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(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: Legislation was signed over the weekend in Rhode Island to eliminate greenhouse gases in three decades.  The head of the embattled agency in charge of the state hospital is getting a new director.  Coronavirus vaccine eligibility is being expanded in Woonsocket.

>>Rhode Island Governor Signs Climate Change Bill

(Newport, RI)  --  Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee signed a climate change bill on Saturday which sets a legally-enforced goal of reducing carbon emissions to net-zero by 2050.  McKee signed the bill at Bowen's Wharf in Newport.  He said with four-hundred miles of coastline, Rhode Island is on the front lines of the climate change crisis.  The governor said the legislation is a moral imperative as well as an opportunity to enhance the state's economy.

>>Interim Director Appointed For State Agency Which Oversees State Hospital

(Providence, RI)  --  Governor McKee is asking Rhode Island Health and Human Services Secretary Womazetta Jones to also run the state Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals on an interim  basis.  The BHDDH has gotten caught up in a criticized plan to downsize the state hospital.  A state legislative committee held a four-hour hearing on the issue last week.  Jones is being asked to conduct a thorough review of the department and make recommendations to the governor on issues including quality standards for patient care.

>>Cities Declare Victory In Fight Against Trump Era Immigration Directives

(Undated)  --  A legal battle between two Rhode Island cities and the Department of Justice that began during the Trump administration is over.  The cities of Providence and Central Falls filed a lawsuit in 2018 to prevent the DOJ from requiring adherence to immigration enforcement policies in order to receive a federal justice grant.  Under a new president, the Justice Department has dropped its appeal of previous court victories notched by the cities.  Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza described as "unconstitutional overreach" the Trump-era directives, which would have required local law enforcement to assist the Department of Homeland Security when illegal immigrants are arrested.

>>All Adults Can Get Vaccinated In Woonsocket

(Woonsocket, RI)  --  Rhode Island has expanded coronavirus vaccine eligibility in the city of Woonsocket to everyone 16 and over.  This is part of the state's effort to get shots out to communities that have been hit the hardest by the virus.  The RI Department of Health says Woonsocket has the lowest vaccination coverage rate in the Ocean State.

>>New Hampshire Driver Killed In I-95 Crash

(West Greenwich, RI)  --  One person died in a crash on Interstate 95 in West Greenwich over the weekend.  The Rhode Island State Police identified the driver of the single-vehicle wreck overnight Saturday as Jason Reid of Concord, New Hampshire.  The crash is under investigation.

>>Prince Philip Visited Newport In 1976

(Newport, RI)  --  The death of Prince Philip has some recalling his trip to Newport.  Philip and Queen Elizabeth the Second visited in July of 1976 for the U.S. Bicentennial celebration.  According to the Newport Historical Society, the couple dined with President Gerald Ford and his wife aboard the royal yacht before Elizabeth dedicated Queen Anne Square and attended services at the historic Trinity Church.  They sailed to Boston the next day.

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