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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Rhode Island state senator facing charges that he extorted a teenage Statehouse page for sex has resigned. Coventry Republican Nicholas Kettle said in a letter Thursday that it's in his best interest to resign "and concentrate on the "unfounded allegations" against him He resigned a day after Senate leaders took the extraordinary step of introducing a resolution to expel him. Kettle has pleaded not guilty.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The governors of Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island are forming a coalition of like-minded gun control states. The governors announced Thursday the new States for Gun Safety will work on issues such as tracing illegal guns, sharing intelligence and researching gun violence. They plan to urge other governors to join the effort at this weekend's National Governors Association meeting.

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) - The median sales price of a single-family home in Rhode Island jumped 9 percent last month when compared to January 2017, driven by a diminishing supply of homes on the market. The Rhode Island Association of Realtors on Thursday announced that the median sales price last month was $244,900. The median price of a multifamily home rose 20 percent year-over-year, while the median cost of a condo jumped almost 16 percent.

COVENTRY, R.I. (AP) - Police say a man who abandoned a dog and left a turtle frozen in a fish tank in Rhode Island has turned himself in. Authorities say the 24-year-old man turned himself in Wednesday, and he is facing animal cruelty charges. The turtle survived and is at a reptile organization for rehabilitation. The dog is currently up for adoption.

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