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Voters strip ‘Plantations’ from Rhode Island’s formal name

The smallest state in the country will no longer have the distinction of also having the longest official name after voters approved a statewide referendum to strip the words “and Providence Plantations” from Rhode Island’s formal name.

2 hurt when pickup drives through immigration protest

Rhode Island’s attorney general and state police launched investigations Thursday after a truck drove through a group protesting federal immigration policies at a detention center, which has since placed an employee on leave.

We went for the colorful leaves, but found so much more on our trip to Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – I had been looking forward to this for a long time – a road trip in Rhode Island with two friends to see New England fall foliage at its best. The only problem was that while my friends and I were there, the foliage was a no-show. October is generally peak time to catch fall’s annual display of botanical pyrotechnics, but this year – due to the region’s unusually long, hot summer – trees were still emerald green, with not even so much as a wayward gold or orange leaf peeping through. So much for witnessing the blazing tapestry of colors.

URI promotes assistant Cox as successor to Dan Hurley

The University of Rhode Island has promoted David Cox to be the school’s men’s basketball coach. Cox had served as associate head coach for the last four years under Dan Hurley, who left last month to become head coach at UConn.

Rhode Island’s Dan Hurley to coach UConn team under inquiry

Dan Hurley became a hot commodity after coaching Rhode Island to two straight NCAA Tournaments. On Thursday, he left for a bigger name in New England basketball. Hurley jumped across state lines to join a UConn team that has won four NCAA titles in 20 years but is under NCAA investigation and just finished a second straight losing season. The Huskies fired coach Kevin Ollie this month.

Rhode Island shuts down Young, Oklahoma in 83-78 win

E.C. Matthews hit the go-ahead 3-pointer in overtime and one more that sealed it to help Rhode Island hold off dynamic scorer Trae Young and beat Oklahoma 83-78 Thursday in the Midwest Regional.

No. 18 Rhode Island beats Davidson 72-59 for 15th straight win

Cyril Langevine scored a career-high 14 points and added eight rebounds in 22 minutes off the bench to help No. 18 Rhode Island beat Davidson 72-59 and tie a school record with its 15th win in a row. Jarvis Garrett scored 17 for the Rams. Kellan Grady scored 19 points for Davidson. The Wildcats had won eight of their previous 10.

2 Rhode Island cities making joint pitch to Amazon

Mayors from two small Rhode Island cities – Pawtucket and Central Falls – announced on Thursday that they plan to make a joint pitch to attract Amazon’s new headquarters.

Prosecutor blasts court for decision on oldest U.S. synagogue

Rhode Island’s attorney general is criticizing an appeals court decision handing ownership of the nation’s oldest synagogue to a congregation in New York, saying it ignored state law and “overwhelming evidence” presented at trial and strips the Jewish community in Newport of the historic site.

Upstart 11th seed Rhode Island stuns No. 6 Creighton

Jeff Dowtin scored a career-high 23 points with a perfect day at the free-throw line, upstart Rhode Island answered every threat and the Rams ran right into the next round of the NCAA Tournament by stunning cold-shooting No. 6 seed Creighton 84-72 on Friday in an opener of the Midwest Region.