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(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: Capacity restrictions that have been in place for over a year will soon be lifted in Rhode Island.  A special election date has been set to fill the seat of the former Providence City Council president who became the state's second-in-command.  The ACLU says a federal judge has struck down an anti-panhandling ordinance in Cranston.

>>RI Weeks Away From Full Lift Of Capacity Restrictions

(Providence, RI)  --  Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee says the state is going to one-hundred-percent lift capacity restrictions on businesses by May 28th.  The restrictions have been in place since the start of the pandemic.  Three-foot social-distancing and mask-wearing will still be required indoors.  Leading up to that date, McKee urged Rhode Islanders to stay disciplined and follow the rules that are in place.  And state officials at a COVID update on Thursday urged everyone to get vaccinated.

>>Special Election To Fill Sabina Matos City Council Seat

(Providence, RI)  --  A special election date is being set to replace Sabina Matos [[ suh-BEE-nuh MATT-ohs ]] on the Providence City Council.  The former council president Matos is now the lieutenant governor of Rhode Island.  A primary for the seat in the city's 15th Ward will be held on June 8th, and a general election will be held on July 6th.  Those who are interested in running must declare their candidacy by the end of this month.

>>FBI Issues Scam Warning

(Boston, MA)  --  The FBI in Boston is warning the public about an increase in scams featuring impersonators of a government agency representative.  This warning is going out to residents of Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.  In the Ocean State, about fifty victims were reportedly scammed out of nearly half-a-million dollars in 2020.  The FBI says federal agencies do not call or email individuals threatening arrest or demanding money.

>>ACLU Announces Court Decision On Cranston Panhandling Ordinance

(Cranston, RI)  --  A federal judge is signing an order which rules that an ordinance prohibiting panhandling in the city of Cranston is unconstitutional.  That's according to the American Civil Liberties Union, which filed suit after the ordinance barring someone from entering the roadway for the purpose of distributing or receiving anything from a vehicle occupant was enacted in 2017.  Cranston Mayor Ken Hopkins said he supported the 2017 vote from the council, but that he believes it is in the best interest of the city's taxpayers to end the litigation against the ACLU.  The organization often opposes such anti-panhandling efforts from other municipalities in the courtroom.

>>Bill Granting Statehood For District Of Columbia Passes House

(Undated)  --  Rhode Island could lose its status as the smallest state in the union.  A bill granting statehood to Washington, DC has been passed by the U.S. House of Representatives.  It faces uncertainty in the U.S. Senate.  Rhode Island is over a thousand square miles, while DC is less than a hundred.

>>WooSox Owner Takes Apparent Shot At Ex-RI Lawmaker

(Worcester, MA)  --  The final touches are being put on the new home of the relocated Pawtucket Red Sox in Worcester, Massachusetts ahead of a May 11th home opener.  There have been plenty of news articles covering the preparation of the stadium that will host the minor league team.  Rhode Islanders might be particularly interested in one story from The Boston Globe last week.  Reporter Dan McGowan, who previously worked for WPRI-TV, was told by WooSox owner Larry Lucchino [[ luke-EE-no ]] to, quote, "Make sure you hand-deliver it to Mattiello", referring to the former Rhode Island House speaker.  Some have blamed departure of the PawSox on the RI General Assembly's hesitancy to commit to public funding for a new stadium.

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