As usual, Rhode Island legislators have been hard at work. Their latest proposal? “Scratch-a-tick”. This new lottery game, currently under consideration in the General Assembly, would allow up to $200,000 of the game’s proceeds to go towards tick-disease prevention and research. For those of you staying in Providence this summer, watch out. According to the University of Rhode Island’s Center for Vector-Borne Disease and Tick Encounter Resource Center, Rhode Island ranks second in the nation for “per-capita incidence of tick-transmitted diseases.” Lyme disease, anyone?
In an unfortunate start to the first week of May, two Providence residents were awoken at approximately 4 a.m. and “pistol-whipped” by three armed invaders. According to Police Captain David Lapatin, the intruders used their handguns to strike the residents, resulting in lacerations.
Rhode Island’s newly approved and supposedly non-profit compassion centers came under fire Friday from U.S. attorney Peter Neronha. The attorney said he hopes the centers won’t open, but added, “I might have to take some action,” if they do. Though the RI Health Department has already approved the three centers, Neronha said that plans to grow marijuana on such a large- scale are in violation of federal law. When asked why he waited to comment until after the centers had been given the go-ahead, Neronha said that he was never consulted about the legality of the centers and that he needed some time to “digest” the applications.