(Undated) -- Here is the latest news: Rhode Island Congressman David Cicilline files an article of impeachment against Donald Trump. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is turning down a Presidential Medal of Freedom. The first person of color to serve as a justice on the Rhode Island Supreme Court was sworn in yesterday.
>>Cicilline Files Article Of Impeachment Against President Trump
(Washington, DC) -- Rhode Island Congressman David Cicilline filed an article of impeachment against President Trump on Monday. The article alleges Trump repeatedly issued false statements asserting the presidential election results were the product of widespread fraud and should not be accepted. Then last Wednesday, it says he made statements while addressing a crowd in Washington, DC that led to the lawless action at the U.S. Capitol while Congress was meeting to certify the results of the presidential election. Cicilline says there are enough votes in the House to impeach the president.
>>FBI Issues Warning About Possible Upcoming Protests At Capital Buildings
(Boston, MA) -- The FBI has issued a warning about possible upcoming armed protests at all of the state capitol buildings in the U.S. The warning covers a time frame beginning Saturday and lasting until President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration next Wednesday. The agency's Boston division tells WPRI-TV they do not currently have evidence of any events being planned at the state capitals of Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine or New Hampshire.
>>Patriots Coach Turns Down Medal Of Freedom
(Foxboro, MA) -- New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick will not be accepting the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In an announcement made Monday, Belichick said he was flattered by the offer. He cited the tragic events of last week, suggesting the siege on the Capitol by President Trump's supporters, but did not say as much. He said continuing the efforts of social justice, equality, and human rights "while remaining true to the people, team and country I love outweigh the benefits of any individual award."
>>First Person Of Color Serving As RI Supreme Court Justice
(Providence, RI) -- The Rhode Island Supreme Court has its first person of color serving as a justice. Melissa Long was sworn in at the State House on Monday. Long is one of two new members of the state Supreme Court; former state senator Erin Lynch Prata was sworn in last week.
>>New Rhode Island House Democratic Whip, Deputy Whip Elected
(Providence, RI) -- Rhode Island House Democrats are electing new members of their leadership team. Representative Katherine Kazarian was picked as the new majority whip and Mia Ackerman as the new deputy whip at a House Democratic Caucus meeting on Monday night. The caucus chair, deputy speaker and speaker pro tempore, respectively representatives Grace Diaz, Charlene Lima and Brian Kennedy, were all re-elected.
>>MBTA Will Keep Weekend Rail Service Going On Providence Line
(Providence, RI) -- The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is adjusting its wintertime passenger rail schedule. Starting January 23rd, the MBTA says weekday service will increase slightly, while weekend service will only run on select lines. The Providence route is one of the lines that will remain active on the weekends. The T says the new schedule aligns with lower ridership levels experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic. The new schedules will be published Friday on MBTA.com.
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