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Rare Calico Lobster Caught

 An East Bay business has a rare lobster on display. Sakonnet Lobster Company in Little Compton posted on its Facebook page on Monday a picture of a calico lobster caught by one of its boats on a previous trip. It's estimated that a calico lobster, characterized by its spotted black-yellow-orange shell, has a rarity number of one in thirty-million.

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Barrington Will Play L.L. World Series Opener This Morning

The Barrington Little League team will play its first game of the Little League World Series today. The Barrington team was supposed to play its opener yesterday but it got rained out. The team, which is representing the New England region, will take on the Southeast regional reps from Virginia at 10 a.m. on ESPN.

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Retired State Supreme Court Justice Dies

Retired Rhode Island Supreme Court Justice Donald Shea has died. Shea was on the court from 1981 to 1995 after having previously served almost a decade on the state Superior Court. Shea, who lived in Providence, died on Wednesday at the age of 93, according to the Rhode Island Judiciary. He authored over five-hundred opinions while on the Supreme Court.

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EEE Found In Mosquito Sample From Central Falls

The first positive findings of Eastern equine encephalitis of the year in Rhode Island are being found in a mosquito sample. The state DEM and health department say the samples were collected in Central Falls on August 6th. People are being urged to take precautions against mosquito bites. No human cases of EEE have been reported in Rhode Island, but there is one case currently in Southeastern Massachusetts.

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Wyatt Correctional Officer Placed On Leave

A correctional officer for Wyatt Detention Facility is being placed on leave after a pickup truck drove into protesters outside of the facility on Wednesday night. Video shows the truck driving towards a parking lot which was blocked by people, hitting the brakes then proceeding again despite there still being protesters in the way. At least one person reportedly suffered serious injuries. Wyatt identified the officer on leave as Captain Thomas Woodworth, who appears to have been the driver.

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Tournament Committee: Cheating Accusation Issue Closed

The Little League International Tournament Committee says it considers the accusation of cheating against the Barrington Little League team is a closed issue. The coach of the Goffstown, New Hampshire, team which lost to Barrington in the New England Region championship game, accused the Rhode Island kids of stealing signs. The committee says it has full confidence that the umpires and tournament officials handled the situation appropriately.

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Newport Hospital Celebrates Expanded ER

There's now a newly expanded emergency department at Newport Hospital. The number of beds has been increased from 17 to 29, allowing for the treatment of more than 40-thousand patients a year. Hospital officials say the last time the emergency department was renovated was 20 years ago.

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Tires Slashed In West End Of Providence

Providence police are investigating widespread vandalism in the West End. As many as two dozen cars had slashed tires Wednesday morning. According to a police report, witnesses say they saw three juveniles on bikes flee the area Tuesday night.

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Jesse James Dog Found In Newport

TV personality Jesse James is letting everyone know that his lost dog has been found in Rhode Island. The West Coast Choppers star said on Instagram on Wednesday that police in Newport found the dog, named Coco, and that he'll be coming to pick her up. James had offered a cash reward for the return of the dog. He said he learned that the dog fell through a basement window into a vacant house, where she had apparently been for a month's time.

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New Health Services Org. Being Formed From Merger

A coming-together of two groups will result in one of the largest non-profit health services organizations in New England. Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Tufts Health Plan announced their intent to combine yesterday. The new organization will serve almost two-and-a-half-million members in Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. The agreement is subject to regulatory approvals.

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Transportation Contractor Laws Being Updated

Laws concerning the work done by road and bridge contractors for the state DOT are being updated. State Senator Valarie Lawson's legislation that has been signed by Governor Raimondo requires the contractors to provide a bond equal to at least half of the contract price on contracts in excess of 150-thousand dollars. Lawson said the changes will ensure the projects are being done correctly and safely and will also allow for taxpayer funds to be used in the most cost-effective manner.

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Third Truck Toll Location Active

A new toll is now being collected for truck drivers going through the Ocean State. The state Department of Transportation began charging big rigs west of Hartford Avenue on Route 6 in Providence on Tuesday night, bringing the total number of currently-active tolls to three. RIDOT plans to have a dozen tolling locations operational by next summer.

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White Shark Sighting Near Narragansett Beach

There was a confirmed sighting of a great white shark near Narragansett Beach on Wednesday. The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy said the confirmation was based on a photo that was sent in. The presence of the sharks has been well-documented on Cape Cod and has resulted in almost-daily closures of Cape beaches this summer. In Rhode Island, their presence has been limited; last year, a fisherman reported catching a great white near Misquamicut Beach.

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Wyatt Protest Turns Unpeaceful

Hundreds of protesters returned outside the Wyatt Detention Center in Central Falls on Wednesday. The demonstrators were part of the Never Again movement, which compares how immigrants are being treated in the U.S. currently to how Jewish people were treated during the Holocaust. A similar protest last month resulted in arrests. Several media reports have indicated that a pickup truck tried to push through a group of people that was blocking an entrance at the facility at one point last night, and that at least one person was apparently hospitalized after being pepper-sprayed.

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Traffic Control Cameras Activating In Pawtucket Soon

School zone speeders and red light beaters in Pawtucket only have a few more weeks before those activities will cost them. City officials tell the Valley Breeze all school zone cameras and some red light cameras will be operational on August 28th, and the rest of the red light cameras will be incrementally added in the following weeks. Drivers will get a thirty-day warning period starting on the 28th before they start to receive violation notices.

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Trump Appears Supportive Of Schilling Congress Run

President Trump appears to be endorsing former Red Sox pitcher and 38 Studios founder Curt Schilling to run for Congress in Arizona. Trump tweeted that Schilling is a great pitcher and patriot and thought the idea of him running for a House seat is "terrific." Schilling told Armed American Radio on Sunday that he's considering returning to Arizona to run for a congressional seat currently held by a Democrat.

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Twin River Laying Off Table Games Supervisors

Layoffs are coming to Twin River Casino. Twin River is planning to lay off thirty table games supervisors and is telling investors that revenue from table games at its Lincoln casino went through a big decline in July because of the opening of the new Encore Casino in Everett, Massachusetts.

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State Leaders Request More Info About IGT Deal

Rhode Island's legislative leaders are requesting additional information about a proposed lottery contract extension for IGT. House Speaker Nick Mattiello and Senate President Dom Ruggerio delivered a letter to Governor Gina Raimondo yesterday asking for the info by the end of the month so that public hearings can be held. 

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RI Firefighter Appointed Chief In Western MA

Michael Andrews who has served as acting deputy fire chief in Central Falls, is heading west. MassLive.com reports he's been appointed as the fire chief in the western Massachusetts town of Wilbraham. Andrews has been a firefighter in Central Falls since 2005.

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Norwegian Ending Flights From T.F. Green Airport

Norwegian Air is ending its transatlantic flights from T.F. Green Airport to Dublin, Cork and Shannon, Ireland, on September 15th. The low-cost airline cites the safety-related grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX used on the routes from Providence and some other airports. The company says it's assisting customers by rerouting them to other Norwegian services to ensure they reach their destination. Those who no longer wish to travel will be offered a full refund.

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Surprise Performance By Jay Leno In Newport

Former Tonight Show host Jay Leno is preparing for a comedy tour. Friday night he tested out new material in front of a capacity audience at the Firehouse Theater in Newport. The theater's artistic director says he initially thought it was a prank when he got a call from someone claiming to be Leno asking for permission to do a set on stage. Leno owns a home on Ocean Drive in Newport.

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Vinny Paz Being Inducted Into Nevada Boxing Hall Of Fame

Rhode Island boxing champion Vinny Paz is being inducted into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame later this week. The organization was founded in 2012 and has inducted other boxers such as Mike Tyson and Sugar Ray Leonard. Paz was a five-time champ and was the subject of the movie Bleed for This. The induction ceremony is Saturday.

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Bill Murray Sings At Ri Show

Actor Bill Murray loves making surprise appearances, and he did it again this weekend in Rhode Island. Murray appeared in South Kingstown and performed with local band Steve Smith and the Nakeds at Roy Carpenter's Beach on Saturday. Murray was with director Peter Farrelly and the two had gone to Fall River, Mass to get pierogis before moving on to the concert, according to published reports.

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Route From T.F. Green To Punta Cana Canceled

A new route from T.F. Green Airport is being canceled before it even gets off the ground. The Sun Country Airlines trip to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic won't be happening. The company cited a decline in demand for the flight. Anyone who already booked tickets can either get an alternate Sun Country destination or a full refund.

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N. Providence Police Dept. In New Building

The North Providence Police Department moved into a new building on Monday. The new public safety complex on Mineral Spring Avenue is directly across from North Providence High School. The phone number to call the police department is unchanged.

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