Rhode Island

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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

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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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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.

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