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Former Lawmaker Begins Fraud Sentence

A once-influential Rhode Island lawmaker is beginning nine-months of home confinement after pleading no contest to perjury charges. Former state Rep. John Carnevale was placed in handcuffs following his sentencing in state Superior Court in Providence on Wednesday. The 56-year-old Providence Democrat was indicted last year after a WPRI-TV investigation raised questions about whether he lived in the district he represented.

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More West Nile Found In RI

Environmental officials say three mosquito samples in Rhode Island have tested positive for West Nile virus. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management said Wednesday that the positive test results came from mosquito samples from traps set in Warren, Tiverton and Providence. The department says the findings are expected because this is the highest risk period for transmission of mosquito-related illness to humans.

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New Electric RIPTA Bus Fleet Gets Federal Funding

Senator Jack Reed is announcing that Rhode Island is receiving a federal grant to help pay for new Rhode Island Public Transit Authority buses.  RIPTA will get one-and-a-half-million-dollars from a U.S. Department of Transportation program to purchase the all-electric buses and charging infrastructure.  Reed says the grant will help RIPTA curb pollution and accelerate the transition to a greener fleet, plus reduce maintenance costs.  The state is also using a portion of funds it received in a settlement with Volkswagen over diesel emissions fraud to help pay for the buses. 

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New Bio-Medical Office To Be Built In Warwick

Details regarding a new bio-medical center in Warwick are being shared.  Warwick Mayor Joseph Solomon and property developer the Carpionato Group announced the plan for the 100-thousand-square-foot, three-story building across from the Crowne Plaza Hotel, which will serve as a medical office and surgery center for Ortho Rhode Island.  The facility is expected to bring 125 construction jobs and 275 permanent jobs.  Construction is expected to start by early next year and be finished by the end of 2019. 

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Replacement Building Rented For Students Attending School Destroyed By Fire

The students that attended a South County school that was destroyed in a fire are getting a new educational home.  The Meadowbrook Waldorf School says the nearly 150 pre-K through eighth-graders will attend the South Road School, a former public school that is being rented out from South Kingstown, for the upcoming school year, which starts on September 4th.  Meadowbrook's previous school went up in flames last month after an apparent lightning strike.  Meadowbrook says it has the option to extend at South Road beyond this school year. 

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Pawtucket Company Getting Incentives To Hire 100 Additional Employees

Pawtucket is getting a couple of dashes of good news following the bad news of the PawSox leaving.  At a conference at Slater Mill on Wednesday, it was announced that the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation will provide the city a three-hundred-thousand-dollar grant for streetscape improvements around a planned commuter rail station.  Agency officials also announced they are prepared to offer one-point-two-million-dollars in state incentives to Pawtucket-based Collette Vacations for the hiring of an additional one-hundred employees.

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Union Members Approve New Hospital Contract

A new contract is being approved by unionized nurses at Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children's Hospital.  A statement from the United Nurses and Allied Professionals Local 5098 on Wednesday indicates union members approved the five-year deal after a tentative agreement was reached last Friday.  The terms of the agreement include across-the-board salary increases and a competitive wage plan, establishing a new committee to address unsafe staffing and resources concerns, and several other provisions.  A three-day strike was held in July, followed by a one-day lockout.

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RI Companies Collaborate To Create A Treat

Two Rhode Island companies are collaborating on a sweet treat.  Warwick Ice Cream and Del's Frozen Lemonade are marketing a lemon ice cream.  The first batch was made yesterday. It will be available at Dave's Marketplace stores and other retail locations around the state.

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Public Input Sought On Bridge Redesign

The public is being urged to provide input on the redesign of the Newport Pell Bridge access ramps.  The state Department of Transportation is accepting public comment for the environmental assessment of the project.  Newport/Jamestown State Senator Dawn Euer says the state needs to hear from residents and small businesses.  The project is intended to reduce congestion and backup on the bridge and reduce traffic in downtown Newport.

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Providence City Hall Thief Being Sought

Police are trying to identify a man who broke into Providence City Hall over the weekend.  Investigators say he got into the building by breaking a window around 2:30 Saturday morning.  Among the items he reportedly stole are two laptops, a projector and a camera.  Anyone with information is urged to contact the police.

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Health-Related Closures In Warwick, Portsmouth, Smithfield, Roger Williams Park

The Rhode Island Department of Health is recommending closing the Kent County YMCA Upper and Lower ponds in Warwick to swimming because of high bacteria levels.  Sandy Point Beach in Portsmouth is also closed to swimming because of the high bacteria numbers.  State officials are also closing Georgiaville Pond in Smithfield and Pleasant Lake in Roger Williams Park because of a blue-green algae bloom. 

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Warwick Police Seeking Info On DPW Vandalism Suspects

The Warwick Police Department is looking for help in identifying two people who gained access to the Warwick Public Works Yard.  The department says the two individuals broke in last week and severely damaged seven vehicles, stole a window air-conditioning unit and vandalized a building.  Surveillance video is posted on the department's Facebook page.
 

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Worcester Council Meets For First Time Since New Ballpark Announcement

The Worcester City Council reviewed the financing package for a new baseball stadium intended to host the Pawtucket Red Sox on Tuesday.  That city plans to borrow 100-million dollars in bonds and have the team contribute 30-million toward the new ballpark, which would open in 2021.  Council members pledged due diligence regarding the fiscal responsibility of the city and said they would not serve as a rubber stamp, with some noting there are members of the community that do not believe the deal is a good one for the city.  Mayor Joseph Petty, who supports the new stadium, has said he hopes the council will take a final vote before the end of next month. 

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The Westerly Sun Sold

The Record-Journal Publishing Co. has agreed to sell The Westerly Sun to a publishing group that owns newspapers in Rhode Island. The Record-Journal reports the sale to Rhode Island Suburban Newspapers was announced Monday and is effective Aug. 31. Rhode Island Suburban Newspapers will also acquire several related publications, including the weekly Mystic River Press.

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Lt. Governor McKee Reacts To PawSox Departure

Lieutenant Governor Dan McKee says the departure of the PawSox to Worcester is a missed opportunity for economic development in the Blackstone Valley.  He says he has great admiration for the tireless fight Pawtucket Mayor Don Grebien waged to keep the team.  McKee says he's calling on state leaders to commit to helping jump-start the economic revitalization that Pawtucket deserves.

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Teen Driver In Portsmouth Crash May Be Charged

The teenage driver in a crash in Portsmouth might be facing traffic-related charges pending the results of an investigation.  The car that five high school students were riding in left Middle Road and slammed into a stone wall on Saturday night.  The teens were all taken to Hasbro Children's Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.  

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July Jobless Rate Drops In RI

The July unemployment rate in Rhode Island is four-point-one percent.  That's a two-tenths of a percent drop from June.  The national jobless rate for July is three-point-nine percent.   

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RI Little Leaguers Win Consolation Game

The Little League team from Coventry is ending its participation in the Little League World Series on a high note.  Coventry, representing the New England region, blasted Queensland, Australia, fifteen-to-nothing in a consolation game on Monday.  Coventry lost both games of a double-elimination set in Williamsport last week.

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ACLU Suing City Of Woonsocket Over Withheld Grant Money

The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island is filing a lawsuit against the city of Woonsocket.  The ACLU said it filed the suit on Monday because Woonsocket has illegally withheld critically needed grant funds from Sojourner House, a social service agency that helps domestic violence victims.  The ACLU adds that the city retaliated against the agency after it petitioned other government agencies for help in resolving the dispute and also banned the agency from receiving any similar funding in the future.

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Child Sex Abuse Victims, Lawmakers Want Statute Of Limitations Expansion

Victims of sex abuse are calling for Rhode Island lawmakers to change the statute of limitations on sex crimes against children, an effort that has been previously defeated.  A new rally at the State House on Monday came in the wake of explosive new allegations in Pennsylvania against hundreds of Catholic priests in a grand jury indictment.  Currently underage sex abuse victims have seven years to file a claim, but the push is being made to extend the time period to 35 years.

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Transportation Officials Note Yesterday's I-195 Headache

Rhode Island Department of Transportation officials are promising to find a way to ease traffic congestion on Interstate 195.  Motorists going from East Providence to Providence were crawling on Monday due to a lane shift accommodating reconstruction work on the Washington Bridge, plus this week starts the long-term closure of the Gano Street exit in Providence.  A RIDOT spokesperson is urging drivers to stay in their lanes to allow for better traffic flow, and the DOT is also installing additional barrels along the Taunton Avenue on-ramp in East Providence to help alleviate the logjam.

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Historic Train Station In Westerly Re-Opens

The historic Westerly Train Station is re-opening.  State and Congressional officials were on hand on Friday for the ribbon-cutting for The Artists' Cooperative Gallery of Westerly, which moved into the station previously this month.  The gallery is being called a unique partnership with the Rhode Island Department of Transportation which will give Amtrak passengers a more colorful waiting area.  The station as closed for two years following changes to Amtrak's online and smartphone ticketing system. 

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Navy Moving Chaplain School To Newport

The U.S. Navy is planning to relocate its chaplains' school to the Naval Station in Newport.  Senator Jack Reed made that announcement on Friday regarding the school that's currently in Columbia, South Carolina, effective at the beginning of next March.  The Navy Chaplaincy School and Center is responsible for the education and professional development of chaplains, who work to serve the spiritual and emotional needs of people serving in the Navy.
 

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Lifespan, Nurses Reach Tentative Agreement For New Contract

Rhode Island Hospital's ownership Lifespan and the union representing the hospital's nurses are reaching an agreement on a new contract.  The tentative five-year deal was announced by both sides on Friday night, with a vote by the union's members scheduled for Wednesday. 

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Coventry Little Leaguers Bounced From 2018 World Series

The Coventry Little League baseball team is out of the Little League World Series.  The team was eliminated on Saturday with a 9-to-5 loss to a team from Des Moines, Iowa.  Coventry had been beaten by a team from Houston, Texas in the series opener last Thursday in Williamsport.  They'll play a consolation game today. 

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House Stadium Deal Criticized By PawSox, RI Governor

The Pawtucket Red Sox ownership is blaming the Rhode Island House of Representatives for the team moving to Worcester.  Team officials faulted the House for not passing a different version of a stadium-financing plan in the most recent legislative session that had been approved by the state Senate after it was negotiated by Governor Gina Raimondo.  The governor also blamed House leadership when she spoke to reporters on Friday.  

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PawSox Fans Frustrated With Team's Announced Move

Pawtucket Red Sox fans are not happy about the team announcing its intention to build a new stadium in Worcester.  Some called for a boycott of the PawSox on the team's Facebook page for their remaining games this year and beyond as the top minor league affiliate of the Boston Red Sox intends to play two more seasons at McCoy Stadium before moving.  Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien said in a statement on Friday that he knew many people in the city and throughout Rhode Island are struggling with the sudden news of the move.  

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R.I. State Police Expand Highway Patrols

The head of the Rhode Island State Police says troopers will be "aggressively enforcing" laws against driving under the influence as summer winds down. Col. Ann Assumpico says she's adding patrols as part of a national highway safety campaign. She says the message is simple: "Do not drink and drive." The extra patrols continue through Sept. 3

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RIDOT Closes Providence Exit 3

The state Department of Transportation says it's closed a well-traveled highway exit through the fall of 2019. The DOT says it had to close the off-ramp for Exit 3, which leads to Gano Street, on Interstate 195 West in Providence to repair the Washington Bridge. The DOT closed the exit Sunday night. The bridge carries I-195 West from East Providence to Providence.

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Providence FD Granted FEMA Assistance

The Providence Fire Department has been awarded nearly $1 million for training and equipment. The state's congressional delegation says the department is getting federal funding through a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant program. The money will be used to train 173 officers in National Fire Protection Association courses, buy fitness equipment and expand the department's peer fitness program.

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Parking Garage Renovations In Pawtucket

A renovation project is getting underway at the city-owned parking garage at Main Street and Park Place in downtown Pawtucket.  Vacant stores along the first floor of the garage will be demolished, the structure will be painted and new lighting will be installed.  The Pawtucket Times reports the garage improvements project is part of a downtown revitalization plan.

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RI Added More Jobs Last Month

Rhode Island added 12-hundred jobs last month.  That's according to data from the U.S. Department of Labor, which adds the state set a new all-time high for the number of jobs.  The state has added 21-thousand new jobs since the start of 2015.  The four-point-one percent unemployment rate is the lowest in the state since 2000.  

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Westerly Train Station Is Reopening

Governor Gina Raimondo and Senator Jack Reed are among those expected at today's reopening of the Westerly Train Station.  The Artists' Cooperative Gallery of Westerly is the new tenant at the state-owned station.  In addition to a waiting area and restrooms for train passengers, the Artists' Cooperative is providing a new arts venue for the community. 

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Providence Federal Building Purchase Announced

A real estate company led by former Providence Mayor Joe Paolino is being approved to purchase the federal building in downtown Providence.  Paolino Properties says it will buy the Westminster Street property for nine-and-a-half-million dollars.  The building houses the IRS, Housing and Urban Development, Social Security Administration, the U.S. Secret Service and the federal bankruptcy court. 

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I-195 Gano Street Ramp Closing For Bridge Work

Work is set to begin on the Washington Bridge on Monday.  The Rhode Island Department of Transportation is closing the Gano [[ GAY-no ]] Street exit on Interstate 195 until the fall of 2019 as part of the rehab effort.  A temporary on-ramp to I-195 will be opened from Taunton Avenue-Route 44.  RIDOT says the entire Washington Bridge project will wrap up in the fall of 2020. 

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Trump Announces Nominee For RI U.S. Marshal

President Trump is nominating a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent and criminal investigator in Providence to serve as the U.S. Marshal for the District of Rhode Island.  Wing Chau began his law enforcement career in 1989 as a patrolman with the Rhode Island Capitol Police, where he served until 1994 when he joined the U.S. Border Patrol, according to a statement from the White House.  Chau then became a special agent with the ATF and has served in San Diego, Washington, DC and Providence over the course of his 24-year career. 

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Former State Senator Charged In Check Fraud Scheme

A former Rhode Island state senator is being charged with bank fraud and tax crimes.  The U.S. Justice Department alleges that James Doyle, as the owner of two durable medical equipment companies, drew checks on an account in one bank and deposited them in an account in a second bank when neither account had sufficient funds, a scheme known as check-kiting, to the tune of more than half-a-million dollars from 2013 to 2016.   Doyle has agreed to plead guilty to the charges.  He was a state senator representing the Pawtucket area and he resigned in January, citing his struggle with alcohol. 

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Worcester Plans Baseball Announcement Today

Worcester city officials are planning an announcement today related to the Pawtucket Red Sox.  The city has been trying to lure the top minor league affiliate of the Boston Red Sox from Rhode Island for three years.  PawSox chairman Larry Lucchino was in Worcester touring a possible stadium site in the Canal District last week.  However, all involved are being tight lipped about the content of the announcement, which is set for this afternoon.

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Raimondo Approval Ratings Remain Lackluster

Rhode Island's governor is facing a tough re-election fight in a year that's supposed to be a good one for Democrats and women. Gina Raimondo has raised $7 million, seven times her closest rival. Raimondo is facing a spirited challenge from the left in the Sept. 12 primary. Although she's highlighting the improving economy and a free college tuition program, many voters say they're disappointed in her close corporate ties, and her approval ratings remain tepid.

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MA Senator Markey Wants PawSox In Worcester

Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey is rooting for Worcester in its effort to lure the Pawtucket Red Sox. The Telegram & Gazette reports that Markey says having the team move into into a new ballpark would be a big boost for Worcester.  Both cities are awaiting a decision from ownership on whether the team will stay in Pawtucket or leave Rhode Island.

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One Beach Reopened For Swimming, Three More Closed

The Rhode Island Department of Health is recommending reopening Third Beach in Middletown for swimming based on water samples showing acceptable bacteria levels.  Three other beaches are being recommended for closures because of high bacteria levels.  They are Sandy Point Beach and Conimicut Point Beach in Portsmouth, and Bristol Town Beach.

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Homeless Man Allegedly Carjacks Church Pastor In Cranston

A pastor was reportedly the victim of a carjacking by a homeless man in Cranston on Wednesday.  Police say Casimir Dynak approached the pastor outside the church on Elmwood Avenue on Wednesday afternoon, said he had a gun, and the pastor then gave up the car.  He then reportedly got into someone else's vehicle and followed Dynak while reporting the incident to police.  Dynak was later arrested on a robbery charge and admitted that he lied about having a gun, according to police.

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Woman Accused Of Leaving Child In Parked Car At Casino

A Massachusetts woman is in trouble after allegedly leaving a three-month-old infant in a parked car outside of Twin River Casino in Lincoln on Tuesday.  Police say Halston Borglund, from the Cape Cod area, left the infant in a running vehicle nearly an hour-and-a-half, contrary to her claim that she had only left the child in the car to retrieve keys in the casino.  The baby was reported to be in fair condition after being taken to Hasbro Children's Hospital.  The Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families has taken custody of the child. 

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Care New England Reports Financial Turnaround

Care New England is reporting itself to be in the black following the closure of Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket.  Rhode Island's second-largest hospital group reported this week that it turned an 800-thousand-dollar profit during the third quarter of the 2018 fiscal year, compared to a loss of six-and-a-half-million in the same period last year.  Excluding costs related to closing the hospital, CNE said it recorded a four-point-six-million-dollar gain.  Care New England asked Rhode Island officials last week for an expedited review of a proposed merger with Boston-based Partners HealthCare. 

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Another Round Of Talks Between Nurse Union, Lifespan Scheduled

Another round of federally mediated talks between Lifespan and the union representing nurses at Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children's Hospital is scheduled for Friday.  Seven hours of negotiations, the fifth round during the current labor dispute, did not result in a new contract on Wednesday.  United Nurses and Allied Professionals Local 5098 president Frank Sims released a statement saying there was some progress made during negotiations last week, but that yesterday's exchange was a sharp step backward.

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Portsmouth PD In Search Of Beach Vandals

Police in Portsmouth are searching for the people responsible for multiple acts of vandalism at Sandy Point Beach Beach.They say suspects have sprayed graffiti on bathrooms and tossed lifeguard chairs into the ocean. Police say the lifeguard chairs can cause problems for area boaters because they float. 

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Price Of A Gallon Of Gasoline In RI Remains The Same

The price of a gallon of gasoline in Rhode has remained the same this week. AAA Northeast found in its weekly survey released Tuesday that the price of self-serve, regular is averaging $2.88 per gallon, which is unchanged from last week. That’s three cents higher than the national average and 52 cents per gallon higher than it was a year ago. AAA found self-serve, regular gasoline selling for as low as $2.75 per gallon and as high as $3.09 in Rhode Island. AAA says prices have been relatively flat for the last few weeks nationally. AAA says it’s watching to see if prices spike closer to Labor Day, as people take road trips before the summer ends.

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New Citizen's Bank Campus Now Open

Citizens Bank has officially opened its new corporate campus in Johnston, Rhode Island. The bank held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the 123-acre campus Tuesday that includes a wellness center, a 24-hour gym and a human-sized security robot. Citizens Bank says about 3,000 employees from Cranston and Smithfield facilities will move to the Johnston campus.

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Portsmouth Resort Sold

An East Bay resort community is being sold for just over ten-million dollars.  A Miami-based investor and a Maine developer announced the acquisition of the Newport Beach Club in Portsmouth on Tuesday.  The new ownership said in a statement that the development has had a troubled past marked by years of uncertainty and legal wrangling.

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Kilmatin Fights 3D Online Blueprints

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin is seeking to have online blueprints for 3D plastic guns stopped.  He's joining with 22 other attorneys general challenging a settlement between the federal government and a Texas-based company that wants to put the blueprints online.  A federal judge temporarily blocked the release, but Kilmartin says the 3D plans have been illegally posted on several websites. 

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Marker Revealed At Revolutionary War Site In Tiverton

A new stone marker has been unveiled at an historic American Revolutionary War fort in Rhode Island.  The Newport Daily News reports the marker for Fort Barton was uncovered on Sunday close to the fort's entrance in Tiverton.  The site was named for William Barton, who captured British General Richard Prescott during a midnight raid in Portsmouth in 1777.  It served as a launching position for American forces during the Battle of Rhode Island the following year.

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Lincoln Schools Maintenance Worker Arrested On Drug Charges

A Lincoln school employee is facing felony drug charges.  Brian Lataille of Lincoln was arrested by Rhode Island State Police last week for possession and intent to deliver cocaine and oxycodone, plus possession of morphine and hydrocodone.  Lincoln Public Schools Superintendent Lawrence Filippeli tells WPRI-TV that Lataille is a maintenance worker.  Filippeli said he could not comment on disciplinary actions that may be taken. 

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ACI Building Put On Lockdown After White Powder Discovery

The Adult Correctional Institutions Intake Service Center in Cranston was on lockdown on Tuesday after a correctional officer discovered an envelope containing a white powder.  The Cranston Fire Department responded after the envelope was reportedly discovered at around 3 p.m. at the Intake Service Center.  All visitors and non-essential personnel were evacuated.  No injuries were reported. 

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Education Official Issues Proposals To Fill Teaching Positions

Rhode Island Education Commissioner Ken Wagner is issuing several proposals to make it easier to find teachers to teach subjects like secondary math and science, special education and English as a second language.  One of Wagner's proposals is to fill vacancies in the state with teachers who are certified in Massachusetts and Connecticut, according to The Providence Journal.  He is also suggesting a seven-year certification period, rather than an annual renewal for districts which rely on emergency certifications to fill the positions, and allowing regular teachers to earn an endorsement instead of a full certification for ESL.  The proposals will go out for public comment this fall before a vote from the Rhode Island Council of Elementary and Secondary Education. 

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Citizen's Bank Opening New Campus Today

Citizen's Bank is set to unveil its new corporate headquarters in Johnston. A ribbon cutting ceremony for the 123-acre campus is scheduled for today. According to Citizens Bank, about 3,000 employees from Cranston and Smithfield facilities will move to the Johnston campus.

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U.S. Senators Talk Election Protection With Secretary Of State

Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse met with Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea [[ gor-BAY-uh ]] on Monday to talk about election security.  The trio talked about ways to defend voter information and the elections themselves from cyberattacks.  Proposed solutions include more federal funding and security clearances for local election officials. 

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Traffic Camera Program Reportedly Expanding

A Providence City Council member says the city's new traffic camera program is expanding.  Michael Correia tells GoLocalProv that five cameras are being added, raising the total to fifteen.  Three existing cameras are moving, according to Correia.  The controversial traffic cameras, which were put in place earlier this year, resulted in a federal lawsuit and eventually a new law passed by the Rhode Island Legislature which reduced penalties and added new regulations.
 

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Providence Schools Working To Help Students Not Fluent In English

Providence Public Schools is agreeing to provide English language services to roughly eight-thousand students who currently lack fluency.  The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Rhode Island made that announcement on Monday, after a federal probe found violations of the Equal Educational Opportunities Act of 1974.  Officials say the district will properly identify and place English-learning students when they enroll in the district's 41 schools and secure a sufficient number of teachers who are certified in English Second Language.

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Secretary Of State Reminds Voters Of Registration Deadline

The deadline to register to vote in the Rhode Island primary has arrived. Today is the deadline. Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea is urging voters to be prepared. She says voters should have up to date registrations and know their options if they can’t get to the polls Sept. 12 to vote in the primary.

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Treasurer: 50,000 People Get $15.2M In Unclaimed Property

The state treasurer’s office says $15.2 million in unclaimed property was returned to nearly 50,000 Rhode Island residents in the last fiscal year. Treasurer Seth Magaziner says the number of people who received unclaimed property is nearly five times the amount of any previous year. He credits the increase to a new initiative that automatically sends checks to many people listed in the unclaimed property database.

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Quasi-Public Agency Invests In Drinking Water Projects

A quasi-public agency says it’s investing more than $18 million in drinking water projects in Rhode Island. The Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank said the financing is going to the city of Woonsocket, towns of Burrillville and Cumberland and the Providence Water Supply Board.The agency says this will save about $1 million in interest expenses,compared to borrowing from other sources.It says it has now invested more than $500 million in drinking water projects throughout Rhode Island.

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Critics Say Police Showed Cicilline's Sister Preferential Treatment

Warwick police are being criticized for what some called preferential treatment of Narragansett's Town Council president during a traffic stop that was broadcast on television.Police pulled over Susan Cicilline-Buonanno -- the sister of U.S. Rep. David Cicilline -- during Friday night's episode of "Live PD" on the cable network A&E.An officer conducted a field sobriety test and determined Cicilline-Buonanno was not impaired, but she agreed to a ride home.Critics on social media accused the department of special treatment because of Cicilline-Buonanno's political connections.

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New Citizens Bank Campus Set To Open

A welcoming ceremony is planned for tomorrow morning at the new Citizens Bank campus in Johnston.  Bank officials say the 400-thousand square foot building will house three-thousand employees.  A highway exit from Route 295 to serve the campus opened a couple of weeks ago. 

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Long-Term Closure Of I-195 Exit In Providence

The Gano Street exit on I-195 west in Providence is closing on August 20th.  The Department of Transportation says it will be closed through the fall of 2019 as part of the rehabilitation project for the Washington Bridge.  RIDOT says that during the long-term closure, traffic headed to Gano Street and the East Side should use exit 2 at South Main Street.  

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West Nile Virus Confirmed In Two Communities

West Nile Virus is confirmed in Pawtucket and Tiverton.  The Department of Environmental Management says the results are from mosquito traps set on July 30th.  They are the first findings of the mosquito-borne West Nile Virus this year.  The public is urged to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

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Providence Is Imposing Rules On Electric Scooters

Providence is imposing rules and regulations on electric scooters.  A California-based scooter sharing company dropped dozens of the two-wheel vehicles in the city recently without any warning.  They can be rented via a smartphone app.  The city says it will begin a one-year pilot program this week. 

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Fung Signs Federal Immigration Agreement

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung says if he's elected governor Rhode Island will not be a sanctuary state, and he will fight sanctuary cities.  According to his campaign, Fung has signed an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, to contact immigration authorities when a criminal in custody is in the country illegally.  The announcement comes  after the mayors of Providence and Central Falls filed a lawsuit against U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions over public safety grant money linked to cooperating with immigration authorities.  

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Upgrade For URI's Football Stadium

URI's Meade Stadium is going to get a four-point-one-million-dollar upgrade, thanks in large part to a couple of alumni.  They've each committed one-million-dollars toward improving the home of the Rams football team.  The upgrade will include a new playing surface and stadium lighting.

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Four Names Sent To Governor For A Judgeship

Governor Gina Raimondo now has four lawyers to consider for a vacancy on the Superior Court bench.  The Providence Journal reports the Judicial Nominating Committee forwarded the names following interviews and public hearings this week.   The court vacancy was caused by the death of Judge Walter Stone last year.

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Officials Issue Response To Exposed Power Line Near Beach

There's concern about an exposed high-voltage power line on Block Island.  The National Grid line, which runs from the Deepwater Wind turbines to the mainland, is supposed to be buried, but a picture posted by the Block Island Times this week showed the line clearly visible in the water during low tide at Town Beach.  In a statement, the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council said it has met with representatives of National Grid and Deepwater, and is requiring both companies to work toward a solution.

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Fire Damages Classroom At Providence School

Fire caused major damage in a classroom in a Providence school on Wednesday.  Firefighters put out the blaze in about 45 minutes at Vartan Gregorian Elementary School on Wickenden Street.  Reports indicate there were five staff members in the building, but they were unharmed.  School officials say they plan to have the damage repaired in time for the start of the school year. 

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Nurses Union, RI Hospital Trade NLRB Complaints

United Nurses and Allied Professionals Local 5098 and Rhode Island Hospital are filing complaints against each other with the National Labor Relations Board.  The complaints were filed Thursday, just one day after the two sides met for contract talks for the first time since the nurses went on strike.  Rhode Island Hospital alleges the nurses' union has negotiated in bad faith, while the union said the hospital has made changes to workplace conditions that are supposed to be subjected to collective bargaining.  A federal mediator scheduled a second round of negotiations for next Wednesday.

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Cities Say Getting Grants Shouldn't Be Connected To Immigration Enforcement

A new lawsuit is being filed by the cities of Providence and Central Falls against U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions over the immigration policies of the Trump administration.  The complaint, filed on Thursday, alleges the Department of Justice is requiring federal criminal justice grant recipients to cooperate with immigration enforcement agents, and argues the conditions being set are unconstitutional.  The complaint is separate from the one filed by Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin and other attorneys general against the DOJ and Sessions last week.  City officials say Friday is the deadline for them to accept the federal funds with the new conditions. 

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Red Sox Brass Visit Worcester

The chairman of the Boston Red Sox's Triple-A affiliate in Rhode Island has been spotted taking a tour of Worcester, which has spent the past year trying to woo the team. The Telegram & Gazette reports Pawtucket Red Sox Chairman Larry Lucchino toured the Massachusetts city Tuesday along with PawSox president Mike Tamburro, International League president Randy Mobley and an economist. Lucchino says the tour was scheduled weeks ago "as part of our due diligence as we explore options."

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Brown Calls On Raimondo To Debate

Governor Gina Raimondo's Democratic primary opponent is calling on the governor to agree to a series of debates.  Matt Brown says the voters deserve to hear the candidates voice their ideas and answer questions.  He says it's hard to believe that in 2018, a Democrat running for governor would refuse to debate.  Brown says he's accepted debate invitations. 

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