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(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: A Rhode Island woman's trial for a racist rant will continue next week.  Another college in the Ocean State is mandating COVID vaccinations for students.  A bill has been signed by the governor creating minimum staffing standards at Rhode Island nursing homes.

>>Trial Of RI Woman Accused Of Racist Verbal Violence Continues

(Wakefield, RI)  --  A hate crime trial for a Rhode Island woman will continue into a second week next week.  Christine Longo of South Kingstown allegedly told a black man from East Providence to, quote, "go back to his country" at a restaurant in Narragansett last summer and is also accused of verbally-assaulting his family.  Longo faces a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct, but the Rhode Island Attorney General's Office has added a hate crime sentencing enhancement if she is convicted.  Longo's attorney argued at the trial in Wakefield District Court this week that her remarks, though offensive, are protected by free-speech rights.

>>Massachusetts Man Killed In Tiverton Crash

(Tiverton, RI)  --  A Fall River, Massachusetts man died in a crash in Tiverton on Wednesday night.  The single-vehicle wreck happened at the intersection of Bulgarmarsh Road and Margaret Street.  Police identified the victim as Jonathan Gosselin.

>>No New COVID Deaths, 111 Cases Reported Thursday In Rhode Island

(Providence, RI)  --  There were zero new coronavirus deaths reported in Rhode Island on Thursday.  The number of new virus cases reported was one-hundred-eleven.  The total number of cases in the Ocean State during the pandemic increased to 151-thousand-691.

>>Providence College Requiring Students To Get COVID Shots

(Providence, RI)  --  Providence College is the latest Rhode Island school to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for returning students next fall.  PC said on Thursday its top priority is protecting the health and safety of its community.  As has been the case elsewhere, the college says it will consider religious and medical exemption requests.

>>Bill Signed By Governor Creates Minimum Staffing Levels At Nursing Homes

(Providence, RI)  --  Legislation which sets minimum staffing levels for Rhode Island nursing homes was signed by Governor Dan McKee on Thursday.  The minimum number is three-point-five-eight hours of resident care per day by the beginning of next year and three-point-eight-one hours beginning in 2023.  The legislation also provides funding to raise wages for direct-care staff to aid workforce recruitment and retention.

>>Wind Farm Vote Not Yet Taken

(Providence, RI)  --  A vote in Rhode Island on a new wind energy farm is being pushed back.  The Providence Journal reports the Coastal Resources Management Council was set to decide this week whether to certify the South Fork Wind Farm, but the meeting was continued to next Tuesday.  South Fork, located in the Rhode Island Sound, would feed electricity to Long Island, New York.  Developers Orsted and Eversource have agreed to reduce the number of turbines that are associated with the project to address concerns about impacts to the environment and the fishing industry. 

Jim McCabe/djc           RI) MA) LI)
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