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Rhode Island's first female governor says it's time for the nation to have its first female president.

Gov. Gina Raimondo says she's supporting Democratic favorite Hillary Rodham Clinton, who launched her 2016 presidential campaign this week.

The Democratic governor says she'll support Clinton even if former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, her predecessor as governor, decides to run.

Chafee has formed an exploratory committee to consider a Democratic presidential campaign.

Raimondo says she's a longtime Clinton supporter and intends to fully support the former secretary of state. Clinton campaigned for Raimondo during the governor's race.

Raimondo says Clinton has the skills and experience to do the job, and the right values.

She says it's time for a woman, and time to "put a mom in the White House."

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The unemployment rate in Rhode Island is continuing to decline.  State labor officials say the jobless rate fell to six-point-three-percent in March, a slight decrease from February.  That's still well above the national jobless rate of five-and-a half-percent.  However, the rate is nearly two-percent lower than March of 2014, when over eight-percent of the state workforce was without a job. 

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A bill that would allow Twin River Casino to build a hotel on their property is headed to the governor's desk.  The measure would undo a long standing law that prohibits hotels on or near the Twin River property in Lincoln.  However, casino officials say that with resort casinos coming to Massachusetts in the next few years, Twin River needs a hotel to remain competitive.  Twin River officials say they plan to build a four story hotel with around 200 rooms in the style of a Hampton Inn or Courtyard by Marriott.

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Gun control activists are urging the Rhode  Island Legislature to impose limits on where guns can be carried in the state.  Around 200 people rallied outside the State House yesterday, calling for support of several key measures.  One would ban people convicted of domestic violence from owning or buying guns, while another would limit ammunition clips to a maximum of ten bullets.  Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza and a retired Newtown, Connecticut teacher were among those at the rally.

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Not all Rhode Island officials are endorsing the proposal for the state to pay 120-million dollars towards a Providence baseball stadium.  Narragansett state Representative James Sheehan says the plan may be a bad dream instead of a field of dreams.  Sheehan says the proposal is incredibly one sided, and should be a non-starter for state and local officials involved in the direct negotiations.

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Governor Gina Raimondo says she will review the proposal for a downtown stadium in Providence.  The owners of the Pawtucket Red Sox are looking for 120-million dollars in state assistance to relocate the team to Providence.  The owners would pay for stadium construction under the plan.  Raimondo says she is committed to working with Mayor Jorge Elorza and legislative leaders to determine if the project is in the best interests of the state.

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Actress Debra Messing is this year's recipient of the Pell Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Arts.  Messing is an East Greenwich native who's best known for her role in the sitcom "Will and Grace."  She currently stars in the NBC series "The Mysteries of Laura."  Messing and three other award winners will be honored at a ceremony in June at Trinity Rep.   

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A RIPTA spokeswoman says she can't rule out a fare hike.  "The Providence Journal" reports the transit agency's planning director made the comment yesterday during a community meeting in Providence.  RIPTA is planning a series of community meetings as part of a study about fares. 

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A Providence police K-9 unit is helping to provide security at next week's Boston Marathon.  The bomb-sniffing dog and her handler will be one of hundreds of bomb-sniffing teams working at the marathon.  This is the second year the Providence team has been assigned to the security operation following the deadly 2013 bombings near the finish line. 

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Corporate executives with Motel Six are trying to help deal with high crime rates at their facility in Warwick.  There have been 75 arrests at the Jefferson Boulevard motel in the last year, and the city is trying to work with the company to address the problem.  Police say they are increasing patrols at the motel, and management is sending a list of hotel guests to police each day.  Warwick Police Chief Stephen McCartney says Motel Six management is fully cooperating and are doing their best to resolve the issues.

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Providence Police say a 24-year-old woman's life was saved by officers after she suffered an overdose of narcotics.  Officers administered the drug Narcan to the woman when they responded to a home in the city Monday.  The victim was found unresponsive on a bathroom floor with a spoon and needle nearby, and she quickly came to and sat up once Narcan was given to her.  She was taken to the hospital for further treatment.

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A Tiverton woman is facing charges after she allegedly assaulted her husband and threatened to stab him with a knife.  Police say 24-year-old Whitney Correia attacked her husband earlier this month at a home on Fish Road.  She's charged with felony domestic assault and possession of a dangerous weapon.  Correia is free without bail on the condition that she stay away from her husband.

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The restaurant at the center of the Gordon Fox bribery scandal is fighting to keep its licenses to operate.  The city sought to nullify the Shark Sushi Bar and Grill's licenses because of the bribes paid to help obtain them.  A judge has issued a temporary order that allows the restaurant to continue operations as the case moves forward.  The restaurant is currently being run by a court ordered receiver.

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A pair of 12-year-old girls are facing charges accusing them of assaulting and kidnapping a teenager.  Police say the two juveniles lured the 15-year-old female victim into one of their homes, hitting and choking her.  They also allegedly made the victim remove her clothes and continued to bully her.  The alleged incident occurred last week, and the two juvenile suspects appeared in family court on Monday.

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Attorney General Peter Kilmartin is filing open government lawsuits against two fire departments. Kilmartin says the Western Coventry Fire District failed to post minutes of their meeting last October in a timely manner.  The Manville Fire Department is accused of failing to respond to document requests made through the state Access to Public Records Act.  Kilmartin says both districts have violated the law in the past and are still failing to comply.

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A Pawtucket man on probation for sex crimes is being held without bail on a new child pornography charge.  Police say Christopher Calabro was found with a cell phone containing child porn during a sex offender compliance check.  Calabro received a five year suspended sentence for a child porn possession conviction in 2012.  Police say there is no evidence of any inappropriate conduct between Calabro and minor children.

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Cranston School Committee is expected to name the district's new superintendent tonight.  It appears the hire is coming from within, as the agenda lists the appointment of assistant superintendent Jeannine Nota-Masse to the position.  She will replace Judith Lundsten, who is retiring at the end of June and is moving to Cape Cod.  The School Committee meeting is at six p.m. at Western Hills Middle School.

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The new owners of the Pawtucket Red Sox are planning to update the public on their ballpark plans tomorrow.  The team is hoping to build a new stadium on I-195 redevelopment land in Providence.  The owners will provide an update on that effort, and will also discuss how much financial assistance they plan to seek from state taxpayers.  Governor Gina Raimondo says she has not seen any proposals from the team and is not aware what state assistance they are looking for.

 

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Providence Police say they are going to hunt down and catch the person who injured one of their officers with a thrown bottle.  The vodka bottle struck Officer Michael Clary in the head, causing a concussion and serious cut in his forehead.  The incident occurred during the wild celebration that followed Providence College winning the NCAA hockey national championship.  The college says they are investigating as well, and are working with police to determine who threw the bottle.

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The cost of a gallon of gasoline in Rhode Island is holding steady.

AAA Northeast says its weekly survey found self-serve, regular selling for an average of $2.36 per gallon, the same as last week.

The in-state price is 3 cents lower than the national per-gallon average, 9 cents lower than a month ago and $1.24 lower than the Rhode Island price a year ago.

AAA found self-serve, regular selling for as low as $2.23 per gallon and as high as $2.52.

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Providence and Rhode Island Foundation officials are establishing a campaign to help finance improvements at the 141-year-old Roger Williams Park and also leave it with a multimillion-dollar endowment.

Foundation President Neil Steinberg told the commission that the goal is to raise about $10 million. Half will be used for improvements to the park and half will be an endowment.

The Rhode Island Foundation started in 1916 with a $10,000 donation from industrialist and U.S. Sen. Jesse H. Metcalf and has grown to an organization with assets of nearly $800 million in 2013 and gave out more than $31 million in grants.

The city has already allocated about $3 million from bonds to repair the park's roads.

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Governor Gina Raimondo is calling for a unified statewide campaign to promote tourism in Rhode Island.  Raimondo says the previous strategy of promoting tourism through regional districts has proven to be a failure.  She says Rhode Island continues to lose out on tourism dollars to neighboring states, and now is the time to develop a statewide approach targeting people in other states.  The governor says the failure to properly promote state tourism is costing Rhode island thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in economic activity.

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A new report indicates that Rhode Island's retired judges are the biggest earners in the state's retirement system.  The average annual salary of a retired Rhode Island state judge is more than 140-thousand-dollars a year.  That's way above the 15-thousand-dollar average pension paid to a retired municipal worker each year, and the 31-thousand-dollar pension earned by state employees.  The highest paid state pension is 191-thousand-dollars paid each year to retired Superior Court Presiding Judge Joseph Rodgers.

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The number of babies born addicted to alcohol and prescription painkillers is rising in Rhode Island.  The nonprofit Rhode Island Kids Count says 76 babies were born with signs of prescription painkiller or alcohol addiction in 2013.  The group says that's nearly double the number of babies born addicted in 2006.  Rhode Island regularly scores in the top five states in the country in the percentage of people over the age of 12 using illegal drugs.

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A pedestrian is injured after being struck by an accused drunk driver outside a Cranston nightclub.  Police say Lorna Grassel of West Greenwich was driving in the parking lot at the Mardi Gras Club on Oaklawn Avenue when she struck the pedestrian.  The man struck his head on the vehicle and was thrown between two parked cars, suffering minor injuries.  Grassel is charged with driving under the influence and is free on bond.

 

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A Providence police officer is injured after being struck by a thrown vodka bottle during the Providence College hockey championship celebration.  Officer Michael Clary was one of around 60 who were called in to deal with a large disturbance near the college Saturday night.  Clary needed emergency surgery because of the head wound.  Police have not located the person who threw the bottle, and say it remains under investigation.

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A Providence city employee is being recognized for being selected as an on court official for the NCAA championship game this week.  Deputy Director of Recreation Michael Stephens has also been an NCAA referee since 1997.  Stephens received a key to the city from Mayor Jorge Elorza during a City Hall ceremony yesterday.  He had officiated Final Four games in the past but this was his first NCAA title game.

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The number of foreclosures in Rhode Island was higher last year than in 2013.  The research group HousingWorks RI says the more than 16-hundred foreclosure filings in 2014 was a ten-percent increase over the previous year.  The statistics show a 30-percent increase in the number of filings over the last three months of the year.  Rhode Island is among the top five states in the country in the percent of homeowners who owe more on their properties than they are worth.

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Convenience store owners are not happy with Governor Gina Raimondo's proposal to raise the cigarette tax.  The store owners say cigarette sales make up a large part of their sales, and are urging lawmakers to reject the increase.  The additional revenue would be used to spare state residents from paying income taxes on Social Security benefits.  Rhode Island's cigarette tax is already among the nation's highest at three-dollars and 50-cents a pack.

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A Providence music club is currently closed after a double stabbing.  Rap artist Lil Bibby was performing at Simon 677 on Valley Street Wednesday night when a fight broke out.  The stabbing happened when the fight moved outside, leaving two people with serious injuries.  The city Board of Licenses is ordering the club to remain closed at least until a hearing that is scheduled for Monday.

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Former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee is considering a run for president next year.  Chafee made the announcement on his web site yesterday, saying he's forming an exploratory committee to consider a run for the Democratic nomination.  Chafee left office in January after serving one term as governor and deciding not to seek reelection.  Prior to serving as governor, Chafee was a U.S. Senator and the mayor of Warwick.

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Support is growing for Governor Gina Raimondo's plan to cut the commercial energy tax rate.  State officials say the most recent federal statistics show that only Hawaii has higher commercial electric rates.  Raimondo is proposing that the sales tax businesses pay for electricity, natural gas or heating be phased out over the next five years.  The state will lose around 26-million-dollars in annual revenue when the tax is completely phased out in 2020.

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A suspect is facing charges in connection with a samurai sword attack in Pawtucket that left three people injured.  Leicy Osorio of Central Falls surrendered to Pawtucket Police yesterday after learning of the warrant for his arrest.  Osorio is charged with felony assault and is being held on 25-thousand-dollars bond.  The stabbing came March 28th at Dexter and Barton streets in Pawtucket following a dispute at a nearby nightclub.

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Two Massachusetts men accused of killing the brother of a Rhode Island Supreme Court justice are continuing to be held without bail.  Matthew Marcotte and Rolando Brooks are accused of killing William McKenna in February, and they were arraigned yesterday.  The men apparently ran into McKenna outside a Pawtucket store, and Marcotte was apparently upset with McKenna over a previous incident.  The victim was the younger brother of Supreme Court Justice Maureen McKenna-Goldberg.

 

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  A bill that would allow the construction of a hotel at Twin River Casino is another step closer to becoming law.  A state Senate committee yesterday passed the measure that matches the one approved by the House last month.  Current state law prohibits a hotel near the casino, a rule put in place to protect the hotel industry in Providence.  Twin River says they need a hotel in order to keep up with new competition and to retain jobs.

 

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The Senate Finance Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing today on Governor Gina Raimondo's proposal to cut more than two-million-dollars in state funding for private school transportation and private school textbooks.  Bristol Representative Ray Gallison says House leaders plan to restore out-of-district transportation funding for private and parochial school students.  Currently the state reimburses public school districts for the cost of English and history-social studies textbooks.

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The man accused in a drunk driving crash that killed a young couple in Providence is free on bail.  Joel Norman of Massachusetts posted ten-thousand-dollars bail yesterday and was released with conditions.  Norman is accused of driving the wrong way on Route-Six while drunk on Sunday, killing Tiffany Sical and Brayan Rodriguez-Solis.  The couple was returning home from a night out at the movies when the head on crash occurred.

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Rhode Island Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor is defending a pair of tax increase proposals that are drawing criticism.  Pryor last night told the legislature's House Finance Committee that the new property tax on luxury second homes would raise 12-million-dollars a year to help close a budget deficit.  He also says a private home rental tax would help fund an aggressive new marketing initiative aimed at generating more tourism in the state. 

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Rhode Island First Gentleman Andy Moffit is recognizing the important roles of the state's former first ladies.  Moffit yesterday met with former first ladies Marilyn Almond, Suzanne Carcieri, Margherite Garrahy, Dorothy Licht and Marjorie Sundlun.  The first ladies shared their experience with the first gentleman during the visit.  He also presented each former first lady with a citation to acknowledge their contributions to Rhode Island.

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A Warwick man is accused of stealing more than 140-thousand-dollars from a Providence manufacturing company.  State Police say Paul Roderick is accused of stealing and reselling merchandise from United States Associates.  The company specializes in the production of metals, insignias, tools and badges.  Roderick allegedly deposited 88 checks into his account from a single client who had begun ordering directly from him.

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A Rhode Island legislative committee is considering a measure that would strictly regulate body works spas in the state.  The goal of the bill before the House Corporations Committee is to combat sex trafficking and shut down spas that are actually brothels.  The committee held a hearing on the measure yesterday and voted to hold the bill for further study.

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Mayor Scott Avedisian says Motel 6 executives have agreed to appear before the Warwick Board of Public Safety next week to discuss what they are doing to stop criminal activity at the chain's Warwick site.

Motel 6 agreed to changes after Warwick police began investigating last month. New measures include police details, filing a daily guest list with the city, raising the minimum check-in age to 21 from 18 and training staff on safety procedures.

The executives are set to meet with Avedisian and Police Chief Col. Stephen McCartney on Tuesday.

McCartney said there have been 75 arrests at the motel over the past year, including drug and prostitution offenses.

Motel 6 did not immediately respond to an early morning email Wednesday.

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A former owner of a Cranston tax preparation service is heading to prison for stealing and selling the identities of more than 300 minors.  The stolen identities were sold by Tashia Bodden for the purpose of using them on fraudulent tax returns.  Bodden pleaded guilty to federal charges of conspiracy to defraud the government and aggravated identity theft.  Her sentence is three years of prison, two years of supervised released and over a million-dollars in restitution.

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The strike is over at the Rhode Island School of Design.  The 44 unionized technicians walked off the job last week amid a dispute over contributions to retirement benefits.  The agreement came yesterday as a rally was about to begin outside the school where around 900 students came out to support the striking workers.  The technicians returned to the job yesterday afternoon.

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Five garbage trucks are destroyed following a fire at the Warwick public works garage.  The fire broke out yesterday afternoon and spread to the five trucks, which were parked in a line outside the garage.  Investigators are working to determine what caused the fire.  A similar fire destroyed three garbage trucks at the same garage in 2013, with the cause determined to be electrical problems in one of the trucks.

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Two-time Olympic medalist Michelle Kwan will present this year's commencement address at Salve Regina University.

The school announced Monday that Kwan will also receive an honorary doctorate in humane letters at the May 17 commencement.

The award-winning figure skater and Rhode Island resident was recently nominated by Gov. Gina Raimondo to serve on the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.

University President Sister Jane Gerety says Kwan was chosen because of her work as a public diplomacy envoy with the State Department and her work on the board of directors for Special Olympics International.

Kwan is a five-time World Figure Skating champion and nine-time U.S. Figure Skating champion. She retired from the sport in 2006.

She has been married to former Rhode Island gubernatorial candidate Clay Pell since 2013.

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Two New York men are facing charges accusing them of placing a skimming device on an ATM machine in Warwick.  Police say Moises Morales Cano and Carlos Cineros stole around 65-thousand-dollars from more than 100 customers at the Greenwood Credit Union.  The men are also suspects in ATM skimming cases being investigated in several other Rhode Island towns.

 

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Cranston Police are identifying a suspect in a robbery and carjacking last month.  Police say Jerry Cintron of Pawtucket carjacked a vehicle that was occupied by a woman and her one-year-old child.  The carjacking occurred at the Shear Dimensions Hair Salon on Reservoir Avenue March 29th.  The suspect left the vehicle a short distance away, with the woman and child inside and unharmed.

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Two Rhode Island social services providers are being sued by employees who say they have not been paid for all their work.  A pair of lawsuits are filed by mental health and family therapy workers at the Providence Center and Family Service of Rhode Island.  They receive 40-dollars for a 45 minute therapy session, but claim they are not paid for additional time they are expected to perform work.  Attorneys for the plaintiffs say they are looking for more victims and say it could become a class action suit.

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A young couple is dead following a wrong way crash in Providence.  Police say a vehicle entered Route-Six in the wrong direction at Dean Street early yesterday and crashed head on into another vehicle.  The victims are identified as Tiffany Sical of Providence and Bryan Rodriguez-Solis of Central Falls.  Joel Norman of Webster, Massachusetts is charged with driving under the influence resulting in death and driving to endanger.

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A Portsmouth man arrested for distributing child pornography is a professor at the Naval War College in Newport.  Adam Cobb is a warfare expert at the college, where he began working last summer.  Cobb was arrested Friday at his home after a two month investigation into the distribution of child porn on the Internet.  He appeared in federal court Friday and was ordered held without bail.

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School officials in Cranston decided to hold classes despite dealing with the absences of more than 250 teachers and aides.

Classes were cancelled at Western Hills Middle School, but all other Cranston schools remained open today.

Janice Ruggieri, chair of the Cranston School Committee, says working the holiday was part of a negotiated deal that led to raises for teacher assistants, bus aides and behavioral technical assistants.

Teachers filed a lawsuit in March  after their requests to observe Good Friday were denied. An agreement in Superior Court last week allowed teachers to take the day off if they submitted a request by April 1.

This year is the first in at least 25 years that Cranston schools have had class on the holiday.

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A federal judge is upholding the ban on the commercial sale of cats and dogs in the city of East Providence.  A federal judge's ruling says the ordinance does not run afoul of the federal or state laws.  The ban was enacted last year, not long after the Perfect Puppy store opened on Wampanoag Trail.  Perfect Puppy sued and the city agreed not to enforce the ordinance until the matter is settled in court.

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Rhode Island is taking the wraps off the new state tourism campaign today.  The campaign will be titled "Recommend Rhode Island" and will be designed to attract conventions and conferences to the state.  The tourism effort is launching with an event today at the Rhode island Convention Center in Providence.  The goal is to encourage state residents to help bring conferences and conventions to Rhode Island.

 

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Rhode Island State Police are reporting a huge marijuana bust.  Police say a taxi was pulled over for speeding on Interstate-95 in Richmond.  Troopers say 85 pounds of marijuana was found in FedEx boxes that were inside the vehicle.  Passenger Bing Zhou Liu of Brooklyn, New York is facing serious drug charges.  He will remain in custody at least until a bail hearing next week.

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The new president and principal owner of the Pawtucket Red Sox says Providence is the perfect location for their new stadium.  James Skeffington says an eight acre tract of former Interstate-195 land off Dyer Street in Providence is ideal for a ballpark.  Skeffington and the rest of the ownership group is expected to produce a more detailed stadium proposal later this month. 

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 A settlement agreement is in place that would end the lawsuit filed over Rhode Island's 2011 pension reforms.  Unions and retired state employees have been voting for weeks on a proposed settlement agreement.  The deal still must be approved by the legislature, which enacted the cost saving reforms that led to the lawsuit.  Governor Gina Raimondo says the settlement preserves around 90-percent of the pension savings created by the challenged law.

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School officials in Cranston say they won't decide whether to close schools on Good Friday until after 6 a.m. Friday morning.

Close to 200 teachers and 45 assistants have asked for the holiday off.

Janice Ruggieri, chair of the Cranston School Committee, says the teacher's union negotiated a raise for teacher assistants, bus aides and behavioral technical assistants in exchange for conceding some holidays including Good Friday.

About 200 teachers filed a lawsuit March 16 after their requests to observe Good Friday were denied. An agreement in Superior Court last week allowed teachers to take the day off if they submitted a request by April 1.

This year is the first in at least 25 years that Cranston schools have had class on the holiday.

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Former House Speaker Gordon Fox is being stripped of his honorary doctoral degree by Rhode Island College.  The state Council on Postsecondary Education voted last night to strip Fox of the degree he was given in 2010.  Fox pleaded guilty to several corruption related charges last month and awaits sentencing.  This is the first time Rhode Island College has ever rescinded an honorary degree since the practice began in the 1920s.

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A new effort is underway to create a Rhode Island state bank.  Deputy House Speaker Charlene Lima says the creating bank would help state residents to obtain credit.  She says an added bonus would be that money earned by the bank would be used to support the functions of state government.  Lima has reintroduced a bill in the state legislature that would create the state bank.

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The settlement of the state pension lawsuit could come as early as today.  A spokesman for House Speaker Nick Mattiello tells the "Providence Journal" that it's possible that an announcement on the settlement could come today.  Thousands of current and former state workers have been voting on the proposed settlement for the last few weeks.  The lawsuit was filed against the state over the 2011 pension reforms that ended cost of living increases for retirees and moved workers into 401K style retirement plans.

 

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The state of Rhode Island may seek to consolidate its various transportation agencies.  Governor Gina Raimondo is seeking bids for someone to provide her administration with transportation management and asset review services.  The goal is for someone to review the effectiveness of the state's network of transportation services.  Rhode Island currently has multiple state agencies that each manage part of the transportation puzzle, including for ports, airports, bus service and road construction.

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A woman is dead following a shooting that took place outside a school in Providence.  Police say the woman was inside a car on Webster Avenue when the shooting occurred last night.  The vehicle came to rest after smashing into an iron fence outside Webster Elementary School.  The woman has not been publicly identified by police, who have not made any arrests in the case.

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School officials in Cranston, Rhode Island, say classes might be canceled on Good Friday because more than 200 employees have requested the day off.

School superintendent Judith Lundsten announced Tuesday that she had warned parents that school might be closed. Lundsten says 194 teachers and 41 assistants had asked for the holiday off as of that afternoon.

A court order issued Friday says teachers may take the day off if they submit a request no later than April 1. About 200 teachers filed a lawsuit March 16 after their requests to observe Good Friday were denied.

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Three men are facing charges accusing them of running an illegal gambling operation in Providence's Federal Hill.  State Police say the suspects are Edward Perrotta, his son John and Gregory Fleury.  The men allegedly ran illegal gambling out of the Toscan Social Club on Federal Hill and at Avalon Entertainment in Smithfield.  The suspects are all free on ten-thousand-dollars bond.

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The Rhode Island-based restaurant chain Cilantro Mexican Grill is being ordered to pay 100-thousand dollars in back wages.  The U.S. Department of Labor says Cilantro routinely underpaid workers at several locations in the state.  The company is also being hit with a fine for employing minors and letting them use their own vehicles to make deliveries.

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A Providence teenager is sentenced to life in prison for the killing of an aspiring young rapper last May.  Joseph Taylor pleaded guilty yesterday for the killing of 20-year-old Davon Taylor and wounding his 15-year-old sister.  The suspect and victims are not related, but knew each other after growing up in neighboring communities.  Davon Taylor died after being shot once in the lower back on Wendall Street.

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State Senate President Teresa Pavia Weed is optimistic that the pension lawsuit settlement will be approved.  Pavia Weed says the sides are close to resolving all of the remaining issues.  State employee unions and retirees sued to block the 2011 pension reforms put into place by the state to save money.  Officials are trying to determine if the global settlement will be allowed to go through if a few small union groups are the only ones who oppose the deal.

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An East Greenwich animal shelter that is closing its doors is seeking new homes for its animals.

The East Greenwich Animal Protection League is located at the East Greenwich Animal Hospital, which is closing this week for financial reasons.

Tammy Flanagan of the protection league says that it is fortunate to have received hundreds of applications from people hoping to take in some of the animals.

The group has sheltered homeless cats and dogs for more than three decades.

The shelter is still hoping to raise enough money for a building of its own but if successful it would be months before a new location is ready.

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Governor Gina Raimondo is announcing Rhode Island's second annual Do Over Day on April 18th.  The day is designed to give people a chance to go out and do something that may have been canceled by winter weather.  Rhode Island's hospitality industry is on board with the promotion.  Many restaurants, hotels and tourist attractions are offering special deals as part of the event.

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Two firefighters have been taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries after responding to a blaze in Pawtucket.

Two triple-decker homes caught fire on Monday night, one that was vacant and another that was home to several families. The residents all got out safely.

Firefighters were directed to evacuate one of the buildings twice over concerns that the roof might collapse.

The firefighters received treatment for heat exhaustion and minor injuries and are expected to be fine.

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The dispute over Cranston teachers being banned from taking Good Friday of work is now resolved.  The school district is agreeing to allow teachers to take Good Friday off if they submit a request in writing by tomorrow.  Teachers cannot be disciplined for taking the day off under the agreement that ends a lawsuit filed by the teachers union.  However, teachers could be asked to reimburse the city if it's determined that they were not legally entitled to the day off.

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Cranston Police say the suspect responsible for a shooting at a market over the weekend is now in custody.  Police say Rony Martinez shot Fuad Yusuf of Providence at the Tuma Mini Market on Dyer Avenue on Saturday.  After his arrest police executed a search warrant at his apartment and found heroin, marijuana, drug packaging materials and various types of ammunition.  Martinez is being held without bail.

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A bill that would allow construction of a hotel near Twin River Casino faces a final vote in the legislature this week.  The House approved the bill last week, and will be taken up by the Senate on Wednesday.  Any hotel must conform to all local zoning rules and regulations in Lincoln.  Hotels were banned near to the casino years ago to protect Providence's hotel industry, but the casino says it needs lodging to remain competitive.

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Governor Gina Raimondo is hopeful that the settlement between the state and employee unions over the 2011 pension reforms is finalized.  However, she says the state must continue to prepare for trial, which will start April 20th if the settlement is not approved.  Raimondo is not saying much else about the settlement, as there is a gag order in place.  However, she says the settlement would be a good thing for everyone and remove the risk from the table on both sides.

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