.2 mile run while clutching the photo of a 12-year-old from Smithfield. Picard ran the marathon in honor of Anna Kitada who is currently battling bone cancer and is an amputee herself. The pair met for the first time Friday. “I’m trying to get back to running again and because Hecto...

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