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(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: Two men accused of disseminating white nationalist papers in East Providence are being sentenced.  An arrest has been made in connection to a serious hit-and-run crash in Tiverton.  The Rhode Island Supreme Court is hitting the pause button on a potential city council removal of the mayor of Woonsocket.

>>RI Men Accused Of Posting Racist Materials Sentenced To Community Service

(Providence, RI)  --  Two men accused of posting recruitment papers for a white nationalist group in East Providence are being sentenced to 20 hours of community service.  The Providence Journal reports Stephen Farrea of Portsmouth and Austin Conti of Warwick pleaded no contest to obstruction of a police officer in Providence District Court this week.  Farrea and Conti previously pleaded not guilty in East Providence municipal court to violating city ordinances by posting the flyers on utility poles back in June.  A trial for both men in that case is scheduled for October 20th.

>>Arrest Made In East Bay Hit-And-Run

(Tiverton, RI)  --  Police have arrested a man accused of causing a serious hit-and-run crash in Tiverton.  WPRI-TV reports Sakhorn Tieng of Fall River is facing extradition to Rhode Island for felony assault and leaving the scene of the crash which happened last Sunday night on Bulgarmarsh Road.  Investigators believe the incident stemmed from a case of road rage.  The victim, a 32-year-old from Tiverton, reportedly suffered severe head trauma and limb injuries, and remains in critical hospital condition.

>>State Supreme Court Intervenes In Meeting To Consider Woonsocket Mayor Removal

(Woonsocket, RI)  --  The Rhode Island Supreme Court is stopping the Woonsocket City Council from potentially removing Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt from office.  WJAR-TV reports the court has scheduled a conference to review the matter on September 22nd.  A complaint had been filed by City Council member Denise Sierra, who claimed the mayor violated her duties, including not submitting financial reports monthly.  The council was scheduled to discuss the complaint at a meeting on Thursday night.

>>Patriots At Steelers Week 2

(Pittsburgh, PA)  --  The New England Patriots are playing at the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.  Kickoff from Acrisure Stadium, formerly known as Heinz Field, is at 1 p.m.  New England lost its season opener at Miami last weekend.  Despite injuring his back in Week 1, and missing Thursday's practice because of an illness, Mac Jones is expected to get the start at quarterback.

>>Lane Shift On I-95

(Providence, RI)  --  A big change for drivers on Route 95 on Providence starts Friday night.  Northbound vehicles in the high-speed lane will be directed onto the new Providence Viaduct Bridge.  The Rhode Island Department of Transportation says the split will be near the downtown exit.  To avoid causing a crash, RIDOT says drivers should avoid slowing down or suddenly changing lanes at the split.  Additional lanes will be moved over to the new bridge in about two weeks.

>>Rubius Therapeutics Laying Off Rhode Island Workers

(Smithfield, RI)  --  A Rhode Island biotech company is announcing layoffs.  The Providence Business News reports Rubius Therapeutics is planning to let go of about 70 employees at its Smithfield facility, which represents nearly three-quarters of the workforce.  The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based company is also exploring the potential sale of the manufacturing center off Douglas Pike.

>>Officials Address 'Rumor' Of Litter Boxes In School Bathroom

(North Kingstown, RI)  --  North Kingstown school officials are denying claims that a litter box was put in a school bathroom to accommodate students who identify as cats.  WLNE-TV reports the allegation was brought forward by town councilor Mary Brimer, who said she heard about it from several parents.  The issue was brought up at a town council meeting on Wednesday.  The North Kingstown superintendent emailed parents calling the litter box claim a "baseless rumor."

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