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(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: Wearing a mask will no-longer be required in most situations starting today for Rhode Islanders who are fully-vaccinated against COVID-19.  Officials met on Monday to discuss the gun violence that's impacting Greater Providence.  The U.S. Supreme Court rules on a Fourth Amendment case involving a man from Cranston.

>>Masks Not Needed In Most Circumstances For Fully-Vaccinated RI'ers

(Providence, RI)  --  Wearing a mask in Rhode Island is becoming more of an optional thing as of today.  The state is following guidance from the CDC which says getting fully-vaccinated against COVID-19 is your ticket to mask freedom.  Businesses can still require faces to be covered.  Rhode Island also says the following groups need to keep wearing masks: the unvaccinated, including children ages 2-to-12 who are not eligible to get the shot, all people in healthcare settings, public transportation, homeless shelters, and teachers and school staff.

>>Coronavirus Death Toll In Rhode Island: 2,701

(Providence, RI)  --  One new coronavirus death was reported in Rhode Island from this past weekend.  The updated pandemic death toll from the state on Monday was two-thousand-701.  Rhode Island saw two-hundred-63 new virus cases over the weekend to increase the pandemic total to 150-thousand-648.

>>Officials Meet After Shootings In Providence And Pawtucket

(Providence, RI)  --  Stricter gun control is being called for by Rhode Island's congressional delegation following a rash of shootings in Providence and Pawtucket.  Senator Jack Reed proposed universal background checks and a crackdown on gun-trafficking at a meeting in Providence on Monday.  Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza said the city is directing American Rescue Plan money to programs addressing gun violence including de-escalation training and summer jobs for teenagers.  There have been at least five shootings in the two cities since last Thursday, including three that were fatal.

>>Providence Superintendent Says He Was "Wrong" To Hired Troubled Administrator

(Providence, RI)  --  Providence Public Schools Superintendent Harrison Peters testified in front of the Rhode Island Senate Oversight Committee on Monday about the hiring of a school administrator who is now facing charges.  Peters said he was wrong to have hired Olayinka Alege [[ OLE-ay-INK-uh uh-LEG-ay ]], who is accused of giving an underage boy an unwanted foot massage at a fitness center in Warwick.  Before this case, Alege was accused of performing corporal punishment known as "toe-popping" on several students in Florida.  Peters says he did talk to Alege about the behavior, which did not result in charges being filed, and decided to proceed with his hiring.  State Senator Jessica de la Cruz called on Peters to resign, but WPRI-TV reports a spokesperson said he has no intention of doing so.

>>Bruins Beat Capitals In Game 2

(Washington, DC)  --  The Boston Bruins have evened up their Stanley Cup Playoff series with the Washington Capitals.  Both games have gone to overtime.  The final in Game 2 at Capital One Arena on Monday night was 4-to-3.  The series shifts to Boston on Tuesday.

>>DEM Announces Fish Seizure

(South Kingstown, RI)  --  The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management reported a fish-poaching case in South Kingstown on Monday.  The DEM acted on an anonymous tip of poachers keeping undersized tautog and counted 14 of them.  The seized fish were donated to the Amos House in Providence.

>>Supreme Court Rules In Cranston Man's Case

(Undated)  --  The ACLU of Rhode Island is celebrating a Fourth Amendment decision from the U.S. Supreme Court.  Edward Caniglia of Cranston had his lawfully-owned firearms seized without a warrant after police performed a wellbeing check in 2015.  Caniglia then had to fight to get them back.  The SCOTUS ruled on Monday that the quote-unquote "community caretaking" exception of the Fourth Amendment requirement to get a warrant was improperly applied in this case.  The ACLU says the decision was an important victory for privacy rights.

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