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With a campaign message challenging the status quo, Rhode Island Sen. Nicholas Kettle welcomed the attempt to bolster the state GOP's perennial uphill fight against the Democrats who run the General Assembly.

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In New England, New Hampshire is well known for tax-free liquor sales, which makes the Granite State a popular destination for out-of-staters looking to stock up on alcohol. 

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Police are investigating an anonymous threat to Durfee High School in Fall River that caused hundreds of students to stay home from school Friday. The Herald News reported that a student noticed a post on the social media app “SnapChat” warning students to stay home and threatening a “Florida pt 2” at the school, an apparent reference to last week’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

A junior at Durfee sent a screenshot of the original post- and a second threat - to the school principal, superintendent and other school officials.

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Tuesday marked the 15th anniversary of the deadly Station Nightclub Fire in West Warwick- the 2003 blaze which claimed 100 lives. This was the first anniversary survivors and their loved ones have had access to a memorial at the site.

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Top Rhode Island lawmakers are pushing legislation to rename T.F. Green Airport as Rhode Island International Airport, a shift designed to strengthen the Warwick airport’s recognition. 

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Rhode Island state Sen. Nicholas Kettle pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that he twice extorted a former legislative page to engage in sex in 2011.

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The deadly school shooting in Florida last week highlighted concerns over how schools protect teachers and students. The Ocean State mandates school safety plans, in coordination with multiple agencies.

State law requires all public schools to create such plans with the State department of emergency management, state police and the state fire marshal. Those plans are required to include procedures for evacuation, sheltering and addressing medical needs.

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Governor Gina Raimondo’s senior advisor on drug policy, Tom Coderre, said all options should be on the table to deal with the state’s opioid crisis, including safe injection sites. 

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Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo's campaign has released a copy of a fundraising agreement reached last month between her campaign and the Providence Democratic City Committee.

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Brown University plans to demolish several historic houses on Providence’s College Hill to make way for a new arts center.

Rhode Island state Senator Nicholas Kettle (R-Coventry) was arrested Friday afternoon on charges of video voyeurism and extortion.

Kettle, 27, has served in the Senate since first winning election in 2010.

Asked about the allegations underlying the voyeurism charge, State Police Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Philbin said, “Basically, he transmitted pornographic pictures of his girlfriend without her permission electronically.”

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The utility announced last year they would seek a general rate hike, for gas and electric utilities. The original proposal called for an increase in gas rates by about five percent and electric by about six percent. The company now says those numbers will be less, accounting for savings under the new federal tax law.

That didn’t stop some dozen people from criticizing the company for the proposed increase during a public hearing in front of the Public Utilities Commission. A small crowd gathered at Pawtucket City Hall, to voice their concerns over the potential increase.

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Did that dog bed you got at L.L. Bean 5 years ago get chewed by its occupant?  Until last week, you could just take it back and get a replacement for no charge.  The company has announced that it's changing its famous unconditional return policy that has been a part of the brand since it started more than a century ago.  The change comes as a response to the growing number of customers who have been taking advantage of the policy.

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Rhode Island State health officials say preliminary figures show drug overdose deaths declined in Rhode Island in 2017 for first time since the opioid crisis hit the state five years ago.

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