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(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: Governor Raimondo is still committed to in-person learning for schools in Rhode Island despite a rise in coronavirus cases.  RI mail-ballot voters are being provided a tool to check the status of those ballots.  Some Ocean State residents are engineering socially-distant Halloween candy distribution systems.

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>>Rain From Zeta For RI, Snow For Northern Part Friday

(Undated)  --  The remnants of Hurricane Zeta will bring precipitation to New England today and early tomorrow.  Only rain is currently predicted for the southern part of the state up to Providence, with up to two-to-three inches possible.  The forecast also calls for the first snow of the season in northern Rhode Island on Friday; up to an inch is currently being predicted.

>>Raimondo Committed To In-Person Schooling Despite Virus Cases Rising

(Providence, RI)  --  Governor Gina Raimondo on Wednesday said she does not plan to transition the state's school system to remote learning as Rhode Island deals with a spike in coronavirus cases.  Raimondo said she does not see evidence that in-person learning is fueling the spread of the virus.  The governor said there's no data to suggest remote-learning is safer for teachers and students, because she said they are still getting COVID at similar and higher rates than they are at school.

>>Mail Ballot Tracker Launched

(Providence, RI)  --  The state Board of Elections is providing a way for Rhode Islanders who are voting in next week's election by mail to check the status of the ballots.  The mail ballot tracker is available online at elections.RI.gov.  Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea [[ gore-BAY-uh ]] on Tuesday asked any voter who still has a mail ballot to return them via secure drop-boxes located in every community.  Those drop-boxes can be found at vote.ri.gov.

>>State Reports Big Increase In Accidental Drug Overdose Deaths

(Providence, RI)  --  The Rhode Island Department of Health is reporting a sharp increase in accidental drug overdose deaths in 2020.  A report released Wednesday accounts for the first seven months.  In July, more Ocean State residents died of drug overdoses than any month since the state started tracking such data.  Stressors and isolation from the COVID-19 pandemic are believed to be factors, but the health department notes the increase began before the pandemic arrived.  An emergency meeting was held in July, and the state says action steps coming out of that meeting are being implemented or are in planning phases.

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>>Man Convicted Of Sex Assault Near URI Narragansett Campus

(Wakefield, RI)  --  A man has been convicted for a sexual assault near the beach at the University of Rhode Island's Bay Campus in Narragansett.  The Rhode Island Attorney General's Office says Angelo Fraley of Charlestown was found guilty in a jury-waived trial last week in Washington County Superior Court.  The state says the 2015 incident happened after Fraley and the victim had spent time together with a group of friends at the beach.  A sentencing hearing is pending.

>>Catapult, Luge Among Objects Built By RI'ers To Distribute Candy

(Undated)  --  Some Rhode Island residents are coming up with creative ways to give out Halloween candy in a socially-distant manner.  A family in Barrington has created a twelve-foot wooden catapult.  A man from Warwick, Marc Berman, was also interviewed by local news outlets this month after he built a 22-foot-long candy "luge" made of PVC piping.  The state is asking people to not make candy available in a bowl, but instead they should leave the treats in goodie bags or spread out on a baking sheet.
 
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