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(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: A Rhode Island visit is planned today from Vice President Kamala [[ COMMA-luh ]] Harris and the former governor of the state.  National Grid needs more time to re-bury part of a power cable connected to the Block Island Wind Farm.  The former Pawtucket Red Sox play their first game under a new identity.

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>>Vice President Harris, Commerce Secretary Raimondo Visiting RI Today

(Undated)  --  Vice President Kamala [[ COMMA-luh ]] Harris and U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, formerly the Rhode Island governor, are set to visit the state today.  Raimondo toured the Electric Boat facility in Groton, Connecticut on Tuesday.  WPRI-TV reports Harris and Raimondo will participate in a women-led small business roundtable as part of today's visit.  It's also expected that the two will promote President Biden's two major economic proposals.

>>General Assembly Taking Up New Long-Term State Lottery Contract

(Providence, RI)  --  The Rhode Island House Finance Committee is reviewing a twenty-year state lottery contract proposal today.  The agreement, which has been revised since it was originally proposed by the Governor Raimondo administration, is with current Rhode Island Lottery runner IGT and the state's casino operator Bally's Corporation, formerly known as Twin River.  It includes IGT adding one-hundred new jobs, while Bally's will expand its casino in Lincoln.  Both will be required to maintain headquarters in Providence until 2043.

>>Restaurants Urged To Act Quickly On Available Federal Relief

(Providence, RI)  --  Rhode Island's Congressional delegation was at a Providence restaurant on Tuesday to encourage eateries that have been hard-hit by the pandemic to apply for a new round of federal grants.  Nearly 29-billion dollars in the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, which was part of the stimulus packaged signed by President Biden, became available this week.  Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, speaking from The District pizzeria, says restaurants should apply ASAP through the U.S. Small Business Administration.

>>Woonsocket Man Sentenced To Federal Prison For Trafficking Crack

(Providence, RI)  --  A Woonsocket man is being sentenced to nearly three-and-a-half years in prison for trafficking cocaine.  The Justice Department says Sean Breton was nailed making over a half-dozen crack sales in 2019.  While awaiting federal sentencing, the DOJ says Breton was arrested by Woonsocket police in 2020 for additional possession of the narcotic.

>>National Grid Puts BI Wind Farm Cable Project On Hold

(New Shoreham, RI)  --  National Grid is suspending work to re-bury a portion of a high-voltage electricity cable for the Block Island Wind Farm.  The utility company says it needs to further-assess the cause of obstructions in a newly-installed pipe at Crescent Beach.  With summer tourism season approaching, the decision was made to put the project on hold until the fall.  The Providence Journal reports Orsted, the owner of the wind farm, experienced no issues for its portion of the cable replacement and said it will be finished before summer.

>>Worcester Red Sox Play First Game

(Trenton, NJ)  --  The triple-A minor league affiliate team of the Boston Red Sox, which played for fifty years as the Pawtucket Red Sox, competed in their first game since moving to Worcester, Massachusetts on Tuesday.  The Worcester Red Sox, also known as the WooSox, lost to the Buffalo Bisons on the road 6-to-1.  The team's home opener at a newly-constructed ballpark is scheduled for May 11th.  The Pawtucket Red Sox played their final game at McCoy Stadium on September 2nd, 2019.

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