News Minute: Here is the latest Rhode Island news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. EDT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo's nominee for education commissioner says she wants to focus on existing policies rather than implement drastic changes. Angelica Infante-Green said Tuesday the state already has high standards and a quality assessment, and she doesn't see a need for an overhaul. Raimondo nominated Infante-Green to serve as the next commissioner of elementary and secondary education after Ken Wagner leaves in April.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut electronic tolling proposals cleared the first vote of legislative session. The legislature's Transportation Committee approved three bills Wednesday on three bills, including Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont's plan to install tolls on Interstates 84, 91, 95 and portions of Route 15. The bills each passed on party lines, with Democrats in support and Republicans in opposition. Lawmakers say they expect various parts of each bill to be crafted into a single proposal.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A judge has ordered three men accused of holding a family hostage for hours in Rhode Island held without bail. Twenty-eight-year-old Pedro Gomez, 32-year-old Jose Rodriguez and 23-year-old Andre Savage are facing multiple felony charges, including burglary and kidnapping in connection with the standoff early Tuesday. Chief Hugh Clements says it's possible the men were looking for drugs and targeted the wrong house.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Rhode Island Senate Finance and Judiciary committees have held their first joint hearing on a proposal to legalize recreational marijuana. The Providence Journal reports lawmakers had several criticisms about the proposal unveiled Tuesday, including that it provides too little money for drug-abuse prevention. Other lawmakers questioned the cost of new positions for a cannabis regulatory commission and said some proposed penalties were overly excessive.
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