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(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: The season has ended for the Providence College men's basketball team.  Officials say it's OK to go back into the Blackstone River.  A Rhode Island congressional candidate is arrested in Ohio.

>>Providence College Men's Basketball Eliminated In Sweet 16

(Providence, RI)  --  The Providence College men's basketball team was bounced from the NCAA Tournament on Friday.  The fourth-seeded Friars lost to the number-one seed in the Midwest Regional, the University of Kansas, 66-to-61.  PC reached the Sweet 16 for the sixth time in program history after the team won its first-ever Big East Conference regular-season championship.

>>RI DEM Gives Update On Blackstone River 

(Woonsocket, RI)  --  The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management has lifted an advisory for the Blackstone River between Woonsocket and Pawtucket.  Last week, the DEM asked people to refrain from recreational activities in the river after learning about a discharge of partially-treated wastewater from the Woonsocket Regional Wastewater Treatment facility.  The state says bacteria levels in the Blackstone have returned to normal, and that the facility's treatment process has been stabilized.  The discharge incident is being investigated.

>>State Police Advertises Special Victims Unit Interview Room, Comfort Dog

(Scituate, RI)  --  The Rhode Island State Police is developing its new Special Victims Unit.  The SVU was started last year.  On Friday, the state police held an open house for a quote-unquote "soft interview room" to make people more comfortable talking with detectives.  The RISP has also added a comfort dog to the new unit, a goldendoodle puppy named Gus.

>>Rhode Island Congressional Candidate Arrested In Ohio

(Undated)  --  A candidate for Congress in Rhode Island is facing charges out-of-state.  Michael Neary, a Democrat running for Jim Langevin's seat, was arrested in Ohio last week after a driver reported being followed from Columbus for about 60 miles.  Neary, who previously worked as an aide for Ohio governor John Kasich [[ KAY-sick  ]], was charged with menacing by stalking and possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.

>>MBTA Makes FlexPass Permanent Commuter Rail Option

(Providence, RI)  --  The MBTA is making permanent a commuter rail fare option that was introduced as a way to give more flexibility to riders whose work schedules were changed by the pandemic.  The FlexPass allows for unlimited travel within a 24-hour period.  It's valid for any five days within a month of being activated.  The pass is offered at a discount rate compared to the cost of ten one-way trip tickets.

>>Gillette Stadium Replacing Lighthouse

(Foxboro, MA)  --  Gillette Stadium is undergoing its first major renovations since opening up twenty years ago.  The iconic lighthouse at the stadium's entrance was demolished last week.  A replacement lighthouse is being built.  It will be over two-hundred feet tall with an observation deck.  The structure is expected to be ready in time for the 2023 New England Patriots' season.

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03-28-2022 01:24:13

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