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Trolls doll pulled after complaints it promotes child abuse

Aug. 5, 2020 6:25 PM EDT

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — A Trolls doll is being pulled off store shelves amid complaints it promotes child abuse. Toymaker Hasbro said Wednesday that it’s in the process of removing the “Trolls World Tour Giggle and Sing Poppy” from the market and will be offering customers a...

Providence to offer more students remote learning option

Aug. 3, 2020 2:28 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Providence public schools are offering remote learning to any student whose parents request it this fall, school officials said Monday. Originally, remote learning was only being made available to students with special needs and health issues, but parents of other students...

Pawtucket, Central Falls share $230,000 development grant

Aug. 2, 2020 8:11 AM EDT

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — The cities of Pawtucket and Central Falls have received a $230,000 federal grant to create a joint economic development action plan. The funding from the U.S. Economic Development Administration will be used to develop a detailed economic development plan to guide growth in the two...

Rhode Island man gets 2 life sentences for break-ins, murder

Jul. 30, 2020 9:57 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man has been sentenced to two consecutive life sentences plus 40 years in prison for two burglaries at the same home and the fatal shooting of the resident during the second break-in, authorities say. Juan Gibson, 49, of Providence, was sentenced by a judge Wednesday...

FILE - In this July 27, 2019, file photo, Boston Red Sox's Eduardo Rodriguez pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

Red Sox LHP Rodriguez in Boston in step toward returning

Jul. 17, 2020 5:56 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodríguez, who had been the team’s likely opening day starter before testing positive for COVID-19, is in Boston and making progress toward working out with the team, manager Ron Roenicke said Friday. Reliever Darwinzon Hernandez has also arrived in...

Inmate who ran crack cocaine ring from behind bars sentenced

Jul. 8, 2020 3:25 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man convicted of continuing to run a crack cocaine trafficking ring while an inmate at the state prison with the help of his mother has been sentenced to more than six years in a federal prison, prosecutors said Wednesday. Fellow inmates provided James Gomes, 33, of...

Technical study begins on future of PawSox stadium

Jul. 8, 2020 8:24 AM EDT

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — A technical survey is beginning at the minor league baseball stadium in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, to explore possible future uses of the site. Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien said engineers are doing ground borings and collecting data to determine the stability of the site. The McCoy...

Teacher's aide faces sex solicitation of a minor charges

Jul. 1, 2020 2:02 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A teacher's assistant at a Rhode Island high school who is also a children's summer camp counselor was charged Wednesday with soliciting sex from someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl. Alexander Carlson, 26, of Lincoln, faces two counts of indecent solicitation of a child and...

Rhode Island lawmakers running unopposed for reelection

Jun. 25, 2020 2:29 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — More than a third of the 113 Rhode Island legislators running for reelection are running unopposed. At least 38 of the contested elections feature same party candidates battling for one seat, the Providence Journal reported. Republican Rep. John Lyle of Lincoln is seeking...