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A woman is in custody after throwing white powder in the lobby of the U.S. Attorney’s office in downtown Providence. The woman entered the office at around 11:00am Wednesday, had a brief conversation with a security guard, then tossed the white powder.

That prompted an evacuation, said the U.S. Attorney’s spokesman Jim Martin. He said Providence police, fire, state police and a hazmat unit responded to the incident.

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Federal investigators said an agreement announced Tuesday will make Rhode Island a national leader in integrating disabled people into the workplace

The 10-year pact grew out of an investigation last year that showed developmentally disabled were being sharply underpaid for their work.

The man at the center of a legal tug-of-war between Gov. Lincoln Chafee and the U.S. Attorney’s office over the death penalty will plead guilty to murder charges and will not face the death penalty.

U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha’s office says 35-year-old Jason Pleau will plead guilty by way of a federal indictment for the 2010 robbery and murder of a Woonsocket gas station manager. And as part of a plea deal his office will not seek a death sentence.