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(UNDATED)  --  HERE IS THE LATEST NEWS: A WAIVER FOR A MAIL BALLOT REQUIREMENT IN RHODE ISLAND DOES NOT SIT WELL WITH REPUBLICANS.  TAX REFUND CHECKS ARE ACCIDENTALLY MAILED OUT BY THE STATE WITH SIGNATURES FROM WALT DISNEY AND MICKEY MOUSE.  A RHODE ISLAND BOY CATCHES A HUGE CLAM, AND DONATES IT TO SCIENCE.

>>REPUBLICANS FILE NOTICE OF APPEAL OVER MAIL BALLOT REQUIREMENT WAIVER

(PROVIDENCE, RI)  --  THE RHODE ISLAND REPUBLICAN PARTY AND THE GOP'S NATIONAL COMMITTEE FILED A NOTICE OF APPEAL YESTERDAY AFTER A FEDERAL JUDGE ALLOWED A VOTING REQUIREMENT TO BE WAIVED THIS FALL.  THE REPUBLICANS ARE OBJECTING TO VOTERS NOT NEEDING TO FULFILL WITNESS REQUIREMENTS FOR MAIL-BALLOT VOTING.  INSTEAD, THE CONSENT AGREEMENT WILL ALLOW THE STATE TO ASK VOTERS TO VOLUNTARILY PROVIDE ALTERNATE FORMS OF ID LIKE DRIVER'S LICENSE OR STATE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER, LAST FOUR DIGITS OF THEIR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER, OR PHONE NUMBER.  A LAWSUIT PUSHING FOR THE FALL ELECTIONS TO FEATURE THE WAIVED WITNESS RULE CITED VOTERS WHO ARE VULNERABLE TO THE CORONAVIRUS.

>>SMALL BUSINESSES CAN APPLY FOR COVID-19 RELIEF GRANTS NEXT WEEK

(PROVIDENCE, RI)  --  SMALL BUSINESSES IN RHODE ISLAND WAITING TO APPLY FOR GRANTS FUNDED BY FEDERAL CORONAVIRUS RELIEF MONEY, GET READY.  APPLICATIONS FOR THE RESTORE RI GRANT PROGRAM WILL BE ACCEPTED STARTING MONDAY.  UP TO FIFTEEN-THOUSAND DOLLARS IS AVAILABLE PER APPLICANT FOR A POOL OF FIFTY-MILLION.  DETAILS ARE ON THE COMMERCE RI WEBSITE.

>>RHODE ISLAND DEM PROVIDES MYSTERY SEED UPDATE

(UNDATED)  --  THE RHODE ISLAND DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SAYS OVER A HUNDRED OCEAN STATE RESIDENTS HAVE RECEIVED UNSOLICITED SEED PACKAGES FROM CHINA.  THE DEM SAYS IT IS WORKING WITH THE USDA.  TO ANYONE ELSE WHO MIGHT RECEIVE THE SEEDS, THE DEPARTMENT IS URGING YOU TO REACH OUT, AND TO NOT PLANT THE SEEDS OR THROW THEM AWAY.

>>RI ACCIDENTALLY SENDS REFUND CHECKS SIGNED BY MICKEY MOUSE, WALT DISNEY

(PROVIDENCE, RI)  --  NEARLY TWO-HUNDRED RHODE ISLANDERS WERE APPARENTLY SENT TAX REFUND CHECKS THIS WEEK SIGNED BY MICKEY MOUSE AND WALT DISNEY.  THE DIVISION OF TAXATION USES THOSE NAMES ON CHECKS FOR INTERNAL TESTING, BUT A TECHNICAL ERROR LED TO THEM GOING ON REAL CHECKS, ACCORDING TO THE CHIEF OF STAFF OF THE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE.  OFFICIALS SAY THE DISNEY-MICKEY MOUSE CHECKS HAVE BEEN VOIDED, AND NEW ONES ARE BEING SENT OUT.

>>NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL HAPPENING ONLINE THIS WEEKEND

(NEWPORT, RI)  --  THE ANNUAL NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL IS THIS WEEKEND, BUT DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS, THE EVENT IS VIRTUAL.  THE WEBSITE IS NEWPORTFOLK.ORG.  THE FOLK AND NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVALS DECIDED TO CANCEL THEIR 2020 SHOWS BACK IN APRIL BECAUSE OF THE CORONAVIRUS.  THE JAZZ FESTIVAL IS SET TO STREAM ARCHIVED PERFORMANCES NEXT WEEKEND.

>>LARGE CLAM DONATED TO URI

(NARRAGANSETT, RI)  --  A RHODE ISLAND BOY DONATED A HUGE CLAM HE DUG UP THIS WEEK TO THE UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND.  ELEVEN-YEAR-OLD COOPER MONACO OF WAKEFIELD FOUND THE QUAHOG IN WEEKAPAUG ON MONDAY THAT MEASURED NEARLY SIX INCHES IN DIAMETER AND WEIGHED NEARLY THREE POUNDS.  THE PLAN IS TO DISPLAY THE LARGE SHELLFISH AT THE URI'S MARINE SCIENCE RESEARCH FACILITY, WHICH ALSO FEATURES A BLUE LOBSTER AND OTHER UNIQUE SEA CREATURES FROM NARRAGANSETT BAY.

>>RED SOX BEAT METS FOR SECOND STRAIGHT WIN

(NEW YORK, NY)  --  THE RED SOX HAVE NOW WON TWO STRAIGHT AFTER A 4-TO-2 WIN OVER THE NEW YORK METS THURSDAY NIGHT.  BOSTON SPLIT FOUR GAMES WITH THE METS, WITH EACH TEAM WINNING TWO ON THE ROAD.  THE SOX STAY IN NEW YORK FOR THREE GAMES THIS WEEKEND AGAINST THE YANKEES.

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