(Undated) -- Here is the latest news: The COVID-19 vaccination effort is continuing in the Ocean State. A rare occasion since her nomination to the Biden cabinet, Governor Gina Raimondo spoke to reporters again on Monday. A recently-published survey reveals whether boaters mind getting near the Block Island wind turbines.
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>>NWS Issues Black Ice Alert
(Undated) -- Drivers all across Southern New England are being told to watch out for black ice this morning. The National Weather Service says there is a risk of slick spots on untreated surfaces because of recent precipitation and snowmelt. The weather service says temperatures will fall around or below-freezing by day break.
>>Rhode Island COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign Continues
(Undated) -- The state of Rhode Island expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all people 65 and older on Monday. The RI Department of Health is directing senior citizens to get vaccinated at one of the two state-run sites in Providence and Cranston, through select CVS or Walgreens or through their cities and towns. The Providence Journal reported the website VaccinateRI.org appeared to have filled over ten-thousand available appointments this week by noon Monday and was accepting registrations for next week later in the afternoon. The state has announced that community clinics scheduled for Tuesday at the Cranston Senior Center, the Swift Community Center in East Greenwich, and the West Warwick Civic Center are being postponed because of nationwide distribution issues.
>>Coronavirus Death Toll In Rhode Island: 2,466
(Providence, RI) -- The coronavirus death toll in Rhode Island increased on Monday to two-thousand-466. The state reported nine new deaths over the weekend. The number of virus cases during the pandemic in the Ocean State was almost at 124-thousand as of yesterday after the state reported over eight-hundred new ones over the three-day period.
>>Governor Raimondo Speaks To Reporters Again, Addresses Several Topics
(Providence, RI) -- Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo on Monday answered questions from reporters for only the second time since her nomination to become U.S. Secretary of Commerce. Raimondo defended the state's COVID-19 vaccine rollout and indicated Rhode Island is moving in the right direction. Following public criticism of her administration from Lieutenant Governor Dan McKee about the vaccine program and a no-show by both at last week's COVID-19 briefing, Raimondo assured reporters yesterday that there is not a rift between the two and that McKee will attend the next COVID briefing. McKee is set to take over for Raimondo upon her Senate confirmation as U.S. Secretary of Commerce. She said yesterday she doesn't know when the confirmation will happen.
>>Two Men Indicted For Fatal Shooting In Pawtucket
(Providence, RI) -- Two Central Falls men are charged with a murder in Pawtucket. The victim of a shooting outside of a car wash on Main Street last October was Julius Bell. The two individuals who were indicted by a Providence County grand jury on Friday are Olivio Leverone and Julio Debarros.
>>Study: Recreational Boaters Avoid BI Wind Turbines, Fishers Not So Much
(New Shoreham, RI) -- A recently-published study tracked boating trends around the Block Island Wind Farm. According to a Westerly Sun report, the study from a University of Rhode Island professor published in the journal "Marine Policy" in December found that recreational boaters try to avoid the five turbines in the farm. It also found that recreational fishermen were more likely to move close to the turbines because fish congregate near the foundations of the structures. The study was part of an effort to understand the impact of offshore wind farms. Block Island is the first and only utility-scale wind energy development in the region, but a number of other projects are pending.
Jim McCabe/djc RI) MA) CT)
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