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(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: The superintendent of Providence Public Schools has quit.  More arrests are made after the largest mass shooting in Providence history.  The governor has signed legislation that will allow Rhode Islanders who are on unemployment to go back to work and keep receiving benefits.

>>Providence Schools Superintendent Resigns

(Providence, RI)  --  Two summers ago, the state of Rhode Island took over Providence Public Schools in reaction to a scathing report on the district.  Now, the superintendent that was chosen to lead the turnaround effort has been let go.  Harrison Peters resigned last week after admitting he hired a school administrator despite knowing about his history of quote-unquote "toe-popping" students as a form of corporal punishment in Florida years ago.  Olayinka Alege [[ ole-AE-INK-uh uh-LEG-ae ]] is now facing charges for allegedly giving an underage boy an unwanted foot massage at a fitness center in Warwick.  Rhode Island political leaders are dismayed that not only was Peters not fired, but he also was given a sizable severance payment.  State Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green [[ ahn-HELL-ick-uh in-FAHN-tay ]] says she remains committed to the Providence turnaround effort and says a lot of progress has been made.

>>Three More Arrested For Providence Mass Shooting

(Providence, RI)  --  More arrests have been made in connection to a mass shooting in Providence earlier this month.  Two people, Daniel Carides and a 17-year-old juvenile, were picked up on Saturday for felony assault with a firearm and other charges.  A third individual, David Carides, was charged with possession of a prohibited firearm.  Four people who allegedly jumped out of a vehicle on Carolina Avenue and began firing at a group that was assembled on a porch on May 13th were charged last Monday.  Police said at least two people on the porch fired back.  The shooting caused nine injuries, but no deaths.

>>Bruins Dispatch Capitals In NHL Playoffs First Round

(Washington, DC)  --  The Boston Bruins are advancing to the second round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs after a 4-to-1 series win over the Washington Capitals.  Boston beat the Caps 3-to-1 in Game 5 on Sunday night in Washington.  The B's will play the winner of the series between the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins, which is tied at two heading into Game 5 in Pittsburgh Monday night.

>>Bill Signed To Incentivize Unemployed RI'ers To Return To Work

(Providence, RI)  --  A number of Republican-led U.S. states are ending the three-hundred-dollar unemployment supplement from the American Rescue Plan which was intended to last until September.  In Democratic Rhode Island, a different approach is being taken to address the same problem those red states say they have: a labor shortage caused by too unemployment recipients staying on the sidelines as businesses re-open out of the pandemic.  Governor Dan McKee signed a bill Friday which will allow workers to earn up to 150-percent of their unemployment amount and continue earning state benefits, which will in turn allow them to continue receiving the federal boost.  McKee said Rhode Island is taking an innovative approach to the workforce challenge.

>>Rhode Island Secretary Of State Nellie Gorbea Running For Governor

(Providence, RI)  --  Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea [[ gore-BAY-uh ]] is running for governor.  Gorbea, a Democrat, is entering a race in the 2022 election that is expected to be highly competitive, featuring incumbent Dan McKee among others.  Gorbea made the announcement on Sunday night, just a couple of days after she publicly pressured McKee to re-open the State House to the public after a year of being closed due to the pandemic.  The governor's administration then said that will happen on June 1st.

>>Arrests Made At Narragansett Beach

(Narragansett, RI)  --  Eight people were arrested after a reported disturbance at Narragansett Town Beach on Sunday.  The Narragansett Police Department responded at around 2 p.m. and had to call in help from the Rhode Island State Police to disperse a crowd.  WJAR-TV reports the eight arrestees face charges including disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

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