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(Updated)  --  Here is the latest news: The Patriots took a quarterback in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft and another team picked a Rhode Islander.  A chemical spill incident in Pawtucket is under investigation.  The owner of Roger Williams and Fatima Hospitals is threatening to close them based on conditions that have been imposed by the state for a requested change in ownership.

>>NFL Draft: Patriots Get QB, Rhode Islander Picked In First Round

(Cleveland, OH)  --  The New England Patriots selected a quarterback in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday.  With the fifteenth pick, the Pats went with Alabama signal caller Mac Jones, who won this year's college football national championship.  Also of significance to Rhode Islanders, former Bishop Hendricken High School player Kwity Paye was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts.  Paye, a defensive end who played for Michigan, is the first player from the Ocean State to get drafted in the first round in the Super Bowl era.

>>Sickened Workers Hospitalized In Pawtucket

(Pawtucket, RI)  --  A chemical spill incident at a Pawtucket business sent twenty people to the hospital, none with life-threatening injuries, on Thursday evening.  This happened at the Zoll medical equipment manufacturing facility on Narragansett Park Drive.  The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is investigating.

>>Pawtucket Man Killed In Massachusetts Crash

(Attleboro, MA)  --  A 19-year-old Pawtucket man was killed in a crash on I-95 in Attleboro, Massachusetts early Thursday morning.  State police reports indicate the crash involved a car and a tractor trailer on Route 95 southbound.  The Pawtucket victim, whose name was not released, was the driver of the car.  A 19-year-old female passenger from Brockton, Mass reportedly suffered minor injuries.  The crash remains under investigation.

>>Closure Of Roger Williams, Fatima Hospitals Threatened

(Providence, RI)  --  The owner of Roger Williams and Fatima Hospitals in Greater Providence is threatening to close them.  Prospect Medical Holdings is waiting for approval from the Rhode Island Attorney General's Office of a proposed ownership change; the deadline is today.  In a statement on Thursday which included the hospital closure threat, Prospect said a requirement by A.G. Peter Neronha [[ nair-OH-nuh ]] of an escrow of up to 150-million dollars for the ownership change was unreasonable.  But Neronha says closing a hospital requires approval from the Department of Health and that his office would challenge.

>>Bill Signed Requiring Full Coverage Of Colorectal Cancer Screening

(Providence, RI)  --  Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee has signed a bill requiring insurance companies to fully cover the cost of colorectal cancer screening.  A bill-signing ceremony took place Thursday at Miriam Hospital, where bill sponsor Senator Maryellen Goodwin is currently undergoing treatment for colon cancer.  McKee said the expanded access to the screenings will save lives.

>>Walk-In COVID Vaccinations At RI-Run Sites

(Providence, RI)  --  State officials announced Thursday that walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations are now available in Rhode Island. You can go to the state-run sites at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, as well as the centers in Cranston and Middletown.  Walk-ins are also being accepted at CVS and other retailers.  The state is phasing out its pre-registration system for COVID vaccines next week.

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04-30-2021 01:00:06

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