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Johnston mom charged with feeding baby methadone

JOHNSTON, R.I. (AP) - A Johnston mother faces felony child abuse charges after police say she accidently fed her baby from a bottle she had used to store methadone.

Police say the 6-month-old girl was unresponsive when she was brought to Hasbro Children's Hospital on July 10th, but has recovered.

They say 27-year-old Carissa Manning told them she accidently mixed baby formula with her prescription drug in the bottle. She called 911 after the girl become cold and would not wake up.

Manning was arraigned Wednesday and released on a promise to appear in court on Sept. 24. She also was ordered to have no contact with her daughter, who has been placed with another relative.

Manning has no listed phone number and an attempt to reach her for comment Friday was not successful.


Judge denies Hernandez's request for dismissal

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) - A judge has rejected a motion by lawyers for Aaron Hernandez to dismiss charges stemming from the 2013 slaying of a Boston man whose body was found near the former New England Patriot player's home.

Hernandez's lawyers argued that prosecutors hadn't shown probable cause to sustain the murder charge against Hernandez in the death of Odin Lloyd and hadn't presented any evidence or motive for the slaying.

The Bristol Superior Court judge said in her ruling Thursday that probable cause, and a defendant's guilt, can be established by circumstantial evidence, and prosecutors don't need to prove a motive to secure a murder conviction.

Hernandez is being held without bail after pleading not guilty to killing Lloyd, who was dating Hernandez's fiancee's sister. His trial is scheduled to start Jan. 9.


Providence awarded $3 million for new high schools

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Carnegie Foundation has awarded a $3 million grant to Providence to develop two small, non-traditional high schools.

Providence School Superintendent Susan Lusi says the two schools each will have no more than 450 students.

She says the idea is to close the city's learning gap by meeting each student and his or her education level and using innovated teaching methods to prepare those students to succeed at a college level. Those methods could include longer days, weekend classes and online learning.

The schools are expected to be opened in existing buildings, with enrollment starting with a group of ninth graders in 2015.

The city plans to use part of the three-year grant to hire two experts to design and lead the high schools.


North Smithfield teacher accused in school theft

NORTH SMITHFIELD, R.I. (AP) - A teacher at North Smithfield Middle School is accused of stealing almost $7,000 from the school department.

Police on Thursday charged 29-year-old Brian Chuey of Cranston with larceny.

Police say Chuey stole $6,866 dollars in cash, but did not provide any other details of the theft.

Ben Scungio, a lawyer for the School Department, declined to say whether Chuey is still employed there, but told the Woonsocket Call that any employee accused of wrongdoing is entitled to a hearing before the School Committee.

Chuey, who also coached basketball and golf at the school, was being held Thursday pending an appearance before a justice of the peace.

A phone call seeking comment from him Friday morning went unanswered.


Newport Folk Festival celebrates 55th anniversary

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) - The Newport Folk Festival is kicking off three days of music at Fort Adams.

The sold-out festival begins Friday with a lineup that includes Ryan Adams, Jimmy Cliff and Band of Horses along with some lesser-known acts including Rhode Island-based Death Vessel.

It continues Saturday and Sunday with acts including Jack White and Mavis Staples.

This year will be the first since the death of folk singer and banjo player Pete Seeger, who helped start the festival 55 years ago. He was involved in it until he died.

Seeger's legacy will be honored this year with a special program called For Pete's Sake, which will feature performances and workshops by a variety of traditional folk acts.

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