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Legislators hear testimony on bills about abortion rights

March 11, 2014

PROVIDENCE – Scores of advocates on both sides of the volatile abortion issue testified into the night Tuesday on a dozen different bills that sought to either restrict or liberalize the state’s abortion laws.

Three of the bills were sponsored by local lawmakers.

A measure sponsored by state Rep. Karen MacBeth (D-Dist. 52, Cumberland) would require a physician who is to perform an abortion to also perform an obstetric ultrasound on the pregnant woman and offer to show her the ultrasound images and a medical description of those images.

Historic block faces condemnation

March 11, 2014

WOONSOCKET – City planners have long viewed the historic commercial block as a key to rejuvenating Main Street, but the building could be condemned in 30 days if the owners fail to replace the roof.

Planning Director Joel Mathews said the ultimatum would be spelled out in a letter to be mailed today to Stamatos Property Management of Jamaica Plain, Mass.

Mathews said the state fire marshal has also given SPM 60 days to install a hard-wired fire alarm system, but the order is essentially moot unless the leaking, unstable roof is repaired first.

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