Remove Paragraph Spacing in Repeating Group?

I have created a blog of sorts which displays the first 250 characters of a rich text formatted string of text in a repeating group. If you look at the pasted image for the first post, is there a way to remove the paragraph spacing between the first 2 sentences so that the text looks like it’s all part of 1 paragraph? The article text was input as rich text, which (I believe) I needed in order to display the full article properly on another page after clicking the article title, but I don’t want this spacing in the repeating group.

I’m surprised no body answered … Yes I would like to know how to strip control characters like e.g. carriage returns from a paragraph string, so that they don’t appear when I show elsewhere .