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Patriots Play The Jets On Sunday

The Patriots are looking for a three-win-and no-loss start to the 2019 NFL season this weekend with a home game versus the New York Jets. Kickoff from Gillette Stadium is at 1 p.m. Sunday. The Pats have won their first two games by a lopsided combined score of 76-to-3.

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Scooter Shuffle In Providence

The rentable scooter lineup is changing in Providence. Lime and Bird scooters have both pulled their fleets. Bird pulled its scooters because its permit was not renewed, while Lime says it wasn't issued permits for a high-enough number of the mobility units. Providence officials say the city has already offered new permits to two other scooter companies: Spin and VeoRide, and that the number of permits is being increased.

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Another Round Of Mosquito Spraying Announced

The state of Rhode Island is announcing another round of aerial spraying targeting mosquitoes to battle the triple-E virus. This comes as two more human EEE cases have been identified. Weather-permitting, the spraying could begin Monday night in the West Warwick area and the southwest part of the state. The state says no adverse health risks are expected with the pesticide that is being used for mosquito control, and that spraying will not occur in certain protected areas.

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First IGT Contract Extension Hearing Held

Hearings are underway in the Rhode Island General Assembly over a proposed contract extension for state lottery runner IGT. Rhode Island Department of Revenue officials urged the Senate Finance Committee last night to keep IGT, which the state wants to offer a twenty-year, one-billion-dollar, no-bid contract. State casinos operator Twin River wants consideration of its new proposal with rival lottery operator Camelot, which it says costs half-a-billion dollars less and is only for twelve years.

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Replica Of Vietnam Veterans Memorial In Newport

The Moving Wall, a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., is in Newport. It's on display in Touro Park from now through the weekend. Last night there was a candlelight vigil held including a remembrance ceremony for the more than two-hundred Rhode Islanders who died in Vietnam.

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RIPTA Holding Proposed Fare Structure Hearings

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority is embarking on a series of public hearings on a proposed new fare structure. The smart fare system using re-loadable cards is expected to begin next year. The Wave Card app will cost five-dollars to activate and the base fare will remain unchanged at two-dollars. There's a hearing tonight at six o'clock at the Barrington Public Library with other hearings scheduled around the state through October 3rd.

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Slight Increase In RI's Unemployment Rate

Rhode Island's August unemployment rate is up one-tenth of a percent from July. The state Department of Labor and Training says last month's jobless number is three-point-six percent. The national unemployment for August is three-point-seven percent.

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Boscov's Opening At Prov. Place Next Week

Regional department store chain Boscov's is opening its first location in Rhode Island next week. The Providence Place mall says the grand opening is next Saturday, September 28th. Boscov's is opening up in the mall space previously occupied by Nordstrom. A charity event to benefit Rhode Island non-profits and a sneak-peak for shoppers are planned ahead of the grand opening.

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Ex-Cumberland Fire Chief Placed On Leave Received Severance

New details are being reported about ex-Cumberland Fire Chief Kenneth Finlay leaving the job. A published story indicates Finlay received a payout of about 66-thousand dollars under a severance agreement that was finalized last month. According to the agreement, Finlay decided to retire on August 24th after being placed on leave a month earlier.

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RIDE Makes Attendance Tool Available Statewide

The Rhode Island Department of Education is battling chronic absenteeism in schools. The Attendance Nudge Tool, now available statewide, aims to give principals a better look at student attendance trends. RIDE is making public a student attendance leaderboard on its website. The department says it's also launching a portal for teacher absenteeism soon.

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Twin River Trying For Competing Lottery Proposal

Rhode Island casino operator Twin River is making a new effort against a proposed state lottery contract extension for IGT. Twin River says it's submitting a competing contract bid with London-based Camelot Lottery Solutions, which recently took over the lottery gaming system from IGT in Illinois. The timing coincides with the first Senate Finance Committee hearing to review the IGT contract extension proposal, happening at the State House this evening. The House Finance Committee is also set to hear testimony on the proposed extension next week.

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Temporary Lane Restrictions Planned On Route 4

Traffic is going to be reduced to one lane on Route 4 in North Kingstown for an accelerated bridge replacement project. The northbound side of the Lafayette Road Bridge will be replaced between nine p.m. on Friday, September 27th and six a.m. on Monday, September 30th. The state Department of Transportation says the southbound side of the bridge will be replaced in October.

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RI Legislative Scorecard Released By Think Tank

 A legislative scorecard released by a conservative public policy think tank gives mostly failing grades. The Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity says only 12 legislators, all Republicans, scored above a zero in the 2019 session. The nonprofit claims the General Assembly violated economic, individual and constitutional liberties.

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Survey:CCRI Warwick Among Ugliest Campuses

According to an online magazine, the Community College of Rhode Island in Warwick is among the 50 ugliest campuses in the country. The lifesytle website Complex, ranks CCRI 9th on its list. It says the harsh, brutalist architecture of the Knight Campus is cold, intrusive and anything but inviting.

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Taylor Swift Performing In Foxboro Next Summer

Taylor Swift is performing at Gillette Stadium next summer. Swift has two shows in Foxboro as part of her Lover Fest tour, on July 31st and August 1st. Tickets will go on sale next month.

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Disney Musical Theater Program Coming To Providence Schools

The Providence Performing Arts Center is getting money from Disney to fund a theater education program. The Disney Musicals in Schools initiative puts selected schools in a 17-week musical theater residency led by a team of teaching artists trained by P-PAC and the Disney Theatrical Group. Five public elementary schools will be selected for this academic year, and another five next year.

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State Lawmaker To Propose Flavored E-Cigarette Ban

As public concern ramps up over vaping, a Rhode Island lawmaker is planning to introduce a bill to ban flavored e-cigarettes. State Representative Julie Casimiro says she'll put the legislation on the agenda for the upcoming 2020 General Assembly session. Casimiro says her ban will be modeled after one that was recently imposed in Michigan, the first state in the country to take such action.

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DOJ Investigation Of English Learners In Providence Schools Made Public

A memo from the U.S. Justice Department that is being made public looks at how the Providence School District handles English-language learners. The DOJ said in the document from last year that it found a dozen violations of the Equal Educational Opportunities Act, and that the school department was setting up English-language learners to fail. Interim Superintendent Frances Gallo says the district is working hard to address the shortcomings.

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Two More Human EEE Cases In RI

Two more cases of triple-E in people are being reported in Rhode Island. The state says one patient is a child younger than ten who lives in Coventry, while the second person is a Charlestown resident in their 50s. The two are said to be recovering after being discharged from a hospital. The first human EEE case in the state this year resulted in a death. The state Department of Environmental Management and Department of Health are considering additional aerial spraying of mosquitoes.

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Boat Fire Investigation In East Greenwich

The cause of a boat fire is under investigation in East Greenwich. At least two vessels in dry dock burned around nine o'clock Monday night. No injuries were reported.

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Temporary Lane Split On Route 146

 A series of temporary lane splits are going to be installed Thursday night on Route 146 south in North Smithfield. The traffic pattern changes are needed for a seven-million-dollar bridge preservation and rehabilitation project. The state Department of Transportation says lane splits are already in place on the northbound side. The two bridges involved in the project are the Old Great Bridge, just south of the Massachusetts border, and the Forestdale Bridge.

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Major Renovations At Hasbro Children's Hospital

A major renovation project is getting underway at Hasbro Children's Hospital which is now 25-years-old. The renovations include the emergency department, patient and exam rooms, and work stations. Surgical suites, the intensive care unit, and the hematology/oncology clinic will also be upgraded. Hospital officials say the multi-million-dollar project is expected to be completed by early 2022.

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Prov. City Councilwoman's Bike Is Stolen

Providence City Councilwoman Nirva LaFortune is angry that someone stole her bicycle. It was taken from her yard in the Summit neighborhood. In a Facebook post,  LaFortune writes to the thief, "I hope you needed it more than I did." She says the person who stole the bike also took vegetables from her garden.

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State Troopers To Present Checks To Families

Rhode Island state troopers who ran the Boston Marathon in April to raise money for the "Cops for Kids with Cancer" program are going to present checks tomorrow. Five-thousand-dollars is being given to each of the five area families who have a child affected by cancer. The six troopers who ran the Marathon raised more than 20-thousand-dollars for the charity this year.

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Prince Of Providence Opens At Trinity Rep

The much-anticipated play about the life of late Providence Mayor Vincent "Buddy" Cianci is already setting attendance records. The Prince of Providence opened Monday night at Trinity Repertory Company. It's already the highest-grossing non-holiday show in the theater's history. The play is scheduled to end on October 27th.

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