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(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: Two people have been sentenced for deadly motor vehicle incidents in Woonsocket and South Kingstown.  A new train station has opened in Pawtucket.  Neighbors in a Warwick village are involved in a battle over a proposed development.

>>Woman Killed In Route 95 Wreck

(West Warwick, RI)  --  Bad weather conditions are being blamed for a fatal crash on Route 95 in Rhode Island on Monday.  State police say a driver lost control and suffered a rollover crash on I-95 north in West Warwick at around 2 a.m.  The victim who was pronounced dead at the scene was identified as 25-year-old Beatrice Batista of Central Falls.

>>Two Sentenced For Deadly Vehicle Crashes

(Undated)  --  Two Rhode Islanders have been sentenced for vehicular deaths.  Jason Grilli of Pawtucket was sentenced on Monday to life in prison with the possibility of parole for murdering his girlfriend, Erika Belcourt.  Prosecutors say Grilli ran over Belcourt during an argument in the parking lot of her residence at the Walnut Hill Apartments in Woonsocket.  Also yesterday, Cara Kenyon of South Kingstown was sentenced to seven years in prison for a DUI crash that killed a pedestrian, Alan Albergaria, near his South Kingstown home.  Both incidents happened in 2020.

>>New Train And Bus Station Opens In Pawtucket

(Pawtucket, RI)  --  A new transportation hub is open in the Blackstone Valley.  Officials celebrated the first day of service at the new Pawtucket-Central Falls Transit Center, located on Pine Street in Pawtucket Monday.  The hub will serve the MBTA Providence-Stoughton commuter train line and RIPTA bus service.  About 43-million dollars in federal funding was used to pay for more than two-thirds of the project cost.  Senator Jack Reed said the transit center will spur economic development for the two local cities and provide a key link to Boston.

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>>Pawtuxet Village Development Sparks Opposition

(Warwick, RI)  --  Warwick state Representative Joseph McNamara is hosting a press conference this morning to announce legislation seeking to protect the Pawtuxet River from contamination.  The Providence Journal reports a group of Pawtuxet Village residents, including singer-songwriter Vanessa Carlton and her husband, are fighting a riverfront industrial development proposal at 175 Post Road.  The group alleges the property owners retaliated by closing access to a walking trail.  The press conference is scheduled down the street from the lot at 11 a.m.

>>Mail-Forwarding Available For RI Domestic Violence Victims

(Providence, RI)  --  A new program designed to protect the home addresses of domestic violence programs by forwarding their mail in Rhode Island is officially available.  Through legislation passed in 2022, participants can receive a unique ID number and the Address Confidentiality Program Post Office Box address, which can be used as a substitute address.  For more information, visit

>>Caesars To Offer Sports-Betting In Raynham

(Raynham, MA)  --  A new major sports-betting option is coming to Southern New England.  Caesars Entertainment is announcing plans to partner on a new sportsbook in Raynham, Massachusetts.  The new, 30-thousand-square-foot Raynham Park Sportsbook is under construction adjacent to the former greyhound racetrack, and is scheduled to open in the spring.  In-person sports-betting is set to begin at the three Massachusetts casinos on January 31st.

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