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News Minute: Here is the latest Rhode Island news from The Associated Press at 1:40 a.m. EST

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BOSTON (AP) - Boston is banning single-use plastic bags in the city's stores. The Boston Globe reports that Democratic Mayor Marty Walsh said Sunday he has signed the ordinance because of the environmental benefits, such as reducing litter. He says he's still concerned about the impact on low-income residents and seniors. It goes into effect next fall.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The state fire marshal is sharing safety tips to prevent fires during the holiday season. James Gumbley says he's offering these tips because of the frequency of Christmas tree fires, and because he wants everyone to be safe. Gumbley says real trees should be watered daily and kept at least three feet from heat sources. He says other holiday decorations should also be kept away from fireplaces, radiators, portable heaters and candles.

BOSTON (AP) - Democratic members of Congress from Massachusetts and Rhode Island are calling on Congress to immediately extend funding for a popular federal children's health insurance initiative. U.S. Sen. Edward Markey is planning a press conference Monday at Boston Children's Hospital to call for an immediate funding extension for the Children's Health Insurance Program, or CHIP. Rhode Island's congressional delegation held an event Friday to demand the same thing. CHIP expired in September.

BOSTON (AP) - Offshore wind farm developers are preparing to submit proposals for large-scale operations off Massachusetts. The state has set Wednesday as the deadline for companies seeking to supply at least 400 megawatts of offshore wind power to Massachusetts' utilities. A decision is expected next year. Three companies are vying for the lucrative contracts: Deepwater Wind, Bay State Wind, and Vineyard Wind. The first U.S. offshore wind farm opened a year ago off Block Island, Rhode Island.

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