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Peter F. Neronha of Jamestown, the former U.S. Attorney for Rhode Island, will announce his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Rhode Island attorney general.  Neronha, a Jamestown native and Democrat, will make his announcement on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at the Jamestown ferry landing.

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Attorney General Peter Kilmartin joined 19 other attorneys general this week, in suing U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for suspending Obama-era rules protecting students from for-profit colleges.

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State Attorney General Peter Kilmartin is the latest to join a bipartisan investigation into pharmaceutical companies’ marketing tactics of prescription opioids.

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The Rhode Island Senate is considering legislation that would eliminate life sentences without possibility of parole for minors.

"Long sentences on a person that’s under 18 constitutes, in our view, and in the view of the Supreme Court and many other ACLU affiliates, as unusual punishment and violates basic human rights standards," said Marcela Betancur, a spokeswoman for the Rhode Island American Civil Liberties Union.

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Part-time faculty members at the University of Rhode Island claim the state’s flagship institution is violating state law. The URI adjunct faculty union said the school refused a judge’s orders to increase their wages. The group issued a complaint Friday with the state Attorney General.

Robin McGill, a spokeswoman for The Rhode Island Council on Postsecondary Education, said the complaint is unnecessary because the two sides remain in negotiations.

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A Providence police investigation of the August 24th accident in which a Peter Pan bus driver hit and killed a Cumberland woman in Kennedy Plaza has resulted in no criminal charges against driver Matthew Reidy of Taunton, Mass.

Michelle Cagnon, 30, of Cumberland was struck by a bus operated by Reidy as she was walking on Washington St. in Kennedy Plaza.  She died as a result of the accident and was pronounced dead at the scene. The decision against criminal charges came after what police called “an extensive” investigation and reconstruction of the events that led to her death.

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State officials are asking the court to appoint a receiver in their quest to stop pollution from a metal recycling business on the Providence waterfront. The site has been the subject of a years-long battle involving environmental groups and state regulators. The case recently reached a critical turning point.

Rhode Island State Supreme Court Justice Maureen McKenna Goldberg has granted the state attorney general’s request that Raymond `Beaver’ Tempest stay in prison until the full court can decide his case.

McKena Goldberg blocked, at least for a month, the release of Tempest that was ordered by Superior Court Judge Daniel Procaccini.

Procaccini last month vacated Tempest’s conviction for the 1982 murder of Doreen Picard of Woonsocket after finding that police and state prosecutors violated his fair trial rights by withholding evidence.

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A push to legalize marijuana – once again – has returned to the Statehouse.  RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses what has become a perennial issue.

Except for speeding on Rhode Island’s roads, is there a law more frequently scoffed at by citizens than the ban on recreational use of marijuana?
As the General Assembly again tackles the prickly issue of legalizing marijuana, it is well beyond the time for rigorous study of a policy that too often devolves into cliché and anecdotal opinion.

Herb DeSimone was a respected Rhode Island Republican politician and lawyer. He died last week after a long and distinguished career in the law and politics, having served as RI Attorney General, in the federal government during Richard Nixon’s administration and  twice was the GOP’s standard bearer for governor.