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GOP hopefuls bicker in latest governor debate

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island's Republican governor hopefuls squared off in another televised debate marked by bickering, and businessman Ken Block said voters have been ill-served by the tone of a campaign filled with "venom."

Block and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung met in an hour-long debate at the Providence Performing Arts Center Tuesday night.

Block described the race between the two as being full of "venom, vile and half-truths" and said at one point, "I hate this campaign." He blamed the negativity on Fung.

Meanwhile, Fung called the race "spirited" and said he thought it has featured some good debate on issues.

Both announced big endorsements earlier in the day. Block won the backing of 2010 GOP gubernatorial nominee John Robitaille, while Fung is being supported by 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney.


Pell loans self another $325,000 in RI gov's race

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Clay Pell has loaned himself another $325,000 in his quest to become the Democratic nominee for Rhode Island governor in the final stretch before next week's primary.

Records filed by the Pell campaign on Tuesday show that Pell has loaned his campaign $3.4 million on Aug. 26.

The former Obama administration official is the grandson of the late Sen. Claiborne Pell and husband of Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan.

He is in a heated three-way race for the Democratic nomination for governor against General Treasurer Gina Raimondo and Providence Mayor Angel Taveras.

This year's governor's race is on track to become the most expensive in state history.

More than $12 million had been spent on the race as of the middle of August by the Democratic candidates and Republicans Allan Fung and Ken Block.


Unemployed must now post resumes on job site

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Unemployed Rhode Islanders are now required to post their resumes to the state's online job board or temporarily lose their jobless benefits.

The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training says the requirement went into effect Sunday. Those filing new unemployment claims have six weeks to get their resumes online at or the department will shut off their benefits until they do so.

DLT Director Charles Fogarty says the requirement will connect jobseekers to the state's job board and career service centers earlier in the claims process and help them conduct more focused, effective job searches.

Rhode Island's unemployment rate is among the nation's highest, at 7.7 percent. Over 43,000 people were reported as being out of work in July.


Johnson & Wales to build $40M academic building

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Johnson & Wales University has announced plans for a new $40 million academic building on the land opened up by the relocation of Interstate 195.

The school said Tuesday it plans to build a 60,000-square-foot building that will house the School of Engineering & Design and a new biology program in the College of Arts & Sciences.

The facility will house a technology and design center, classrooms, faculty offices and other meeting space.

Johnson & Wales bought two parcels of the former I-195 land in 2012 as part of its plans to expand downtown.

The new building is expected to be complete in the summer of 2016.


12 charged with DUI over Labor Day weekend

NORTH SCITUATE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island State Police say 12 individuals were arrested and charged with driving under the influence over the three-day Labor Day weekend.

Police said Tuesday that one of the drivers was found to have had a blood alcohol level of more than five times the legal limit. He was immediately arraigned and taken to Fatima Hospital for evaluation and detoxification.

Police said they also issued 288 speeding violations and 150 seatbelt or child restraint violations from Friday through Monday. There were 48 accidents, including one involving an intoxicated driver, but none of the crashes were fatal.


Mosquitoes test negative for West Nile

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Environmental officials say they have found no West Nile virus in the latest batch of mosquitoes tested in Rhode Island.

The Department of Environmental Management said Tuesday that all 115 mosquito samples from 33 traps set statewide during the week of Aug. 18 came back negative for West Nile and eastern equine encephalitis.

Lab results for 81 mosquito pools collected from traps set Aug. 25 are pending.

One prior sample from the traps set Aug. 4 tested positive for West Nile. It was from the Great Swamp area in South Kingstown.

The best prevention against mosquito-borne illness is preventing bites. Residents are urged to use mosquito repellent, use screens on their windows and doors and eliminate areas of standing water, where mosquitoes breed.

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