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 Gov. Gina Raimondo has released a nearly $9.4 billion state budget plan that cuts Medicaid programs and generates new revenue through sports betting and increasing access to medical marijuana. The Democrat submitted the plan Thursday. The legislature will review the proposals and present its plan before the 2019 fiscal year begins in July. Raimondo's recommended budget is about 1.5 percent higher than last year's enacted budget.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Two people have been injured following a house fire and explosion at a Providence residence. Fire officials said the Thursday morning fire started sometime before 9 a.m. and appears to have been caused by an extension cord. The fire eventually spread to two propane tanks on a second-floor porch that exploded. The residents sustained minor injuries and were treated at the hospital.
LITTLE COMPTON, R.I. (AP) - Officials say a Rhode Island family drove to the fire department for help when a fire broke out because they couldn't call 911. Little Compton Fire Chief Richard Petrin says the family was unable to use their landline or their cellphones to call for help early Thursday morning. Petrin says fire crews were able to keep the blaze contained to a garage, saving the rest of the home.
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