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(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: A Providence man is arrested for kidnapping.  Legislation has been proposed to make it free to ride Rhode Island Public Transit Authority buses.  There's a unique house-buying opportunity on Portsmouth's Patience Island.

>>Man Arrested For Alleged Child Abduction Attempt

(Providence, RI)  --  A Providence man is being accused of an attempted abduction.  Fifty-year-old Glenn Chamberland appeared in District Court on Wednesday on charges including kidnapping and was ordered held without bail pending a hearing next week.  An eleven-year-old girl at a home on Admiral Street reportedly told police a man grabbed her and dragged her a short distance before she fought him off and ran inside on Tuesday night.  License plate information provided to authorities led to Chamberland's arrest.

>>Deadline Approaching To Run In Special City/Town Council Elections

(Providence, RI)  --  The Rhode Island Secretary of State's Office is letting people know that Friday is the last day to declare candidacy for two available seats on the Providence City Council and West Warwick Town Council.  A special primary will be held on June 8th and the final election will be on July 6th.  The Providence City Council seat available is Ward 15, previously held by Sabina Matos [[ suh-BEE-nuh MATT-ohs ]], who is now the lieutenant governor.

>>Bill Proposed To Make RIPTA Bus Rides No-Cost

(Providence, RI)  --  Legislation is being proposed to make public transit free in Rhode Island.  It would be funded with gas tax revenue and a pollution "allowance" paid by fuel suppliers.  State Senators Meghan Kallman and Leonela Felix say free rides on Rhode Island Public Transit Authority buses is not only a matter of fighting climate change, but a social justice issue as well.

>>Judge Weighs In On Airport Runway Case

(Westerly, RI)  --  Several Rhode Island airports are dealing with the problem of stubborn runway obstructions from neighboring properties.  One of the facilities, Westerly State Airport, is getting good news about this issue.  The Westerly Sun reports a Superior Court judge has ruled that the state Department of Transportation was OK to claim property near the airport through eminent domain in order to clear trees.  Because they have not been cleared, the Rhode Island Airport Corporation has been forced to shorten Westerly's runways.  The RIAC says it has had to take similar action in Newport because efforts to secure an easement from a homeowner failed.

>>East Providence Council To Discuss Future Of Closed Golf Course

(East Providence, RI)  --  Eminent domain is also possibly on the table for a golf course in East Providence.  The city is being pushed to take the action to preserve the Metacomet course, which closed last September.  The East Prov City Council is meeting at 7:00 tonight to discuss the matter and possibly take a vote.

>>Only House On Small RI Island For Sale

(Portsmouth, RI)  --  The only house on Patience Island, part of the town of Portsmouth, is up for sale.  RI Real Estate Services says the six-hundred-square-foot house is powered by a single solar panel.  The asking price is just under 400-thousand dollars and it's cash-only.

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