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Walsh running for Democratic Party Chair

Walsh running for Democratic Party Chair

By Tessa Roy, WPRO News Citing a number of practices she calls “lawful but awful,” State Representative Moira Walsh announced her last-minute bid for Chair of the Rhode Island Democratic Party. “I’ve been actively fighting for rules reform, transparency, democracy, and equity within the State House, so it should come as no surprise that I…MORE

Rhode Island’s unemployment rate down slightly

Rhode Island’s unemployment rate down slightly

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – State officials say Rhode Island lost 600 jobs from January to February, but the state unemployment rate dropped slightly during that period. The state Department of Labor and Training said Thursday the number of Rhode Island-based jobs in February was 494,600, down 1,600 from the previous February. The state unemployment rate…MORE

Massachusetts state trooper convicted of rape, will lose job

Massachusetts state trooper convicted of rape, will lose job

LOWELL, Mass. (AP) – Massachusetts State Police have started termination proceedings against a trooper who has been convicted of raping his former girlfriend. Robert Sundberg was found guilty Wednesday of multiple charges, including rape, strangulation, assault and stalking. The 48-year-old Sundberg was arrested after the victim, who is also a state trooper, reported she was…MORE

Lawmakers review proposal on marijuana legalization

Lawmakers review proposal on marijuana legalization

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – The Rhode Island Senate Finance and Judiciary committees have held their first joint hearing on a proposal to legalize recreational marijuana. The Providence Journal reports lawmakers had several criticisms about the proposal unveiled Tuesday, including that it provides too little money for drug-abuse prevention. Other lawmakers questioned the cost of new…MORE

Sweep nets dozens for fraud in obtaining public benefits

Sweep nets dozens for fraud in obtaining public benefits

State Police round up dozens of people across Rhode Island, charging them with fraud in obtaining $469,000 in public benefits they say them were ineligible to receive, because they were already the subjects of outstanding arrest warrants.

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