News Minute: Here is the latest Rhode Island news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. EDT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island's General Assembly has passed a compromise version of legislation to give victims of childhood sexual abuse more time to sue. The Senate's leadership agreed to a provision for lawsuits based on recovered memories. That provision previously passed in the House version. The Senate had removed it, upsetting the bill's sponsors and abuse victims.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo says the findings of an independent review of the Providence public school system are devastating and shed a light on what is clearly a broken system. Raimondo held a news conference Wednesday with Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza and Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green. The scathing 93-page report by the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy found everyone from the school district to the teachers' union to the state is failing the city's children.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Police say a man has been shot to death while waiting for a car to get fixed at a Rhode Island auto body shop. Providence police Maj. David Lapatin says the man was at LaTour Auto Body when he was shot at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. He was identified Wednesday as 36-year-old Freddy Tola, of Providence. Lapatin says it appears the victim was targeted and there was no word on any arrests.
EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. (AP) - The suspect in a fatal stabbing at an East Longmeadow home has pleaded not guilty. Matthew Scavotto was held without bail after pleading not guilty Wednesday in Palmer District Court to murder. Police responded to the home on Somers Road, which is Route 83, on Tuesday afternoon. No information about the victim has been released.
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