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Governor hopefuls to meet in black business forum

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The four Democrats and two Republicans running for Rhode Island governor are meeting in a campaign forum focused on what organizers call issues of economic equity and opportunity.

The Rhode Island Black Business Association is sponsoring the two-hour event Tuesday evening at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Providence.

The Democrats attending are Providence Mayor Angel Taveras; state Treasurer Gina Raimondo; former White House official Clay Pell; and contractor Todd Giroux. The Republicans are Cranston Mayor Allan Fung and businessman Ken Block.

The moderator is Marion Orr, director of the Taubman Center for Public Policy & American Institutions at Brown University.

The event is open to the public, and some questions will be posed by audience members.

TRIBAL RECOGNITION

Feds discuss changing tribal recognition process

MASHPEE, Mass. (AP) - The federal Department of the Interior is holding a hearing in Massachusetts on its plan to make it easier for American Indian tribes to gain federal recognition.

This morning's hearing, at the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe's community center on Cape Cod, is the last in series of meetings on the proposal, and the only one on the East Coast.

The department wants to lower the threshold for tribes to demonstrate community and political authority, among other things. Rather than from "historical times," tribes would only need to show evidence dating back to 1934.

The Mashpee Wampanoags won federal recognition in 2007, after a more than 30-year process. The department announced Friday it would delay finalizing the rules, which were proposed last summer, by at least 60 days.

TRUCKING BAN

N. Smithfield to enforce truck ban by town hall

NORTH SMITHFIELD, R.I. (AP) - The town of North Smithfield has begun enforcing a new ban on truck traffic in the Slatersville Historic District around town hall.

The ban, recently approved by state lawmakers, prevents trailers weighing more than four tons from travelling on the local streets, except to make deliveries there.

Town Administrator Paulette Hamilton tells The (Woonsocket) Call signs are being posted and police next month will begin imposing $50 fines for first infractions and $100 fines for subsequent violations .

Officials say the ban was prompted by accidents involving large trucks attempting to navigate the narrow village streets.

There are some exceptions to the ban. Those include emergency vehicles, state and municipal vehicles, public transit vehicles, school administration vehicles, and vehicle participating in parades.

ANIMAL CRYOGENICS

Foundations building center to store animal DNA

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) - A non-profit foundation dedicated to saving rare breeds of animals is teaming with the Smithsonian Institution on a project to preserve animal DNA through cryogenics.

Peter Borden, the executive director of the SVF Foundation in Newport, tells The Providence Journal the partnership will be known as the The Smithsonian and SVF Biodiversity Preservation Project.

The organizations plan to build a center in Front Royal, Virginia that will be designed specifically for the preservation of genetic diversity through cryogenics.

SVF, which is located on a 35-acre property near Fort Adams in Newport, plans to store its 86,000 frozen genetic samples, representing 26 livestock breeds at the center.

The Smithsonian will use the genetic material to bolster endangered species at its Conservation Biology Institute.

AMERICAN ATHLETIC-POLL

Cincinnati picked to win American

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) - Cincinnati has been picked to win the American Athletic Conference, with defending champion Central Florida second.

The Bearcats went 9-4 last season under coach Tommy Tuberville and returns 16 starters. They received 17 of 30 first-place votes from the media panel and 311 points.

UCF, which went 12-1 and beat Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl last season, received seven first-place votes and 296 points. The Knights return 17 starters but must replace quarterback Blake Bortles.

Houston was picked third with six first-place votes, followed by conference newcomer East Carolina.

SMU was picked fifth, South Florida sixth and Memphis seventh.

Temple came in eighth. UConn was tied for ninth with Tulane, also in its first season in the American.

Tulsa was picked last in its first season in the conference.

POLICE DELIVERY

Foster officer delivers baby on bathroom floor

FOSTER, R.I. (AP) - A family in Foster has a baby daughter, thanks to a police officer who delivered the infant on a bathroom floor and then helped her begin breathing.

Officer Michael Kitson tells the Providence Journal he learned to deliver babies as a teenager training to be an emergency medical technician in Glocester, Massachusetts.

The 22-year-old used the training Saturday night when he was called to assist a woman in labor at her home.

The baby was born with the umbilical cord around her neck and was not breathing.

Kitson unwrapped the cord and used his finger and a bulb syringe to clear the airway. He says baby Amelia then began breathing and crying. Police say she and her mother, who declined to have her name used, are doing well.

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