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(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: Rhode Islanders who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no-longer have to wear masks while out and about.  Police share the name of the driver involved in a fatal crash on Route 95 in Warwick.  A change to public safety operations is included in the newly-proposed city of Providence budget.

>>Mask Rules Changing For Vaccinated Rhode Islanders

(Providence, RI)  --  Rhode Island is acting on the CDC's advice to lift mask-wearing rules for people outdoors who are fully-vaccinated for COVID-19.  The exception to the new rule, effective Friday, is for a crowded setting in which one cannot maintain three feet of distance.  Governor Dan McKee hopes the updated guidance will encourage more Rhode Islanders to get vaccinated, as he said yesterday that status provides more flexibility when it comes to mask-wearing recommendations.  A person is not considered fully vaccinated until two weeks after their final or singular shot.

>>Man Killed After Car Crashes Off Route 95 Into River

(Warwick, RI)  --  Authorities have identified the victim of a car crash on I-95 in Warwick Tuesday.  The person behind the wheel was Myto Edouard of Warwick.  The Rhode Island State Police says Edouard was driving southbound at around 5:30 a.m. when his vehicle left the highway and crashed into the Pawtuxet River.  The crash is under investigation.  WPRI-TV reports the vehicle was pulled out of the river.

>>Providence Budget Includes Funding For Emergency Call Diversion Program

(Providence, RI)  --  The city of Providence has unveiled its Fiscal Year 2022 budget.  The 540-million-dollar plan represents a five-percent increase over the previous year's total.  The budget will be partially supported by American Rescue Plan funding.  It does not heed recent calls to defund the police, but it does include money for a new effort to divert some emergency calls to behavioral health and social service programs.  Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza said on Tuesday that the city needs to move away from a model of the public safety department serving as the center hub of community safety.

>>Patriots Have Quarterback Choices To Consider As Draft Draws Near

(Foxboro, MA)  --  The NFL Draft is one day away and it seems like a sure bet that the Patriots are doing something quarterback-related to kick things off.  An article on Patriots.com posted Monday ranked North Dakota State QB Trey Lance as the number-one draft fit for the team.  Another mock draft choice is Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields.  The rumor mill has also churned about the Pats reacquiring Jimmy Garoppolo [[ guh-ROPP-uh-low ]] to play the position through a trade with the San Francisco 49ers.

>>Rhode Island Student Accepted Into Four Ivy League Schools

(Newport, RI)  --  A Newport teen recently got accepted to four Ivy League schools.  The Daily News reports Michael Garman, a senior at the Prout School in South Kingstown, was accepted to Penn, Yale, Harvard, and Brown.  Garman said he picked Yale, which is the university his parents attended, and says he wants to study political science and economics.

>>Airport Name Change Bill Passes State Senate

(Warwick, RI)  --  A bill to add "International" to the title of T.F. Green Airport is through one chamber of the Rhode Island General Assembly.  The state Senate passed it on to the House of Representatives on Tuesday.  The Warwick airport was originally established as Hillsgrove State Airport in 1931 before being re-named later that decade in honor of the former governor of the state and U.S. Senator Theodore Francis Green.
 
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