News Minute: Here is the latest Rhode Island news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. EST
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Brown University graduate students have decided to unionize. A four-day secret ballot election ended Monday at the Ivy League campus in Providence. About 60 percent of the nearly 1,000 students who voted favored joining the American Federation of Teachers. About 1,250 teaching assistants, proctors and research assistants were eligible to vote.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The state Ethics Commission has denied motions by a Rhode Island Supreme Court justice to dismiss a complaint against him. The complaint alleges Justice Francis Flaherty violated ethics rules by not reporting his service on the board of a Catholic lawyers' group on financial disclosure forms. The commission dismissed Flaherty's motions Tuesday. An adjudicative hearing will be held to determine whether Flaherty violated the code.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties plans to challenge a Rhode Island policy that blocks vanity license plate applications that are deemed indecent. ACLU Rhode Island Executive Director Steven Brown tells the Providence Journal the Division of Motor Vehicles is violating the First Amendment by rejecting license plates based on "what they see as in good taste."
NORFOLK, Mass. (AP) - Police have charged a Massachusetts prison guard with trying to smuggle drugs into the facility to sell to inmates. Steven Frazer, of Cumberland, Rhode Island, was arrested Monday and charged with conspiracy to possess a controlled substance with intent to distribute. Prosecutors say the MCI-Norfolk corrections officer met with a cooperating witness who gave him 40 Suboxone strips, 24 packs of synthetic marijuana and $2,500.
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