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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - U.S. Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse say allegations of improper conduct involving Sen. Al Franken must be investigated fully by the Senate Ethics Committee and they're not calling on the Minnesota Democrat to resign at this point. The Rhode Island Democrats said Monday they trust in the Senate's process. Lindsay Menz told CNN Franken put his hand on her bottom while posing for a picture in 2010. Los Angeles broadcaster Leeann Tweeden has accused Franken of forcibly kissing her in 2006.

BOSTON (AP) - The fiscal control board that oversees the Boston-area transit agency has approved a 13-year, $723 million contract to develop and operate a revamped fare collection system. MBTA officials said Monday the new system will be designed to allow passengers to board trolleys, trains and buses with a single tap of a credit card or smartphone. The current "CharlieCard" would be phased out by 2020.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A new report on hunger in Rhode Island says it's on the rise, and says the problem-plagued launch of a new state computer system is hindering enrollment in food stamps. The report released on Monday by the Rhode Island Community Food Bank cites a U.S. Census Bureau survey for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It says 6.1 percent of households in the state reported "very low food security," or hunger, from 2014 to 2016. That's up from 4.6 percent from 2011 to 2013.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner says he's sending out 35,000 checks to Rhode Islanders who have more than $10 million in unclaimed cash. Magaziner on Monday announced that he's launching a new program to send out checks to people who have unclaimed property with his office. The treasurer's office says about one in five Rhode Islanders have unclaimed property, but many don't realize it.

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