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(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: A Rhode Island official outside of Providence apologizes for a negative comment about people from the city.  Providence College men's basketball has reached the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament.  Gas prices are stabilizing.

>>Police Investigating Providence Stabbing 

(Providence, RI)  --  A man reportedly suffered life-threatening injuries from a stabbing in Providence on Sunday night.  The incident happened on Pennsylvania Avenue in the capital city's Lower South Side section at around 7:30.  WPRI-TV reports the victim was stabilized at Rhode Island Hospital.  The Providence Police Department is looking for a suspect.

>>Pawtucket Police Officer Faces New Charge 

(Pawtucket, RI)  --  The Pawtucket police officer who has been charged for the shooting of a civilian is facing a new count from the state.  The attorney for Daniel Dolan tells WJAR-TV he has been arrested for disorderly conduct on top of the original charges of assault with a dangerous weapon and discharge of a firearm during a crime.  Dolan, while off-duty last June, attempted to detain an 18-year-old driver in West Greenwich and shot him when he fled, causing non-life-threatening injuries.

>>Apology Issued For "People From Providence" Comment

(Charlestown, RI)  --  A South County official is saying sorry for a comment about the residents of Providence that was viewed as racially insensitive.  At a town council meeting last week, Charlestown Emergency Management Agency director Kevin Gallup said there would need to be a police detail for food trucks to cover the possibility of, quote, "people showing up from Providence".  Mayor Jorge Elorza called the comment coded and derogatory and said public officials must hold themselves to higher standards.  Elorza has accepted an apology from Gallup, who directed it toward people of color everywhere for the meaning of his words.

>>Friars Basketball Beats Richmond To Advance In Tourney 

(Providence, RI)  --  The Providence College men's basketball team is dancing in the Sweet 16.  The Friars beat the University of Richmond in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, 79-to-51.  PC, which has two Final Four appearances in team history but has never won the championship, hasn't gotten this far in the tournament since 1997.  Their next game is against number-one-seed Kansas at the United Center in Chicago on Friday night.

>>Providence 7-Day Forecast Lacking Any Winter Weather 

(Providence, RI)  --  Rhode Islanders will get to enjoy some spring weather in the first official week of the season.  The National Weather Service is forecasting highs mainly in the 50s for the Providence area for the next seven days.  Expect sunny skies Monday and Tuesday, followed by chances for rain Wednesday and Thursday.

>>RI Gas Prices Down About 15 Cents From Peak 

(Undated)  --  The average Rhode Island gas price has eased downward since reaching a record earlier this month.  RIGasPrices.com says the current total is four dollars and 23 cents.  At the peak of the March increase related to the Russian war in Ukraine, the average price in the Ocean State reached four-37.

>>Legislation Filed To Procure More Wind Power 

(Providence, RI)  --  Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee is pushing forward a plan from his predecessor to boost the state's renewable energy commitment.  The Providence Journal reports legislation has been introduced in the General Assembly at McKee's request to issue a request for proposals this summer to purchase six-hundred megawatts of electricity from offshore wind turbines.  Rhode Island is home to the nation's first wind farm off Block Island, which produces thirty megawatts.  National Grid has also contracted to buy four-hundred megawatts from the Revolution Wind project that has been proposed in the Rhode Island Sound.

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