News Minute: Here is the latest Rhode Island news from The Associated Press at 1:40 a.m. EDT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A lawmaker in Rhode Island says she plans to introduce a bill to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes. Democratic Rep. Julie Casimiro, of North Kingstown, says she's planning to propose a ban after the new legislative session begins in January. She says the products need to be removed from store shelves "for the health and safety of our children." Casimiro will model her legislation after a ban imposed in Michigan on Wednesday.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - State lawmakers are meeting to discuss a proposed contract extension with the company that runs Rhode Island's lottery. The House Finance Committee meets Tuesday at the State House, and again on Oct. 3, to hear testimony about the proposed 20-year contract with International Game Technology. Democratic House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello asked the governor to testify at the first hearing. Public testimony will only be accepted Oct. 3.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Police say three men drinking in a garage in Providence were robbed and beaten by several other men wielding baseball bats. The victims, ages 28, 31, and 47, were bleeding from the head when police responded to a 911 hang-up shortly before 3 a.m. Sunday. The victims say three men, all with bats, came into the garage and robbed them. The suspects had fled by the time officers arrived.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island's senators are seeking additional federal funds to combat Eastern Equine Encephalitis. Democratic U.S. Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse sent a letter on Saturday to Dr. Robert Redfield, the CDC's director, asking for more money to support efforts to prevent the spread of the mosquito-borne illness. The senators note Rhode Island is one of the hardest hit states, with at least three human cases and one death. Deaths were also reported Connecticut and Massachusetts.
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