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State sees uptick in new confirmed cases, fewer in hospital

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island had an increase in the number of new confirmed cases of the coronavirus, but the number of patients hospitalized with the disease continues to decline, the state Department of Health reported Thursday. There were 74 new confirmed cases, up from 36 the ...

Dental assistant charged with sexually assaulting 2 patients

CHARLESTOWN, R.I. (AP) — A second patient has come forward to accuse a Rhode Island dental assistant of sexually assaulting them while they were under anesthesia, police said. Kris Magbag, 31 of Westerly, turned himself in to Charlestown police on Wednesday and was charged with ...

1 man killed in late night shooting in Providence

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A contractor was shot and killed at a home he was working on late Wednesday night, police said at a Thursday news conference. The 37-year-old victim, whose name was not made public, was shot multiple times at about 11 p.m. outside the home in the city's Silver Lake ...

Test sweep at Maine youth detention center yields no cases

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Universal testing at a youth detention center has yielded no positive cases of coronavirus, the Maine Department of Connections said. The state conducted campus-wide testing at Long Creek Youth Development Center in South Portland after a person who was being ...

Maine requiring ATVs to be registered again

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine has lifted suspensions on registration of all-terrain vehicles, and ATV owners must now register or renew them. ATV registrations are valid from July 1 to June 30, 2021, the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry said. It's possible to renew ...

Local landowner, energy firm propose 700-acre solar project

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — Local landowners are proposing a 700-acre solar energy project in Benton, Clinton and Unity Township in partnership with a renewable energy company. Bessey Development Company, which owns the land, and Longroad Energy, based in Boston, want to invest $190 million ...

Body of kayaker from Quebec found

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Crews have found the body of a kayaker in Lake Champlain in Quebec, who was reported missing for several days, Vermont State Police said. The body of Laurent Messier, of St-Armand, of Quebec, was found about noon Thursday. State police said they were notified by the ...

Vermont governor allows vote-by-mail bill to become law

By WILSON RING Associated Press Vermont Gov. Phil Scott said Thursday he's allowing a bill to allow mail in voting during the November presidential to become law without his signature. In a letter to members of the Vermont Legislature, Scott said there appeared to be a technical problem ...

Community group seeks federal aid for Elks Lodge renovation

HARTFORD, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont community organization is seeking a federal grant to convert a 136-year-old building in Hartford into a multipurpose community center. The Cornerstone Community Center has written a $60,000 grant proposal to the Vermont Community Development Program to fund ...

Federal lawsuit filed to allow mail-in voting in Connecticut

A federal lawsuit was filed Thursday to make mail-in voting for the November election available to all eligible Connecticut voters during the coronavirus pandemic. An executive order signed by Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont said any eligible Democratic or Republican voter will be allowed to use ...

Suburban Boston mall in lockdown after gunshots; 1 wounded

BRAINTREE, Mass. (AP) — A shopping mall just south of Boston was placed into lockdown Friday afternoon as police responded to reports of gunshots being fired, authorities said. Officials said one person was wounded. Braintree police asked people to avoid the area around South Shore Plaza, a ...

State reports 1st finding of mosquito-borne virus this year

BOSTON (AP) — The mosquito-borne virus eastern equine encephalitis has been detected in Massachusetts for the first time this year, the state Department of Public Health said Friday. The agency said the virus was found in a mosquito sample collected July 1 in the town of Orange in Franklin ...

Yale planning for students’ return to campus in August

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Yale University is planning to welcome students back to campus in August with public health protocols including required weekly testing for the coronavirus, the school announced Wednesday. To reduce the number of people on campus, Yale is inviting only some ...

UMass Lowell announces fall 2020 plan

LOWELL, Mass. - UMass Lowell will use a mix of in-person, hybrid and virtual instruction this fall when it plans to welcome students back to campus. The university's plans put the health and safety of the campus community first as it continues to follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease ...

Vermont Democrats to field historic slate of 2020 House candidates

MONTPELIER, VT -- The Vermont Democratic Party is proud to announce that it has recruited a record number of Democratic candidates to run for the Vermont House of Representatives in 2020. More than 150 candidates have filed the necessary paperwork to run for the House, far outpacing the Vermont ...

Maine, Vermont next in fight over aid to religious schools

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A U.S. Supreme Court decision that says states can't cut religious schools out of programs that send public money to private education could breathe new life into efforts to force Maine and Vermont to help fund religious educations. A lawsuit by three families in ...

Social distancing ambassadors among new youth program’s jobs

Connecticut plans to expand a year-round employment program for youths to include opportunities in the COVID-19 age, including work as social distancing ambassadors and promoters of safer health practices. Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont announced Tuesday he has authorized releasing $2 million ...

Vermont city council backs 30% police cut through attrition

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The city council in Vermont's largest city has approved a resolution backing the reduction of the police force by 30% through attrition amid calls in Burlington and nationwide for racial justice and to defund police. The Burlington City Council approved the Racial ...

Portland board votes to remove officers from high schools

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The school board in Portland voted early Wednesday to remove school resource police officers from the city's high schools amid protests nationwide and in Maine calling for racial justice and an end to police brutality. The Portland Board of Education voted 7-2 in ...

Worldwide slowdown in fishing unlikely to save rare species

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Commercial fishing taking place worldwide has dipped since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, but scientists and conservation experts say it's unclear if the slowdown will help endangered species of marine life recover. Hours logged by fishermen at sea fell by ...