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Community Artists Program
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Charlestown

Time, Tide & Water exhibit
11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Westerly

Pre-school Story Hour
11 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Carolina

RI Blood Drive
Noon - 3 p.m. Westerly

Mah Jongg
12:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. Charlestown

Quilting Group
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Charlestown

Outdoor Craft: Garden Plaque
4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Charlestown

RI Blood Drive
5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Westerly

40th Annual Tom McCoy Family Fun Run Series
5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. Westerly

Blues on the Beach
6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Misquamicut

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Bill would allow otter hunting in Rhode Island


PROVIDENCE (AP) — Otter hunting and trapping would be allowed in Rhode Island under proposed legislation that would overturn a decades-long ban.

The Providence Journal reports that supporters of the bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Michael Chippendale of Foster said during a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that Rhode Island is the only New England state without a management plan for otters.

They say otters have damaged trout and duck ponds.

Charlie Brown, a wildlife biologist with the Department of Environmental Management, told the committee the number of river otters in the state has been on the rise.

Opponent Dennis Tabella of Defenders of Wildlife urged the bill’s defeat.

The committee held the bill for further study.



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