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Providence City Councilors will consider changing their governing rules, during a special council meeting Monday night. It would allow for the removal of the council president any time during his or her term with a two-thirds majority vote.

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The House is expected to vote on a bill Tuesday that would loosen hair braiding regulations.

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Some 2,000 people gathered at the site of the Station nightclub fire in West Warwick Sunday, for the dedication of a new memorial. The space has been more than a decade in the making.

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For the last two days, Providence has broken temperature records. The heat reached 90 degrees Friday, beating the previous record of 89 degrees set in 1906. Thursday, temperatures climbed to 93 degrees, one degree higher than the record set in 1936.

National Weather Service meteorologist Kimberly Buttrick said the weather was caused by winds blowing warm air and humidity up from the Bermuda area.

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Providence City Council President Luis Aponte has resigned. This comes after more than a week of pressure on the embattled head to step down from his post.

A number of thorny issues are maturing in time for the final weeks of the legislative session. So thanks for stopping by. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me on the twitters. Here we go.

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The Roger Williams Park Zoo is now the only zoo in New England to have a Komodo dragon.

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A new bill introduced in the House aims to give small business owners an even playing field when selling cigarettes. The bill mandates a 15 percent markup on retail cigarette prices.

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A majority of Providence city councilors have scheduled a special meeting to remove their President Luis Aponte from his post. In order to do so, the council must formally change their rules.

Currently, there appears to be no procedure to remove Aponte from his post. If the measure is adopted, this language would be added to the city council rules:

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Just two councilors attended the Providence City Council meeting Thursday, the body's first full meeting after a vote of “no confidence” in its leader, President Luis Aponte. That vote, and calls to step down, have dogged Aponte since his indictment last week on felony charges of embezzlement and misuse of campaign funds. 

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The former U.S. Attorney in Rhode Island, Peter Neronha, is applauding the choice of Robert Mueller to assist the FBI investigation into President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russian meddling in the U.S. election.  Neronha got to know Mueller during their time working for the federal government.

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In a 24-page decision released Thursday, Superior Court Presiding Justice Alice Gibney rejected Governor Gina Raimondo's request to release the grand jury records in the 38 Studios case, writing in part that "releasing documents based on mere public interest in grand jury proceedings would entirely defeat the purpose, and role, of the grand jury."

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Currently, Rhode Islanders seeking treatment for opioid addiction must have their doctors coordinate with insurance companies before they can get prescriptions for medications like Suboxone and buprenorphine. These drugs treat patients suffering from opioid dependence.

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