Christopher Shea

Christopher Shea

Christopher Shea covers politics, the criminal justice system and transportation for the Rhode Island Current.

Bally’s donates $5 million to CCRI to develop casino-related curriculum

By: - September 14, 2023

LINCOLN — Bally’s is hedging its bets that the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) will make the state New England’s gaming hub. The Providence-based casino giant on Thursday afternoon announced the donation of $5 million to CCRI to develop and launch new educational programs in the gaming, hospitality, and security industries. Bally’s investment represents […]

Keeping watch on Lee

By: and - September 14, 2023

Hurricane Lee is expected to pass offshore of southern New England Saturday, but its impact will extend far with rough surf and coastal flooding, damaging winds and bands of heavy rain expected in Rhode Island and Massachusetts Friday night into Saturday. As of 11 p.m., when the National Hurricane Center issued an advisory, the storm […]

R.I. under Tropical Storm Watch as Hurricane Lee continues its way north

By: - September 13, 2023

PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island is under a Tropical Storm Watch as Hurricane Lee continues its way north in the Atlantic Ocean toward New England, and Gov. Dan McKee and emergency management officials are warning people to stay clear of the coastline through the weekend. Dangerous conditions are expected to affect beaches with southern and southeast […]

DEM sites in Glocester temporarily closed with EEE risk level now high

By: - September 13, 2023

State-owned recreational properties in Glocester will temporarily close starting Thursday to lessen the risk of campers, hikers, and anglers being bitten by mosquitoes potentially carrying Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) has announced. The emergency operation order signed late Wednesday by DEM Director Terry Gray described EEE as “an […]

Providence keeps flooding. State and city officials are paying attention

By: - September 12, 2023

PROVIDENCE — The smell of wet earth filled the air as Providence Mayor Brett Smiley carefully stepped in front of a podium just feet away from a mud-filled alley at the Wanskuck Mill on Branch Avenue Tuesday afternoon. Smiley was joined by Rhode Island Commerce Secretary Liz Tanner and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) District […]

Republican Michigan Congressman Jack Bergman endorses Gerry Leonard

By: - September 11, 2023

NORTH PROVIDENCE — When Gerry Leonard was thinking about running as a Republican for Rhode Island’s open 1st Congressional District seat last May, he knew just the person to reach out to for advice: his former boss. That conversation with U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman (R-Mich.) convinced the retired U.S. Marine Corps colonel from Jamestown to […]

Two new legislative study commissions to hold first meetings Sept. 12

By: - September 8, 2023

The legislative session may have ended in June, but that doesn’t mean the State House is remaining quiet, as two new House commissions are scheduled to convene for the first time on Tuesday, Sept. 12. One, started by Rep. Megan Cotter, an Exeter Democrat, will examine how to prevent or manage forest fires in Rhode […]

Five takeaways from Gabe Amo’s Democratic primary victory

By: - September 6, 2023

When Gabe Amo announced his candidacy in April for the 1st Congressional District special election, he was a relatively unknown name to Rhode Island voters. Now, he’s on track to probably make history as the state’s first congressional representative of color after beating 10 other Democrats in Tuesday’s primary. While some might consider Amo’s victory […]

Primary night belongs to Gabe Amo in 1st Congressional District race

By: and - September 5, 2023

Growing up in a working-class household in Pawtucket, Gabe Amo always dreamed he’d become a big name in Rhode Island — at least that’s what his father, Gabe Sr. says. “That’s what he’s wanted for 35 years,” he said. Now, Amo’s dreams are coming true after defeating 10 other Democrats Tuesday in the race to […]

A handful of votes could decide the CD1 primary. Could that trigger a recount?

By: - September 5, 2023

With a crowded Democratic field in Tuesday’s 1st Congressional District primary, it’s possible the race will be close. And there may even be a high likelihood of a recount. So suggests Providence College political science Professor Adam Myers.  “The winner may not even get more than 30% of the vote,” Myers said. “While there’s going […]

What you need to know about Primary Day

By: - September 4, 2023

Hiya, I’m Christopher Shea and I will be your guide for the special primaries in Rhode Island Tuesday. Here’s the 4-1-1 on what you need to know about when to cast a ballot and where in the 401. 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. If you are waiting in line at 8 p.m., you will be […]

The two Republican CD1 candidates have been pretty quiet. There’s a reason for that.

By: - September 1, 2023

Fraud investigations. Allegations of illegal super PAC coordination. Vocal debates. And one of the biggest spenders dropping out with a little more than a week before the Sept. 5 primary In the leadup to the Sept. 5 primary, Democrats seeking to fill the open seat for Rhode Island’s 1st Congressional District certainly have drawn their […]