News Minute: Here is the latest Rhode Island news from The Associated Press at 7:40 a.m. EDT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island has been slower than most other states in spending the first wave of emergency money from Congress to target the opioid crisis. An analysis by The Associated Press found that states are taking very different approaches to spending their first-year grant award under the 21st Century Cures Act. States that expanded Medicaid reported spending more slowly. Rhode Island, which expanded Medicaid, was allocated nearly $2.2 million but spent only 17 percent by the time reports were due.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A New York real estate developer plans to meet with Providence officials to discuss plans for a 46-story skyscraper that received strong opposition from community groups. Jason Fane is scheduled to attend a public hearing Monday evening. Fane's proposed Hope Point Tower received strong opposition from community groups.
WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) - A sign posted in front of a Rhode Island church ended up energizing others in the surrounding community to rally against the message. The sign posted in front of Westerly's Immaculate Conception Church read "God's Marriage = 1 Man + 1 Woman," and the sign was left up after a Saturday service. WJAR-TV reports that the sign prompted a large Sunday rally at Westerly's Town Hall, with dozens of signs raised support of the LGBTQ community.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union says protests outside a convicted child rapist's Providence home violate a city ordinance. Steven Brown, the executive director of the ACLU Rhode Island, said in a letter to Mayor Jorge Elorza that loud protests outside of Richard Gardner's home "violate a city ordinance that bans targeted residential picketing." Elorza previously said that Gardner's crimes were "absolutely heinous" and that he had "given up his right" to live in the community.
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