Rhode Island Statehouse Christmas tree deemed too puny

By: The Associated Press

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Christmas tree selected for the Rhode Island Statehouse rotunda had to be removed after staff decided it was too puny.              

The 14-foot tree was donated by a tree farm.             

After workers put it up Tuesday, they realized it was too small and did not fill the rotunda.     

The governor’s office says the little tree was moved outside to the statehouse steps and will be decorated and displayed there.         

They managed to get a 20-foot tree to replace it.              

There have been a few mishaps with Rhode Island’s Statehouse tree in recent years. In 2005, the tree shed all its needles after it was doused in fire retardant.      

Former Gov. Lincoln Chafee refused to call it a Christmas tree, calling it a holiday tree instead. That led to angry protests.

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