Rhode Island

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New Bedford is putting a hold on retail sales of recreational marijuana, as shops prepare to come online in the Bay State this July. The New Bedford City Council has voted to wait until October.

Firefighters and emergency medical staff at Newport’s Naval Station regularly lied about training they never received. The revelations come from a newly completed investigation by the Navy Inspector General.

The Navy Inspector General began investigating after a whistleblower issued a complaint that he was marked as having completed training he’d never attended. Upon deeper investigation, the Inspector General found emergency management staff at the station routinely falsified such medical and safety trainings.

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Jeb Bush, the former Governor of Florida and presidential hopeful was in the Ocean State Wednesday. 

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Lawmakers heard testimony Tuesday on 18 gun-control measures. Critics and gun control advocates thronged the Statehouse in the hours before the House Judiciary Committee took up bills, aimed at reducing access to firearms

Dozens of gun-rights activists filled the Statehouse halls in yellow t-shirts bearing the slogan “gun control doesn’t work.” Most had similar concerns, saying the measures would infringe on the rights of law-abiding gun owners.

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Next month, the U.S. Census Bureau will dispatch field staff to households in Providence County looking for residents who haven’t filled out the March survey.  

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Police at the University of Rhode Island say more than a dozen cars have been vandalized over the last two weeks on the school’s campus in Kingston.

A total of 14 vehicles have had swastikas or pornographic images scratched into them. Some of the vehicles sustained additional damage including broken mirrors and slashed tires.

URI Chief of Police Stephen Baker says so far, police are still looking for a suspect.

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CharterCare, the local arm of a California-based for-profit hospital company, announced Wednesday it would like to purchase the now-closed Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket. Memorial shut its doors in 2017, after years of losing money.

Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea says her office is making progress on security and public access to voting. The state is working with the Department of Homeland Security to protect against hacking of voter systems. Rhode Island has also adopted new technology meant to streamline voting and guard voter information.

Gorbea says the need to protect voting systems now the norm in the U.S. and Rhode Island.

“Cybersecurity is not a destination, but a continually evolving road that requires constant attention to mitigate risk,” said Gorbea.

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Lilian Calderon, the Rhode Island woman who was detained by federal immigration officials for nearly a month is now the lead plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit against President Donald Trump and his administration.

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For decades, Liberian refugees were allowed to live and work in the U.S. following the Liberian Civil War of the 1990s. President Donald Trump announced the end of that policy in March, giving protected Liberians just one year to prepare for deportation.

Liberians living in Southern New England are confused and disappointed. The Whitehouse says the Liberian policy is no longer necessary, because country is stable after years of war and the 2014 Ebola outbreak. But local Liberians disagree.

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Thousands of Liberian refugees living in the United States have one year left before they face deportation.

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DelSesto Middle School in Providence is one of more than a dozen schools across Rhode Island using new computer software in the classroom, designed with help from Facebook. 

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Rhode Island lawmakers are re-considering the rules for reporting sexual abuse suspected of school staff. A 2016 law requires educators to report allegations of abuse to child welfare officials.

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After the Parkland school shooting, many people are wondering whether elected officials will take action on gun control. A small group of Democratic Governors say they have a plan to do just that, even if there is no movement on the issue in Congress.

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Trinity Rep continues its season with Shakespeare’s “Othello,” that great and always challenging story of action and reaction. 

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