Rhode Island

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  The Providence Board of Canvassers has scheduled a hearing Wednesday on whether State Representative John Carnevale lives in his district. Carnevale has faced questions about his residency after a report by WPRI-TV showed him frequently visiting a house he owns in Johnston. He has denied the allegations.

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The team will support Providence police already stationed there. The security team began work in downtown Providence at the start of July. The transit authority has hired the Allied Barton security firm. Workers will be posted at Kennedy plaza seven days a week. They are uniformed, but unarmed.

Kennedy Plaza is one of the busiest bus hubs in the state. Recently the plaza underwent a major renovation, which opened up the space and installed security cameras.

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Former Providence Police Chief Dean Esserman took part in a rally Monday in New Haven, in response to last week’s racially-charged violence across the country. Esserman now leads the police force in New Haven, where he’s working to improve police-community relations.

From the New England News Collaborative, Cassandra Basler at WSHU brings us the story.

When Pastor James Newman heard that a white officer shot a black man in Minnesota, he felt angry. He said officers around the country need more training to combat their racial bias.

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  The IYRS School of Technology and Trades breaks ground Friday on a new addition to its Newport campus. The facility will house a composite submarine systems program. IYRS started as a yacht restoration school but has recently expanded to train workers for other types of manufacturing jobs. IYRS’ Jill Levin coordinated the capital campaign for new building.

“I think it’s important because there is a working waterfront and it’s disappearing and for us to be able to recreate and continue this working waterfront here in Newport,” said Levin.

Audio Postcard: A Ride On The Providence-Newport Ferry's Maiden Voyage

Jul 8, 2016
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The ferry from Providence to Newport set sail last Friday, for the first time since 2009.

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  Rhode Island’s new online portal for programs like Medicaid and food stamps is set to go live mid-September. The new system will streamline the process for people seeking services. It could also impact some DHS employees.

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Eight acrobats, seriously injured during a circus accident in Providence, are now suing the Rhode Island Convention Center and the arena’s management company. The acrobats sustained injuries during a performance in 2014.

As the acrobats dangled from a steel truss some 20 feet in the air, a carabiner snapped, sending them hurtling to the ground. Eight female performers were injured, some had to learn how to walk again and several will never return to their former profession, according to a lawsuit filed this week in Providence.

Rhode Islanders Try To Beat The Heat, As Temps Climb Into The 90s

Jul 6, 2016
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The mercury has already climbed above 90 degrees in Providence. 

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Starting in September, every public school in Providence will designate teams to meet one-on-one with transgender students and their families. Providence Public Schools spokesperson Laura Hart said it’s part of a new policy aimed at making sure schools respect the rights of transgender and other gender non-conforming students.

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  After admitting to cheating on emissions tests, car manufacturer Volkswagon will pay more than $10 billion in settlements across the U.S. $570 million could go to drivers affected in the Ocean State.

Between 2009 and 2015, the German car manufacturer sold nearly 500,000 affected cars in the U.S. More than 3,000 of those were sold in Rhode Island.

Despite cheating on emissions tests, these diesel engine cars, including Passats, Jettas, and Beetles, were often sold as being environmentally friendly or "green."

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The State Police have launched an investigation into a state representative who faces questions about whether he lives in his district. 

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Providence-based band the Low Anthem has just released its fourth full-length album,“eyeland,” the group’s first major release in 5 years.

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A crackdown on impaired boating kicks off this weekend. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management will increase boat patrols in waterways starting Friday through Sunday.

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After more than 24 hours on the floor, Democratic members of the House of Representatives have ended their sit-in in the House chamber.

The lawmakers were demanding hearings on gun-control legislation. RI Representatives David Cicilline and Jim Langevin were among them.

Rhode Island’s two representatives joined their Democratic colleagues in chastising Republican lawmakers for refusing to hear, what they call quote “common sense” gun control legislation.

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Central Falls High School has just graduated more than a dozen seniors who are the first in Rhode Island to receive special recognition for speaking and reading two languages. 

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