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Commission To Encourage More Diverse Field Of Teachers Meeting

 A state commission set up to encourage more people of color to enter education careers is holding its first meeting tomorrow. State Representative Karen Alzate's resolution, passed earlier this year, created the commission. Alzate says it will be an important first step to attaining a diverse teacher pool, with the goal of benefiting students of all racial backgrounds. The commission is due to report its findings and recommendations to the House of Representatives no later than April 17th of next year.

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RI Slave History Medallion Unveiled In Portsmouth

Rhode Island's history with slavery is being brought to attention About 50 people, including Congressman David Cicilline, gathered at Patriots Park in Portsmouth on Saturday for the unveiling of a bronze slave medallion, which features a QR code that people can scan with their phones to learn more. This particular memorial calls to attention the slaves who were purchased to fight in the Battle of Rhode Island during the Revolutionary War. 

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Mother-In-Law Of Lincoln Chafee, Dies

The mother-in-law of former Rhode Island governor and senator Lincoln Chafee has died. The former first lady of the state Stephanie Chafee says Sophie Danforth passed away over the weekend. Danforth was a philanthropist who founded the Rhode Island Zoological Society to benefit the Roger Williams Park Zoo.

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Man Arrested For Fatal DUI In Middletown

 A Newport man is facing a DUI charge after a fatal crash in Middletown. Police say a car flipped on Third Beach Road overnight Saturday, killing a passenger, identified as Kailyn Newton of Westport, Massachusetts. The vehicle operator has been identified as Patrick Carson. Carson is scheduled for a court appearance in Newport today.

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Patriots At Eagles On Sunday

The New England Patriots are back at it after their first loss of the season and a bye week. The Pats have a rematch against their recent Super Bowl nemesis, the Philadelphia Eagles, on Sunday afternoon. Kickoff from Philly is set for 4:25 p.m. New England's record is 8-and-1.

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AAA Predicts Uptick In Thanksgiving Travel

 AAA is predicting the highest volume of Americans traveling for Thanksgiving this year since 2005. AAA expects more than 54-million people in the country will journey 50 miles or more away from home, about five percent more than last year. The worst time for driving in the local area will be 4 to 6 p.m. on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, on I-495 south in Massachusetts from exits 41 to 33, according to the travel agency.

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Governor Raimondo Talks Housing

Governor Gina Raimondo is focusing on increasing housing availability in the state. Raimondo spoke at a state housing forum at the Rhode Island Convention Center on Thursday and said she intends to make the construction of a higher number of new homes a priority next year. Raimondo said she was open to floating affordable-housing bonds, but she pointed to other states like Massachusetts with an annual revenue stream and said that might be the way to go.

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New Deal Announced For Warwick Firefighters

 A tentative deal has been struck between the city of Warwick and its firefighter union. Mayor Joe Solomon announced the three-year contract on Thursday, saying it will save the city almost a half-million dollars in the first year. The deal must be ratified by the Warwick City Council.

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Lane Shift For Eddy Street Bridge Work

RIDOT is announcing an upcoming lane shift for the start of a new I-95 bridge project in Providence. The twelve-point-seven-million-dollar project is to repair five bridges along 95 in the city. The department will implement a left lane shift on the Eddy Street Bridge starting today for I-95 south only. The project is expected to fully wrap up in the spring of 2022.

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Boil Water Notice In Charlestown

There's a boil water advisory for customers of the Quonochontaug East Beach Water Association in Charlestown. E coli bacteria was detected on Tuesday in one of two wells. The boil water order will remain in effect until the source of the bacteria is identified, the water system is disinfected and there are three consecutive days of bacteria-free samples.

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Governor Raimondo Going To Israel

Governor Gina Raimondo is going to Israel next week on an economic development and policy mission. As chair of the Democratic Governors Association, she will lead a group of governors in an effort to strengthen their states' relationships with Israel. The trip is from November 17th to the 22nd.

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State Releases Report Card On Schools

Schools in Rhode Island have received a report card. The state Department of Education released its 2019 school accountability results on Thursday. Schools are ranked on one to five stars based on factors including attendance and test scores. There are 22 five-star schools in the state, 49 four-star schools, 134 schools with three stars, and 35 one-star schools.

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Newport Wharf Owners Seek A Demolition Permit

The owners of Waites Wharf in Newport are seeking demolition permits to take down all the existing structures to make way for a waterfront hotel. According to a permits application all of the existing buildings are in fair to poor condition. The Newport Daily News also reports the Planning Board will hold a special meeting at seven p.m. on Monday to consider the application.

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Pastor Seeks Closing Of Catholic Church

 The pastor of Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Woonsocket is asking the Diocese of Providence to close the parish. Reverend Joseph Upton cites declining attendance, rising expenses and more than a million-dollars worth of needed repairs to the more than century-old church. He is asking that the final day be Sunday, January 5th, 2020.

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Caught On Doorbell Camera: Deer Smashes Into Glass Door

A doorbell camera video is being shared on social media by a North Kingstown man showing a deer smashing into his home. John Ross' doorbell cam shows a buck charging towards his door, smashing the glass, and then quickly running away. The deer was apparently unharmed.

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Groundbreaking Held For New Solar Farm In North Smithfield

Rhode Island's largest community solar project is starting in North Smithfield. The project, developed by Nautilus Solar and Turning Point Energy, benefits residential customers without traditional access to solar power on their living space. A groundbreaking was held on Wednesday for the 65-acre renewable energy farm on a Superfund site off Pound Hill Road.

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Board Votes To Raise Tuition At URI, RIC, CCRI

The Rhode Island Board of Education has voted to raise tuition at three state-run universities. The increase is about five-hundred dollars for in-state students at the University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College, while in-state students at Community College of Rhode Island would see an increase of about two-hundred. 

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New Women And Infants Hospital President Named

Women and Infants Hospital in Providence is naming a new president. Care New England says it's Matt Quin replacing Rick Majzun, who left in April. Since that time, Quin has served as chief operating officer. CNE says Quin has been with Women and Infants since 2013; prior to that, he was the director of the surgical and burn trauma ICU at Brigham and Women's in Boston.

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Daily Lowest High Temp Record Set In Providence

The Providence weather station for the National Weather Service broke a cold temperature record on Wednesday. The NWS says the mark for lowest high temperature was shattered with the temp set at 32 degrees. The previous record for the date was 37 degrees, set in 1911.

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Cranston Firefighter's Complaint Under Investigation

 A Cranston firefighter's complaint about inappropriate behavior by others is under investigation. Details about the alleged behavior have not been released. Mayor Allan Fung says once the independent investigation is complete, the next course of action will be determined. The president of the firefighters union local says it will await the findings of what it trusts will be a fair and impartial investigation.

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Number Of Homeless Vets Drops In RI

The number of homeless veterans in Rhode Island dropped 11-percent between 2018 and 2019, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The data is based on estimates of the number of people in emergency shelters, transitional housing and living in unsheltered conditions.

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Phone Threat Against Woonsocket School Investigated

Police say four youths are in custody following a threat against Woonsocket High School. A telephone call warning of a shooting was received around 11 o'clock yesterday morning. The school was placed on lockdown as a precaution, but police say they found nothing credible and there is no indication an actual weapon was involved.

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Jeopardy! Answer From Brown Student Gets Attention

A Brown University student's answer on Final Jeopardy helped him and fellow contestants show their love for host Alex Trebek. During his appearance on the show's annual Tournament of Champions, contestant Dhruv Gaur wrote "We (heart) you Alex!" instead of a Final Jeopardy answer. The gesture nearly brought Trebek to tears. The host continues to battle stage four pancreatic cancer.

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Baldelli Wins Manager Of The Year

Woonsocket native and former Bishop Hendricken standout Rocco Baldelli is the winner of baseball's American League Manager of the Year. At 38-years old, Baldelli is the youngest manager to win the award. He led the Minnesota Twins to 101 wins and a divisional title this season, his first.

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East Greenwich Approves Noise Ordinance

A noise ordinance has gotten final approval in East Greenwich. Neighbors have complained about the noise coming from live entertainment hosted by businesses on the waterfront. The town council approved the ordinance last night.

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