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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Governor-elect Lincoln Chafee says closing an almost 300 million dollar deficit for the next fiscal year will require significant cuts to state government.

Rhode Island faces a deep deficit for the fiscal year starting next July first due to the loss of federal stimulus money. Chafee says closing that gap will require reductions in spending by many state departments.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island governor-elect Lincoln Chafee says he wants to keep Rosemary Booth Gallogly as head of the Department of Revenue.

Gallogly is currently the acting director at the department, a post she was appointed to by outgoing Republican Gov. Don Carcieri in March. She is also the head of the Department of Administration, but Chafee has nominated former Democratic Lt. Gov. Richard Licht for that post.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Governor-elect Lincoln Chafee has added three members to his transition team.

Margaret Holland McDuff is the CEO of Family Service of Rhode Island, John Simmons is executive director of the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council, Lawyer Claire Richards has previously served as special counsel to Governor Carcieri, among other positions.

Chafee says the trio brings experience, energy and knowledge to his transition.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – State Republican Chairman Giovanni Cicione is touting two GOP members as possible challengers to US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse in 2012.

Cicione told the Washington publication Roll Call that he may challenge Whitehouse if other candidates don't come forward. But Cicione says he'd prefer that other Republicans, like Governor Carcieri or Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian, represent the GOP.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Governor-elect Lincoln Chafee heads to Geneva this week, where he plans to cut ties with a group that counsels the government of Ukraine.

The Foundation For Effective Governance was the target of a news report alleging ties to organized crime. According to The Providence Journal, those accusations were overblown.

Chafee says he is leaving the group in order to focus on his duties as Rhode Island governor. He is expected back in the Ocean State on Friday.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Republican Secretary of State candidate Catherine Taylor has congratulated Democrat Ralph Mollis for his hard fought victory in the race.

In a released statement, Taylor said the 1-point-2 percent margin shows the importance of counting every vote.

Taylor says she is confident every vote has been counted. Unofficial results show Mollis ahead of Taylor by 3,794 votes, not enough to trigger a recount.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Governor-elect Lincoln Chafee says he's willing to reconsider his plan to expand the state sales tax.

During his first post-election news conference, Chafee says he thinks the state's agreement with 38 Studios is probably a done deal, now that 75 million dollars in bonds have been sold for the project. Chafee also says he's not absolutely wedded to his plan to impose a one percent sales tax on current exempt items.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Independent Lincoln Chafee won a close race to become Rhode Island's next governor.

His victory comes after months in which his rivals sharply criticized his plan to add a one percent sales tax on currently exempt items. Unofficial results show Chafee with 36 percent, Republican John Robitaille with just under 34 percent, Democrat Frank Caprio with 23 percent, and Moderate Ken Block with just under seven percent.

Chafee vows candor will remain his signature as the state's next governor.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Islanders have approved $177-million in bonds while rejecting a change to the state's official name.

The three bonds will raise millions of dollars for road and bridge repairs across the state chemistry labs at the University of Rhode Island, an arts center for Rhode Island College, improvements to Fort Adams and open space at Rocky Point and India Point.

A poll worker is pictured at the Cathedral of St. John in Providence. Photo by Alex Nunes.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – It's Election Day and the Secretary of State's office says municipalities across the state have added nearly 90 new polling places since the September primary.

Depending on the community, most polls will be open between 7:00am and 9:00am and close at 9:00pm.

-SEE A SLIDESHOW FROM THE POLLS

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – In Rhode Island, the Secretary of State is the top elections official - preparing ballots and certifying election results. The Secretary of State also helps businesses register with the state and keeps track of state documents and archives.

Click on the audio icon to hear with Republican candidate Catherine Taylor has to say about maintaining the state's archives.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – In Rhode Island, the Secretary of State is the top elections official - preparing ballots and certifying election results. The Secretary of State also helps businesses register with the state and keeps track of state documents and archives.

Click on the audio icon to hear what Democratic incumbent Ralph Mollis has to say about maintaining the state's archives.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – In Rhode Island, the Secretary of State is the top elections official - preparing ballots and certifying election results. The Secretary of State also helps businesses register with the state and keeps track of state documents and archives.

Click on the audio icon to hear with Republican candidate Catherine Taylor has to say about maintaining the state's archives.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A mock election in which more than 6,000 Rhode Island high school students voted sheds new light on the thinking of the next generation.

The kids developed eight ballot questions. All but one passed.

They voted to legalize civil unions and marijuana, to abolish the electoral college, to make 9/11 a national holiday and to do away with the NECAP test as a requirement for high school graduation.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Frank Caprio is standing by his remark that President Obama can take his endorsement and quote "shove it." The four major candidates for governor chimed in on the controversial comment in a debate last night.

Last night's Channel 12 debate was the first since President Obama's trip to the state earlier this week. Republican John Robitaille said Caprio's comment raised questions about whether he has the temperament to make good decisions as governor.

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