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Rhode Island News as of 08/06/20 of 7:58am

(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: National Grid continues to work on restoring power to Rhode Island customers.  Governor Raimondo reacts to Rhode Island being placed on coronavirus travel quarantine lists of several other Northeast states.  Hasbro removes a toy after receiving a complaint.
 
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>>National Grid Whittling Down Number Of Outages After Isaias
 
(Undated)  --  As of midnight, National Grid was at over 27-thousand customers in Rhode Island without electricity stemming from Tropical Storm Isaias [[ ee-sah-EE-ahs ]].  National Grid said the storm brought heavy, damaging winds and rain to New England on Tuesday, knocking down full trees and limbs and contributing to widespread power outages across the region.  The company said the most impacted communities in Rhode Island are Coventry, Cranston, Cumberland and Providence.  Governor Gina Raimondo said yesterday that she surveyed damage in the state and said all areas including hospitals, nursing homes and critical infrastructure have had power restored.
 
>>Governor Reacts To RI's Placement On Other State's Travel Lists
 
(Providence, RI)  --  Governor Gina Raimondo said yesterday she thinks Rhode Island can very quickly get off the coronavirus travel restriction lists of several Northeast states.  The states that acted this week are New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts.  Raimondo said this is a wake-up call that Rhode Island needs to do better.  The governor also said starting Sunday, anyone trying to check into a hotel or other establishment from one of the thirty-plus states with a positive rate of five percent or more will have to verify a timely negative coronavirus test or they won't be able to stay there.
 
>>New Labs Added For Quicker Test Results
 
(Providence, RI)  --  Coronavirus testing delays have been an issue in Rhode Island with results taking a week or more.  Governor Raimondo delivered good news on that front on Wednesday: she said the state has contracted with two new labs, Accu Reference and Rhode Island-based Dominion Diagnostics, guaranteeing results within 48 hours.  Raimondo said they will each run one-thousand tests per day to start, and by next month, Dominion will increase capacity to seven-thousand per day, bringing the state's capacity to nine-thousand per day overall.  The governor said the increased testing is key to getting kids back to school safely.
 
>>New Unit Of State Police Set Up For Social Gathering Enforcement
 
(Providence, RI)  --  The state is cracking down more on social gatherings.  The governor said yesterday a new unit of the Rhode Island State Police has been established just to handle this.  If someone wants to report a social gathering that is too big, they can call the following number: 401-764-5554.  The fine for violating a social gathering limit can be up to five-hundred dollars.
 
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>>Hasbro Removes 'Trolls' Doll After Complaint
 
(Pawtucket, RI)  --  Hasbro is removing a doll after receiving complaints about it grooming children for sexual abuse.  An online petition takes issue with the DreamWorks "Trolls World Tour Giggle and Sing" doll because a button to activate sounds is placed between its legs.  Hasbro announced it was pulling the toy from store shelves on Wednesday.  A spokesperson told The Providence Journal the company recognizes the design may be perceived as inappropriate.
 
>>Red Sox Blank Rays To End Losing Streak
 
(St. Petersburg, FL)  --  The Red Sox ended their losing streak on Wednesday with a five-to-nothing win over the Tampa Bay Rays.  Boston is now at four wins and eight losses on the season.  The Sox are off today before returning to Fenway Park for a series against the Toronto Blue Jays.
 
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