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RI News
8:54 am
Mon October 14, 2013

State Police To Be Outfitted With Tasers

Rhode Island state police have a new weapon in their war on crime.

Rhode Island state police have purchased Tasers for all troopers and are training them in their proper use. 

State police commander Colonel Steven O’Donnell said the aim is to prevent the use of firearms where possible.

"The feedback is great. It’s another tool to protect them and to protect other people. And they’re a great tool on the street. People know what a taser does so when you deploy a taser you get a lot more compliance instead of just verbal commands," said O'Donnell.

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RI News
9:12 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Father-Daughter Dances Go Up for Vote

The Senate Education Committee votes Wednesday on legislation allowing schools to hold events like father-daughter dances. Cranston’s school committee asked lawmakers to draft the bill after a complaint last year shut down its father-daughter dance.

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RI News
8:14 am
Tue March 26, 2013

ACLU Wins Free Speech Case Against Providence

The Rhode Island chapter of the ACLU has won a First Amendment case against the city of Providence.
Credit Aaron Reed

The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has won a First Amendment case against the city of Providence. A federal judge has found the city violated a woman’s free speech rights when they tried to prevent her from leafleting a political event. 

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