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(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: The state is working to get COVID-19 vaccines to the remaining elderly who have not gotten the shot.  A Cranston police officer is convicted in an excessive force case.  The mayor of Providence says he supports the repeal of the Law Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights.

>>State Working To Vaccinate Older RI'ers At Home

(Providence, RI)  --  Rhode Island health officials said on Thursday they are reaching out to residents 75 and older who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and bringing it to their homes.  The state estimates over thirteen-thousand Ocean Staters in that age category are not vaccinated.  Rhode Island has already been vaccinating the homebound.

>>Cranston Policeman Convicted In Excessive Force Case, Avoiding Jail

(Providence, RI)  --  A Cranston police officer has been found guilty of simple assault.  Andrew Leonard was charged for the incident in March of 2020 at the Cranston Police Department during which he was said to have used excessive force against a man in custody who was being processed.  Leonard was given a one-year suspended sentence with probation by a district court judge on Thursday, despite the state's recommendation of one year in the ACI.  Leonard has given notice of intent to appeal.

>>House Moves Lottery Contract, Minimum Wage, Free Community College Legislation

(Providence, RI)  --  The Rhode Island House Finance Committee advanced a re-worked no-bid lottery contract on Thursday.  The twenty-year deal is with IGT, which currently runs the RI Lot, and Bally's, which operates the state casinos.  Other highlights from the House yesterday included the passage of a minimum wage increase bill and legislation to make the RI Promise free community college tuition program permanent.

>>Providence Mayor Supports Repealing Law Enforcement Officer Bill Of Rights

(Providence, RI)  --  Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza publicly stated on Thursday that he supports the full repeal of the Law Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights.  Legislation to do just that was introduced in the Rhode Island General Assembly last month.  Elorza said the L-E-O-B-O-R places unnecessary hurdles on the ability of police chiefs to discipline officers.  The Providence police union called Elorza's statement disappointing.

>>State Arts Council Seeking Painters Of Official Governor Raimondo Portrait

(Providence, RI)  --  The Rhode Island Council of the Arts is searching for an artist to paint an official portrait of former governor Gina Raimondo.  The winning candidate is being offered fifty-thousand dollars.  That's a big increase from what the painters were paid for the portraits of former governors Lincoln Chafee, Donald Carcieri and Lincoln Almond: as a story from The Providence Journal notes, they got fifteen-grand.  The deadline for applications for the Raimondo portrait is June 30th.

>>State Warns Emerald Ash Borer Is Spreading

(Undated)  --  The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management says the Emerald Ash Borer is continuing to spread across the state.  The E-A-B is an invasive species which was first detected in RI in 2018.  It has been reported in fifteen communities and the DEM says ash tree mortality is being reported.  Officials say improper transportation of firewood has fueled the spread of the bug.

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