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September 6, 2018

SCHOOL SECURITY-RHODE ISLAND

Candidates discuss school safety after shooting near school

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The day after a student was shot and killed outside a Rhode Island high school, gubernatorial candidates are outlining what they would do to ensure schools are safe.

A 15-year-old student was shot and killed in Providence Wednesday. Authorities say the victim was an innocent bystander.

Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo took executive action last week to ban guns in schools, except for those carried by police. She says she’d push for an assault weapons ban in a second term.

Democratic challenger Matt Brown supports banning guns in schools and assault weapons.

Republican Allan Fung says he supports having a school resource officer in every school. Republican Patricia Morgan says she’d work to increase funding for school security upgrades. Republican Giovanni Feroce supports additional school safety training.

Independent Joe Trillo released a 10-point plan Thursday that includes installing metal detectors.

DRIVERS’ LICENSES-DEAD PEOPLE

Audit: 1,900 drivers’ licenses issued in dead people’s names

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker is questioning an audit that said more than 1,900 Massachusetts drivers’ licenses have been issued under the names of dead people.

A state audit released Thursday concluded the Registry of Motor Vehicles issued 1,905 drivers’ licenses to individuals after their dates of death.

State Auditor Suzanne Bump said the registry failed to properly use databases, including the Social Security Administration’s Death Master File, to deactivate licenses of people who have died and block individuals from obtaining identification under the names of deceased people.

Baker rejected the findings, telling reporters Thursday that “everybody on that list is alive.”

RMV spokeswoman Jacquelyn Goddard called the audit outdated and said the RMV uses the Social Security Administration’s Death Master File to determine if an individual is alive or dead.

STUDENT SHOT

Police say 15-year-old shot outside school was bystander

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Authorities say the 15-year-old student shot and killed outside a Rhode Island high school on the second day of classes was an innocent bystander not involved in any dispute.

Police on Thursday identified the teen killed Wednesday afternoon outside Providence Career and Technical Academy as William Parsons, a student at Central High School. He died at the hospital.

Police Chief Col. Hugh Clements says it appears two young men were walking together and there was an altercation before shots were fired. He says police are confident the gun was never in a school.

Another teenager who went to the hospital with a non-life threatening gunshot wound is now considered a suspect and Clements says charges are expected Thursday. That teen’s name hasn’t been released.

A gun has also been recovered.

RHODE ISLAND PRIMARY

Board of Elections votes to reopen voter lists after glitch

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island officials are working to add the names of more than 5,000 potential primary voters to the rolls who were caught in an electronic registration snafu.

The Board of Elections voted Wednesday to authorize local canvassers to update voter lists to reflect the registrations. The voters who were affected either registered to vote or changed party affiliation through the state Department of Motor Vehicles website.

Spokesman Paul Grimaldi says the third-party vendor that handles DMV transactions failed to properly transmit the information to the secretary of state.

Voting lists closed a month before the Sept. 12 primary, so the Board of Elections had to authorize cities and towns to reopen voter lists to update them.

RHODE ISLAND GOVERNOR

Before gubernatorial primary, Republican picks cabinet posts

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — A Republican gubernatorial candidate is picking people who would serve in her cabinet before voters choose the party’s nominee for November.

Republican Patricia Morgan said Thursday she wants former Republican gubernatorial contender John Robitaille to lead the state’s economic development agency. Robitaille lost in 2010 to Lincoln Chafee.

Morgan also picked someone to lead a new inspector general’s office and said she’d bring in another former gubernatorial contender to root out government waste.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in 2016 named Carly Fiorina as his vice president to try to secure the GOP presidential nomination.

Morgan says she isn’t emulating Cruz— she wants voters to know what they’re getting if she’s elected.

Morgan criticized her opponent, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, for not sharing more of his plans.

The primary is Wednesday.

38 STUDIOS SALE

Austrian company buys assets of Schilling’s defunct company

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — An Austrian business has bought the remaining assets of former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling’s failed 38 Studios video game company in Rhode Island.

Vienna-based THQ Nordic announced Thursday that it acquired the “Kingdoms of Amalur” game, the unfinished “Project Copernicus” game and other 38 Studios assets. The sale price was $900,000.

Schilling struck a deal in 2010 to move his company from Massachusetts to Providence, Rhode Island, in exchange for a $75 million loan guarantee by Rhode Island. Less than two years after the move, 38 Studios ran out of money and went bankrupt.

The Providence Journal reports money from the sale to THQ Nordic will go toward paying down Rhode Island’s debt on the loan guarantee. The state already has recouped more than $50 million in lawsuits.

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