News Minute: Here is the latest Rhode Island news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. EST
DENVER (AP) - The Democrat-controlled Legislature approved a bill calling for Colorado to join other states in casting presidential electoral votes for the winner of the national popular vote. Gov. Jared Polis, also a Democrat, has said he will sign the measure. Currently, the state's electoral votes are cast for whoever wins in Colorado.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A GOP fundraiser and former congressional candidate from Rhode Island has agreed to plead guilty to fraud and violating campaign law after prosecutors say he used more than $1 million of the money he raised on himself, including for adult entertainment and escort services. Prosecutors say in filings with the U.S. District Court in Rhode Island that Russell Taub told donors that he was raising money for political action committees. They say one Ohio couple gave him nearly $1.3 million.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a Rhode Island hospital has brought seven of its offices into compliance with federal law by making them fully accessible. The U.S. attorney for Rhode Island opened an investigation into Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket after getting a complaint from a citizen. As a result of the investigation, Landmark "promptly and cooperatively" fixed violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island's governor has signed an executive order establishing a commission responsible for finding at least $10 million in savings in government efficiencies. Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo signed the order Thursday. Raimondo included the savings in her budget proposal for the 2020 fiscal year, beginning in July. Raimondo wants the commission to find at least $10 million in savings in state government programs and state properties.
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