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(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: The Rhode Island Senate passes a resolution calling for President Trump to leave office.  The RI Health Department says it is sticking with its COVID-19 vaccine plan despite Trump's Health Secretary telling states to expand access.  The Pawtucket School District is keeping most classes remote through the end of the semester.

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>>Cicilline Selected As Impeachment Manager

(Washington, DC)  --  Rhode Island Congressman David Cicilline is being selected as a manager of President Trump's impeachment trial.  The House is expected to impeach Trump on Wednesday.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi named nine impeachment managers altogether.  Cicilline was one of the authors of the impeachment article introduced against Trump for incitement of insurrection related to the events at the U.S. Capitol last week.

>>State Senate Approves Resolution Calling For President Trump's Removal From Office

(Providence, RI)  --  The Rhode Island Senate approved a resolution on Tuesday calling for President Trump to be removed from office.  No Republicans spoke against the resolution, which was approved through a voice vote.  A similar article is pending in the RI House of Representatives.  The Senate resolution said Trump misled supporters about the results of the election and tried to coerce election officials into changing the results, before calling on supporters in Washington last Wednesday to, quote, "fight like hell".

>>RI Plans To Stick To Vaccine Plan Despite White House Update

(Providence, RI)  --  The Rhode Island Health Department is not planning to follow the Trump administration's directive to open COVID-19 vaccinations to people 65 or older, according to a report from The Providence Journal.  The state is currently prioritizing a group including hospital workers, nursing homes, first-responders, people at the ACI, and Central Falls residents, whose city has been hard-hit.  Rhode Island's plan is to have shots in the arms of people 75 and older in the next couple of months.  A Health Department spokesperson tells the Journal the state is receiving a limited supply of vaccines at this time.

>>Pawtucket Keeping Most Students Remote Through End Of Semester

(Pawtucket, RI)  --  The Pawtucket School District is keeping classes remote for most students for the rest of the school year.  The school committee voted Tuesday to keep grades one through twelve virtual.  State Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green [[ ahn-HELL-ick-uh in-FAHN-tay ]] sent a letter to Pawtucket last week that said the state had addressed the district's concerns about re-opening.  In an interview with WPRI-TV, Infante-Green said she's concerned because Pawtucket is a diverse district with a lot of learners who need additional support.  Infante-Green says Pawtucket is the only district in the state that has not returned to classroom learning.

>>All Quiet On Weather Front This Week, Tracking Weekend Precip

(Undated)  --  Southern New Englanders are enjoying a comfortable mid-January week of weather.  The National Weather Service is predicting a dry and quiet pattern for the rest of the work week with continuing above-normal temperatures.  Forecasters are tracking a couple of systems for the weekend, but only rain is in store at this point.

>>Another Arrest Made From New Year's Day Incident In Cranston

(Cranston, RI)  --  Another individual is facing charges in connection to an incident involving a pack of ATV and dirt bike riders in Cranston on New Year's Day.  Nineteen-year-old Nicholas Zabawar Jr. of Warwick is accused of smashing a police cruiser with his bike helmet.  An officer engaged with the group that had been riding through the city and was reportedly run over by one of the ATV operators before the riders scattered.  Zabawar is the fourth person to be arrested, and police say more could be coming as they continue to investigate.

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