News Minute: Here is the latest Rhode Island news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. EST
PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island's governor and legislative leaders say they will do everything they can to help prevent toy maker Hasbro from leaving the area. Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Senate President Dominick Ruggerio met Tuesday to discuss Hasbro's future. Pawtucket-based Hasbro Inc. employs about 1,000 area residents, but recently announced that it anticipates laying off a percentage of its worldwide workforce after poor third quarter results.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island's Democratic House speaker says he objects to a settlement in a lawsuit that challenged a law limiting the number of registered sex offenders at shelters. Nicholas Mattiello told The Providence Journal the state law hasn't changed and is still enforceable. The law puts a 10-percent limit on the number of shelter beds given to registered sex offenders. The state wasn't enforcing it while a judge considered the legal challenge by homeless advocates.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Prosecutors allege three Rhode Island residents scammed thousands of people in sweepstakes solicitation schemes that netted more than $10 million. The U.S. attorney says a federal judge issued a temporary restraining order Tuesday, prohibiting Michael Shine and his wife Meagan, and Melissa Pinelli from distributing sweepstakes solicitations. Prosecutors say people in 41 states were led to believe they had won prizes, which they could claim by submitting processing fees of $20 to $30.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Federal regulators approved a merger between two New England hospital networks. Boston-based Partners HealthCare confirmed the Federal Trade Commission had approved a deal between Partners and Care New England, Rhode Island's second-largest health care system. State regulators must approve the agreement before Partners finalizes the acquisition.
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