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R.I. man runs 74 miles to support Nonviolence Institute

CHARLESTOWN, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man spent his birthday running the length of the state to raise money for the Nonviolence Institute in Providence. Jon Pincince set out to run 80 miles on his 43rd birthday on Thursday, starting at 4:30 a.m. at the Buck Hill Management Area in ...

Authorities searching for man wanted in Lowell killing

LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — An arrest warrant has been issued for a man accused of shooting a Boston woman in Lowell earlier this week. Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan says authorities are searching for Xavier DeJesus in connection to the death of Deija Mendez. Mendez was found in the ...

Police officer killed, another hurt in head-on car crash

SALEM, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts police officer has been killed and another driver injured in a head-on car crash, authorities said. The vehicles collided in Salem at about 11:20 p.m. Thursday, according to a statement from the Essex district attorney's office. Both drivers were taken ...

Virus visitor bans renew interest in nursing home cameras

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Visitation bans at nursing homes have renewed interest in legislation that would allow families to put remote cameras inside the facilities to help see how loved ones are doing. Before the pandemic, cameras were seen as a way to identify elder abuse and neglect. But ...

Panel questions prosecutor amid opposition to reappointment

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Hartford region's top state prosecutor acknowledged mistakes and apologized Friday for taking years to complete reports on whether police were justified in four fatal shootings, but defended her overall job performance amid calls for her reappointment to be ...

Bridgeport police investigate after 4 shot, 1 fatally

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — One person was killed and three others were wounded in a shooting Thursday night in Bridgeport that police officials attribute to years-long tensions between violent groups. Two men and two women were shot shortly after 8 p.m. near Huntington Road, the latest in a ...

Maine man sentenced to 40 years for shotgun killing of wife

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Windham man who contended he shot his wife thinking she was an intruder was sentenced to 40 years for murder on Friday. The defense didn't dispute that Noah Gaston killed his wife, Alicia, with a shotgun blast, but contended he thought the person climbing the stairs ...

Trustees approve budget, UMS receives unified accreditation

ORONO, Maine (AP) — University of Maine System trustees on Friday gave conditional approval to a $559 million spending plan that will include a 2.5% tuition increase. The system also received a new accreditation on Friday. The anticipated costs of responding to the global pandemic in the ...

School board wants to keep officers in schools

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Burlington School Board has voted to recommend that police officers continue to be in public schools for the upcoming academic year, amid some demands to remove them and defund police. Several dozen community members called into public comment sessions this week ...

Connecticut officials unveil plans to reopen schools in fall

Connecticut officials on Thursday unveiled plans to have students in grades K-12 return to their classrooms this fall, but with safety measures that range from mandatory face masks for students and teachers to the recommended "cohorting" of students with one teacher to reduce the potential ...

7 new cases; Inmate at St. Albans prison tests positive

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont is reexamining its intake policy for new inmates after several have recently tested positive for COVID-19 at state prisons, said Secretary of Human Services Mike Smith. A new inmate at the St. Albans prison has tested positive and has been quarantined, he said ...

Officials urge safety after multiple Vermont water deaths

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Three apparent drownings in two separate incidents on Lake Champlain in two days is highlighting the need for swimming and boating safety during the hot months of summer, a top state official said. The Wednesday comments by Public Safety Commissioner Michael Schirling ...

Rhode Island police chiefs pledge commitment to reform

Police chiefs from across Rhode Island on Thursday announced a list of 20 promises they say will ensure transparency and maintain human rights in an era when the killing of George Floyd has led to nationwide protests demanding racial justice and police reform. The Rhode Island Police Chiefs' ...

Rhode Island adds jobs, unemployment rate drops to 16.3%

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — After shedding tens of thousands of jobs during the coronavirus pandemic, Rhode Island added jobs and saw a decrease in its unemployment rate last month, the state Department of Labor and Training reported Thursday. The state added more than 13,000 nonfarm jobs in ...

Maine senators want Juneteenth to be a federal holiday

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's U.S. senators are joining a push to make Juneteenth a federal holiday. Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in America and takes place on June 19. Independent Sen. Angus King and Republican Sen. Susan Collins said the holiday, which is observed by 47 ...

Man who hit trooper with car in jail after leaving hospital

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Caribou man who struck a state trooper with his car during a chase left the hospital and entered the jail on Thursday. Robert Belmain, 53, was taken into custody upon discharge from Central Maine Medical Center. He faces numerous charges including elevated aggravated ...

Commissioner: No ‘spying’ by so-called fusion center

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A secretive state police unit gathered information on Maine citizens involved in legal activities but insisted they "we're not spying on people," Maine Public Safety Commissioner Michael Saushuck told lawmakers. Legislators on the Judiciary, and Criminal Justice and ...

Budgets put limits on social distancing options for schools

As schools consider how and when to reopen their buildings during the pandemic, many are finding themselves overwhelmed by the potential expenses that would come with operating under social distancing guidelines: protective equipment, staff for smaller classes and additional transportation to ...

Court rules against challenge to state’s use of energy funds

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that Connecticut electricity ratepayers have no right to challenge the state when it redirects fees they pay for increased energy efficiency to state coffers to help balance the state budget. A three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. ...

Navy awards $9.5 billion submarine contract to Electric Boat

GROTON, Conn. (AP) — The Navy has announced a proposed $9.5 billion contract with General Dynamics' Electric Boat to build the first two submarines of a new generation of ballistic missile vessels. The new Columbia-class submarines are being built at Electric Boat's shipyards in Groton, ...