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(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: Vice President Kamala [[ COMMA-luh ]] Harris toured Providence on Wednesday along with former governor Gina Raimondo.  A local Native American tribe wants a Rhode Island school's athletics nickname changed.  A blind girl is accusing a Providence restaurant of denying her access because she had a service dog.

>>Vice President Harris Tours Providence

(Providence, RI)  --  Vice President Kamala [[ COMMA-luh ]] Harris visited the state of Rhode Island on Wednesday along with former governor Gina Raimondo, now the U.S. Secretary of Commerce.  The vice president made a series of stops throughout Providence, including a round-table discussion with women business owners at the Providence Innovation Center during which she promoted President Biden's infrastructure and family plans.  Harris and Raimondo were also together at an unscheduled stop at Books on the Square on the Providence East Side.  The current governor of Rhode Island, Dan McKee, was also involved in Harris' tour of Providence, as well as the state's congressional delegation.

>>Controversy Over Ponaganset High School Sports Nickname

(North Scituate, RI)  --  The Foster-Glocester School Committee is asking for voters to decide if the Ponaganset High School athletics mascot should change.  The current mascot is a profile of a Native American in a headdress and the team nickname is Chieftains.  WJAR-TV reports the committee passed a resolution Wednesday asking the town councils to direct the question to the ballots next year.  The Nipmuc Tribe of northern Rhode Island petitioned the state Commission on Prejudice and Bias last year to change the name.  The Providence Journal reports the commission and the tribe were set to meet Wednesday, but the meeting was postponed.

>>Blind Girl Claims Restaurant Denied Access Because Of Service Dog

(Providence, RI)  --  A blind teenager is suing a Providence restaurant over denial of access with a service dog, according to a report from The Providence Journal.  Seventeen-year-old Haylee Mota alleges this happened last September at Jacky's Waterplace and Sushi Bar.  A complaint was filed in Rhode Island Superior Court.  The restaurant owner has denied the allegations.

>>State Senate Passes Plastic Reduction Bills

(Providence, RI)  --  The Rhode Island Senate has passed a pair of items aimed at curbing plastic pollution.  The Plastic Waste Reduction Act, introduced by Senate President Dominick Ruggerio, would prohibit retailers from making single-use plastic checkout bags available.  The Senate has also passed a bill from Majority Leader Michael McCaffrey to prohibit plastic straws at restaurants.  Both bills move to the House.

>>Cranston Officer On Trial Takes Stand

(Warwick, RI)  --  A Cranston police officer on trial for alleged excessive force took the stand on Wednesday.  Andrew Leonard is accused of punching a suspect who was in custody last year.  The trial in Warwick District Court took a recess yesterday afternoon as cross-examination from the state had just gotten underway.

>>Gas Prices Up Slightly

(Undated)  --  Rhode Island gas prices have gone up six cents in the last month, according to RIGasPrices.com.  The current average is two dollars eighty-four cents per gallon.  The current national average reported by Gas Buddy is two-ninety-five.

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