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 2019-02-23 22:20 

WPRI

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RI lawmakers again debating exemption on so-called 'tampon tax'...

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- For the fourth year in a row, Rhode Island lawmakers are debating an exemption on mentrual products from the state's sales tax. State Senator Louis DiPalma and Representative Edith Ajello introduced sister bills in the House...

 2019-02-23 21:57 

WPRI

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Weather Now: Freezing Rain Early Sun; Strong Winds Sun Night/Mon...

This evening will be quiet, but we are expecting some changes after midnight as some rain and ice arrives, then we'll look ahead to some strong winds Sunday night and Monday. Freezing rain and rain will arrive between 1 and 3AM Sunday morning. The fre...

 2019-02-23 20:18 

WPRI

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Anchor Mike Montecalvo inducted into Special Olympics Hall of Fame...

LINCOLN, R.I. (WPRI) — Eyewitness News anchor Mike Montecalvo is among the inductees into Special Olympics Rhode Island's 2019 Hall of Fame. Mike has helped raise money and awareness for Special Olympics Rhode Island for decades, becoming a very...

 2019-02-23 19:35 

WPRI

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Two people killed after plane crash in Mansfield...

MANSFIELD, Mass. (WPRI) -- Two people have died after a plane crash in Mansfield. According to the Massachusetts State Police, the crash happened just after 12:30 p.m. at the Mansfield Airport and the plane was on fire. Mansfield Fire and Police Departmen...

 2019-02-23 18:35 

WPRI

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Raimondo, in DC, says Dem govs have 'momentum' after 2018 election...

WASHINGTON (WPRI) Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo, in Washington for the annual winter meeting of the nation's governors, said Saturday she is hopeful her party can win more races over the next two years after a strong showing in 2018. Raimondo took ove...

 2019-02-23 17:04 

WPRI

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New Bedford crews investigating house fire...

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) -- New Bedford crews are investigating a fire that happened late Friday night. Firefighters were called to the 600 block of Rockdale Ave. around midnight for a report of a fire. When they arrived, they found a garage fully engulf...

 2019-02-23 13:41 

WPRI

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Weather Now: Dry Today, Rain Sunday Followed By Strong Wind...

Today will be dry and fairly typical for this time of year. Highs will be in the low to mid 40s with partly sunny skies. Breezes will not be too busy today. They will be starting from the north and then shifting around from the south at 5-10 mph. If you h...

 2019-02-23 10:00 

WPRI

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Nesi's Notes: Feb. 23...

SIGN UP: Get Nesi's Notes by Email Happy Saturday! Here's another edition of my weekend column for WPRI.com - as always, send your takes, tips and trial balloons to tnesi@wpri.com and follow @tednesi on Twitter. 1. The Rhode Island Republican Part...

 2019-02-23 08:18 

TheWesterlySun.com

Four candidates will be interviewed for Westerly School Committee vacancy...

WESTERLY — Four residents have applied to fill a vacancy on the School Committee. The Town Council is expected to conduct interviews of the candidates during a meeting scheduled for...

 2019-02-23 08:13 

TheWesterlySun.com

PHOTOS: Kenyon Industries workers hold informational picket ahead of strike vote next week...

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 2019-02-23 08:09 

TheWesterlySun.com

Potts Foundation kickstarts Chariho field house campaign...

WOOD RIVER JCT. — Chariho's long-awaited field house is on its way to being built, with nearly half the money already raised by the Maddie Potts Foundation....

 2019-02-23 08:08 

TheWesterlySun.com

Community forum Thursday will focus on 'Mystic River Gateway' concepts...

MYSTIC — While there's nothing "wrong" with Coogan Boulevard, a four-lane route carved into the hill behind Olde Mystic Village and Mystic Aquarium between Route 27 and Jerry Browne Road,...

 2019-02-23 05:00 

Newport Daily News

Middletown YMCA pool is busy all the time...

The closing of the Newport Athletic Club has had a ripple effect on Aquidneck Island's other swimming pools. Now the Newport County YMCA is planning a...

 2019-02-23 05:00 

Newport Daily News

Buffett encourages investors to bet on American economy...

The billionaire's annual letter to shareholders is always well-read in the business world because of his remarkable track record, his habit of dissecting...

 2019-02-23 04:59 

TheWesterlySun.com

Practicing Faith: Go boldly where no one has gone before in the service of the Lord...

As the movie "Star Trek: Generations" burst onto the scene in the fall of 1994, I was feeling overwhelmed. I was working full time as pastor of the church. I...

 2019-02-23 02:58 

WPRI

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Chicago police: Singer R. Kelly arrested at precinct...

CHICAGO (AP) — R&B star R. Kelly was taken into custody after arriving Friday night at a Chicago police precinct, hours after authorities announced multiple charges of aggravated sexual abuse involving four victims, including at least three between ...

 2019-02-23 02:51 

TheWesterlySun.com

In letters, Whitey Bulger fondly recalled old days, Alcatraz...

BOSTON (AP) — Locked up for life after 16 years on the run, murderous Boston gang boss James...

 2019-02-23 02:50 

TheWesterlySun.com

Funeral held for sailor in V-J Day Times Square kiss photo...

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — The sailor photographed kissing a woman in Times Square at the end of World War II was mourned Friday at a funeral in Rhode Island....

 2019-02-23 02:09 

WPRI

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Legal expert says NFL should 'act swiftly' in Kraft prostitution case...

SMITHFIELD, R.I. (WPRI) -- A legal studies professor at Bryant University says the NFL should begin an internal investigation as soon as possible as the owner of the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots faces allegations of soliciting prostitution . A...

 2019-02-23 01:16 

WPRI

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Storm Arrives 2nd Half Of Weekend...

From Chief meteorologist Tony Petrarca... The dry weather will continue Tonight into Saturday. A storm will develop acoss the Central Plains this weekend, eventually tracking into the Great Lakes by Sunday, We will be on the milder side of this system wit...

 2019-02-22 23:46 

WPRI

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Bryant president: We could have done better after racial incident...

SMITHFIELD, R.I. (WPRI) — Bryant University's president says he hopes the school community can learn from a recent racial incident and come out better in the end. His comments come after senior Quinton Law said another student on campus yelled a...

 2019-02-22 23:37 

WPRI

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Police monitoring of sex offender's home cost city nearly $103K...

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI/AP) -- The Providence Public Safety Department says it spent more than $100,000 for police details at the home of a registered sex offender. According to a spokesperson for the department, a two-person police detail started monitori...

 2019-02-22 23:31 

WPRI

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Councilman Aponte seeks to clear debt to state rep. through bankruptcy...

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) Embattled Providence City Councilman Luis Aponte filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy Friday as he seeks to wipe out more than $300,000 in debt, the bulk of which stems from a judgement owed to state Rep. Gregory Costantino. The Ward 10 ...

 2019-02-22 23:17 

WPRI

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Former Republican candidate arraigned on fraud, election law charges...

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A Rhode Island Republican fundraiser and former 2016 congressional candidate was arraigned Friday on accusations he conducted a fundraising "scheme," converting more than $1 million in donations for personal use. H....

 2019-02-22 22:41 

WPRI

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Report: Apps give Facebook sensitive health and other data...

NEW YORK (AP) — Several phone apps are sending sensitive user data, including health information, to Facebook without users' consent, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal. An analytics tool called "App Events" allows app deve...

 2019-02-22 22:28 

WPRI

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NTSB says clam tank flooding likely caused fatal sinking...

BOSTON (AP) -- Federal investigators have determined that the likely cause of the sinking of a fishing boat off the coast of Nantucket in 2017 that claimed the lives of two crewmembers was flooding in one of the vessel's clam tanks. The National Trans...

 2019-02-22 22:02 

Providence Journal

R.I. Science Fair head among 17 teachers ousted at Times2 science charter...

The teachers blame the school's director for dismantling it; he blames them for low performance....

 2019-02-22 22:00 

WPRI

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Patriots fans have mixed reactions about Kraft allegations...

FOXBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — Few NFL owners are as beloved by their fans as Robert Kraft. So, when news broke that the owner of the Super Bowl Champion Patriots was caught up in a prostitution and sex trafficking sting in Florida, the reactions at Gillet...

 2019-02-22 21:54 

WPRI

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Hunt for North Providence mom's killer still on after 12 years...

NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Jaclyn McKenna glows when she's asked about her mother Cynthia. "She was amazing," McKenna said. "She was a great mother." Jaclyn grew up the middle of three sisters in North Providence. She says h...

 2019-02-22 21:33 

WPRI

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URI students donning purple to memorialize student...

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — The color purple was a bit more prevalent on the University of Rhode Island campus Friday. The university chapter of a women's fraternity, Zeta Tau Alpha, invited its members and others in the community to wear pur...

 2019-02-22 21:25 

WPRI

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A councilwoman's remarkable rise from poverty to politics...

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- Councilwoman Carmen Castillo (Ward 9) takes her seat in City Hall's Room B for a Finance Committee meeting, quickly focusing on the brief agenda. Soon, she is listening to testimony from a municipal judge for what some might...

 2019-02-22 21:12 

WPRI

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City Hall exhibit shows Providence's roots in South Side...

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- During Black History Month, an exhibit on the third floor of Providence City Hall is now showing the history of many African-Americans and people of color who played roles in shaping the city's development. The city council ...

 2019-02-22 21:11 

WPRI

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2 charged with illegally dumping gasoline...

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — Two men were arrested Wednesday after police say they were caught dumping gasoline near a stream in Pawtucket. Police said they were called to Grenville Street Wednesday afternoon after a city emplyee noticed two men dumping...

 2019-02-22 21:01 

WPRI

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Newport Pell Bridge experiences temporary lighting problem...

JAMESTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) -- The Newport Pell Bridge wasn't as bright as it usually is Thursday evening after the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA) said the lights experiences problems. According to RITBA, only some of the road deck ligh...

 2019-02-22 20:50 

WPRI

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In letters, Whitey Bulger fondly recalled old days, Alcatraz...

BOSTON (AP) — Locked up for life after 16 years on the run, murderous Boston gang boss James "Whitey" Bulger couldn't stand how much the world around him had changed. Prison was nothing like his days at Alcatraz, with its "great view...

 2019-02-22 20:33 

WPRI

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Police seize 500+ grams of fentanyl during drug sting...

LAWRENCE, Mass. (WPRI) -- Police have charged a woman after they say she was trafficking more than 500 grams of fentanyl. According to the Massachusetts State Police, detectives received a tip that a Lawrence woman, later identified as Rosario Lara, 36, w...

 2019-02-22 19:25 

WPRI

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R. Kelly charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse...

CHICAGO (AP) — R. Kelly was charged Friday with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse, after decades of lurid rumors and allegations that the R&B star was sexually abusing women and underage girls. Tandra Simonton, spokeswoman for the Cook County Sta...

 2019-02-22 19:10 

WPRI

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4 charged with breaking into Cranston HS West...

CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — Police arrested four people for allegedly breaking into and vandalizing Cranston High School West early Friday morning. Officers were alerted to the break-in when the burglar alarm went off a little before 5 a.m., according t...

 2019-02-22 18:26 

WPRI

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Friends say crash victim left big impression on coworkers, customers...

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Cumberland Farms employees say it was hard not to become friends with former coworker Valdano Almeida. Almeida, 26, died Monday after he was hit by a truck while walking to his mother's home in Riverside. The drive...

 2019-02-22 17:31 

WPRI

[ Providence ]

Patriots owner Robert Kraft named in prostitution sting...

JUPITER, Fla. (WPRI/CBS) — The owner of the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots is one of more than two dozen men named in a prostitution sting in Florida. Police in Jupiter announced that an arrest warrant will be issued for Robert Kraft and h...

 2019-02-22 16:56 

WPRI

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Central Falls officers save choking baby...

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (WPRI) — Two Central Falls police officers are being hailed as heroes after saving an infant from choking. Officers Nicholas DiCarlo and Sergio Rivera were on a "routine call" on Dexter Street when, according to police, a...

 2019-02-22 16:54 

Providence Journal

Hummel Report: Cutbacks at Block Island airport raise concerns about safety, service | Video...

NEW SHOREHAM — A veteran pilot, town officials and a state senator are imploring the agency overseeing Block Island State Airport to restore cuts made here last fall, saying the reduction in staffing is compromising safety and service....

 2019-02-22 16:06 

WPRI

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'Empire' producers cut Smollett from season's last episodes...

CHICAGO (AP) — The producers of the TV show "Empire" said Friday that Jussie Smollett's character will be removed from the final two episodes of this season "to avoid further disruption on set" after Smollett was accused of fakin...

 2019-02-22 15:38 

WPRI

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Massachusetts gas explosions cost utility more than $1B...

BOSTON (AP) — The natural gas explosions and fires in Massachusetts last September have cost Columbia Gas more than $1 billion. NiSource, Columbia's parent company, said in a financial report filed this week that $757 million of that was for thi...

 2019-02-22 15:12 

WPRI

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House Dems introduce measure to revoke Trump border edict...

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats on Friday introduced a resolution to block the national emergency declaration that President Donald Trump issued to fund his long-sought wall along the U.S-Mexico border. The move sets up a fight that could result i...

 2019-02-22 13:15 

WPRI

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Multi-vehicle crash on I-95 N in North Attleboro, one seriously injured...

NORTH ATTLEBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — Multiple vehicles were involved in a car crash in North Attleboro, and Massachusetts State Police shut down several lanes of I-95 northbound to investigate and clean up debris. According to the Massachusetts State Pol...

 2019-02-22 11:20 

WPRI

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Vatican summit on sex abuse focuses calls for accountability...

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Cardinals attending Pope Francis' summit on preventing clergy sex abuse called Friday for a new culture of accountability in the Catholic Church to punish bishops and religious superiors when they fail to protect their flocks...

 2019-02-22 11:11 

WPRI

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Boston police officer shot, suspect dead...

BOSTON, Mass. (WPRI) — A Boston police officer was been shot and is recovering from non life-threatening injuries. It happened early Friday morning in Roxbury. During a press conference Friday morning, Boston Police Commissioner William Gross said t...

 2019-02-22 10:59 

Providence Journal

Route 95 north slow after crash in Mass....

ATTLEBORO -- One lane of Route 95 north has reopened after a crash here Friday morning, the Massachusetts State Police said.The crash took place north of the intersection with Route 295. Police say people should seek alternate routes and that heavy delays...

 2019-02-22 10:04 

WPRI

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Boston police officer shot, suspect dead...

BOSTON, Mass. (WPRI) — A Boston police officer has been shot, and is recovering from non life-threatening injuries. Our Boston affiliates say the officer was shot at least once around 2:30 a.m. Friday. The officer was rushed to Boston Medical Center...

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