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(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: Dan McKee was sworn in as governor of Rhode Island on Tuesday night.  Voters in the Ocean State passed bond referendums authorizing hundreds of millions of dollars in borrowing yesterday.  National Grid is working to get power back for everyone in New England after Monday night's windstorm.

>>Dan McKee Is Sworn In As New Rhode Island Governor

(Providence, RI)  --  Dan McKee is the 76th governor of the state of Rhode Island.  The Democrat McKee, previously a two-term lieutenant governor and the mayor of Cumberland before that, was sworn in at the State House Tuesday night after Gina Raimondo resigned the governorship following her confirmation as the next U.S. Commerce Secretary.  McKee plans to hold a public inauguration ceremony on Sunday.

>>Voters Pass Bond Referendums Totaling $400 Million

(Undated)  --  Rhode Island voters approved seven bond referendums on Tuesday authorizing four-hundred-million dollars in borrowing.  The most tightly-contested question was also the largest spending item, over one-hundred-million dollars for construction projects at the Ocean State's public colleges.  About sixty-percent of the hundred-thousand-plus people who went to the polls yesterday voted in favor of that question.  Ample amounts were also approved for projects in state recreational areas, housing and transportation infrastructure.

>>More UK COVID Variants ID'd In RI

(Providence, RI)  --  The Rhode Island Department of Health is identifying four new cases of the "UK variant" coronavirus strain.  The state has now reported seven cases total.  The UK strain is considered more contagious.

>>National Grid Busy In New England After Windstorm

(Undated)  --  National Grid reported about two-hundred power outages overnight Wednesday in Rhode Island that were lingering from Monday night's powerful windstorm.  The storm, which the National Weather Service said packed winds of up to 65 miles per hour, had initially knocked out power for thousands in the Ocean State.  National Grid said last night that it had restored electricity to over one-hundred-thousand customers in New England, and that many of the remaining outages involve damage that will require multiple repairs before service can be restored.

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>>Man Sentenced For Sex Assault At Pawtucket Home

(Providence, RI)  --  A Cumberland man is being sentenced to twenty-two years in the ACI for first-degree sexual assault.  The Rhode Island Attorney General's Office accused James Robinson of assaulting a victim who was known to him at a home in Pawtucket in 2019.  Robinson was convicted by a Providence County Superior Court Jury in a trial last month.

>>Name Of Providence Shooting Victim Released

(Providence, RI)  --  Police have identified the victim of a weekend fatal shooting in Providence.  The name of the 19-year-old who died was Johnjairo Brito.  The victim was reportedly sitting in a car on Academy Avenue when the shooting happened on Saturday.  Police believe Brito was targeted.

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