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Rhode Island political news: June 2022

Regular updates about Rhode Island politics and political leaders.

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Today is Monday, June 27, the 178th day of 2022.


R.I. Democrats endorse McKee, Magaziner, Diossa, Matos

At the Democratic Party Convention on Sunday, the party's executive director Kate Coyne-McCoy stepped down, saying she is being “called back to national organizing” following US Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade.

5-year-old boy unresponsive after being pulled from pond in Sandwich

A 5-year-old boy was unresponsive after he was pulled from the water at Snake Pond Beach in the Forestdale section of Sandwich on Sunday evening, police said.

Three teens killed, one seriously injured, in Brimfield crash

Three male teenagers were killed, and a fourth was seriously injured, in a violent car crash in the woods off a rural stretch of road early Sunday morning, State Police said.

MBTA resumes full service on Green, Orange lines after repairs made beneath Government Center Garage

The MBTA resumed full service on the Green and Orange lines on Sunday evening, three days after service through downtown was abruptly halted following the discovery of a deteriorating support column beneath the Government Center Garage.

Boston hits 90 degrees for first time in 2022, hotter temperatures are coming

The temperature in Boston hit 90 degrees at 5 p.m. Sunday, marking the first time in 302 days that such heat has hit the city.

Police arrest 16-year-old East Boston boy for OUI after scooter crash

An unnamed 16-year-old from East Boston was allegedly intoxicated and driving a scooter the wrong way on Helen Street onto Bernard Street at about 2:53 a.m. when he collided with a Boston police cruiser, police said in a statement.

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Buttonwoods Museum reimagines how to tell Haverhill’s history

The Buttonwoods Museum is embarking on a project aimed at re-energizing the Water Street institution and making it more representative of Haverhill's diverse population.

‘A topic that resonates’: Documentary on loneliness brings people together at West Newton Cinema

More than 130 people gathered together in the West Newton Cinema on June 15 to watch “All the Lonely People,” a documentary on loneliness and social isolation before and throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Newton Highlands Village Day festival celebrates the ‘Highlands and life’

After missing two years due to the pandemic, more than a thousand visitors celebrated the 45th annual Newton Highlands Village Day street festival and 5K road race June 12.

Neither snow nor rain? Mail delivery in Newton hit by staffing shortages

Newton is one of many cities around the country experiencing staffing shortages with the United States Postal Service — straining workers, causing disruptions in mail delivery, and leaving some residents wondering why their mailboxes are empty.

Newton School Committee picks former Brockton superintendent as interim leader

Newton’s School Committee on Tuesday unanimously approved Kathleen Smith, a longtime Brockton educator and former superintendent, to lead the city’s school system as its interim leader for the coming academic year.

Newton officials press state for $85 million to upgrade commuter rail stations

Members of the Newton City Council and the city’s mayor are asking state lawmakers for $85 million to help cover the cost for long-sought upgrades at the city’s three Commuter Rail stations.

Newton leaders push back on MBTA proposal to slash seven express bus routes

Newton’s leaders are pushing back on a sweeping redesign of the MBTA’s bus network that would scale back the number of express bus routes serving the city.

Live music is now on the menu around Greater Boston

As more people grow comfortable gathering again, some are finding they don’t need to venture all the way into the big city to enjoy live music.