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Michael J. Sepe, Cranton's longtime Democratic City Chairman, is running to be mayor in Cranston's November 2016 election. The move comes as Mayor Allan Fung faces the fallout of a State Police report criticizing management of the city's Police Department and the city administration.

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There's a power outage at the Pastore Complex in Cranston. That's the home of several state offices, including the Dept. of Motor Vehicles, the Dept. of Labor and Training, and the Dept. of Corrections. All are closed to the public, according to the governor's office. Power was lost at around 10:30 and crews are working to restore it. There's no word yet about what caused the outage.

As a result of the outage, the DOC will not be allowing any inmate visits today. Unemployment offices are closed. And the DMV is closed at this location.

On the cusp of Statehouse debate over trucking tolls to fix bridges, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation has closed the Park Avenue Bridge over Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor in Cranston, effective immediately.

The action came after a DOT outside engineering consultant inspected the bridge and found ``significant deterioration in the bridge’s timber deck.’’  The DOT then sent one of its own engineers to inspect the bridge and that probe confirmed the independent analysis.

A flash flood warning is in effect until Tuesday night for a large swath of Rhode Island. Flooding has already caused trouble in some low-lying areas.

According to the National Weather Service, the greater-Providence area saw three-point-two inches of rain over the weekend, leaving some Cranston roadways underwater. The flooding, mainly in urban areas, included Oaklawn Avenue, where two cars were trapped. Cranston officials say they will deploy public works crews to clean out drains, and monitor the Pawtuxet and Pocasset rivers, which routinely flood.

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Cranston police have begun special training to help them work better with people with autism. The training is geared toward preventing a police encounter from escalating.

Every Cranston police officer will be trained to recognize the signs of autism. And they’ll be equipped to respond to emergencies involving adults or kids with autism. Cranston police Lieutenant Mark Freeborn says the training should help avoid the misinterpretation that autistic behavior is disobedient, or aggressive.

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