PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The mayor of Providence is among 18 mayors nationwide reviving a push against allowing government food vouchers to be used to buy soda and other sugary drinks. Mayor Angel Taveras (tuh-VEHR'-us) and others say it's "time to test ... limiting" the use of subsidies for sugar-laden beverages.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The National Flood Insurance Program has paid more than 800 claims totaling more than $31 million to property owners in Rhode Island after Superstorm Sandy. She says the average payment for a claim in Rhode Island was $35,603.
CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (AP) - An official at the Wyatt Detention Center has been fired after improper handling of evidence. Wyatt Chairman Brendan Doherty would not name the official. WPRI-TV reported in January that Maj. Christopher Coburn had been accused of destroying videotape evidence. Coburn's lawyer did not return a call for comment.
SCITUATE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island state police will hold a ceremony Friday that will reunite a retired Marine injured in an explosion in Afghanistan with the bomb-detecting dog he used to command. Former Lance Cpl. Bradley O'Keefe hasn't seen Earl the black Labrador since 2010, when they were injured in the explosion.
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