(Undated) -- Here is the latest news: Thousands of additional COVID-19 vaccine appointments are being made available in Rhode Island today. A confirmation hearing has been set for the nominee to serve as the state's next lieutenant governor. An update on the saga of a steer that escaped its fate at a local slaughterhouse and avoided capture for nearly two months.
>>More Vaccine Appointments Being Released Today
(Providence, RI) -- Approximately seven-thousand COVID-19 vaccine appointments at vaccination sites in Rhode Island will be made available on Tuesday. The doses are for the mass vaccination sites in Providence and Cranston and the regional sites in Westerly, Johnston and East Providence. The state says starting this week, Rhode Islanders can pre-register for a vaccine by visiting portal.RI.gov or by calling 844-930-1779.
>>Confirmation Hearing For Lieutenant Governor Nominee Scheduled
(Providence, RI) -- The Rhode Island Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduling a meeting Thursday for the confirmation of Sabina Matos [[ suh-BEE-nuh MATT-ohs ]] as the next lieutenant governor of the state. Governor Dan McKee officially submitted a letter of appointment on Monday for Matos, who is the president of the Providence City Council. If confirmed, Matos will be the first person of color and the second woman to serve as lieutenant governor. McKee held the position until he became governor last month.
>>Former U.S. Attorney In Rhode Island Joins Law Firm
(Johnston, RI) -- Former United States Attorney in the Rhode Island district Aaron Weisman [[ WISE-minn ]] is staying in the state to begin a new job. Pannone, Lopes, Devereaux and O'Gara, based in Johnston, made the announcement that Weisman was joining their firm last week. Weisman worked for the Rhode Island Attorney General's Office before leading the federal prosecutor's office in Providence from January 2019 to February of this year.
>>A Beloved Pawtucket City Councilor Has Died
(Pawtucket, RI) -- A Pawtucket City Council member has died. City leaders said Monday they were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Ama Amponsah [[ AH-muh am-PON-sah ]]. "Mama Ama", as she was known, owned a convenience store and represented the city's Fifth District.
>>Trio Charged With Selling Cars Featuring Tampered Odometers
(Providence, RI) -- The Rhode Island State Police is accusing several people of tampering with odometers on cars for sale. The RISP says Pablo Beato [[ bee-AH-toe ]] and Bersania and Eddy Bencosme [[ ben-CAUSE-may ]], all from Providence, advertised more than fifty vehicles for sale online, which were registered in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Authorities say the odometers were rolled back and featured fraudulent paperwork. Anyone with information regarding a vehicle connected to the investigation is being asked to call detectives at 401-462-5744.
>>Animal Sanctuary's Bid To Take On Recaptured Steer Unsuccessful
(Undated) -- Someone offered to purchase the steer that was on the loose in Rhode Island earlier this year and the owner apparently accepted. That's according to New Jersey-based Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue, which had been interested in taking in the steer. It had escaped en route to a slaughterhouse in Johnston in early February and roamed the town until its capture in late March. Skylands Animal Sanctuary says it is unsure about the steer's future.
Jim McCabe/jb RI) NJ) MA) CT)
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