FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) - Fall River is planning to sue pharmaceutical companies over what officials say is the role the companies played in the ongoing opioid overdose crisis. WPRO News reports Friday that Fall River Mayor Jasiel Corriea said he has no doubt of a connection between the pharmaceutical companies and people dying of overdoses. The city responded to 919 opiate overdoses last year and had 63 opioid-related overdose deaths in 2016.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island's House speaker says it's unlikely that lawmakers will ask the public to vote on the fate of a proposed new stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox. Democrat Nicholas Mattiello said Thursday that his colleagues were overwhelmingly opposed to the idea of a referendum on proposed public subsidies for the project. The state Senate has approved the use of public funds for the stadium, but Mattiello says members of the House want changes to reduce the state's share of the financial risk.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island officials say they won't release the pitch for Amazon's new headquarters even though the state failed to make the cut for potential sites. Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor tells WPRI-TV the state is still in discussions with the company over other possibilities. He said Thursday the company was impressed with the state's "high-quality" presentation and proposal.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A former high-ranking Republican lawmaker in Rhode Island has pleaded not guilty to breaking into a neighbor's home while naked. The Providence Journal reports former House Minority Leader Robert Watson appeared in Superior Court Friday. He's charged with felony breaking and entering. Watson spent more than two decades in the State House, retiring in 2012. His attorney, Timothy Williamson, says it's too early to comment on the case.
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