Governor hopefuls to meet in black business forum
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The four Democrats and two Republicans running for Rhode Island governor are meeting in a campaign forum focused on what organizers call issues of economic equity and opportunity.
The Rhode Island Black Business Association is sponsoring the two-hour event Tuesday evening at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Providence.
The Democrats attending are Providence Mayor Angel Taveras; state Treasurer Gina Raimondo; former White House official Clay Pell; and contractor Todd Giroux. The Republicans are Cranston Mayor Allan Fung and businessman Ken Block.
The moderator is Marion Orr, director of the Taubman Center for Public Policy & American Institutions at Brown University.
The event is open to the public, and some questions will be posed by audience members.
Republican Fung wants to select judges differently
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung is calling for changes in the way judges are selected to remove political influence from the process.
Fung said Monday his proposals are in keeping with his campaign theme of reforming state government.
If elected, Fung said he would nominate judicial candidates and replace commissioners on the Judicial Nominating Commission promptly. He said he would prohibit lobbyists, politicians and their staffers from serving on the commission for one year after finishing their work in politics.
Fung said the governor's director of administration is leaving his post to be sworn in as a Superior Court judge. He said he would not appoint a director or any other employee to a judgeship while holding such a position.
Fung also proposed selecting magistrates in the same way as judges.
18-year-old found guilty in 2012 triple slayings
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Rhode Island jury has found an 18-year-old man guilty of plotting with three other people to steal money and drugs, leading to the fatal shootings of three people two years ago.
The attorney general's office said Monday that a jury has found Quandell Husband guilty on all counts for participating in the killings in Providence. He faces six consecutive life sentences, plus 10 years.
Husband was one of four men charged in the slayings of a young couple - Shemeeka Barros and Michael Martin - and their friend Damien Colon.
Prosecutors argued that while Husband may not have been the shooter, he is just as responsible for the deaths. Defense attorney Thomas Briody said Husband was at home with his family when the killings occurred.
Briody declined to comment.
RHODE ISLAND FUGITIVE-ALABAMA ARREST
Man sought in RI sex crimes arrested in Ala
OZARK, Ala. (AP) - Police say a man wanted on child sex charges in Rhode Island is in custody in Alabama.
Authorities say 34-year-old Bruce Lee Kenyon of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, was jailed in Dale County on Monday awaiting extradition.
Police in Ozark say authorities in Rhode Island told them Kenyon might be in the area.
Kenyon was arrested during a tactical operation at a motel in Ozark.
The man is charged with five counts of child molestation.
Court records show Kenyon pleaded guilty in Alabama last month to a charge of being homeless and failing to register as a sex offender. He was sentenced to two years on probation.
WEST NILE TESTING
No West Nile, encephalitis found in mosquitoes
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The latest round of mosquito tests in Rhode Island for West Nile virus has found no sign of the disease.
The state Department of Environmental Management reported Monday that test results from all 67 mosquito samples taken from over two dozen traps set statewide during the week of July 14 came back negative for both West Nile and eastern equine encephalitis.
Results are pending on tests of 187 mosquito samples collected from traps set last week.
Neither West Nile nor eastern equine encephalitis has been found in the state so far this year.
DEM is reminding residents that personal protection against bites is the best defense against mosquito-borne illness.
BREAST CANCER DETECTION
Chafee holding ceremony on breast density bill
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Gov. Lincoln Chafee is ceremonially signing legislation aimed at raising awareness of a potential risk factor for breast cancer.
The legislation passed by the General Assembly requires that each mammogram report include a notification to the patient of any finding of dense breast tissue and a suggestion that additional screening may be beneficial to some.
Research shows that dense breast tissue may increase a woman's risk of getting breast cancer. Dense tissue can also make it harder for doctors to detect cancers, because it can hide abnormalities, including cancerous cells.
A ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon at the Statehouse.
Some say the notification is unnecessary and could unnecessarily cause patients increased anxiety.
The law takes effect on Oct. 1.
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