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Money is on the way to Rhode Island to go towards public housing.  U.S. Senator Jack Reed announced yesterday that 12-point-nine-million-dollars in federal funding is coming to 25 cities and towns.  The money will continue to make housing affordable, build stronger neighborhoods and be used to make repairs.  The money comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Public Housing Capital Fund Program.                                  

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A Massachusetts man is accused of trying to illegally sell dogs in Rhode Island.  Justin Wagner of Fall River is charged with importing dogs without valid certificates and illegally operating a pet shop.  The state Department of Environmental Management says Loyal Labs placed ads on social media selling puppies.  It was later discovered that the company wasn't licensed to sell animals in the state.  When Wagner was arrested, the weeks-old pups were extremely dehydrated and infested with worms.  He's slated to be in court next week.

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The Zika virus isn't a huge threat to people in Rhode Island.  That's according to URI researchers who found that the mosquitoes that carry the virus don't live within 14-hundred miles of the state.  Symptoms of the virus include painful joints, and red eyes and it can cause severe birth defects in newborns.  One-point-five-million people have been affected by the virus in Brazil.

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A Providence ordinance that aims to stop panhandling is no longer being enforced in the city.  The ACLU of Rhode Island announced yesterday that officers will stop carrying out the ordinance because it, quote, "directly targets the homeless" and prevents those people from earning a living.  The law made it illegal for transients to ask for money on highways, the streets, in parking lots, amusement parks and playgrounds.  The ACLU is also pushing to shut down a similar ordinance in Cranston.

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Mayor Jorge Elorza says Providence will continue to see growth this year.  During his State of the City speech last night, Elorza touted the city's accomplishments since the recession and says he'll continue to push to take down abandoned homes and improve the support system in public schools.  Although he didn't reveal a budget proposal, he revealed that over the next two years the city will spend more than 20-million dollars to repair school buildings.  This year, he plans to put a half-billion dollars into dozens of construction projects across the city.

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Gas prices continue to fall in Rhode Island.  Over the past week, prices at the pump fell another five cents bringing the average to one-dollar-82-cents per gallon.  Triple-A reports that a year ago, the price was 37-cents higher at two-dollars-19-cents.  The average in the U.S. is one-74.

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A female activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner is coming to Rhode Island.  Malala Yousafzai will be speaking at the Dunkin' Donuts Center on July 28th.  The Pakistani woman is going on tour and Providence is one of three stops in the U.S.  To see her, people can buy tickets starting at noon on Friday at Ticketmaster.com.

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The Rhode Island Department of Corrections is going to start hiring new correctional officers.  In 2013, a lawsuit was filed accusing the department of discrimination against black and Hispanic people.  After two years of being stalled, applicants who took the entrance exam should expect to receive test results sometime in the coming weeks by mail. 

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A West Warwick career center that aims to help people find jobs is closed next week.  The state Department of Labor and Training is locking up the building for renovations starting this coming Monday through Friday.  People who need help finding a job during that time are urged to get in touch with the state's other three job centers in Providence, Wakefield and Woonsocket.

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Bomb and shooting threats targeting Rhode Island schools are being traced back to Russia.  A police spokesman says the threats were made using an automated message.  A Newport Schools official described the calls as robotic with noticeable pauses in between words and phrases.  Multiple calls came in last week, forcing several evacuations in Warwick and Newport.

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Police are continuing their search for a missing man in East Providence.  Joseph Pinheiro hasn't been seen since early last month.  Police say he was last spotted at an ATM in Seekonk, Massachusetts.  Pinheiro is described as five-foot-five, 150-pounds with a cast on his left wrist.  He has a history of depression.  Anyone with information about his whereabouts is urged to call East Providence Police.

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Rhode Island College is looking into an uptick of gastrointestinal illness reports.  The campus' Health Services reported a rise in both students on-and off-campus with symptoms consistent with a norovirus outbreak.  Symptoms include dehydration, diarrhea, vomiting and severe stomach pain.  Anyone experiencing these is urged to call RIC Health Services as a precaution.

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More than a dozen men are behind bars stemming from a prostitution sting in Cranston.  Late last month, police set up a bust and posted a prostitution ad on Backpage.com.  The operation was to target men who were responding to the advertisements.  Thirteen men were arrested ranging in age from 22 to 61-years-old.  The group is slated to return to court later this month.

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Police say schools were once again evacuated in Middletown and Newport in connection to bomb threats.  Rogers High School, Thompson Middle School and Middletown High School were evacuated yesterday afternoon after receiving the threats from an automated phone call.  Most students were sent home as a result of the incident.  In recent weeks, Newport has received multiple threats but so far nothing suspicious has been found.  A Warwick school is also taking precautions after receiving threats.  An investigation into the incidents is ongoing.

 

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Police are releasing the names of two women found dead inside an Exeter home.  Officers were called to a home on Skunk Hill Road Wednesday after a man found his mother and stepsister unconscious.  Wilma Reynolds and Carol Lydick were found dead in separate bedrooms.  Police say their deaths aren't considered suspicious but they're treating the incident as a, quote, "sudden death investigation."  No carbon monoxide was detected inside.

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A Newport restaurant is among the most romantic spots to dine this Valentine's Day.  OpenTable.com recently rolled out its list of the "100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America" this year and Bouchard Restaurant and Inn was named.  The website looked through more than five-million reviews with key terms like "romantic" to come up with the rankings.  The fine dining French restaurant was touted for being located in an old Georgian-style house.

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The deadline is coming for Rhode Island students to reach out for financial aid.  Ahead of the looming application deadline, the Rhode Island Student Loan Authority is offering extended hours for people to take advantage of the free help.  The planning center assists students while they fill out the necessary paperwork, including the FAFSA form.  Students are required to have an appointment.  For more information visit collegeplanningcenter.org.

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A Providence bar will continue to keep its doors locked up after a person was allegedly attacked inside.  The "Providence Journal" reports that the Board of Licenses decided to keep The Fatt Squirrel closed through Thursday.  Members decided to suspend the bar's license last weekend after a person was allegedly assaulted and gunshots were fired inside restaurant.  Information about the victim's condition is unknown.

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A Warwick man is behind bars after being found allegedly driving drunk in the police department's parking lot.  An officer spotted an unfamiliar car parked in the lot while leaving the station over the weekend.  The driver, Richard Fisher, appeared intoxicated and blew nearly five times the legal limit during a Breathalyzer test.  Last month, two teens were arrested after they allegedly stole items from patrol cars in the Warwick Police Department parking lot.

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Police are releasing the name of a Coventry man who died after being pinned underneath a car.  Keith Denton died in the hospital after rescue crews found the man trapped underneath a car on Washington Street.  Few details about the incident have been released, and an investigation is ongoing.

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Changes are coming to the Providence School Department.  During a meeting at Nathan Bishop Middle School yesterday, Mayor Jorge Elorza announced plans to move more than a dozen employees out of the school department's building and into multiple schools.  They're also looking to bring in ten new positions that'll focus on performance management.  A multilingual call center is also being created for parental concerns.

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Brown University is pushing to improve diversity on campus over the next six years.  President Christina Paxson says the plan will focus on increasing diversity in higher education by 2022.  In a statement, Paxson said the campus has made, quote, "substantial progress" in recent decades but agreed that it is important to bring more people together from different backgrounds to create a vibrant community.  For more details about the plan, visit the Brown University website.

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Police are searching for the person who robbed a taxi driver in Providence.  Nelson Estevez told police that he was parked on Cranston Street on Sunday night when he was approached by a man who got into the backseat of the car.  The man held a gun to his head and demanded money.  The suspect took off with a second person towards Messer Street after the victim handed over nearly 200 dollars.  An investigation is ongoing.

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Free SAT and PSAT tests could be on the way to Rhode Island students.  Governor Raimondo announced yesterday that she has proposed  setting  aside 500-thousand dollars to provide free college prep exams to all students across the state.  The move comes after numbers showed fewer than 60-percent of students in the state take the tests.  She's also considering replacing the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers test with the SAT exam for juniors in high school.

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Hospital officials are releasing an update about a teenage girl who was hospitalized after a serious car accident in Cranston.  Five teens were taken to the hospital on Sunday after their car crashed into a pole and flipped over.  Of the four passengers in the car, a 17-year-old girl, suffered the most injuries, including broken bones and a brain bleed.  She was thrown from the car into the road.  Driver Blake Carpenter is facing several charges including driving to endanger resulting in physical injury.

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The Rhode Island Supreme Court is denying to hear an appeal from a North Kingstown woman who killed her young daughter.  Kimberly Fry was convicted of murder in 2011 in connection to the death of her eight-year-old daughter, Camden.  Prosecutors say Fry strangled her daughter because she refused to take a bath.  Fry attempted to appeal her sentence because she had taken a lot of pills before the deadly incident occurred and was hoping to take up a diminished capacity defense.

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Police in Providence have suspended the Fatt Squirrel's Liquor License for the next couple of days.  Officers reportedly heard several gunshots at the bar early Sunday morning and when they went in to investigate, found a man with a broken jaw.  No one has been arrested yet but the bar has been ordered to shut down temporarily while police investigate.

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The body of former Providence Mayor Vincent "Buddy" Cianci will lie in state at City Hall this Saturday and Sunday before his funeral next Monday.  Cianci died last Thursday at 74.  He'll be buried at St. Ann's Cemetery in Cranston, and state flags will be lowered to half mast during the services. Rhode  Island Governor Gina Riamondo originally said she wouldn't lower all state flags, but reversed that decision Friday saying the state has done the same in the past for former Providence mayors.

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Mansfield Police found the body of a missing man in about ten feet of water at Mill Pond early Sunday morning.  The man had been reported missing on Saturday afternoon by his parents.  Officials believe he fell through the ice and may have committed suicide.  They haven't released his name yet.

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Officials with Cardi Corporation, which began repairs to the guardrail on the IWAY bridge along Route 195 in December, say they're doing the job under protest.  The Rhode Island Department of Transportation contracted Cardi to build the bridge in 2003, but a crash in 2013 showed the guardrails didn't meet safety requirements.  Cardi officials say they installed the guardrail as instructed by the state, and want to be paid more for the fix.  Department of Transportation officials say they won't pay Cardi any additional money beyond what contracted in 2003.   If Cardi continues to press, state officials said they'll explore legal options.

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The Rhode Island Commerce Corporation announced last week it will award grants ranging from ten-thousand to 50-thousand dollars to eleven companies around the state for more research.  Thirty-four companies had applied to the new program, which Governor Gina Raimondo said enables the state to support a wide range of technological explorations.  Winners include a company researching wind energy, one researching algae farming and one looking at technology to help organ transplant recipients.

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The now hiring signs are up at the Barrington Police Department.  The department is looking to hire more officers.  Candidates must have a driver's license, associate degree or military experience with honorable discharge.  Applications are being accepted through February 26th.  Apply online through the town's website.

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Two Warwick men are formally charged for killing a man last year.  Richard Baribault and Troy Gunderway were charged with murder and conspiracy to commit robbery in connection to Fernando Silva's death.  Silva was found dead on his boat last August.  Police believe the pair killed the 70-year-old victim during a robbery attempt.  The men are being held without bail and are expected to return to court next month.

 

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A dog is recovering after being attacked by coyotes in Portsmouth.  The owner tells WPRI.com that her dog, Bella, was bitten twice near her home.  The dog received several stitches as a result of the incident but is expected to be okay.  Video footage shows a coyote walking in the Gaspee Point area late last week.  Police are warning people to be on the lookout for coyotes and to not leave their pets outdoors.

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Two Roger Williams University students were hospitalized after a car accident in Portsmouth.  Police were called on Tuesday night to Boyds Lane and Anthony Road after a shuttle bus was pushed into a guardrail.  Six students were on the bus at the time, and two students were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.  There's no word whether the driver of the second car was injuried. 

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Students are okay after a school bus crash in North Smithfield.  Emergency crews responded to the accident yesterday morning along Eddie Dowling Highway.  A DATTCO school bus and two cars were involved in the incident.  Two people were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  An investigation is ongoing.

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Brown University is getting an entrepreneurship center.  Alumnus Jonathan Nelson recently gifted the campus 25-million dollars.  The money will go towards providing students with academic expertise and real-world innovation experience.  The center will be named after Nelson who will continue to support the creation of the program.  For more information about the center visit Brown's website.

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A Providence man is behind bars after hitting his mother over the head with a TV.  Jimmy Johnson was arrested on domestic assault charges on Monday after his mother was found with a two-inch wound on her head.  Police say the victim and her son's girlfriend were arguing about the TV when Johnson picked it up and hit his mother on the head.  He told police he was trying to throw the TV at both of them to stop the two from fighting.

 

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A Providence woman is on administrative leave at her job after allegedly breaking into the state Attorney General's office.  Cynthia Jones was arrested on Monday night after breaking into the building with a snow scraper.  Jones is a teacher with the Providence School District and is on leave pending the investigation.  She told officers she wanted to speak to Attorney General Peter Kilmartin about multiple personal problems.  She's undergoing a mental health evaluation.

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Police are releasing the name of the man who was killed during an industrial accident in Johnston.  Officers were called to J.R. Vinagro yesterday morning after Darwin Perez was killed.  Officials say Perez was working with a crushing machine at the time of his death, but additional information hasn't been released.  OSHA is investigating the incident and will determine if the company violated federal standards.  J.R. Vinagro is a disposal and recycling company.

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Police are releasing more information about a bus crash in Warwick.  Police say the RIPTA bus hit a pole on Salt Pond Road Monday night and slammed into a building.  Investigators believe that the driver may have suffered a medical emergency because neither speed nor alcohol appear to have been a factor.  The driver and a passenger are hospitalized in serious condition.  An investigation into the cause of the accident is ongoing.

 

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Rhode  Island students can soon apply for the Dunkin' Donuts scholarship.  The fast food restaurant announced that it'll award 100-thousand-dollars worth of college scholarship money.  The company is awarding one-thousand dollars to 100 students based on their academic excellence, leadership qualities and community involvement.  They'll begin accepting applications next month and the deadline is March 15th.  Visit the Dunkin' Donuts' website for more information.

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A Middletown school that is under fire after multiple sexual assault accusations came to light released a letter apologizing for the incidents.  St. George's School issued the letter over the weekend, apologizing to the alleged victims and outlining their commitment to the investigation.  In recent months, dozens of former students have stepped forward accusing past and current employees of sexual abuse spanning multiple decades.

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Officials are releasing more information about a carbon monoxide leak in East Providence.  A malfunctioning furnace is to blame after hundreds of people were evacuated from the Holy Ghost Beneficial Brotherhood hall on Saturday night.  A fire spokesman says an air vent in the basement was blocked, causing carbon monoxide to come into the building.  The hall is unable to reopen until an inspection is passed.

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Police say a Warwick woman who broke into the office of state Attorney General Peter Kilmartin wanted to speak with him about “several personal problems.” Cynthia Jones, 45, was arraigned Monday in Providence District Court on one count of breaking and entering and one count of interfering with a fire alarm. She’s being held on $25,000 surety bail.

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An airline service that links Block Island to T.F. Green Airport has suspended service for this summer.
According to reports, Rhode Island Airport Corp. officials plan to ask New England Airlines if their Westerly- to-Block Island carrier could take over Cape Air’s service.
Airport chief executive Kelly Fredericks said Cape Air announced last week it was suspending its service because of a pilot shortage. He said the airline would need 195 pilots to serve all of its usual routes but only has 96.
Fredericks said the shortage is partially due to stricter regulations after a regional airliner crashed near Buffalo, N.Y., in 2009.
Cape Air officials told Fredericks they are hoping to return to the airport in 2017.

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People in Providence are reminded to clear their sidewalks within eight hours of snowfall to avoid being fined.  Fire crews are also asking people to dig out fire hydrants in case of an emergency.  A parking ban issued across the city was lifted yesterday morning after areas reported nearly eight-inches of snow.  People are urged to drive slowly on the highways and main roads as a precaution.

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Three people are okay after their fishing boat was rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard near Block Island.  Yesterday morning the Coast Guard was contacted by the captain of a 50-foot fishing boat after his navigation equipment failed and he was having difficulties steering.  Crews from Massachusetts and Rhode Island responded and helped the disabled vessel move to Newport State Pier.  Winds reached up to 63-miles-per-hour at the time of the incident.

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Police are searching for a Pawtucket man in connection to a deadly hit-and-run accident.  Rigoberto Vasquez was charged last week for the hit-and-run but the victim died shortly after and police are upgrading charges against Vasquez.  The suspect didn't show up for court on Friday.  He is facing multiple charges including DUI, leaving the scene of an accident and reckless driving.

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Dozens of people are hospitalized after a carbon monoxide scare in East Providence.  Officials say hundreds of people attended an event at the Ghost Beneficial Brotherhood Hall on Saturday night when one person was found passed out in a bathroom.  Fire crews detected high carbon monoxide levels in the building and at least 50 people were taken to the hospital.  No one suffered life-threatening injuries but many people reported headaches and nausea.  The incident remains under investigation.

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The fight to prevent the impending opening of a cigar bar in Westerly will resume this week before the southern Rhode Island city's licensing board.The Westerly Sun reports the board will resume a hearing Monday concerning Vintage LLC's application for a Class C bar license to open Vintage Cigar Lounge & Club on High Street.The hearing was opened on Jan. 14 but was tabled because Solicitor Matthew Oliverio wasn't present.Tenants renting space above the proposed cigar bar have filed formal objects arguing that smoke and its odor will travel up into their offices.William Nardone, an attorney representing Vintage LLC, says the bar will be outfitted with a state-of-the-art air purification and cleansing system.The proposed cigar bar has already received approval from the zoning board.

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A group of East Coast fishermen who are challenging the federal government about the cost of at-sea monitoring is due for a hearing in court.New England fishermen will have to start paying the cost of at-sea monitors soon under new rules. Fishermen challenging the rules are due in U.S. District Court in Concord on Thursday for a hearing on their motion for an injunction.At-sea monitors collect data to help determine future fishing quotas. The monitors can cost about $800 per trip. A group of fishermen contends that the cost shift is illegal.One of the fishermen involved in the lawsuit is Hampton, New Hampshire-based David Goethel. He says many fishermen won't be able to afford the added cost.

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Police are searching for a man who threatened to shoot a bank teller if she didn't hand over cash during a robbery in Cranston.

A man with his face partially concealed by a scarf walked into Bank Rhode Island's Park Avenue branch around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday and handed the teller a note containing the threat.

Police say the suspect fled on foot through the rear of the bank with approximately $1,000 in cash. No employees or patrons were injured.

The suspect is described as a white man between 5 feet 7 inches and 6 feet tall. He was wearing a black hooded jacket, white scarf, jeans, white sneakers with black laces and a grey and red knit hat during the robbery.

Police say he should be considered armed and dangerous.

 

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 A state police bomb squad has disposed of two inert mortar shells found in West Warwick.  Police were alerted yesterday morning by a woman who found them while cleaning out her father's house.  She says the devices had been in the house since her childhood but she didn't know how her father came to have them.
 

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Gov. has canceled her trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to prepare for a snowstorm that could hit New England this weekend.

Raimondo posted Wednesday afternoon on Twitter that she was canceling the trip after monitoring weather reports. She says the safety of Rhode Islanders is her top priority.

She was supposed to leave for the global conference Wednesday night.

The Democrat was one of three governors who were to be part of a U.S. delegation led by Vice President . The others are from Texas and Colorado.

Raimondo had said the trip was an opportunity to meet with executives who might bring new business to the state.

The University of Rhode Island Foundation was going to pay for her travel expenses.

 

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Middletown Trash and recycling collections are getting pushed up because of forecasts for snow over the weekend.
Town Recycling Coordinator Will Cronin said trash and recyclables normally scheduled to be picked up on Saturday now will be picked up on Friday.
Trash and recyclables normally slated for collection on Friday still will be picked up as scheduled.
Cronin also asked “pay-as-you- throw” customers to pull their trash and recycling totes off of the roadside as soon as possible so as not to interfere with the town’s snow removal efforts.

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A health food store is pulling nuts from store shelves due to a possible salmonella scare in Rhode Island.  Trader Joe's is taking its brand of cashews out of the stores after one batch tested positive for the bacteria.  The product was sold in 16-ounce packages with a best before date of July 17th, 2016.  So far, no illnesses have been reported.  The cashews were sent to more than a dozen states including New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and Vermont.

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At least one Newport leader is pushing for body cameras on city police officers.  The "Newport Daily News" reports City Manager Joseph Nicholson said he is recommending body cameras after speaking with police department representatives.  The City Council would have to approve the proposal before the plan moves forward.  No word from Chief Gary Silva.

 

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An Exeter man is accused of going on a racist rant against a convenience store clerk.  Police say Thomas Giese, who is slated for court tomorrow, will avoid hate crime charges despite allegedly threatening to kill the employee and making inappropriate comments about his religion.  Officials say the suspect didn't plan the incident beforehand, so the hate crime law doesn't apply.  The incident last month marks the fourth time Giese had been arrested within the past year.

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A Newport man is back home after being eliminated from an NBC reality show.  "The Biggest Loser" contestant Richard Hatch was eliminated on Monday night's episode.  He says he's still fighting for the 100-thousand-dollar prize awarded to the person who loses the most weight at home.  He tells the "'Providence Journal" that he'll never be fat again and has already lost 43-pounds.  Right now he is focusing on eliminating unhealthy foods and portion meal control.

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Police are investigating bomb threats in Rhode Island.  Students at Mt. Hope High School in Bristol were sent home yesterday after an evacuation led to early dismissal because of the harsh weather.  Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza says Central High School received a similar bomb threat but nothing suspicious was discovered on either campuses.  Several schools across Massachusetts and New Hampshire are investigating similar incidents and there were also threats in schools in other states.

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Anyone having to venture outside will be dealing today with blustery conditions. A wind advisory is up statewide until this evening with gusts possible of up to 50 miles-an-hour. That would be strong enough to down power lines and some trees.

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Westerly's Ram Point estate, built in 1903, has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The Providence Journal reports the National Park Service determined the site should be preserved. It was first built for physician John Whitridge Williams, a pioneer in the obstetrics field.

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A New York state man appears today in a Providence court for violating bail. Scott DeLuca was arrested last week in Smithfield, with police there then learning that he was wanted in Connecticut for allegedly stealing a $4,800 bottle of wine from a Groton restaurant.

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North Kingstown police aren't releasing  any information about a body possibly being found.  A witness tells NBC-10 that on Sunday afternoon police and medical examiners were in the area after a person was found dead behind a building along Old Baptist Road.  A police spokesperson says a news release will be issued sometime today.

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A Rhode Island woman is among three people arrested during a union rally at Logan International Airport in Boston.  Police say six people are facing charges after the group refused to disperse during a peaceful demonstration.  Roxana Rivera of Warwick was arrested for refusing to following officer's instructions.  The suspects were taking part in a rally held by Service Employees International Union inside of a terminal.

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Police are searching for two men who robbed a person in Providence.  A 22-year-old man was walking along Priscilla Avenue in the Silver Lake neighborhood late last week after cashing a check.  He told police that a dark-colored car pulled up next to him and two men demanded money.  When the victim told them he didn't have any cash, the pair grabbed his leather jacket which had his house keys and 200-dollars in the pocket.  So far no arrests have been made, but the suspects are described as being in their 20s.

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A man is behind bars for allegedly attempting to break into a Providence home.  Antoine Nelson was arrested early Saturday morning after a neighbor recorded him attempting to pry open a window at a home in the Elmhurst neighborhood on Radcliffe Avenue.  The homeowner told police that no one should be trying to get inside.  Nelson is charged with attempted breaking and entering.

 

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A drunk driver is accused of hitting a man with his car in Central Falls.  Rigoberto Vasquez is charged with drunken driving resulting in serious personal injury and driving with an expired license in connection to the incident on Sunday.  A witness told police a man driving a dark-colored car with heavy front-end damage hit the victim, Gary Laramee, who was discovered lying in the road.  Vasquez was arrested shortly after the incident.  The victim is in critical condition.

 

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Governor Gina Raimondo is going to deliver the annual State of the State Address on February 2nd.  According to her office, the governor will also unveil her proposed budget for the next fiscal year the same day.  By state law the budget is due by the third Thursday in January.  However, she's seeking permission for the delay because she'll be at an economic conference in Switzerland on the due date.   

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"The Boston Globe" reports General Electric is moving its corporate headquarters to Boston.  Providence had reportedly been one of the finalists considered by GE executives.  Currently based in Fairfield, Connecticut, GE started looking for a new home last year when its CEO voiced displeasure with Connecticut's new corporate tax policy. 

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It's not too late to get health insurance.  Today, HealthSource Rhode Island is hosting an enrollment fair at the Sheraton Providence Airport Hotel in Warwick from 1 p.m. to 8p.m..  People without health insurance this year are urged to stop by and talk to representatives on hand.  Open enrollment closes on January 31st.  Rhode Islanders who are interested must have their last four pay stubs, Social Security number, immigration documents and a 2014 tax return.

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A man in West Warwick is accused of killing a dog to get back at his stepfather.  Christian Bartoshevich was arrested last week following a months-long investigation.  Police say Bartoshevich allegedly killed the white terrier late last year in an effort to get retaliation.  There's no word as to what the altercation involved, but the suspect was already behind bars on unrelated charges.  

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A woman is dead after being hit by a car in Cumberland.  Police say Irene Wilkinson was crossing Mendon Road on Tuesday morning when she was hit by a car.  Wilkinson suffered injuries to her head and knee and later died in the hospital.  There's no word as to whether the driver will face charges.  The intersection where the incident occurred is known for pedestrian-related accidents.  At least one Rhode Island lawmaker is hoping to get the speed limit reduced.

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Brown University is considering taking down several multi-family homes to make room for more commercial parking lots.  The school recently unveiled that it intends to flatten seven homes between Cushing, Meeting and Brook streets.  The parking lot wouldn't require a permit and would be managed by a third party instead.  Before moving forward, city leaders must approve the plan.  A hearing on the matter is slated for next Tuesday.  School leaders say the two-unit buildings currently in the space are, quote, "unsightly" and "dilapidated."

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