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Rhode Island: State of the United States of America
Rhode Island is a state in the New England region of the United States. It is the smallest U.S. state by area and the seventh least populous, but it is also the second most densely populated behind New Jersey. The state takes its name from Rhode Island; however, most of the state is located on the mainland. The state has land borders with Connecticut to the west, Massachusetts to the north and east, and the Atlantic Ocean to the south via Rhode Island Sound and Block Island Sound. It also shares a small maritime border with New York. Providence is the state capital and most populous city in Rhode Island.


U.S. sets new record for coronavirus cases [Video]

U.S. sets new record for coronavirus cases

The United States set a one-day record for new coronavirus cases on Wednesday with at least 102,591 new infections. Hospitals in several states reported a rising tide of patients. Emma Jehle reports.

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Democratic senator: Barrett hearing a 'hypocritical rush' [Video]

Democratic senator: Barrett hearing a 'hypocritical rush'

Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse on Monday castigated Republican lawmakers on the Senate Judiciary Committee for pressing ahead with a confirmation hearing for a new Supreme Court justice.

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Rhode Island voters on Tuesday approved shortening the state's official name, removing the centuries-old phrase "and Providence Plantations."
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The state's full name, The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, will now be shortened.
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Protests continued in Providence, Rhode Island, after a man was critically injured in a crash involving a moped being followed by a police cruiser.  
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The country’s smallest state deployed the National Guard to get its students back in classrooms.
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The police said a Facebook video found by a mother of her 16-year-old being sexually assaulted while unconscious at a house party in Providence, R.I., had led to charges against eight men.
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Removing 'Plantations': Rhode Island governor, top legislators drop references to state's full name

The official state name still includes "Providence Plantations," in reference to the mainland colony founded by Roger Williams in 1636.
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