PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A TV show featuring an 81-year-old municipal court judge in Rhode Island who has made a splash on social media is going national. The producers of "Caught in Providence" have struck a deal with FOX Television Stations to air the show starting next fall. The show is filmed in the courtroom of Judge Frank Caprio, whose humor and compassion have propelled him to more than 1 billion views on social media.
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) - A Rhode Island city councilman charged with making an obscene phone call to a 13-year-old boy he says was sending sexual messages to his daughter has pleaded not guilty. Newport Councilman John Florez was arraigned in Newport District Court on Wednesday and was released on his own recognizance. The member of the non-partisan council says he repeatedly told the boy to stop sending the messages to his 13-year-old daughter and contends he never threatened the boy with harm.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Rhode Island man accused of killing his live-in girlfriend then telling investigators she had been struck by a car has pleaded not guilty to murder. Allen Hanson was ordered held without bail at his arraignment Wednesday in the May death of Jennifer Silva. Police say Hanson had told authorities that Silva had been hit by a car. But police determined that she was actually the victim of a "domestic violence altercation."
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo says she wants to double the number of graduates with degrees in computer science in Rhode Island by 2025. Raimondo spoke at a computer science summit Wednesday at the University of Rhode Island. To double the number of graduates, Raimondo wants to grow computer science programs in schools, improve the quality of computer science educators and ensure computer science opportunities are equitable by closing participating gaps.
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