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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Massachusetts woman says she was surprised to see a glimpse of her late step-father in historical footage used for a campaign ad for Rhode Island's governor. Denise Kryzek tells WJAR-TV that she was watching television when a clip of her father working as a wire spinner appeared in a campaign ad for Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo. Kryzek says she sent a letter to the governor's office saying how thankful she was to see her father again, and Raimondo visited her home in Seekonk Thursday morning.

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) - Nine teachers and staff members have been added to a lawsuit filed by a Rhode Island student who says officials knew about a pattern of sexual harassment and molestations at the school where she was raped. WPRI-TV reported Thursday the lawsuit says the defendants "turned a blind eye" to several other assaults before the girl was raped by another student at the Pawtucket Learning Academy in 2016. A spokesperson for the school department says it "vigorously denies the allegations."

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Rhode Island House of Representatives has passed a revised version of its "equal pay" bill that was criticized by many female lawmakers. The House passed the bill 66-9 Thursday. It now moves to the Senate, which passed the original version. The bill is designed to strengthen protections against wage disparities based on gender, race or color. Workers' advocates and several women in the House say the new version would actually weaken them.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Lawmakers are moving closer to passing legislation that would help the Pawtucket Red Sox build a new ballpark in the city. A committee approved the bill Thursday. Democratic House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello wants to finance the public contribution with so-called "special revenue bonds." Only tax revenue generated directly by the stadium and its surrounding area would go toward paying off the bonds. If revenues fall short, the state wouldn't need to settle the debt.

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