News Minute: Here is the latest Rhode Island news from The Associated Press at 6:40 a.m. EDT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A former Rhode Island state senator who cited his struggled with alcohol when he stepped down in January has agreed to plead guilty to bank fraud and tax charges. Court documents made public Thursday show James E. Doyle II of Pawtucket has been charged with bank fraud, filing a false tax return and failing to file a tax return. A signed plea agreement filed in the case says Doyle will plead guilty.
WARWICK, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island's governor is facing a tough re-election fight in a year that's supposed to be a good one for Democrats and women. Gina Raimondo has raised $7 million, seven times her closest rival. Raimondo is facing a spirited challenge from the left in the Sept. 12 primary. Although she's highlighting the improving economy and a free college tuition program, many voters say they're disappointed in her close corporate ties, and her approval ratings remain tepid.
LINCOLN, R.I. (AP) - Police say a 3-month-old girl was left alone in a running vehicle outside a Rhode Island casino for about 90 minutes while her mother was inside. Lincoln police found the girl inside a running vehicle with a window down at about 10 a.m. Wednesday. They say her mother had been inside since 8:30 a.m. Halston Borglund was charged with cruelty or neglect of a child. The baby was OK.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) - Officials in South Kingstown say a bolt of lightning caused a fire to an osprey nest, trapping a helpless young bird that later died. The nest was built on a utility pole that was struck by lightning during the weekend. WJAR-TV reports one juvenile bird didn't survive, but two other juvenile ospreys and two adult birds were able to escape.
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