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Central Falls man gets 9 years in prison for molesting girl

May. 10, 2021 16:04 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man charged with sexually molesting a young girl has been sent to prison for nine years, prosecutors said Monday. Christopher Piloto, 37, of Central Falls, was sentenced last week after pleading no contest to a charge of...

Report: Rhode Island's kids suffered greatly during pandemic

May. 10, 2021 14:10 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The mental health and education of Rhode Island children suffered greatly last year during the coronavirus pandemic, and children of color were the hardest hit, according to data released Monday by Kids Count, the national child advocacy nonprofit. ...

Governor cancels fundraiser being co-hosted by Trump backer

May. 09, 2021 15:52 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Dan McKee said Sunday he has canceled a fundraising event that was being organized on his behalf by a prominent supporter of former President Donald Trump. McKee had been scheduled to attend a May 12 event co-hosted by Gerald...

Doughnut shops feud over the right to carry Ma's name

May. 09, 2021 12:26 PM EDT

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A beloved doughnut shop in Massachusetts says it’s being forced to reopen under a new name after a Rhode Island company snagged a trademark for its decades-old moniker. The family behind Ma’s Donuts in New Bedford was planning to reboot the...

Rhode Island investigating death of man handcuffed by police

May. 08, 2021 14:08 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island authorities are investigating the case of a man who died after being handcuffed by police in Providence. Officers were called at around 12:30 a.m. Friday on a report of a man who was screaming in the street and possibly under the...

Planning board approves demolition of 5 buildings

May. 08, 2021 13:52 PM EDT

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — The Newport Planning Board has voted to allow for the demolition of several buildings on Waites Wharf to make way for a proposed 150-room waterfront hotel. The board this week approved in a 5-3 vote the demolition of five buildings listed as...

RI judge rules in favor of fired airport police deputy chief

May. 07, 2021 17:24 PM EDT

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island Superior Court judge has ruled that the state agency that runs T.F. Green Airport mishandled the termination of deputy chief of the airport police and that they did not provide her a hearing under the state Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights. ...

Restrictions on restaurants, other businesses relaxed

May. 07, 2021 14:00 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Restaurants in Rhode Island are free to welcome more customers and the state's houses of worship can welcome more of the faithful starting Friday. Many businesses and other indoor spaces can now operate at 80% capacity under rules announced by...

Rhode Island police officer convicted of assaulting detainee

May. 07, 2021 09:02 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island police officer has been convicted of punching and kneeing a man in custody. Cranston Officer Andrew Leonard, 40, was found guilty Thursday after a three-day bench trial of misdemeanor simple assault, and received a one-year...

Judge finds doctor violated federal labor laws

May. 06, 2021 15:42 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island doctor violated labor laws by failing to pay overtime to more than 100 employees, including medical secretaries, X-ray technicians and medical assistants, a federal judge ruled Thursday. Dr. Anthony Farina Jr., and his sister...