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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The state Ethics Commission has approved launching an investigation into Providence mayoral hopeful Michael Solomon following a complaint that he failed to disclose business interests.

WPRI-TV reports the commission on Tuesday approved the probe against Solomon, a Democrat and City Council president. He faces fellow Democrats Brett Smiley and Jorge Elorza in the Sept. 9 primary. The winner will go up against former Mayor Buddy Cianci, an independent, and Republican Dan Harrop.

Solomon's campaign has said any errors he made on his ethics disclosures were inadvertent. He filed several amendments to his ethics reports last week.

A Republican candidate for city council made the complaint.

The commission has six months to complete an initial investigation.

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