East Providence man sentenced to 26 years in prison for manslaughter

Attorney General Peter F. Neronha announced that Allen Hanson (age 33), of East Providence, pleaded guilty on June 11, 2019 to one count of involuntary manslaughter. Providence County Superior Court Justice Luis M. Matos sentenced Hanson to a 30-year full sentence with 26 years to serve at the ACI and the balance suspended with probation for the 2017 death of Jennifer the case proceeded to trial, the State was prepared to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that on May 20, 2017, Hanson assaulted Silva at her home on Warren Avenue in East Providence and, by his actions, caused her death.…
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NY State Bars Religion as an Excuse Against Vaccines

By VOA News New York is the latest state where parents can no longer refuse to vaccinate children on religious ; Both houses of the New York State Assembly passed the measure Thursday and Governor Andrew Cuomo signed it immediately. The move comes while the United States is experiencing its worst outbreak of measles in 25 years. Parents in New York have up to 30 days to get their children immunized against contagious diseases such as measles, or they would be barred from ; Some parents shouted curses and booed as state lawmakers voted in favor of the bill, calling it a…
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Campaign 2020: Who’s Holding On, Surging, Fuming?

VOA News/Jim Malone WASHINGTON - Joe Biden is holding on, Elizabeth Warren is surging, and President Donald Trump is fuming about recent polls and a Democratic presidential field he says is to the extreme left. It is all part of the latest ups and downs of the 2020 presidential campaign. Former Vice President Biden remains atop the field of nearly two dozen Democratic contenders. A Quinnipiac University poll this week had Biden at 30% among Democratic voters followed by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders at 19% and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren at 15%. Trailing behind were South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete…
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ROADWAY IMPROVEMENTS REQUIRE ONE-MONTH DETOUR ON ROUTE 6 IN SCITUATE

Starting Sunday Night, June 2 As part of roadway improvements on Route 6 in Scituate, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today announced a one-month closure and detour for westbound traffic, from Route 101 to Route 102, starting Sunday night, June 2. Eastbound traffic will not be affected during daytime hours and on weekends, but Route 6 East will be closed for construction within the project limits, Sunday-Thursday nights from 6 to 6   While Route 6 is closed, motorists will follow a signed detour using Route 101 and Route 102. Detour information is available at  The $ million project…
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Trial Begins in Oklahoma Lawsuit Against Opioid Maker Johnson & Johnson

State's attorney Brad Beckworth delivers an opening statement during the opioid trial at the Cleveland County Courthouse in Norman, Oklahoman, May 28, 2019. VOA NEWS A civil lawsuit brought by the state of Oklahoma against drugmaker Johnson & Johnson went to trial Tuesday over the company's alleged role in the opioid epidemic. The first-of-its-kind trial, which holds opioid manufacturers responsible for the drug crisis gripping the country, could have a large impact on other states seeking similar compensation. In opening statements, Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter called the prescription opioid epidemic the "worst man-made public health crisis in the history of our…
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Intense Rainfall in Central US Causing Southern Flooding

VOA NEWS/ASSOCIATED PRESS LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS — Historic flooding is hitting communities along the Arkansas River despite little rain in the region, thanks to downpours in areas farther north and efforts by officials to control the powerful surge of water. Intense rain in Kansas and northeast Oklahoma strained aging dams and levees, and a reservoir in Oklahoma that drains a massive watershed hit record water levels. The Army Corps of Engineers opened a large dam to control the river flow, which put Fort Smith — the second-largest city in Arkansas — in the path of record-breaking flooding expected to last all…
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Trump, Biden Assailing Each Other Way Ahead of 2020 Election

This combination of file photos shows President Donald Trump and former vice president Joe Biden VOA NEWS/Ken Bredemeier The next presidential election is not until November 2020, but Republican President Donald Trump and the leading Democrat trying to oust him, former Vice President Joe Biden, are launching rhetorical slingshots at each other with gusto. Trump, in Japan for a four-day state visit, played golf with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, watched a sumo wrestling match and met Emperor Naruhito, but his mind strayed little from his re-election effort in throwing jabs at Biden, leading in political surveys over two dozen…
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Langevin Joins Members of Congress to Introduce Safe Gun Storage Bill

WASHINGTON — Today, Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) joined members of Congress and advocates to introduce safe gun storage legislation in the House of Representatives. The bill honors the memory of Ethan Song, a Guilford, CT, teenager who accidentally shot himself with an unsecured gun in early ;Ethan’s Law would set federal standards for safe gun storage, as well as give states incentives to create and implement safe gun storage laws. “As someone whose life was forever changed by an accidental gunshot, this issue is personal to me,” said Congressman Jim Langevin who last Congress introduced the Child Gun Access Prevention Act to protect children from unsecured firearms. “The…
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Councilwoman Carmen Castillo to Host Memorial Honoring the Life and Legacy of Jennifer Rivera

Memorial honoring the 19th anniversary of Jennifer Rivera’s untimely death. Providence, RI (May 21, 2019)… Providence City Councilwoman Carmen Castillo will host a memorial service honoring the life and legacy of Jennifer Rivera on the 19th anniversary of her tragic death. The memorial will be attended by members of the City Council, the General Assembly, the Attorney General’s Office, and Ms. Rivera's family. “Jennifer was taken from this world far too soon,” stated Councilwoman Carmen Castillo (Ward 9). “There is not a person in this neighborhood that doesn’t know the tragic story of how Jennifer’s life was cut short by violence. Her life…
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Students Win $12K in Scholarships at Lt. Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge Final Competition

Photo courtesy from LT. Governor's Office 1st place: $5,000 scholarship Providence Detailing by Alejandro Martinez (Providence resident) and Laila Martin (Woonsocket resident), The Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center EAST GREENWICH,  – This weekend, nine local high school students won a total of $12,000 at the second annual Lt. Governor's Entrepreneurship Challenge Final Competition. The Challenge is a business pitch competition that allows Rhode Islanders in grades 9-12 to compete for thousands of dollars in post-secondary scholarships. Lt. Governor Dan McKee hosted the competition at the New England Institute of Technology where he was joined by Ron McLean, President/CEO of the…
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