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Providence police say man shot ex-girlfriend's mom

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A woman is in critical condition at Rhode Island Hospital after police say her daughter's ex-boyfriend shot her in the back.

Police are still searching for the man, whom they identified as Francisco Diaz.

They say he shot 54-year-old Theodora Nunez at around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Police say the woman's daughter, 25-year-old Jessica Nunez, has a child with Diaz.

The shooting happened at Theodora Nunez's home. Commander Thomas Oates tells WPRI-TV that Diaz told Jessica Nunez that "he wouldn't hurt her, but would hurt someone in her family." Then he allegedly fired two shots, striking her mother once.

Anyone with information on the shooting is urged to call police.


Dozens protest postal service's Staples program

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Dozens of postal workers and their supporters chanted and marched outside a Rhode Island Staples to protest the opening of postal counters in Staples stores that are staffed with retail employees.

Thursday's protest in Providence is one of 50 planned in 27 states, including rallies in New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

In Providence, people held signs and wore t-shirts that said "STOP Staples: The U.S. Mail is NOT for sale," and filled the sidewalk in front of the shopping center where Staples is located.

The American Postal Workers Union says well-paid union workers have been replaced by low-wage nonunion workers, which could lead to layoffs and post office closings. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe says the program is a response to customer demands for convenience.


Van carrying group home residents crashes

EAST GREENWICH, R.I. (AP) - Ten people were taken to hospitals after a car carrying an infant collided with a van carrying the residents of a group home.

Rhode Island State Police say none of the injuries are serious following the crash, which happened around 10:30 a.m. Thursday on Route 4 in East Greenwich.

Police say eight people were in the van, including six residents of a group home and two staff members, when it was sideswiped by the car. It then spun 180 degrees and came to a stop facing the wrong direction.

Police say everyone was wearing their seatbelts.

People were taken to Kent Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital.


RI panel upholds charges against Lynch relative

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) - A state appeals panel has upheld charges against a member of a prominent Rhode Island political family for a car crash involving a police sergeant.

The Providence Journal reports the state Traffic Tribunal appeals panel this week sustained civil charges of refusing a chemical test for alcohol and a roadway violation against Jarred Lynch for the 2011 accident in Pawtucket.

Lynch is the son of former state Democratic Party Chairman William Lynch and the nephew of former state Attorney General Patrick Lynch.

He appealed his sentence on the civil charges, which included community service and an eight-month driver's license suspension. A prosecutor dropped criminal charges of drunken and reckless driving.

Authorities say Lynch had road rage and swerved in front of the sergeant's car, which rear-ended Lynch's car.


Lynch announces run for RI congressional seat

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) - Former Marine and political newcomer Cormick Lynch has kicked off his campaign for the Rhode Island congressional seat now held by Democratic Rep. David Cicilline

Lynch officially announced his bid for the Republican nomination Wednesday at the Hotel Viking in his hometown of Newport.

The war in Iraq veteran didn't mention Cicilline by name as he blasted the state's congressional delegation and President Barack Obama for Rhode Island's highest unemployment rate in the nation of 8.7 percent, political gridlock in Washington and what he called the Obama administration's failures in the war in Afghanistan.

He said he wants to restore faith in America.

Lynch faces opposition for the GOP nomination from Brown University medical student Stan Tran, while former Army Capt. Matt Fecteau is challenging Cicilline for the Democratic nod.


Republican Fung wants changes to education board

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Republican gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung says if he wins he wants to overhaul the governance of Rhode Island's education system.

The Cranston mayor on Thursday said he wants the state education commissioner to report directly to the governor to increase accountability.

He also wants two separate education boards, one for kindergarten through 12th-grade, and one for higher education. That's how it was until the General Assembly voted in 2012 to merge them.

Fung also wants a board of trustees at the University of Rhode Island, and to eventually build an endowment, which he says would help reduce costs to taxpayers.

Fung says the plan is the first part of his education plan. He said he would be releasing other education ideas in the future.


Electric Boat, labor union agree to new contract

GROTON, Conn. (AP) - A labor union for 2,200 workers at submarine maker Electric Boat has agreed to a new, five-year contract through 2019 that includes annual pay raises of 3 percent or more.

The Day of New London reports members of the Metal Trades Council approved the contract Tuesday on a vote of 1,307 to 277. The union includes machinists, electricians, painters, pipefitters and professional employees.

EB President Jeff Geiger says the contract provides stability and allows the company and workers to focus on making two submarines a year for the Navy with partner Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia.

Electric Boat, a subsidiary of General Dynamics Corp. of Falls Church, Va., employs more than 12,000 people in Groton and North Kingstown, R.I.

The contract also includes pension increases for current workers.

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