News Minute: Here is the latest Rhode Island news from The Associated Press at 2:40 p.m. EST
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A GOP fundraiser and former congressional candidate from Rhode Island has agreed to plead guilty to fraud and violating campaign law after prosecutors say he used more than $1 million of the money he raised on himself, including for adult entertainment and escort services. Prosecutors say in filings with the U.S. District Court in Rhode Island that Russell Taub told donors that he was raising money for political action committees. They say one Ohio couple gave him nearly $1.3 million.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island's governor has signed an executive order establishing a commission responsible for finding at least $10 million in savings in government efficiencies. Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo signed the order Thursday. Raimondo included the savings in her budget proposal for the 2020 fiscal year, beginning in July. Raimondo wants the commission to find at least $10 million in savings in state government programs and state properties.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is proposing fee increases at state beaches and campsites as part of the governor's plan to add staffing in the state parks system. Under the proposal released Wednesday, weekend beach fees for residents would increase from $7 to $9. Prime campsites would have a single price of $30 for the top tier and $25 for the second-highest tier. The top two tiers currently range from $14 to $20 for residents.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A former volunteer Catholic chaplain for the Boy Scouts in Rhode Island charged with sexually assaulting a teenager with disabilities has been ordered by a judge to hire a lawyer. James Glawson was told in court Wednesday he doesn't qualify for a public defender, and the 74-year-old Exeter man says he doesn't know how to hire a private attorney. The judge has given Glawson until Friday to hire an attorney.
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