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(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: Governor Raimondo is trying to quash an uptick in COVID cases in Rhode Island.  Providence city councilors want the mayor to address violence in the city after the latest fatal shooting.  Patriots quarterback Cam Newton is returning to practice after getting the coronavirus.

>>Raimondo Previews New Restrictions, Gives Holiday Advice, Business Grants Expanded

(Providence, RI)  --  Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo said Wednesday she will be announcing new restrictions in response to an increase in coronavirus cases in the state.  The governor disclosed that she won't be moving back a phase or enacting large new restrictions on restaurants and other businesses.  Raimondo, who said the uptick is being fueled by small social gatherings, urged people planning Halloween parties to cancel them and to re-think plans to travel for Thanksgiving.  The governor also announced yesterday major expansions to the Restore RI business grant program, which is being funded through CARES Act money.

>>Raimondo Criticizes Pawtucket For Remote Learning; Superintendent Responds

(Pawtucket, RI)  --  Governor Raimondo singled out the Pawtucket School District on Wednesday for continuing to operate via remote learning.  Raimondo asked why the school district is depriving kids of an in-school learning opportunity, comparing Pawtucket to Providence, where elementary schools are open.  The Pawtucket superintendent responded with a statement that said the school committee made a data-based decision.

>>Shooting Victim ID'd; Councilors Call For Mayor To Address Violence

(Providence, RI)  --  Police have identified the person who died in a shooting in Providence on Tuesday as 19-year-old Deshaun Dure.  Three people total were shot in a vehicle outside the Rhode Island School for the Deaf.  The other two remain hospitalized.  Amid calls for more police staffing, members of the Providence City Council came together on Wednesday demanding Mayor Jorge Elorza address the recent period of heightened violence.  Elorza responded by criticizing Council President Sabina Matos for previously wanting to take money away from the police budget and also now wanting to hire more officers.

>>Cam Newton Set To Return To Patriots Practice

(Foxboro, MA)  --  Patriots starting quarterback Cam Newton is set to return to practice on Thursday.  Newton missed the team's last game after being diagnosed with COVID-19.  The Patriots have not reported any new positive cases since Sunday; the total number of players reported to have been diagnosed was four.  The Pats are preparing to host the Denver Broncos this upcoming Sunday in a game that was re-scheduled from Columbus Day weekend.

>>Arrestee In I-95 Protest Was Arrested In July Protest Also

(Providence, RI)  --  One of the seven people arrested for protesting on I-95 with a UHaul truck blocking traffic in Providence this week is a repeat offender.  A report from WPRI-TV highlights the arrest of Najeli Rodriguez of Providence, noting she was previously picked up for blocking a public roadway during a demonstration outside the Providence Public Safety Complex in July.  Rodriguez was also charged with assaulting a police officer.  The I-95 protest on Monday was reportedly related to Columbus Day/Indigenous People's Day.

>>RIDOT Road Project Completed In Wakefield

(Wakefield, RI)  --  Officials including Senator Jack Reed and both Rhode Island congressmen celebrated the completion of a road project in Wakefield on Wednesday.  The nearly-four-million-dollar project resurfaced a half-mile of badly-deteriorated roadway on Old Tower Hill Road from the Route 1 interchange to the intersection with Route 108.  RIDOT says the project also added a bike line in both directions.

>>College Basketball/Hockey Postseason Action Scheduled In Providence

(Providence, RI)  --  Providence College announced Wednesday that March Madness is coming back to the Dunkin' Donuts Center in 2025.  The Dunk previously hosted the NCAA tournament in 2010 and 2016.  Also yesterday, the NCAA said Brown University will host the NCAA Hockey East Regional at the arena in 2024.

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