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RI Statehouse Replacing Dead Christmas Tree



    RI Statehouse Replacing Dead Christmas Tree

    A dead Christmas tree at the Rhode Island Statehouse is being replaced. 

    Gov. Gina Raimondo says on Monday that a new tree is coming after the first one dried up and dropped piles of needles over a week before Christmas. She tells reporters they plan the switch as soon as possible. 

    The move comes three days after The Associated Press reported on the tree's condition, including bare branches and needles that dropped instantly when touched. 

    The article prompted a local tree farm to offer to donate a new tree. 

    Rare Footage Shows Last Surviving Member of Amazonian Tribe

    [NATL] Brazilian Indigenous Man Chops Down a Tree in the Amazon, Rare Footage Shows

    Brazil's National Indian Foundation released footage from 2011 of an indigenous man who is believed to be the last surviving member of his tribe chopping down a tree in the Amazon.

    (Published Friday, July 20, 2018)

    It's not the first time the Rhode Island Statehouse tree has caused trouble. In 2005, it shed its needles after being doused in fire retardant. Former Gov. Lincoln Chafee refused to call it a Christmas tree, leading to angry protests.

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