Rhode Island

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In an overwhelming majority, the Rhode Island Senate passed two bills aimed at curbing gun violence in Rhode Island.

One bill would allow for the court-ordered seizure of firearms from individuals deemed dangerous, also known as a red flag policy. The other bans modifications to guns, allowing them to shoot off bullets at a higher rate.

Jennifer Boylan works with the nonprofit Moms Demand Action, and hopes the general assembly will move forward on other gun control measures.

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If you face foreclosure in Rhode Island, you’re guaranteed a sit-down with your bank, to try and mediate a deal. But that guarantee is set to expire in July.

That has housing advocates and local leaders concerned that foreclosures will once again blight neighborhoods with abandoned properties. They’re pushing legislation that would extend the program, until at least 2023.     

Adopted in 2013, after the housing crisis, some 700 homeowners have avoided foreclosure as a result of these mediation session, according to Barbara Fields, director of Rhode Island Housing.  

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Sailors in the around-the-world Volvo Ocean race are coursing through the Atlantic Ocean on their way to New England. 

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Advocates for victims of sexual abuse are imploring lawmakers to repeal Rhode Island’s seven-year statute of limitations for pressing civil charges when the alleged victim is a minor.

A bill introduced by Sen. Donna Nesselbush would repeal the statute of limitations for any type of sexual abuse of a minor. Rhode Island currently has no statute of limitations in cases of first-degree sexual assault.

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As New Bedford slows the rollout of recreational marijuana shops, Fall River is preparing for a windfall. Fall River will impose a three percent tax on retail sales of recreational pot.

Starting this summer, Massachusetts will begin opening retail recreational marijuana shops. Cities and towns are allowed to place an extra tax on local sales. The Fall River City Council voted in favor of a three percent local tax last week.

Mayor Jasiel Correia supports the tax, and said the revenue will go back into the community.

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New Bedford is putting a hold on retail sales of recreational marijuana, as shops prepare to come online in the Bay State this July. The New Bedford City Council has voted to wait until October.

Firefighters and emergency medical staff at Newport’s Naval Station regularly lied about training they never received. The revelations come from a newly completed investigation by the Navy Inspector General.

The Navy Inspector General began investigating after a whistleblower issued a complaint that he was marked as having completed training he’d never attended. Upon deeper investigation, the Inspector General found emergency management staff at the station routinely falsified such medical and safety trainings.

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Jeb Bush, the former Governor of Florida and presidential hopeful was in the Ocean State Wednesday. 

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Lawmakers heard testimony Tuesday on 18 gun-control measures. Critics and gun control advocates thronged the Statehouse in the hours before the House Judiciary Committee took up bills, aimed at reducing access to firearms

Dozens of gun-rights activists filled the Statehouse halls in yellow t-shirts bearing the slogan “gun control doesn’t work.” Most had similar concerns, saying the measures would infringe on the rights of law-abiding gun owners.

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Next month, the U.S. Census Bureau will dispatch field staff to households in Providence County looking for residents who haven’t filled out the March survey.  

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Police at the University of Rhode Island say more than a dozen cars have been vandalized over the last two weeks on the school’s campus in Kingston.

A total of 14 vehicles have had swastikas or pornographic images scratched into them. Some of the vehicles sustained additional damage including broken mirrors and slashed tires.

URI Chief of Police Stephen Baker says so far, police are still looking for a suspect.

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CharterCare, the local arm of a California-based for-profit hospital company, announced Wednesday it would like to purchase the now-closed Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket. Memorial shut its doors in 2017, after years of losing money.

Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea says her office is making progress on security and public access to voting. The state is working with the Department of Homeland Security to protect against hacking of voter systems. Rhode Island has also adopted new technology meant to streamline voting and guard voter information.

Gorbea says the need to protect voting systems now the norm in the U.S. and Rhode Island.

“Cybersecurity is not a destination, but a continually evolving road that requires constant attention to mitigate risk,” said Gorbea.

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Lilian Calderon, the Rhode Island woman who was detained by federal immigration officials for nearly a month is now the lead plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit against President Donald Trump and his administration.

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For decades, Liberian refugees were allowed to live and work in the U.S. following the Liberian Civil War of the 1990s. President Donald Trump announced the end of that policy in March, giving protected Liberians just one year to prepare for deportation.

Liberians living in Southern New England are confused and disappointed. The Whitehouse says the Liberian policy is no longer necessary, because country is stable after years of war and the 2014 Ebola outbreak. But local Liberians disagree.

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