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GOVERNOR-RHODE ISLAND-BLOCK

Block expected to be endorsed by Robitaille

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Block is expected to win the formal backing of the party's 2010 nominee for the office.

Block is holding a news conference with John Robitaille (ROH'-bih-tie) at the Statehouse on Tuesday.

Block's opponent in the Sept. 9 primary, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, has consistently accused Block of costing the GOP the gubernatorial election four years ago. He says Block, who ran as the candidate of the Moderate Party, siphoned votes from Robitaille.

Then-independent Lincoln Chafee squeaked out a victory, winning 36 percent of the vote to Robitaille's nearly 34 percent. Democrat Frank Caprio got 23 percent, while Block got 6.5 percent.

Robitaille was the Rhode Island chairman of Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign.

Fung has said he's the only "real" Republican in the race.

AIRPORT PASSENGERS

July passenger traffic at Green falls 3 percent

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island's T.F. Green Airport reported fewer passengers in July than in the same period a year ago.

The Rhode Island Airport Corporation released numbers showing that passenger traffic fell just under 3 percent in July compared with the previous July.

It said 346,416 people flew into or out of the airport in Warwick that month, compared with 356,974 a year earlier.

So far this year, passenger traffic at T.F. Green has fallen more than 6 percent, to 2,061,374 passengers, from the same period in 2013.

Cargo was up more than 10 percent in July, compared to a year ago. For the year, it's up 4 percent

VOLUNTEER PROJECTS

Serve Rhode Island volunteers spruced up 5 schools

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Serve Rhode Island says a record number of volunteers spent thousands of hours this summer on projects to make improvements at schools.

The organization said 561 volunteers put in 2,733 hours at the schools. They include Slater Middle School, Goff Middle School and Baldwin Elementary School in Pawtucket and West Broadway and Roger Williams middle schools in Providence.

The projects included painting classrooms and murals, doing landscaping of the grounds and building recycling bins and planters.

The value of the labor, plus donated materials, was more than $90,000.

Companies that had volunteer teams included Hasbro, Fidelity Investments, Collette Vacations and Citizens Bank.

LIFESAVING AWARD

15 being honored with 2014 lifesaving medal

Fifteen Rhode Islanders, including police officers, firefighters and EMTs, are being honored with the state's highest award for bravery and heroics while saving lives.

The 2014 Lifesaving Medal award ceremony is scheduled to be held at the Statehouse Thursday. Gov. Lincoln Chafee and Secretary of State Ralph Mollis will honor the recipients.

One is a member of the state bomb squad who helped stabilize a victim of May's Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus act accident, who had a compound fracture and was in and out of consciousness.

Others being recognized are a Providence firefighter who while off-duty helped rescue three people, including an infant, from a burning triple-decker in Pawtucket, and two Providence park rangers who rescued a man from cracking ice on the Providence River.

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