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(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: Rhode Island is planning to resume administration of the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.  The United States Census says Rhode Island's population increased over the last decade, which is allowing the Ocean State to keep its two U.S. representatives.  The Providence Police Department has one person in custody and is seeking another in separate homicide cases.

>>Johnson & Johnson Shot Distribution Resuming In RI

(Providence, RI)  --  Rhode Island is announcing plans to resume usage of the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine this week.  The RI Department of Health says the decision was made following the recommendation last week by the FDA and the CDC to lift the temporary pause of the vaccine's distribution after several blood-clotting cases were reported.  The federal agencies say they are confident in the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine preventing COVID-19.

>>Lawmaker Has Amputation Due To Blood Clots, Vaccine Doubted As Culprit

(Providence, RI)  --  A Rhode Island state legislator says she had to have a leg amputated.  State Senator Jeanine Calkin said the life-saving procedure at Rhode Island Hospital was performed on Friday due to blood-clotting caused by an infection.  Calkin said there is no reason to believe the blood-clotting was related to receiving the coronavirus vaccine.  A spokesperson for the senator told WPRI-TV Calkin did not receive the Johnson and Johnson shot.

>>Census Indicates Rhode Island Population Increase, State Keeping Two Congressmen

(Undated)  --  Rhode Island is unexpectedly keeping its two Congressional seats after the release of the U.S. Census on Monday.  It was believed the Ocean State would lose a seat because of a population that was projected to be in decline.  However, the data released yesterday indicated Rhode Island's population actually grew four-point-three-percent over the past decade.  The Census reported Rhode Island's population as one-million-97-thousand-three-hundred-79.  That means Democratic Congressmen David Cicilline and Jim Langevin will not have to face each other in a primary.

>>Police Searching For Woonsocket Carjacking Suspect

(Woonsocket, RI)  --  Police are searching for a suspect who stole a running SUV with a young child inside in Woonsocket on Monday afternoon.  Reports indicate a woman went into a store on Elm Street to make a purchase when her three-year-old girl was caught up in the carjacking.  Authorities say the child was unharmed and was found in the vehicle abandoned a short distance away.

>>Providence Homicide Updates

(Providence, RI)  --  The Providence Police Department has made an arrest in one homicide case and is putting out an arrest warrant in another.  Johnny Xaykosy of Providence was arrested on Monday for the fatal shooting of Nickolas DiPanni of Smithfield on April 22nd.  The Providence PD says a search is on for a man named Phillip Manners Rojas in connection to an April 16th killing at an auto repair shop in the capital city.  The victim of that shooting was identified as Joshua Costa of Lincoln.

>>Fatal Crash In Middletown

(Middletown, RI)  --  A fatal rollover crash happened in Middletown on Monday morning.  The victim of the wreck involving a Jeep on Route 214 was the driver, Peter Connerton of Middletown.  A 34-year-old Newport man who was a passenger reportedly suffered non-life-threatening injuries.  The crash is under investigation.

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04-27-2021 00:11:31

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