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News Minute: Here is the latest Rhode Island news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. EST

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Large crowds gathered in front of the Statehouse for the Rhode Island's Women's March, part worldwide rallies for female empowerment. Many of the participants in the Providence event wore pink and carried signs denouncing President Donald Trump. Organizers said the event focused on efforts to register women to vote and connect people to volunteers to social justice organizations.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island and several of its cities and towns plan to announce legal action against companies that officials say are responsible for the proliferation of prescription opioids in the state. Democratic Lt. Gov. Dan McKee's office says the "joint initiative" with officials from will Warwick, Central Falls, Pawtucket, North Providence, Cumberland and Johnston will be announced on Monday.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - An annual show that lampoons politics in Rhode Island is coming to an end. The last edition of the Providence Newspaper Guild Follies will be held on Feb. 23. Union president John Hill tells the Providence Journal that the decision to end the follies after more than 40 years was "agonizing." He cited ticket sales and declining membership in the guild.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - State environmental officials say they will be stocking ponds with trout for the winter fishing season. The Department of Environmental Management says it's adding about 4,200 brook and rainbow trout to ponds across the state from Tuesday to Thursday. The hatchery-raised trout weigh one to one and a half pounds.

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