PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Two Rhode Island Democrats want to raise the legal age for purchasing tobacco products from 18 years old to 21. Rep. Teresa Tanzi introduced legislation in the House and Sen. Cynthia Coyne introduced legislation in the Senate. Hawaii and California have raised the smoking age to 21. Many cities have done it too.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Rhode Island lawmaker is trying to stop people from pretending their pet is a service dog. Democratic Rep. Thomas Winfield said pet owners are increasingly putting vests on their dogs to bring them into restaurants and other places service dogs can go. Winfield said Friday he has introduced a bill to prohibit dressing pets as service dogs to attain privileges provided to disabled people by federal law. He introduced the legislation at the request of the restaurant and hospitality industry.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Rhode Island man has been sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years for trying to kill his ex-wife's boyfriend and then pointing a gun at the woman in front of his 8-year-old daughter. Attorney General Peter Kilmartin said Friday 42-year-old Alberto Rivera, of Cranston, was sentenced on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon in a dwelling with the intent to murder, burglary and other firearms offenses.
CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) - A vehicle has crashed into a Rhode Island print shop for the second time this month. Police say a pickup truck crashed through the front of a Sir Speedy in Cranston at about 1 a.m. Friday. No one was hurt. A classic car crashed into the shop on March 1, but the owner says the damage was much worse this time around.
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