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(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: Coronavirus vaccines are being distributed to nursing homes in the Ocean State.  Another ACI inmate who had the virus has died.  The Patriots host the Buffalo Bills on Monday Night Football.

>>Coronavirus Vaccines To Be Distributed At Rhode Island Nursing Homes

(Undated)  --  Rhode Island nursing homes are set to begin receiving coronavirus vaccines on Monday.  The effort is being coordinated through the state health department, CVS and Walgreens and will begin in Central Falls, Pawtucket and Providence.  The Rhode Island Health Care Association, which represents nursing homes, says there are about seven-thousand residents in the state.  According to a Providence Journal report, nearly twelve-hundred COVID deaths in RI have been people living in nursing homes or assisted-living centers, making up 70-percent of the state's death toll.

>>Another ACI Inmate Who Had COVID Has Died

(Cranston, RI)  --  A second death of an Adult Correctional Institutions inmate who contracted COVID-19 is being reported this month.  The state says the 79-year-old man, whose name was not released, died on Christmas.  He was in the medium-security unit serving a life sentence for murder.  The Rhode Island Department of Corrections says the inmate had other serious complicating health conditions which contributed to his death.  A DOC spokesperson tells WJAR-TV prison inmates are now getting COVID vaccinations.

>>Christmas Day Rainfall Record Set In Providence

(Providence, RI)  --  The National Weather Service says Providence broke a daily rainfall record this Christmas.  The Rhode Island capital city received two-point-nine-five inches of rain on Friday, breaking the record set in 1978 when one-point-six-eight inches was measured.  Included in the storm reports from Friday's wind-and-rain event, the weather service said I-95 in Warwick and Wampanoag Trail in East Providence both flooded at around noon.

>>Patriots Host Buffalo Bills Tonight

(Foxboro, MA)  --  The New England Patriots are down to their last two games of the 2020 NFL season.  The 6-and-8 Pats host the Buffalo Bills tonight, with kickoff scheduled for 8:15.  Buffalo, at 11-and-3, has clinched the AFC East Division title for the first time since 1995, while New England will miss the playoffs for only the second time this century.  The Patriots are expected to start Cam Newton at quarterback tonight, according to multiple media reports.

>>Fire Damages Important Masonic Lodge In Providence

(Providence, RI)  --  Fire struck an important building for the black community of Providence and beyond on Christmas morning.  Major damage was caused to the Prince Hall Masonic Temple on Eddy Street.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation.  The lodge has ties to the first black mason lodge in North America founded in the late 18th century.

>>Car Tax Bills To Go Out In Pawtucket

(Pawtucket, RI)  --  The city of Pawtucket is sending out car tax bills that were delayed because of the previous uncertainty with the state budget, according to a report from the Valley Breeze.  Mayor Donald Grebien [[ GRAY-be-in ]] says the city will send out bills by the end of January.  The mayor also says interest penalties are being waived through the end of the fiscal year.  The city treasurer says grace periods are being extended for the two most recent annual car tax payment due dates, as well as the first couple of due dates of 2021. 

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