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Rhode Islanders Asked To Purchase Bonds

State Treasurer Seth Magaziner is encouraging Rhode Islanders to buy state bonds. Magaziner is calling to attention the state's plans to offer 153-million dollars in bonds to support school construction and other projects throughout Rhode Island. Starting next Tuesday, information about the upcoming bond sale will be available at RhodeIslandBonds.com. The bonds will be sold in December.

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Providence, Police Union Reach Overtime Settlement

The city of Providence is reaching a settlement agreement with the city police union regarding overtime payments. The Providence Journal reports the agreement was reached earlier this month for one-point-five-million dollars being paid out to over four-hundred officers. The police union filed a suit in 2013 accusing the city of violating federal fair-labor standards. The agreement needs federal court approval.

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Coastal Village Seawall Extension Granted

The Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council is approving the extension of a seawall in the village of Matunuck, South Kingstown. The first phase of the wall was completed in 2017; this was a 350-foot extension that was approved at a council meeting last week. Town officials are aiming to protect Matunuck Beach Road and the people that rely on the road from the effects of coastal erosion.

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Catholic Church In Woonsocket Closing

The Providence Catholic Diocese is closing a church in Woonsocket. It's the St. Charles Borromeo Church. The last-scheduled Masses are the weekend of January 11th and 12th. Church officials said they sought permission from the diocese to close because of declining attendance and financial reasons.

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Fire Officials Say Holiday Tree Safety A Must

Fire officials across Rhode Island say it's never too early to think about holiday safety. Officials say Christmas tree sales will be starting up soon and it's important to water natural trees daily and keep them hydrated. It's also critical to make sure the tree is not blocking an exit and is at least three feet away from any heat source like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights. Firefighters warn not to overload extension cords with strings of holiday lights.

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Police Coat Drive Underway

The Providence Police children's coat drive is underway. The police department and community partners are collecting new and gently used coats for newborns through 18-years-old. Donations will be accepted through December 2nd at United Way of Rhode Island on Valley Street, the Providence Public Safety complex on Washington Street, the Non-Violence Institute on Oxford and the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island on Elmgrove Road, which is open Saturday and Sunday.

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Prov. Police Officer Has Personal Weapon Stolen

The Rhode Island State Police are investigating the theft of a Providence police officer's personal weapon. Providence Chief Hugh Clements Junior says the theft was discovered Monday morning. The gun is a rifle and was stolen in Foster from the officer's car. The rifle hasn't been recovered.

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N. Providence Chief Retiring

The police chief of North Providence is retiring. It was announced Monday that Chief David Tikoian will retire as of January 1st. He has served more than 25 years in law enforcement. Supporters say some of the chief's top accomplishments include re-establishing the K-9 unit, adding resource officers to the schools and increasing officer presence in the community through outreach initiatives.

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Pedestrian Deaths Decline Statewide

Rhode Island is seeing a positive trend regarding pedestrian deaths. Fewer people have been hit and killed on foot in the Ocean State this year than any of the last three years. Twenty-one pedestrians were killed in 2017 and 14 in 2016. Last year there were seven pedestrian fatalities and this year stands at five.

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Gov. In Israel Leading Policy Mission

Governor Gina Raimondo is on a policy mission to Israel. The governor is leading a group of democratic governors to the Middle East for this week's meetings with elected officials and policy experts as well as entrepreneurs. The states are looking to build new partnerships with Israel's business community. The delegation will have a series of meetings that focus on cyber security and bio-manufacturing before returning Friday.

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Outage Bumps Some State Agencies Offline

Multiple state agencies are back online after experiencing Internet outages. Service was restored around 10:30 Monday morning to most of the departments including the DMV, Department of Human Services, Department of Children, Youth, and Families' Bristol Office and the Lottery. Department of Administration.

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Commission To Encourage More Diverse Field Of Teachers Meeting

 A state commission set up to encourage more people of color to enter education careers is holding its first meeting tomorrow. State Representative Karen Alzate's resolution, passed earlier this year, created the commission. Alzate says it will be an important first step to attaining a diverse teacher pool, with the goal of benefiting students of all racial backgrounds. The commission is due to report its findings and recommendations to the House of Representatives no later than April 17th of next year.

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RI Slave History Medallion Unveiled In Portsmouth

Rhode Island's history with slavery is being brought to attention About 50 people, including Congressman David Cicilline, gathered at Patriots Park in Portsmouth on Saturday for the unveiling of a bronze slave medallion, which features a QR code that people can scan with their phones to learn more. This particular memorial calls to attention the slaves who were purchased to fight in the Battle of Rhode Island during the Revolutionary War. 

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Mother-In-Law Of Lincoln Chafee, Dies

The mother-in-law of former Rhode Island governor and senator Lincoln Chafee has died. The former first lady of the state Stephanie Chafee says Sophie Danforth passed away over the weekend. Danforth was a philanthropist who founded the Rhode Island Zoological Society to benefit the Roger Williams Park Zoo.

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Man Arrested For Fatal DUI In Middletown

 A Newport man is facing a DUI charge after a fatal crash in Middletown. Police say a car flipped on Third Beach Road overnight Saturday, killing a passenger, identified as Kailyn Newton of Westport, Massachusetts. The vehicle operator has been identified as Patrick Carson. Carson is scheduled for a court appearance in Newport today.

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Patriots At Eagles On Sunday

The New England Patriots are back at it after their first loss of the season and a bye week. The Pats have a rematch against their recent Super Bowl nemesis, the Philadelphia Eagles, on Sunday afternoon. Kickoff from Philly is set for 4:25 p.m. New England's record is 8-and-1.

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AAA Predicts Uptick In Thanksgiving Travel

 AAA is predicting the highest volume of Americans traveling for Thanksgiving this year since 2005. AAA expects more than 54-million people in the country will journey 50 miles or more away from home, about five percent more than last year. The worst time for driving in the local area will be 4 to 6 p.m. on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, on I-495 south in Massachusetts from exits 41 to 33, according to the travel agency.

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Governor Raimondo Talks Housing

Governor Gina Raimondo is focusing on increasing housing availability in the state. Raimondo spoke at a state housing forum at the Rhode Island Convention Center on Thursday and said she intends to make the construction of a higher number of new homes a priority next year. Raimondo said she was open to floating affordable-housing bonds, but she pointed to other states like Massachusetts with an annual revenue stream and said that might be the way to go.

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New Deal Announced For Warwick Firefighters

 A tentative deal has been struck between the city of Warwick and its firefighter union. Mayor Joe Solomon announced the three-year contract on Thursday, saying it will save the city almost a half-million dollars in the first year. The deal must be ratified by the Warwick City Council.

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Lane Shift For Eddy Street Bridge Work

RIDOT is announcing an upcoming lane shift for the start of a new I-95 bridge project in Providence. The twelve-point-seven-million-dollar project is to repair five bridges along 95 in the city. The department will implement a left lane shift on the Eddy Street Bridge starting today for I-95 south only. The project is expected to fully wrap up in the spring of 2022.

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Boil Water Notice In Charlestown

There's a boil water advisory for customers of the Quonochontaug East Beach Water Association in Charlestown. E coli bacteria was detected on Tuesday in one of two wells. The boil water order will remain in effect until the source of the bacteria is identified, the water system is disinfected and there are three consecutive days of bacteria-free samples.

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Governor Raimondo Going To Israel

Governor Gina Raimondo is going to Israel next week on an economic development and policy mission. As chair of the Democratic Governors Association, she will lead a group of governors in an effort to strengthen their states' relationships with Israel. The trip is from November 17th to the 22nd.

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State Releases Report Card On Schools

Schools in Rhode Island have received a report card. The state Department of Education released its 2019 school accountability results on Thursday. Schools are ranked on one to five stars based on factors including attendance and test scores. There are 22 five-star schools in the state, 49 four-star schools, 134 schools with three stars, and 35 one-star schools.

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Newport Wharf Owners Seek A Demolition Permit

The owners of Waites Wharf in Newport are seeking demolition permits to take down all the existing structures to make way for a waterfront hotel. According to a permits application all of the existing buildings are in fair to poor condition. The Newport Daily News also reports the Planning Board will hold a special meeting at seven p.m. on Monday to consider the application.

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Pastor Seeks Closing Of Catholic Church

 The pastor of Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Woonsocket is asking the Diocese of Providence to close the parish. Reverend Joseph Upton cites declining attendance, rising expenses and more than a million-dollars worth of needed repairs to the more than century-old church. He is asking that the final day be Sunday, January 5th, 2020.

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