News Minute: Here is the latest Rhode Island news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. EDT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Federal authorities have reached an agreement with Stop & Shop supermarkets to make checkout aisles in the chain's more than 400 stores more accessible to the disabled to comply with federal law. The agreement announced Tuesday by the U.S. attorney for Rhode Island comes following an investigation launched when a resident complained about accessibility issues. The agreement applies to Stop & Shops in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey and New York.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo and Republican gubernatorial hopeful Allan Fung would take different approaches to protecting abortion rights and enforcing immigration law. Raimondo wants the legislature to codify the Roe v. Wade ruling. Fung wouldn't support anything that permits late-term abortions. The front-runners in the race sought to communicate their differences to voters in their second debate Monday night. They disagreed over the role of state police in enforcing immigration law.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The ringleader of a group that created and filled fraudulent prescriptions for about 21,000 opioid pills has been sentenced to six years in prison. Robert Rose was also sentenced Monday to five years of probation. Federal prosecutors say the 52-year-old Providence man ran the ring that used stolen identities and medical practitioner identification numbers to create the fake prescriptions that were often fraudulently paid for with medical insurance.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Attention would-be leaf peepers: Even if fall is a bit player where you live, PBS has got you covered. A three-night public TV series, AutumnWatch New England," promises to showcase seasonal glories including the great outdoors, food and fall traditions. Highlights include a New Hampshire pumpkin festival and Maine's Fryeburg Fair, held annually since 1851. "AutumnWatch New England" airs Wednesday through Friday on public TV stations.
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