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(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: Several Rhode Island hikers were rescued in New Hampshire this past weekend, while another man from Southern New England perished on a trail in that state.  A former cheerleading coach in Rhode Island is facing charges.  Governor McKee plans to sign gun control bills this afternoon.

>>Rhode Island Hikers Rescued

(Undated)  --  Three hikers from Rhode Island were rescued in New Hampshire over the weekend.  The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says Malik Gavek, Dany Gomez and Jarren Prata, all in their early 20s, were hiking Mount Avalon in the White Mountains and got lost on the return.  First responders reportedly used headlamps to guide the trio back to the trailhead parking area.  A Massachusetts hiker who got caught in treacherous weather conditions in the White Mountains was found dead on Sunday.

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>>Former Cheer Coach Charged

(Undated)  --  A former Rhode Island cheerleading coach is being charged with child molestation.  Thirty-three-year-old Alyshia Tkacs [[ uh-LEE-shuh tax ]] was arrested after investigations were launched by the East Providence and Barrington police departments.  Authorities have not said what organization Tkacs worked for.  The accuser, who is now an adult, claims the abuse took place when they were between 12 and 14.  Tkacs is being held without bail and has a court hearing scheduled Tuesday.

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>>Governor To Sign Gun Laws

(Providence, RI)  --  Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee plans to sign a package of gun control bills today.  A press conference has been scheduled for 1:45 p.m.  The legislation will ban large-capacity firearm magazines, raise the minimum age to buy any type of gun from 18 to 21, and ban the open-carrying of loaded rifles and shotguns.  RI lawmakers pushed for the measures in response to the mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas and Buffalo, New York.

>>Multi-Term State Senator Not Running Again

(Providence, RI)  --  State Senator Cynthia Coyne is not running for a fifth term.  The high-ranking Democrat was first elected to serve District 32, which includes Barrington, Bristol and East Providence, in 2014.  Coyne says she plans to remain active in the community.  The former Rhode Island State Police lieutenant championed gun control legislation which included removing firearms from domestic abuse convicts and banning "ghost" guns.

>>Some Fall River Policemen Wearing Body Cameras

(Fall River, MA)  --  The Fall River Police Department is rolling out a body camera program.  The first group of officers, in the FRPD's Special Operations Division, began wearing the cameras last Friday.  There are plans to eventually equip all officers on the force.

>>Pet Food Recall

(Providence, RI)  --  The Rhode Island Department of Health is advising the public about a pet food recall.  Freshpet is recalling one lot of the dog food, branded: Select Fresh From the Kitchen Home Cooked Chicken Recipe, a four-and-a-half-pound bag, with the sell-by date of October 29th, 2022.  The product, which was sold in other states including the rest of New England, is potentially contaminated with salmonella.

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