PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island candidates spend big on TV ads, new opposition to Newport Grand, and Rhode Island's large Liberian community gets some good news. Here are this week's things to know in Rhode Island:


Rhode Island candidates spent nearly $8 per eligible voter on TV ads in the run up to the Sept. 9 primary, the highest per-voter spending in the nation, according to an analysis by the Center for Public Integrity. The center found the state's candidates collectively spent an estimated $5.8 million on more than 15,000 ads. The biggest spending was from the three Democratic candidates for governor, who collectively aired more than 11,000 spots.


A proposal to expand gambling at Newport Grand got some new opposition, as Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed came out against a referendum to allow it. Paiva Weed said she remains concerned that expanded gambling in Massachusetts could hurt Rhode Island, which depends heavily on revenue it receives from the state's gambling parlors. But she said she could not support it after Newport City Council rejected an agreement with the developers who want to revamp Newport Grand and add table games. Voters can still approve the expansion on the Nov. 4 ballot measure.


A photo of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo is no longer hanging on the wall of her alma mater. The Roman Catholic preparatory school La Salle Academy removed it from a wall of prominent alumni after she spoke in support of abortion rights and reproductive rights. Her campaign didn't immediately comment, but in speaking about abortion earlier in the week, Raimondo said "the Catholic Church has a clear position, and I have a clear position." Republican candidate Allan Fung supports abortion rights, although was endorsed in the primary by anti-abortion group Rhode Island Right to Life.


Liberian immigrants living in the United States on a special immigration status will be allowed to stay for two additional years, after President Barack Obama agreed to extend a legal protection that has been in place for more than a decade due to the country's bloody civil war. Rhode Island has one of the largest Liberian communities in the nation. The temporary protected status was due to expire next week amid concerns about the Ebola crisis in West Africa. Sen. Jack Reed says the decision protects immigrants with long-standing ties to the United States.