Rhode Island

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This week, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders kicked off a nationwide tour hoping to energize Democrats ahead of mid-term elections in 2018.

They also want to reach out to progressives upset with President Donald Trump’s victory last November and disappointed with the Democratic Party.  In Rhode Island some progressive women are getting engaged for the first time and trying to find their political voices.

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A spokeswoman for the State Police confirmed the investigation Thursday. In March, a grand jury subpoenaed the city of Providence for Aponte’s payroll information. The city complied with the request, according to a spokeswoman for the city.

The move comes after the state Board of Elections referred to the attorney general’s office last September a lengthy report about Aponte’s finances.

Investigators have not specified the nature of the probe. State Police confirmed the investigation, but declined to comment further.

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The state of Rhode Island has settled with technology company DXC Technology over the mismanagement of a major computer system overhaul.

The state contracted the company to replace aging technology at the Department of Motor Vehicles. DXC Technology has agreed to a July rollout of the computer upgrade.

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Fishing has long been a staple industry in Rhode Island. Over the last century ever more local seafood is shipped across the country and the globe.

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The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for the state, effective through Friday. Rains are likely to make for a messy evening commute Thursday. Weather Service meteorologist Joe Dellicarpini said the wet weather should end later Thursday night.

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Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza and mayors from across the nation spent part of Wednesday in Washington D.C. meeting with Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. The group gathered to discuss illegal immigration, and the role of local law enforcement.

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President Donald Trump’s executive orders on energy could have big impacts on states producing fossil fuels. But the order could still affect the Ocean State’s goals to reduce greenhouse gases.

Rhode Island has set the ambitious goal to reduce carbon emissions in the state 45 percent below the state’s emissions levels of 1990. Rhode Island will likely maintain that goal no matter what comes out of the White House.

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Rhode Island has struggled with a lagging economy for years. Though the state is still behind its New England neighbors by some measures, there are bright spots. The defense industry is one of them.

After President Donald Trump promised a crackdown on undocumented immigrants, many expressed a fear of leaving their house, going to work, or shopping. But some local Catholic Churches are seeing an uptick in attendance at their Spanish language masses

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The Providence Housing Authority will no longer automatically disqualify housing applicants with criminal convictions. Advocates say the longstanding policy hurt people trying to reenter society.

Under the new policy applicants for housing with a criminal history will be considered on a case by case basis. Old policy denied people with criminal histories up to ten years prior outright. The look-back period into an applicant’s background is now reduced from 10 years to five.

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The Providence Housing Authority Board of Commissioners meets Thursday. The group is expected to consider changes to policy that bars housing applicants with criminal convictions. Advocates say current policy is unfair.

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Meals on Wheels Rhode Island leaders say their program could be severely limited under President Trump’s proposed budget.  Rhode Island’s MOW program gets 30 percent of its funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which could see an 18 percent cut under the president’s plan. But although proposed cuts raise concerns, this isn’t the first time the organization has experienced a funding scare.

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The city of Providence and the state’s Department of Corrections both appear on a list released by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as being uncooperative with federal immigration enforcement.

A detainee at the Wyatt Detention Facility in Central Falls was found unresponsive in his cell Monday. The detainee, Nelson Romero was pronounced dead at Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket. Romero was placed at Wyatt by U.S. marshals from Connecticut. He was arrested on March 16 on a federal criminal complaint charging him with conspiracy to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin.

Officials are awaiting an autopsy from the medical examiner. A spokesperson for the privately run detention facility says foul play is not suspected.

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Affordable housing programs could see their federal support drastically reduced, if President Donald Trump’s proposed budget passes. That would mean millions of dollars in aid lost for the Ocean State.

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