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Providence Ice Rink Gets New Sponsor

Providence's downtown ice rink is getting a new name. It'll now have the business of BankNewport attached, replacing jewelry company Alex and Ani. BankNewport submitted a 275-thousand-dollar bid for a five-year period, which was approved by a city board on Tuesday.

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Prov. Mayor Talks School Takeover Order

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza talked about the state takeover of city public schools at a meeting on Tuesday night. Earlier yesterday, state Education Commissioner Angelica Infante-Green said the takeover would last at least five years. Elorza, speaking at the Providence Coalition of Neighborhood Associations, said he doesn't see a complete turnaround in five years and that the city has to engage in a long-term process.

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E. Providence Man Charged In Vacation Scam

A 57-year-old East Providence man is charged with obtaining money under false pretenses and unlawful appropriation. Anthony DeBarros is accused of scamming 58 people out of one-thousand-dollars each for a vacation to Aruba. Police say he never booked any trips and used the money to cover his personal expenses. The investigation is ongoing and DeBarros may face more charges if more scam victims come forward.

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State To Take Control Of Providence Schools Nov. 1st

The state is taking control of the Providence public school system on November first. State Education Commissioner Angelica Infante-Green's order released yesterday, also extends the length of the takeover from three years to five years. The commissioner says a turnaround plan for the troubled district will be put together after a new superintendent is hired, which is expected ahead of the takeover date.

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DEM Seeking Public Input On Climate Projects

The state Department of Environmental Management is seeking public input on how to use ten-million-dollars for climate resilience projects. The money is from a green economy and clean water bond approved by voters last year. D-E-M is holding a public hearing at it headquarters in Providence today at ten a.m.

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Heavy Weather In RI's Forecast

A round of bad weather from a passing coastal storm is in the forecast. Rain by late this afternoon is expected to become heavy tonight with scattered thunderstorms. There's the potential for one-to-three inches of rainfall in Rhode Island. Winds will gust as high as 45 miles per hour tonight into Thursday.

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Ravenous Brewing Of Woonsocket Is Moving To Cumberland

A Rhode Island brewery is on the move. Woonsocket's Ravenous Brewing Company is relocating to Cumberland. Ravenous says the new building on Industrial Road will be a larger space. This is set to happen later this month.

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Official Says Fall River Mayor To Step Aside, Exit Election

According to multiple media outlets, Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia is planning to take a leave of absence from office. A spokesman says that he also plans to suspend his re-election campaign. A press release issued Monday indicated Correia is scheduled to make an announcement today. Correia has been the subject of a federal investigation from two separate grand jury indictments but has thus far remained in office.

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Replacement Of Hawkins St. Bridge In Providence

The state Department of Transportation is embarking on a project to replace the Hawkins Street Bridge in Providence. It crosses the West River between Branch Avenue and Corliss Park, and it's been closed since October of 2017 because of deterioration. The work is starting with tree clearing and utility relocation. Next Spring demolition and reconstruction will begin. The scheduled completion is in mid-2021.

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School Decisions Expected Soon In Newport

Some initial decisions on school issues are expected soon in Newport. The City Council and the School Committee are holding a joint meeting on Wednesday night. The meeting agenda includes the size and configuration of a new Rogers High School and where to create space for preschool and kindergarten students. However, no votes will be taken at Wednesday's meeting.

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Hearing On State Education Funding Formula

There's a State House hearing scheduled tomorrow on school funding. The Special Legislative Task Force to Study Rhode Island's Education Funding Formula will meet at 5:30 p.m. The goal is to compile a report on the current formula and opportunities moving forward.

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Vehicles Broken Into At Zoo In Providence

Providence police are investigating multiple vehicle break-ins at Roger Williams Park Zoo.  A zoo spokeswoman says 15 vehicles were broken into Saturday night during the Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular. It happened in the vicinity of the Botanical Gardens and the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium.

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Cumberland Man Wins Pumpkin Weigh-Off

 A Cumberland man is this year's winner of the annual Columbus Day weekend Pumpkin Weigh-Off  Russ Klowan's giant pumpkin weighed in at two-thousand-74 pounds at Frerich's Farm in Warren. A Pomfret, Connecticut man finished a close second with a pumpkin that weighed two-thousand-58 pounds.

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Coast Guard Helps A Boat In Distress

One person who was aboard a sailboat in distress is safe.      The Coast Guard responded when the vessel lost its motor Sunday afternoon while passing through the Point Judith breakwater. According to the Coast Guard, a strong current pushed the boat onto the jetty near Salty Brine Beach.

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Christopher Columbus Statue In Prov. Vandalized

A statue of Christopher Columbus in Providence was targeted by vandals who splattered it with red paint. The damage was found on Columbus Day, a federal holiday. In recent years there's been a movement to change the name of the day to acknowledge the violence Indigenous people faced from European explorers like Columbus. However, there is some pushback as many Italian Americans consider Columbus Day a celebration of their heritage and the contributions of Italian Americans to the U.S.

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Providence Bruins Play First Home Games Of 19-20 Season

The Providence Bruins had their first home games of the 2019-2020 American Hockey League schedule this weekend. The P-Bruins beat the Rochester Americans, 3-to-2, and lost to the Springfield Thunderbirds, 5-to-2. The B's will have two more home games at the Dunkin Donuts Center this month.

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RISD Celebrates New Dorm Opening

Rhode Island School of Design celebrated the opening of a new dorm on Saturday. North Hall is the college’s first newly constructed residential facility to open in 34 years. The building is the first cross-laminated timber-steel hybrid residence hall in New England. The 40,790-square-foot structure will house 148 first-year students on six floors, featuring amenities such as living spaces, workrooms, social lounges, a shared kitchen and studio, a gallery space, and bike storage. RISD says that North Hall is an innovative model for reducing energy use, limiting environmental impact, and providing a customized space designed to help students thrive.

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Governor Doesn't Support Proposed DMV Walk-In Fee

Governor Gina Raimondo is not on-board with a plan to charge a fifteen-dollar fee for going to the Rhode Island DMV. It was reported last week that the DMV was proposing the fee for customers who go to the department in person to take care of things that could be done online, such as license and registration renewals. A Raimondo spokesperson says she does not support the recommendation and will not include it in her budget for next year.

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Flight Delayed At T.F. Green After Security SNAFU

 A flight was delayed over the weekend at T.F. Green Airport after a reported security incident. Rhode Island Airport Corporation officials say the American Airlines flight to Philadelphia was delayed early Saturday. A woman apparently tripped an alarm while going through security but still boarded the flight. Passengers had to be re-screened. The woman was detained and was eventually allowed to get on another flight, according to officials.

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WPRI Anchor Arrested In Newport

An anchor for WPRI-TV is facing criminal charges. Newport police arrested Patrick Little for simple assault and disorderly conduct after an arrest overnight Sunday. Police say Little was in a confrontation with staff at the Newport Blues Café. WPRI says it is conducting a review.

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AG Not Charging Warren Town Council Member

The Rhode Island Attorney General's office is not filing charges against a member of the Warren Town Council. Joseph DePasquale was accused last month of biting the finger of a musician outside a bar. The A.G.'s office says  it couldn't determine who the primary aggressor was.

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Two Tiverton Town Council Members Recalled

Two members of the Tiverton Town Council are getting recalled. The Thursday election saw council president Robert Coulter and vice president Justin Katz lose their seats, pending the results being made official. The petitioner who filed the recall listed a number of issues with Coulter and Katz, including not following the will of the people and misleading voters on issues before the council.

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Espinal Wins Democratic Primary For Providence City Council Seat

The winner of Thursday's primary for the Ward 10 seat on the Providence City Council is Pedro Espinal. He edged out three other Democrats for the right to face independent Jeff Lemire next month. Espinal faced controversies during the primary election, including reports that he owes almost 100-thousand dollars in property taxes to the city of Providence.

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Final Deadline Extension Given For Proposed Tower

The Route 195 Redevelopment District Commission is giving developer Jason Fane one more extension to submit an application for a tax treaty. Fane wants to build the 46-story Hope Point Tower on former 195 land in Providence, which some have criticized for being too tall and for hosting luxury residences. The new deadline to file the tax-stabilization agreement is December 1st. Several extensions have been previously granted.

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Patriots Remain Undefeated Through Six Games

Make it a half-dozen wins to start the 2019 NFL season for the New England Patriots. They downed the New York Giants 35-to-14 in Foxboro last night. Tom Brady scored two rushing touchdowns. New England, which is one of only two unbeatens remaining in the NFL, is off until October 21st when the Pats are at the New York Jets for a Monday Night Football tilt.

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