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PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth Board of Canvassers has begun preparations for the upcoming 2018 midterm primary and general elections on Wednesday, Sept. 12, and Tuesday, Nov. 6, … more
The Rhode Island Attorney General's office issued a stern statement late Monday afternoon to the Barrington and Portsmouth town councils, in response to a resolution each council passed … more
LITTLE COMPTON — A major land acquisition, that is likely to have far-reaching consequences for the Town of Little Compton, was agreed to last weekend by the Little Compton Agricultural Conservancy Trust (*the Ag Trust") and Daniel and Fulton Pontes, whose family have owned the parcel for generations. What is now a working corn field, just yards from town center, could transition in years to come into a passive recreational area — with trails, walking and bike paths — it's up to the Ag Trust. more
PORTSMOUTH — The pig puns were flying Monday night when the Town Council heard plans for the inspection and maintenance of Spectra Energy’s gas transmission pipeline that feeds … more
PORTSMOUTH — The Town Council Monday night unanimously voted to remove Duncan Ingraham from the Portsmouth Economic Development Committee (PEDC) on the recommendation of that … more
PORTSMOUTH — A member of the citizens group involved in the review of the updated Comprehensive Community Plan criticized the pace of progress on the document during a Planning Board … more
PORTSMOUTH — Terri Cortvriend, chairwoman of the Portsmouth School Committee, announced Sunday she is running as a Democrat in the 2018 elections for the R.I. House of … more
PORTSMOUTH/TIVERTON — Like any state that’s been around for 350 years, Rhode Island has amassed its fair share of outdated, obsolete or downright archaic legislation. House Majority … more
PORTSMOUTH — In a 4-3 vote Monday night, the Town Council granted a three-year contract extension to Town Administrator Richard Rainer, Jr., who first came aboard as manager in July … more
Sen. James A. Seveney (D-Dist. 11-Portsmouth, Bristol, Tiverton) has introduced legislation that would ban “bump stocks” on semi-automatic firearms. A bump stock is an attachment that … more
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