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First U.S. offshore wind farm flips the switch on in Rhode Island

Block Island - The renewable energy industry in the United States just got a huge boost on Monday when Rhode Island's Block Island offshore Wind Farm flipped the switch on and began producing energy-efficient wind power to 17,000 homes.

Rise in number of syphilis cases attributed to 'hookup apps'

The sharp rise in syphilis and other sexually transmitted diseases is being attributed to an increasing number of "hookup" apps on social media, making it easier to arrange sexual encounters.

Winter storm delays Dunkin' Donut deliveries in Rhode Island

Providence - Call it the Great Doughnut Shortage of 2015. The severe winter storm that made things difficult in the Northeastern U.S. over the last few days also rudely interrupted deliveries for Dunkin' Donuts in Rhode Island on Tuesday, due to a driving ban.

Letter describing beheadings the latest terror threat

Johnston - Parents in three Rhode Island communities are on-edge this week after a letter was sent to the Johnston, R.I. Police Department on Tuesday, threatening to behead elementary school children on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Taylor Swift personally invited 80+ fans to her home in RI

Westerly - Singer Taylor Swift, 24, hosted a secret concert at her home in Rhode Island, and she personally invited 89 fans to attend it.

U.S. acrobats injured in circus fall

Eleven people have been injured and one is critically ill, after a group of female acrobats fell from an aerial platform at a circus in Rhode Island.

Rhode Island governor declares May 1 'Day of Reason'

Providence - Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee has issued a proclamation declaring May 1 a "Day of Reason" in honor of the state's religious nonbelievers.

Woman finds wrong body in mother's coffin

Warwick - A Rhode Island woman was horrified to discover the wrong body inside a coffin that should have held her mother's remains. Her mother had passed away while visiting the island of St. Maarten in the Caribbean.

Disabled school in Rhode Island accused of operating sweatshop

Providence - A vocational school in Providence has been accused of operating a sweatshop involving disabled students, according to the U.S. Justice Department.

Taylor Swift buys mansion in Rhode Island for $17 million

Musician Taylor Swift has purchased a Rhode Island mansion that was on the market for $20 million. She bought the home for $17 million in cash.

Massive shark washes ashore in Rhode Island

Westerly - On Sunday, visitors at Misquamicut Beach in Westerly, Rhode Island, saw something that they didn't expect to see, a 28-foot-long shark.

Rhode Island House votes to legalize same-sex marriage

Providence - Rhode Island lawmakers are poised to join nine other states and the District of Columbia in legalizing same-sex marriage.

Op-Ed: 'Idle No More Providence' round dance flash mob on Tuesday

Providence - If you live in Providence, Rhode Island, prepare to be surprised by a flash mob. Idle No More Providence will be meeting in flash mob style at Kennedy Plaza this afternoon.

Marine life saved, relocated following Hurricane Sandy

Newport - New York and New Jersey were not the only areas damaged by Hurricane Sandy, in fact, Rhode Island's Save the Bay Aquarium was heavily damaged, leaving 300 animals homeless.

Rhode Island woman wins $336 million lottery

Newport - An 81-year-old Rhode Island woman has stepped forward as the Powerball's latest mega-million winner. According to reports, this win is the third largest in the history of Powerball, and the largest in Rhode Island.

Rhode Island eyeing gay marriage legislation

Providence - On Thursday Rhode Island Rep. Arthur Handy introduced a new piece of legislation to both House and Senate which, if passed, would introduce Rhode Island as an equal-marriage state.

8-year old receives medal for banned hat

An 8-year-old boy in Rhode Island was assigned a hat project at Tiogue School in Coventry last week. The boy chose to do a patriotic theme for his hat and subsequently the hat was banned from the school.

Rhode Island is flooding, disaster declared

"Flooding of historic proportions" is happening in the State of Rhode Island, stated Governor Carcieri. Pres. Obama has declared large portions of the state disaster areas, which allows FEMA teams to deploy.

ACLU Files Suit Against Rhode Island Truancy Court

Calling the Rhode Island truancy court system “devoid of due process,” the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a class-action lawsuit against a group of judges and school officials in six school districts, including Providence, the state capital.

Oscar the cat becomes gentle grim reaper

An extraordinary cat living in a Rhode Island nursing home has been accurately predicting the upcoming deaths of patients for the past five years.

Creator of Pell Grants Dead at Age 90

Clairborne Pell, a senator from Rhode Island and the creator of the Pell Grant has died after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He was 90.

Rhode Island And Texas: The Teen Dating Violence Duo With Public Education Mandates

Teen Dating Violence is a silent epidemic in schools across the country. Now, Rhode Island has joined hands with Texas mandating that schools provide certain policies and training against the deadly disease. Could a new national trend be underway?

Illegal Immigrant Crusader May Face Charges

When a Providence Rhode Island storeowner asked to see the Social Security number of a customer he suspected of being in the country illegally, a firestorm was touched off that may result in his being charged with a hate crime.

Obama Possibly Paints Clinton As A 'Flip-Flopper'

CBS News blogger Maria Gavrilovic posts in her “From The Road” blog from Providence, Rhode Island where she follows the campaign trail of Democratic frontrunner Barack Obama.

Tree Company Ordered to Pay Compensation to Injured Illegal Immigrant

An injured illegal immigrant was allowed to return to Rhode Island through a humanitarian visa issued by the government to pursue a workers' compensation suit. The suit stems from an accident in 2006 where he sustained injuries from a chainsaw.

State RMV Clerks Arrested for Selling False IDs

Two RI Registry of Motor Vehicles clerks have been arrested for selling fake IDs to help hide the identity, immigration status and prior convictions of those wishing to buy them. The IDs were later exchanged for valid RI driver's licenses

Mom Drove Daughter to School to Fight Rival Teen

It began as a feud between two 13-year-old schoolgirls in Rhode Island.

ACLU sues Rhode Island state police

The local affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against the state police, charging racial profiling and violation of the constitutional rights of 14 Guatemalans.

Outbreak of walking pneumonia closes Rhode Island elementary school, leaves one dead

An outbreak of walking pneumonia among children from Greenwood Elementary School that has been linked to at least one death and serious illness in others has forced officials to close the school for at least one week.

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The blades for the turbines used at the Block Island Wind Farm came from Denmark  and special tracto...
The blades for the turbines used at the Block Island Wind Farm came from Denmark, and special tractor-trailers were needed that could support their weight. Here's one zipping down a Danish highway.
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Deepwater Wind
J. Stephen Conn
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Central Falls
800-ton yellow cranes positioned the blades and nacelles onto the towers. The ship that carried all ...
800-ton yellow cranes positioned the blades and nacelles onto the towers. The ship that carried all the parts was hoisted up above the water.
Deepwater Wind
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Screen shot from the telecast
The Blackstone River  flowing from Massachusetts to northern Rhode Island  is expected to crest at 1...
The Blackstone River, flowing from Massachusetts to northern Rhode Island, is expected to crest at 18 feet, 9 feet above the flood stage.
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A beautiful sight off the coast of Block Island  Rhode Island.
A beautiful sight off the coast of Block Island, Rhode Island.
Deepwater Wind
Deepwater Wind
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Screen shot from the video
The top end of the wind turbine before the blades are attached.
The top end of the wind turbine before the blades are attached.
Deepwater Wind
Matthew Lannon before the Rhode Island Senate judiciary committee
Matthew Lannon before the Rhode Island Senate judiciary committee
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Screen shot from the video

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