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2 seriously hurt in Boston house explosion

By The Associated Press BOSTON (AP) _ Boston officials say two elderly people have been seriously injured in an explosion and fire at a house in the Dorchester neighborhood. Fire Commissioner

Providence Mayoral Forum Video included

By News Staff The six candidates hoping to become Providence's next mayor met for the first of a series of forums Wednesday night. The forum was hosted by the Providence Community Library

Parents voice concerns about moving Pre-K classes

By: Samantha LavienSlavien@abc6.comTwitter: @samanthalavienA decision by the Providence Superintendent of Schools to move Pre–K classes from Vartan Gregorian Elementary School to Asa Messer is not sitting

Shark Tank open casting call in Cambridge

By News Staff The folks behind ABC's hit show Shark Tank are holding an open casting call. Only the first 500 people in line will get the chance to make a 1 minute pitch of their business/product/idea

House panel hears bill to legalize marijuana

By The Associated PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ A House panel is considering several marijuana bills, including one to legalize the drug and regulate and tax it like alcohol. The Judiciary

Ex-con pleads not guilty in murder of girlfriend

By News Staff A Rhode Island man, who served nearly two decades in prison for killing his girlfriend back in 1992, was arraigned today for another murder. Andrew Jett, 55, pleaded not

Department of Health declares flu widespread in RI

By News Staff A second wave of flu has forced the Department of Health to declare it as widespread again in Rhode Island. Director of Health Michael Fine, M.D. made the declaration

UMass Dartmouth honors marathon bombing victims Video included

By Dana Griffin @danaRgriffin DARTMOUTH, MA-Today's vigil was held a day after the actual anniversary due to weather. One year ago, when two bombing suspects were America's most wanted,


Group hopes to put Mayor Cianci portrait in City Hall Video included

by ABC6 News Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis City Hall isn't just the seat of government it's a mini–art museum, with portraits of just about every providence mayor. Now friends

3 sisters, over 100-yrs-old, reunited in Bristol Video included

By: Alexandra Cowley acowley@abc6.comThree sisters, all over 100 years old, are reunited in Bristol. The sisters live hundreds of miles apart and haven't seen each other in ten years. That is until, one

Providence officer and K9 to assist in Marathon Monday security Video included

By: Alexandra Cowley A Providence officer and his K9 have been callled to help with security on Marathon Monday. Lincoln Sisson and Kyra will be reporting to Boston at 3 AM and will be

Concern after flooding in Pawtucket City Hall Video included

Samantha DwyerNicole Gerber @nicolegerber PAWTUCKET - In Pawtucket's City Hall there are buckets set up to catch dripping water, and ceiling tiles that are completely rotted through...

Mother of man accused of hoax at finish line says he has mental disorder Video included

By: Melissa Randallmrandall@abc6.comThe mother of the man who carried out a terrifying hoax at the finish line of the marathon Tuesday says her son suffers from mental illness. The security scare occurred

Providence Police search for missing woman

By Alana Cerroneacerrone@abc6.comProvidence Police are asking for the public's help in finding a missing woman.Police say Paula Salvo, 57, was reported missing by family on April 14.She was last seen driving

One year later: Trooper Bastajian discusses marathon bombings

One year later, ABC6 News Anchor John Deluca sits down with Trooper Bastajian who ran in the Boston Marathon in 2013 and after the bombs went off he assisted victims at the site. John Deluca: I read somewhere

Judge allows pension lawsuit to proceed

By: Dee DeQuattro Email: Twitter: @deedequattro The lawsuit over the pension reform overhaul will go forward. On Thursday, Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter rejected a motion

RI Board of Elections contacted in Fox probe

By: Michelle Smith / The Associated Press Email: Twitter: @abc6 The Rhode Island Board of Elections says it has been contacted by law enforcement about former House Speaker Gordon Fox,

Suspect in custody after security scare at Boston Marathon finish line Video included

By: Melissa Randall A Boston man is due in court Wednesday following a terrifying security scare at the Boston Marathon finish line late Tuesday afternoon. Two suspicious backpacks

Charges against NK Lawyer dropped; MADD rejects donation

By: Dee DeQuattro Email: Twitter:@deedequattro Charges against a North Kingstown lawyer for violating the state's social host law have been dropped on the condition that she donates

UPDATE: Suspect in custody, police investigate 2 backpacks left at finish line

Two suspicious backpacks dropped near the Boston Marathon finish line were found just hours after the anniversary tribute.

Heather Abbott reflects on anniversary, moving forward Video included

By Alana Cerrone Over the last year people have gotten to know Heather Abbott and her story. Just past the finish line, when the bombs went off, she lost part of her leg. Yet through

Moment of silence marks Boston Marathon bombings Video included

By News Staffnews@abc6.comThe Associated PressSurvivors, first-responders and public officials have observed a moment of silence near the Boston Marathon finish line to mark the moment two pressure cooker


Tax day brings out RI politicians with tax reform ideas Video included

by ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis   As people pulled up to pay their taxes on the last day in Cranston, across town the Mayor – who's running for Governor - was also proposing

2 Providence firefighters will run again in Boston Marathon Video included

By: Alexandra Cowley Two Providence firefighters will be in the crowd of 36 thousand running in this years marathon. The seasoned marathon runners say last year was going to be their final

Man found dead in New Bedford fire Video included

By Dana Griffin @danaRgriffin NEW BEDFORD, MA- The District's Attorney's office is suspecting foul play after a man was found dead inside his burning home. Around 8:30 this morning,

Social workers picket for more help, fewer cases Video included

Nicole BEDFORD - They walked out chanting "caseloads, caseloads they're too high, reduce them now so kids don't die!" Dozens of social workers in New Bedford took

29 Property owner cited for cesspool violations

By: Dee DeQuattro Email: Twenty-nine property owners have been cited for violating the Rhode Island Cesspool Act of 2007. The act specifically prohibits the use of cesspools located

Owner of frozen farm animals accepts plea

By: Dee DeQuattro Email: Twitter: @deedequattro A man under investigation after three pigs and a cow were found frozen to death on his South Kingstown farm will serve 11 months probation

Fatal New Bedford fire under investigation

By: Dee DeQuattro Twitter: @deedequattro Officials are investigating the circumstances surrounding a fatal fire this morning in New Bedford. Around 8:30 a.m. the fire department

City prepares to pay tribute on anniversary of Boston Marathon bombing Video included

By: Melissa Several special events are planned to honor the victims and the heroes of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. The solemn ceremonies will take place in the heart of the

Flood watch issued for Rhode Island

National Weather Service says there could be some flooding in Rhode Island as heavy rain sweeps into the region.

Maine Animal Shelter Buried Under Carrot Avalanche

A Maine animal shelter has so many carrots it doesn't know what to do.

Obama having silent moment for Boston bombing

President Barack Obama is observing the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing with a moment of silence at the White House.

RI Tea Party to host tax day rally at the State House

By: Dee DeQuattroEmail: ddequattro@abc6.comTwitter: @deedequattroAfter a two year hiatus the Rhode Island Tea Party says it will bring back its annual Tax Day Rally today. The rally was originally scheduled

3 firefighters, 1 civilian injured in 3-alarm fire in Providence Video included

By: Samantha Lavien Twitter: @samanthalavien 3 Providence firefighters were injured Monday evening battling a fire on Plymouth Street. 2 of those firefighters suffered burns to the face,


Rhode Islanders Pay Tribute to Nuala Pell Video included

by ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis mcurtis@abc6.comNuala Pell is being remembered as the first lady of a generation in Rhode Island politics, helping shape her husband Claiborne's 36 years in

Mayor Fung updates City Council on ticket scandal investigation Video included

By Mike LaCrosse Mayor Allan Fung updated the Cranston City Council on the ticket scandal investigation during a special council meeting Monday night.  The update was held during executive

Mass. woman killed in tractor trailer crash in Freetown

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By Alana Cerrone A Massachusetts woman has died after her car swerved into the back of a tractor trailer in Freetown Monday afternoon. Massachusetts State Police say the 32-year-old Raynham

Former URI basketball player facing murder charge

By Alana Cerrone A former URI basketball player is facing a murder charge in Canada. Police say Alwayne Bigby is one of two men accused in the drive-by shooting death of a 33-year-old

Man arrested for DWI 18 years after fatal DWI crash

By Alana Cerrone A Kenyon, Rhode Island man who was previously sentenced for driving while intoxicated, death resulting, has been arrested again. Jamestown Police say Lawrence Brew, 54,

UMass Dartmouth to hold vigil for bombing anniversary Video included

By: Alexandra UMass Dartmouth will hold a vigil and a moment of silence Tuesday to reflect on the anniversary of the Boston bombings. The surviving bombing suspect went to school

Flu deaths this season climb to 13 in RI

By Alana Cerrone There have now been 13 reported flu deaths in Rhode Island this season. The Rhode Island Department of Health says that most of the 13 Rhode Islanders were in their

MEMA preps for Boston Marathon Video included

Nicole - More than 1 million people are expected to flock to the Boston Marathon on Monday - from the Hopkinton start line, through downtown Boston. And this

Uncovering the State's first orphanage Video included

By: Chelsea Priestcpriest@abc6.comA local professor has been digging on the Rhode Island College campus and he's uncovered some interesting items from combs, to toy guns. The RIC Campus was once the site

URI arming campus police Video included

By Dana Griffin @danaRgriffin KINGSTON, RI- Come next spring semester, University of Rhode Island police will be adding a holster to their belt. The school announced today it's arming

One dead in North Kingstown Fire Video included

By: Dee DeQuattro Email: Twitter: @deedequattro Fire crews remain on scene at what appears to be a fatal fire in North Kingstown. The fire broke out around 3:30 a.m. on Monday on King

Raimondo rolls out part 5 of her jobs plan

By: Dee DeQuattroEmail: ddequattroTwitter: @deedequattroGina Raimondo rolled out the final component of her five part jobs plan. The final component focuses on Raimondo's plan to encourage entrepreneurship

URI to begin arming campus police

By: Dee DeQuattroEmail: ddequattro@abc6.comTwitter: @deedequattroThe University of Rhode Island will begin arming campus security officers with hand guns. The university made the announcement on Monday

Inmate attempts to attack ACI guard with razor

By: Dee DeQuattroEmail: ddequattro@abc6.comTwitter: @deedequattroAnother violent incident at the ACI over the weekend. On Saturday an inmate at the maximum security prison was retuning from the yard when

Exeter man facing drug, firearm charges

By: Dee DeQuattroEmail: ddequattro@abc6.comTwitter: @deedequattroAn Exeter man is facing criminal charges after a well-being check on his children led to the discovery of marijuana plants, cocaine, and

Local artist's painting honors Boston Marathon bombing survivors Video included

By Mike LaCrosse A Fall River artist is honoring the survivors of the Boston Marathon bombings with a painting. Brian Fox painted "Endurance." It now hangs at the Spaulding Rehab

Fall River man killed in crane accident

By Dana Griffin @danaRgriffin FALL RIVER, MA- 34-year-old Joseph Boyd's family call him a hard worker and a strong man. The reason Boyd often worked 6 to 7 days a week as a utility


ABC-6 Reporter Mark Curtis: "The Sunday Political Brunch" April 13, 2014

by ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis (Providence, Rhode Island) – The bizarre shoe-throwing attack on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton brought to mind a whole slew of weird attacks on

Nuala Pell passes away at 89

By Alana Cerrone A long-time advocate for philanthropy, politics, and education in the state of Rhode Island has passed away. Nuala Pell, grandmother of Clay Pell and widow of the

Marathon survivor Heather Abbott determined to enjoy life

By News Staffnews@abc6.comThe Associated PressA year after Heather Abbott lost her left leg in the Boston Marathon bombing, the Newport resident says she's determined to get back to doing the things she

Officials identify 2 killed when truck topples

By News Staffnews@abc6.comThe Associated PressTwo Massachusetts men working on high-tension power lines are dead after their bucket truck tipped over while they were in the basket more than 100 feet in

DEVELOPING: Body of newborn baby girl found Video included

By Gilannie Pangburn Twitter: @gilanniej05 Official's received a 911 call at around 6:30pm from a resident who discovered the remains of a deceased newborn outside of a home on County

Termination notices sent out to Central Coventry Fire District

By Alana Cerrone Central Coventry firefighters received official termination notices in the mail as the Fire District prepares to close down. Central Coventry Firefighters Union President

2 in serious condition after hit-and-run in Central Falls

By Alana Cerroneacerrone@abc6.comCentral Falls Police are looking for the driver who struck two pedestrians and then took off. The incident happened just before 3:00 Saturday morning near the CVS Pharmacy


Providence Hotel Workers Wants $15 Per Hour Video included

by ABC6 News Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis  "Si, se puede. Si, se puede." A small crowd of labor activists chanted, "yes we can," in Spanish. This after delivering over 1,000 signed

Aaron Hernandez’s associates indicted on murder charge

By News Staff Twitter: @ABC6 Charges against Aaron Hernandez's two friends who police say were with him the night Odin Lloyd was killed have been upped to murder. Until now, Ernest Wallace

Fall River: Parking lot collapses, swallows pick-up truck

By: Mike Glynn A massive sinkhole in Fall River swallows a pick-up truck earlier this evening. The truck fell 15 feet when a portion of a parking lot outside the Academica restaurant

Warwick man killed after car hits several trees

By Alana Cerrone A Warwick man has died after his car went off the road and struck several trees early Saturday morning. Warwick Police say a 54-year-old man was driving south on Lambert

Officer honored for Marathon bravery dies on duty

By News Staff The Associated Press An officer who survived a shootout with the Boston Marathon bombing suspects has died after an on-duty medical emergency. Officials say 28-year-old Officer

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