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Don’t be fooled by the recent blush of September-like weather; New Englanders know winter is on  the way.

In this vein, Rhode Island’s Congressional delegation announced today that the state is getting an additional $2.4 million in federal money from the Federal  Emergency Management Agency to help defray cleanup costs from last winter’s big January snowstorm.

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Former Providence State Representative Leon Tejada  has agreed to plead guilty to federal tax and wire fraud charges.

Tejada, 50, has agreed to pay back more than $79,000 to the federal government and acknowledge that he knowingly prepared false income tax returns for clients and skimmed money from their refunds. He deposited the money into his bank account.

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Rep. Joseph Almeida is requesting that Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza appoint a black police officer as a major in the Providence police department. Almeida, a retired city cop and Democrat who represents a South Side neighborhood, said in a news release that Elorza needs to appoint a black officer to a leading role in the department so that the city’s police force better reflects the demographics of 21st century Providence.

Chard deNiord, a Providence College English professor, has been named Vermont’s poet laureate. A resident of Westminster in southern Vermont, deNiord replaces Syndey Lea as poet laureate in the Green Mountain state.

deNiord joined the PC faculty in 1998 and won the Joseph R. Accinno Faculty Teaching Award at PC in 2011. A co-founder of the New England College MFA program, he is the author of many poetry collections, including `Interstate’ (2015), `The Double Truth’ (2011), `Night Mowing’ (2005),  `Sharp Golden Thorn’ (2003) and `Asleep in the Fire’ (1990).

Rhode Island faith, community and law enforcement leaders will gather tomorrow (Thursday, Oct. 29th) at Burnside Park near Kennedy Plaza in Providence to hold a prayer vigil to address violence.

The event is scheduled for 1 p.m.  A group of faith leaders, including Rev. Joyce Penfield, Pastor Jabulani McCalister, Rev. Don Anderson, Rabbi Wayne Franklin, Fr. Joseph Escobar, Imam Farid Ansari and Rev Chontelle Washington and Rev. Wayne Garganta will attend.

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Join Rhode Island Public Radio for a listening party for our series One Square Mile: Burrillville at the Jesse M. Smith Memorial Library in Harrisville!  Hear highlights from the series, meet the local reporters who produced the stories, and share your stories with us!

Bradford Gorham, the quintessential Yankee Republican political figure, former Rhode Island House Minority Leader, Republican state chairman and candidate for lieutenant governor and attorney general, died early this morning at his home in Foster. He was 80.

Gorham had been suffering from prostate cancer, said his son and law partner, former state representative  Nick Gorham.

Lifespan and Care New England, Rhode Island’s two largest hospital systems, have quietly revived merger talks, Lifespan ceo and president, Dr. Timothy Babineau, said today.

In a brief interview, Babineau said the talks ``are in very early stages’’ and are in response to Care New England’s request for partnership proposals that was released last spring.

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Dental insurer Delta Dental of Rhode Island has announced more than $1 million in a series of gifts to support clinics and health professionals across Rhode Island to provide oral health care to those in need.

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Tad Devine, the Providence native who is Democratic presidential aspirant Bernie Sanders top media consultant, said in an interview today that last night’s CNN Democratic presidential debate has resulted in $2 million in campaign contributions flowing into the Vermont senator’s campaign chest.

``The response has been incredible,’’ said Devine, who was busy today conducting post-debate interviews with reporters.

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The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training, in a continuing crackdown on workplace wage fraud, has announced that it has ordered an East Providence construction company to pay more than $300,000 in civil penalties, back wages and interest for fraudulently filling out weekly payroll records and wrongly classifying workers as independent contractors.

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Mayor Jorge Elorza’s administration has reached a tentative agreement on a three-year contract with Local 1033 of the Laborers International Union of North America, which represents city employees in City Hall, the School Department and the Parks and Public Works Departments.

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Following the announcement that the Pawtucket Red Sox would not pursue a new stadium on a parcel of downtown Providence land, Pawtucket’s mayor Donald Grebien joins our Political Roundtable. He talks about sagging numbers at McCoy Stadium, economic development in the city, and the Pope’s U.S. visit.

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Former Gov. Lincoln Chafee, now seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, weighed in this afternoon on the release of the 38 Studios court documents.

It was Chafee, a vigorous opponent of the 38 Studios deal when he was running for governor in 2010, who later hired lawyer Max Wistow to file suit against principals in the deal. 38 Studios went bankrupt, leaving taxpayers holding the bag for $75 million in state-backed bonds to the company run by former Boston Red Sox star pitcher Curt Schilling.

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One of the most interesting aspects of how the historic visit of Pope Francis resonates in Rhode Island is how Bishop Thomas Tobin of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence reacts to the message of His Holiness.

Rhode Island’s bishop has carved a reputation as a staunch and outspoken defender of conservative, traditional teachings. Tobin has often been vitriolic and rough in his criticism of liberal positions on such social and cultural issues as abortion and same-sex marriage.

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