Rhode Island

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In Rhode Island, Frank Williams is known as a former chief justice of the State Supreme Court. But among Civil War enthusiasts, he is known as an authority on all things Abraham Lincoln. He’s also the owner of a vast collection of more than 17,000 Civil War artifacts. He's now donating his collection to Mississippi State University.

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A beached humpback whale discovered dead several days ago in Jamestown is still lying on the rocks near the island’s southern coast. Scientists hoped to remove the whale's body Monday, but were unable due to the weather.

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The private Gordon School in East Providence has opened an investigation into allegations of sexual assault dating to the 1970s. 

According to a brief statement issued by the current head of school, the allegations involve several former students and a former faculty member. The school says no current administrators, faculty or staff were employed at the school at that time.

The school says law enforcement has been contacted, though it is unclear whether any criminal investigation has begun.

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Former Rhode Island House Finance Chairman Ray Gallison has been sentenced to more than four years in prison. Gallison pleaded guilty to nine counts including mail fraud, wire fraud, filing false tax returns, and identity theft.

Gallison, a Democrat from Bristol, was one of the most powerful members in the General Assembly before he resigned his post in May of last year. He took more than $660,000 to enrich himself, from a variety of sources, including the estate of a deceased man and money meant for an education nonprofit.

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Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza has signed the Police-Community Relations Act, a major effort to address concerns about city police. It took more than three years to get the measure passed.

The Police-Community Relations Act took shape thanks in large part to a dedicated group of supporters who refused to let the measure die. They framed it as an effort to tamp down on police profiling based on race, gender, and sexuality.

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Mosques around Rhode Island opened their doors to the public Saturday, in an effort to increase the visibility of Muslims in the Ocean State. Visitors to Masjid Al-Islam in North Smithfield, the state’s largest mosque, had the opportunity to eat halal food, try on a headscarf, and learn more about the religion.

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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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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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The new Ward 3 candidate is Republican David Lallier Jr. 

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Supporters have launched a new effort to repair crumbling schools across the state. State lawmakers staged a news conference to draw attention to the issue Tuesday at the Statehouse.

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The head of the state Department of Children, Youth and Families testified before state lawmakers Monday. This comes after the deaths of several children under state supervision.

In the last several months there have been four infant deaths and two near fatalities of children known to state DCYF. Following that, the state office of the Child Advocate issued a report outlining steps DCYF should take to keep children safer.

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That’s about a two percent increase overall from the current year budget. 

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The Coastal Resources Center at the University of Rhode Island has launched the state Shellfish Management Initiative as shellfish continue to be a growing area in the state’s fishing industry.

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The Providence-based hospital organization Care New England has signed a letter of intent to merge with the Boston-based organization Partners HealthCare, Care NE announced Wednesday.

Former Patriots Star Aaron Hernandez Dead At 27

Apr 19, 2017
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The former Patriots’ tight end killed himself while in prison for murder. State corrections officials say Hernandez was found just after three this morning hanging by a bed sheet.

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