News Minute: Here is the latest Rhode Island news from The Associated Press at 4:40 p.m. EDT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo and her Republican challenger, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, have both released television ads focusing on leadership. The Providence Journal reports an ad scheduled to air Tuesday criticizes Fung's handling of the Cranston Police Department. Fung's response attacks the state's troubled Unified Health Infrastructure Project.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) - Everyone knows that maple syrup is delicious, but not everyone knows it has potential health benefits too. A team of University of Rhode Island scientists is hoping to change that with a nearly $500,000 federal grant they'll use to promote the maple industry. Navindra Seeram, professor of biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences at URI, says his findings have shown that maple compounds may help stabilize blood glucose levels, fight inflammation and help fight wrinkles.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A ratings agency has increased the bond outlook for the state agency that runs T.F. Green Airport in Rhode Island. Fitch Ratings upgraded its outlook on the $100.9 million in airport revenue bonds from "stable" to "positive" in a report released Oct. 16. Fitch Ratings says continued stability at the airport will likely lead to an increase bond rating in the future.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Providence is ending a 30-day grace period and will resume ticketing drivers through a controversial speed camera program that sparked a federal lawsuit. Drivers who are caught going more than 11-miles per hour above the speed limit near a city school will receive a $50 fine starting Tuesday. The city has 15 cameras located within a quarter-mile of a school, and they will be active between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. on school days.
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