PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Officials have set the date for a special election to fill the seat of a newly-elected Rhode Island state representative who resigned over a nonexistent campaign mailer. The secretary of state's office said Monday the election for District 68, which includes parts of Bristol and Warren, will take place March 5. A primary will be held Feb. 5, if necessary.

NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Rhode Island police officer has shot a man investigators say pointed a replica gun at him. North Providence police said Monday that officers responded to a home at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday for reports of a man threatening to harm himself. Police say Richard Solitro got out of his car holding a gun, refused commands to drop it, and pointed it an officer. Officer Mathieu Florio then fired several rounds, striking Solitro. He is expected to survive.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A wide range of political action committees supported Rhode Island campaigns this year. The Providence Journal reports PACS run by unions, large corporations, advocacy groups and other interests all contributed over $2 million to state campaigns in 2018. According to Rhode Island Board of Elections filings through Dec. 3, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello received the most PAC funding.

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) - The superintendent of Newport's school system says she will hold a series of forums regarding a recent assault at Thompson Middle School. Superintendent Colleen Burns Jermain says the meetings will share school officials' practices for communication and to listen to parent concerns. Meetings will be held Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in Newport.

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