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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A federal grant worth $125,000 has been awarded to help grow the composites industry and create jobs in Rhode Island. The congressional delegation announced that the grant was awarded from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association and the town of Bristol. It'll be used to develop a strategic plan to maximize the competitiveness of the local composites industry, with a focus on Bristol and surrounding communities.

NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The mayor of a Rhode Island city says its acting police chief has been suspended with pay. East Providence Mayor Charles Lombardi said Saturday that Christopher Pelagio has been suspended from the job "until further notice." He did not give a reason but says it's not a "criminal situation."

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Lanes that were shifted on Interstate 195 due to maintenance work on the Iway Bridge are set to be removed this week in Providence. WPRI-TV reports that the state Department of Transportation will close some eastbound lanes Sunday night to remove the temporary concrete barriers. All lanes will be back to normal by Monday morning, with work continuing through Tuesday.

WEST WARWICK, R.I. (AP) - A Rhode Island fire department is getting nearly $338,000 in federal funding to purchase a new truck. Democratic U.S. Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Reps. Jim Langevin and David Cicilline on Friday announced that the West Warwick Fire Department will receive the money made available by the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The department will use the funds to purchase a new pumper truck.

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