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      Environmental advocates want RI plastic bag ban

      The group Environment Rhode Island is urging state lawmakers in the Ocean State to ban plastic shopping bags.

      The group delivered a petition to lawmakers Wednesday that has 10,000 signatures from supporters of a ban.

      Legislation to prohibit grocery stores and other retailers from giving away plastic shopping bags is expected to be introduced this week in the General Assembly. Similar legislation failed to get a vote last year.

      Several cities around the nation already ban the ubiquitous plastic bags, including Barrington, Los Angeles, and Seattle.

      Supporters of a ban say the bags end up littering neighborhoods, parks and roads and often end up threatening wildlife and the environment in Narragansett Bay.

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