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Fatts scores 29 and Rhode Island pushes win streak to 6

Jan. 25, 2020 6:06 PM EST

SAINT BONAVENTURE, N.Y. (AP) — Jeff Dowtin and Jacob Toppin wrapped back-to-back dunks around a steal and Rhode Island held off Saint Bonaventure 81-75 on Saturday, pushing its win streak to six. Fatts Russell led Rhode Island with 29 points, making five 3-pointers and breaking 20 points in four of his...

Florida administrator selected to lead Providence schools

Jan. 25, 2020 3:01 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A top administrator at a large school district in Florida has been selected to lead Providence, Rhode Island's troubled public school system, a state education official confirmed. Harrison Peters, listed as chief of schools-administration for the Hillsborough County Public Schools,...

Raimondo announces nominees for university board of trustees

Jan. 25, 2020 1:15 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo has announced 17 nominations to the board of trustees for the University of Rhode Island. The board's responsibilities include overseeing employment and hiring the president, as well as real estate, purchases and procurement, the Providence Journal...

Construction manager pleads guilty to stealing $200,000

Jan. 25, 2020 12:07 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A former construction project manager for a real estate development company has pleaded guilty to defrauding banks, construction companies and his employer out of more than $200,000, federal prosecutors say. Gregory Meeker, 57, of Barrington, pleaded guilty to 12 counts of bank...

Rhode Island man pleads guilty to having sex with minor

Jan. 25, 2020 10:44 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man has pleaded guilty to traveling to Canada to have sex with a 13-year-old girl he met through social media, federal prosecutors say. Herbert Rodas, 23, of Pawtucket, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Providence to several charges Friday, including engaging...

Bill would allow lawmakers to hide behind tinted windows

Jan. 25, 2020 1:05 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island lawmaker proposed letting legislators and other officials tint their windshields to shield them from unhappy constituents. Rep. Anastasia Williams, a Providence Democrat, introduced a bill Thursday that would carve out an exception for the state's lawmakers and...

Prison agrees to release paroled inmate after ACLU sues

Jan. 24, 2020 4:21 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island prison officials have agreed to set free an inmate recently granted parole but never released. The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island said Friday that the state Department of Corrections agreed to release Robert McKinney in a stipulation filed in state...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Jan. 24, 2020 3:25 PM EST

Editorials from around New England: CONNECTICUT New Haven Register Connecticut needs a viable Republican Party Jan. 23 The unsettling saga of Robert Hyde, a Connecticut resident who may or may not have been involved in a plot against a U.S. ambassador, has raised questions about the president and his...

Twin River completes $51M purchase of 3 casinos

Jan. 24, 2020 12:50 PM EST

LINCOLN, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island casino company said Friday it has completed the purchase of three casinos in Colorado. Twin River Worldwide Holdings Inc. said it closed on the Golden Gates, Golden Gulch and Mardi Gras casinos in Black Hawk, Colorado. The Lincoln-based company purchased the casinos from...

Grant scores 21 as Bryant snaps skid, wallops Wagner 79-58

Jan. 23, 2020 9:50 PM EST

SMITHFIELD, R.I. (AP) — Adam Grant had 21 points as Bryant rolled past Wagner 79-58 on Thursday night. With the victory Bryant matched its win total from all of last season. Charles Pride had 16 points and eight rebounds for the Bulldogs (10-9, 2-4 Northeast Conference), who snapped a four-game losing...