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(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee plans to sign a climate change bill passed by the state legislature.  A body found in East Providence on Tuesday has been identified.  Brown University is mandating students get vaccinated for COVID-19.

>>RI General Assembly Passes Climate Change Bill

(Providence, RI)  --  A bill that makes a binding commitment to reduce carbon emissions in Rhode Island is headed to the governor's desk, and he says he plans on signing it.  The Act on Climate passed by the state legislature on Tuesday would require development of a plan to reduce emissions to net-zero by 2050.  Governor Dan McKee had expressed concerns about the part of the legislation that would allow enforcement lawsuits to be filed against the state.  But McKee says his concerns have been addressed by the Rhode Island Attorney General's Office.

>>Legislators Want Medical Services Chief At State Hospital Dismissed

(Burrillville, RI)  --  Two Rhode Island lawmakers are calling for the immediate dismissal of the state hospital's chief of medical services over an ongoing crisis of care.  Republican state Representative David Place says Dr. Andrew Stone undermined the director of the state agency that runs the hospital, who herself resigned this week, by ordering the removal of patients from the Eleanor Slater Hospital location in Burrillville.  Senate Minority Whip Jessica de la Cruz says the situation at the Zambarano unit has deteriorated to the point where the action is needed, citing poor patient treatment and a toxic culture.  The legislators have been working to prevent the closure of the hospital, which they say provides desperately-needed care that is not available elsewhere in the state.

>>Body Found In East Providence ID'd

(East Providence, RI)  --  The name of the individual whose dead body was found on the riverfront in East Providence on Tuesday morning has been released.  Dennis Lonardo Sr. had been missing since March.  Authorities say Lonardo lived alone on a boat at the East Providence Yacht Club and had fallen into the water.  His body was reportedly found on the shoreline along the East Bay Bike Path.

>>Brown To Require Student Vaccinations

(Providence, RI)  --  Brown University is requiring that students get COVID-19 vaccinations to return to campus next fall.  The Ivy League school will allow for medical and religious exemptions.  This is the second institution of higher learning in the Ocean State to announce such a policy; Roger Williams University shared the news last week.

>>Popular Neighborhood Restaurant Demolished In Providence

(Providence, RI)  --  A popular restaurant building in Providence was demolished over the weekend.  The Duck and Bunny on Wickenden Street in Fox Point had been closed since 2019, and apparently there were plans to rehab the building that were scrapped because of its poor condition.  The old colonial was built in 1900 but was not on a historic registry.  Multiple media reports indicate the demolition left people who were fans not only of the restaurant, but the building itself surprised and saddened.

>>DEM Issues Boat Safety Advisory At Start Of Trout Season

(Providence, RI)  --  Trout fishing season begins in Rhode Island today.  The state Department of Environmental Management is reminding anglers, especially those fishing from a boat, to exercise personal safety precautions including the wearing of a life jacket.  The DEM warns that water temperatures at this time of year can linger in the low-to-mid-50s, greatly increasing the likelihood of death in a boating accident.

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