PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island — From more remains found as part of an investigation into a dead funeral home director to a decline in the state unemployment rate, here are five things to know in Rhode Island:
MORE REMAINS FOUND
State health officials reported finding additional remains as part of an investigation of a former Providence funeral home owner who committed suicide last month. Cremated remains of 45 individuals have now been found in connection with the Pennine Funeral Home. Authorities this week also found three decomposed bodies in a Johnston storage unit that Pennine had rented: a man in a metal coffin, a woman in a cremation transport container and a baby boy in a padded chest. Six decomposed bodies were found at the funeral home in July.
OPEN FOR BUSINESS ... IN OHIO
Republican gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung filmed an ad about making Rhode Island "open for business" at a diner in Ohio — but he says the ad's message is what's important. Michael Pappas, of Tommy's Diner in Columbus, said Fung spent an hour filming at his restaurant last month. In the ad, the Cranston mayor says he'll stop "the perks, the powerful, the payoffs" and challenge the old way of doing things to make Rhode Island once again open for business. Fung is using an Ohio-based firm for advertising services.
A Little League team from Cumberland is making its second appearance in the World Series in three years. Cumberland American played its first game Friday night in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania, against a team from Texas, losing 6-4. They face elimination in their second game Saturday night against Tennessee. The team earned a World Series berth in 2011 but was eliminated early. Cumberland Mayor Dan McKee says the team's 12- and 13-year-olds are the most popular people in town. "Just to be there twice in the last three years, it's just a tribute to the organization and the kids in it," he said.
Rhode Island's unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent in July, down two-tenths of a percentage point. That's the lowest it's been since June 2008. The state Department of Labor and Training said Rhode Island added 1,200 jobs and the number of unemployed fell by 1,100. Despite the drop, the jobless rate in Rhode Island is still significantly higher than the national rate, which stands at 6.2 percent.
ANOTHER CHANGE ON IMMIGRATION HOLDS
The state Department of Corrections will no longer require a warrant to honor immigration detainers, pulling back from a policy instituted last month. The new policy, which Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed Thursday, applies to all executive agencies and requires them to honor detainers accompanied by judicial deportation or removal orders. Detainers are requests from federal immigration officials to hold individuals to take custody of them for potential violations. The initial change in policy came after federal courts ruled that detainers violated civil rights.