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Taveras rolls out plan to fix infrastructure

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Gubernatorial candidate and Providence Mayor Angel Taveras (tuh-VEHR'-us) has announced a plan to address the state's aging infrastructure.

Taveras said Wednesday he would create an Infrastructure Trust to provide low- or no-interest loans to Rhode Island municipalities for road and bridge repairs. It would be funded through a $100 million bond and $40 million a year from the state found through "budget discipline." He says it would fund $800 million in projects over 15 years.

The mayor also said he would encourage public-private partnerships to rebuild infrastructure. He says investing in road, bridge, school and municipal building repairs will put people back to work.

Treasurer Gina Raimondo has proposed a similar infrastructure bank.

Taveras is running against Raimondo and political newcomer Clay Pell in the September primary.


Raimondo: State can become 'green' energy leader

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo has unveiled environmental policy plans for a "green bank" that will help municipalities prepare for the effects of climate change.

The Democratic treasurer on Wednesday reiterated her earlier call for a green bank to help finance energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The bank would house a separate revolving fund to provide low-interest loans to cities and towns for climate change-related projects, including on storm water drainage.

It would be established as a quasi-public body with its own budget and would have bonding authority.

Raimondo says the state can become a leader in the area of renewable energy and climate change preparedness and that doing so will create jobs and help the economy.

She detailed her proposal at the Quonset Business Park.


Pell plans internships, trade missions for economy

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Clay Pell says he wants to get Rhode Island's economy moving with steps including an internship program for public high school students, improving the state's tourism marketing and developing a two-year trade mission to increase international opportunities for Rhode Island business.

Pell set out his economic priorities on Wednesday, his first major policy announcement. He planned to release plans on taxes, education and infrastructure in coming weeks.

Pell says many of his ideas, such as the $2.5 million internship program, don't have big price tags. He says some can be enacted through executive action, and all can be funded without raising taxes.

He calls it a "question of priorities" and says if he's elected, the state's economic growth will be his top priority every single day.


Feds: RI couple sold unapproved cancer remedies

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Federal prosecutors in Rhode Island say a Portsmouth business, its owner and his wife have been charged with selling more than $2 million dollars of unapproved health products as cancer remedies.

Prosecutors said Wednesday an indictment accuses James Feijo, Patricia Feijo and the Daniel Chapter One company of using websites and their radio show to market the products, not recognized as safe and effective to cure, treat or prevent cancer by the Food and Drug Administration or qualified experts. The website says it's a health and healing ministry.

James Feijo also is accused of improperly treating the company's workers as contract employees and failing to pay employment taxes. He's also accused of failing to file his individual income taxes for at least two years.

Messages were left Wednesday for the couple's attorneys and the business.


Batteries in baby video monitors recalled

WASHINGTON (AP) - Summer Infant is recalling about 800,000 rechargeable batteries used in baby video monitors because of a burn hazard.

The Woonsocket, R.I.-based manufacturer has received 22 reports of overheated and ruptured batteries, including incidents of smoke and minor property damage.

The hand-held, color video monitors were sold with a matching camera and A/C adaptors at Babies "R'' Us, online and other retailers from about February 2010 through 2012 for $150 to $350. The batteries are about 1 ½ inches tall by 2 ¼ inches wide and are ¼ inches thick, black, and marked with TCL on the batteries' lower right corner.

Consumers can contact Summer Infant for a replacement battery.

The batteries were manufactured in China. About 58,800 batteries were recalled in February 2011.


Oceanographer Ballard elected to American Academy

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) - The University of Rhode Island oceanography professor best known for discovering the wreck of the Titanic has been elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

URI announced Wednesday that famed ocean explorer Robert Ballard is among the 204 members of the new class. He is also founder of the Ocean Exploration Trust.

Members of the Academy come from academia, business, the arts and sciences, and educational and philanthropic organizations. An induction ceremony will be held in October at the Academy's Cambridge, Mass., headquarters.

Other members of the class include director and actor Al Pacino; Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Proulx; former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich; and Princeton University President Christopher Eisgruber.

The Academy was founded in 1780.

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