- Associated Press - Saturday, August 2, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - State police investigate a contract for concessions at state beaches, the money climbs in the race to succeed Gov. Lincoln Chafee and a global soccer celebrity is hit with a lawsuit. Here are five things to know in Rhode Island:

BEACH PROBE

State police are investigating the awarding of a contract for concessions at three state beaches. State Rep. Peter Palumbo, a Democrat from Cranston, was the high bidder for the contracts to run the concessions for five years starting in 2014, but he backed out, leaving Democratic Party Chairman David Caprio with the winning bid. Caprio bid $226,640 less than Palumbo but then hired Palumbo to manage the stands. A day after the news broke, Caprio stepped down as head of the party.

NUMBERS CLIMB IN GOVERNOR’S RACE

The 2014 race for governor is still on pace to become the most expensive in state history. The five major candidates raised more than $12 million from the beginning of 2011 through June 30, and there are still three months to go before the Nov. 4 election. Treasurer Gina Raimondo, a Democrat, has raised more than a third of that amount, bringing in $4.7 million during the cycle. The most expensive race was in 2002, when Republican Don Carcieri beat Democrat Myrth York. The candidates spent more than $10 million in that race.

BODIES OF LONG-DEAD FOUND

Authorities are working to identify the remains of eight people found at a Providence funeral home and said some had been there for as long as a decade. The owner of Pennine Funeral Home killed himself last month, and six bodies and the cremated remains of two people were found improperly stored at the home. Police say they’re waiting for the state medical examiner to finish identifying the bodies so they can contact relatives.

MILESTONE IN NEWPORT

Jazz lovers are celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival, the first outdoor jazz festival anywhere. George Wein started the festival in Newport in 1954 at the behest of socialite Elaine Lorillard, who was looking to spice up dull summer days in the seaside city. The first festival was held at the Newport Tennis Casino and featured jazz giants including Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson and Billie Holiday. Now 88, Wein is still producing the festival.

MAN SUES RONALDO

Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the world’s most famous athletes, and fans often call him CR7. But a Rhode Island man is suing the Real Madrid forward, saying he owns the CR7 trademark in the U.S. for his exercise program. Christopher Renzi wants a judge to declare that he isn’t infringing on any Ronaldo trademark. Ronaldo is rolling out a new CR7 underwear line in the U.S. soon, and lawyers for the clothing company had asked Renzi to stop using the trademark.

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