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The city’s planning commission has approved a 21-megawatt solar farm, covering 60 acres. City planners say the solar panels will provide renewable energy. But some residents opposed the project. They say the solar farm will harm land that could be set aside for conservation. Douglas Doe, a neighbor of the property, said the project will harm visitors’ enjoyment of the nearby forests.  

“So anybody going to enjoy the conservation land that we paid for is going to be confronted by one chain link fence, a gravel road, and anywhere from 40-60,000 solar panels,” said Doe.

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Religious leaders, members of the African-American community and elected officials gathered in Cranston Wednesday to condemn swastikas spray-painted at a recreation facility.

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  Cranston city Councilman Michael Farina announced Tuesday he is switching political parties. The Democrat has served on the city council since 2013. Farina said the decision came due to his continued frustration with Cranston Democrats.

Farina said he believes there have been efforts to inhibit or obstruct him from taking positions on certain issue contrary to fellow Democratic leaders.

“As a Democrat I have felt pressure to conform to party positions … more about political maneuvering and personal ego than the constituents,” said Farina.

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung joins Bonus Q+A this week to discuss a host of issues, including a lawsuit filed by public safety retirees over pension cuts, his preference in the presidential race, his political future, and more.

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the debate over Syrian refugees, fallout from Cranston's police controversy, and the state's disappointing PARCC scores.

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Democrat Michael Sepe is running for Mayor of Cranston. Sepe made the formal announcement on Sunday.

Sepe told Rhode Island Public Radio of his intention to run this summer. At the time current Cranston Mayor Allan Fung was embroiled in a controversy over the management of the city police department.

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While stopping short of announcing a re-election campaign, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung is trumpeting his record, as the city's longtime Democratic Chairman, Michael Sepe, plans to formally launch his mayoral run on November 1 at 39 West Restaurant.

"I am extremely proud of my accomplishments as mayor of Cranston," Fung said in a statement to RIPR. "We brought millions of dollars of economic development to Cranston, particularly in Chapel View and Garden City, as well as growth in manufacturing at TACO, Yushin America and Cadence Inc."

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The Cranston Western Little League team has returned to Rhode Island. The team spent the last two weeks competing in the Little League World Series in Williamsport Pennsylvania.

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The Cranston City Council voted “No Confidence” in Mayor Allan Fung during a meeting Monday night.  The largely symbolic vote was a narrow one, five to four, and comes following a scathing police report investigating the Cranston Police department.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s political analyst Scott MacKay says it’s rare that such action is taken by a city government.

The Bottom Line: Power Outages

Aug 13, 2015

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment The Bottom Line.

This week Mark and Dave sit down with Tim Horan, the president of National Grid in Rhode Island. The utility company had tens of thousands of customers loose power after powerful thunderstorms last week.

Horan discusses the feasibility of moving power lines underground to avoid this type of problem and the way National Grid prioritizes efforts to restore power once a storm has ended.

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As residents continue to deal with the aftermath of last week’s destructive storms, lawmakers are hoping to help those most affected.

Former Cranston police chief Marco Polombo Jr. wants the city to pay for his own legal representation to defend against two pending lawsuits.

A lawyer for Polombo said the ex-chief plans to rebut the 182-page State Police report that has roiled Cranston, and will take action against anyone who harms him or violates his rights.

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Residents and some city councilors said Tuesday the findings of a lacerating State Police report have eroded their trust in Cranston Mayor Allan Fung.

During an almost four-hour meeting at City Hall, a few residents called on Fung to resign. Carol Myron described herself as a longtime acquaintance of the mayor, and said she had spent most of the afternoon reading the 182-page report.

Former attorney general Arlene Violet joins Bonus Q&A this week to discuss Cranston Mayor Allan Fung and the State Police report on the Cranston Police Department; where the RI GOP has gone wrong in building an effective opposition; and much more. For more Violet, check her appearance on this week's Political Roundtable.

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Cranston Mayor Allan Fung apologized to city residents Tuesday for a host of problems related to the Cranston Police Department. 

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