News Minute: Here is the latest Rhode Island news from The Associated Press at 4:40 p.m. EST
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Gas prices are falling just in time for the holiday season. AAA Northeast said Monday that its weekly survey found self-serve regular selling for an average of 2.71 per gallon in Massachusetts, down 3 cents from last week. The average price in Rhode Island is 4 cents lower at $2.68 per gallon.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut Gov.-elect Ned Lamont is standing by his plan to toll only tractor trailer trucks, despite a new study suggesting more money from wider-ranging tolling. The Democrat said Monday that his position "is very clear" and he'll "focus just on those big trailer trucks," which he estimates will generate $250 million. A new Department of Transportation study projects electronic tolls for all vehicles on major expressways and parkways would generate $950 million by 2023.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Gov.-elect Ned Lamont says he wants Connecticut to follow Massachusetts' lead on legalized recreational marijuana sales. The Democrat said Monday he expects such legislation will be a priority for the new legislative session, which begins in January. Lamont campaigned in favor of legalization during the election. Retail sales begin Tuesday in two Massachusetts communities.
WARWICK, R.I. (AP) - A judge in Rhode Island has ruled that a man who spent decades in prison for molesting children did not violate his probation by putting incorrect information on a marriage license application. The decision on Monday means that Richard Gardner will be released from prison where he's been held since his arrest earlier this month. Gardner was convicted of multiple child rapes in the 1980s in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
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