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Bird scooters are gone from the sidewalks and streets of the capital city. The stocky, electric scooters were in the city for  several weeks, but now the company needs permission to keep operating.

They landed without warning on the sidewalks of cities across the country this summer. In Providence, residents had started to discover the scooters, which are unlocked with an app, then left on the sidewalk for the next user.

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Patricia Morgan appeared outside Cranston City Hall on Wednesday to urge Mayor Allan Fung to take part in more than just the one radio debate he has agreed to participate in.

Morgan, joined by a supporter wearing a chicken outfit, said voters deserve a detailed comparison of the candidates.

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Providence is reactivating school zone speed cameras after the program generated an outcry earlier this year. 

Rhode Island has one of the lowest rates of fatal drunk driving accidents in the nation, according to a new study based on date from the National Highway Safety Administration.

The survey, done by Safewise.com, a research group that studies community safety issues, shows that Rhode Island has the fourth lowest DWI fatality rate among the 50 states. Just three states –New Jersey, Utah and New York –had lower rates of DWI fatal accidents based on impaired deaths per capita.

Poll: Taxes, Cost Of Living Top Connecticut Resident Concerns

Aug 14, 2018
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As Connecticut voters prepare for the gubernatorial primaries Tuesday, a new poll finds residents are most concerned about taxes and the high cost of living in the state.

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The federal government has ordered a new environmental impact study of Plum Island. According to the government, the study will postpone the planned sale of the island by three years.


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The year’s first two human cases of West Nile virus have been diagnosed in Connecticut.

The Connecticut Department of Public Health said the two patients became ill during the last week of July. Both are between 60 and 79 years of age, and both contracted the disease in state.

They are residents of Fairfield and Newington. One remained hospitalized as of late last week.

Health officials say 80 percent of people infected with West Nile virus show no symptoms. But one in 150 people become seriously ill and require hospitalization.

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Repair work on a century-old bridge in Norwalk has dug up something even older: the remains of a 17th-century Native American trading fort.

The artifacts include trade goods like pottery and glass beads. There’s even evidence of ancient arrowheads, some thought to date back thousands of years.

Another key finding? Trash. Particularly, all manner of leftover food.

Sarah Sportman, one of the archeologists at the site, said the trash included old animal bones and lots of plant remains, including raspberries and tiny pieces of charred corn.

Navy Veteran: I'm Open To Changing Victory Day

Aug 13, 2018
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Monday is Victory Day, a holiday known often in Rhode Island as Victory over Japan Day, a reference to the date Japan surrendered at the end of World War II. The holiday has long been controversial, with detractors calling it insensitive, and supporters saying it honors the contributions of World War II veterans. Rhode Island is the only state that still celebrates the holiday. 

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The election season starts early next month with primaries in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Rhode Island Public Radio Political Analyst Scott MacKay takes this opportunity to consider New England’s history of restricting who can cast ballots. 

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Mosquito samples taken in Pawtucket and Tiverton on July 30th have been confirmed positive for West Nile Virus, the first findings of the virus in Rhode Island this year, the RI Department of Environmental Management announced today.

Mosquito-borne diseases are typically more prevalent in late summer and early fall. The risk usually lasts until the first frost.

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Although Bird electric scooters are already dispersed across Providence, the city said it will begin a year-long scooter-sharing pilot August 17th.

Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Commission

A commission in Newtown, Connecticut has chosen a design for a permanent memorial to honor the 26 people killed in the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. 

The design is called “The Clearing.” It features a coiling wooded walkway leading to a Sycamore tree planted in the middle of a small man-made reflecting pool. It was designed by landscape architecture, urban design and planning firm SWA Group.

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Bird is the word…if you’re 60’s rock band The Trashmen, but not if you’re a city official looking to regulate rentable scooters.

When the company Bird dropped its scooters in Cambridge unannounced, city officials ordered them off the streets by August 3rd. Somerville soon followed with a cease and desist letter. However, in Providence the company doesn’t appear to have ruffled as many feathers.

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