(Undated) -- Here is the latest news: Taking a look at how the coronavirus vaccination effort is going right now in Rhode Island. The anniversary of the deadly Station nightclub fire was on Saturday. A local hockey player who suffered a serious injury releases a video message hours before his team plays a game.
>>Rhode Island Coronavirus Vaccine Update
(Providence, RI) -- Rhode Island appears to be speeding up its coronavirus vaccination efforts. Data from the New York Times indicates the state on Friday improved to 38th in the U.S. in the percentage of population given at least one shot -- 13 percent -- and RI was ranked 30th for number of people who were given two shots, which was at five-point-eight percent. Any Rhode Island resident 65 and older is now able to register to get vaccinated. Several days after stating he was not satisfied with the COVID vaccine rollout in Rhode Island, incoming governor Dan McKee indicated on Friday that his administration's plan will not be much different. McKee said during a meeting with his COVID advisory task force that he wants more state-run vaccination sites and a strong partnership with RI municipalities.
>>Station Nightclub Fire Anniversary Was This Weekend
(West Warwick, RI) -- Saturday marked the 18th anniversary of The Station nightclub fire in West Warwick. One-hundred people died in the fire caused by pyrotechnics at a rock concert. Survivors of the fire and others visited the Station Fire Memorial Park on the ground where the club once stood on Saturday. WJAR-TV reports no formal service was held, but that a 20th anniversary event is planned.
>>Man Shot And Killed In Pawtucket
(Pawtucket, RI) -- A homicide is being investigated in Pawtucket. Twenty-year-old Jontel Tavares was reportedly shot in a vehicle on Benefit Street on Thursday. Police say the shooting appeared to be targeted.
>>Injured Hockey Player Releases Video Hours Before Team Plays Game
(Attleboro, MA) -- Local high school hockey player A.J. Quetta spoke publicly for the first time on Saturday since suffering a spinal cord injury. Quetta, a North Providence native who played for Bishop Feehan High School in Attleboro, Massachusetts, expressed gratitude for the support he has received since the injury. He also wished his team good luck as they took on rival North Attleboro. Subsequently, that game, which Bishop Feehan won 2-to-1, was dedicated to Quetta.
>>CCRI Gets Money To Help Students Affected By Pandemic
(Warwick, RI) -- The Community College of Rhode Island is receiving over five-million dollars in federal grants to provide additional financial aid to students who have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The Providence Journal reports the money comes from the Governor's Emergency Education Relief Fund. The CCRI website has a link to sign up for COVID-19 recovery scholarships allowing qualified new students to attend tuition-free for two years. Currently-enrolled students could also sign up to get two courses covered this upcoming summer.
>>State Rep Wants Cannabis Legalization Legislation
(Providence, RI) -- A Rhode Island state Representative is calling for the legalization of adult-use marijuana in Rhode Island. William O'Brien of North Providence says he has supported previous legislation and plans to co-sponsor a new bill once it is introduced in the Rhode Island House of Representatives. O'Brien says cannabis products from Massachusetts are entering Rhode Island, and that the Ocean State is left with all of the concerns of legalization without the immense profits.
Jim McCabe/djc RI) MA)
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