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(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: Newport police are looking to arrest two people in connection to a weekend homicide.  Someone has filed a large volume of public records requests in the South Kingstown School District and the chair of the school board isn't thrilled about it.  Approval is being given for a proposed wind farm project in the Rhode Island Sound.

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>>Arrest Warrants Issued In Connection To Fatal Stabbing In Newport

(Newport, RI)  --  There are arrest warrants out for two people in connection to a fatal assault in Newport.  Maximus Julian, a University of Rhode Island student from Little Compton, died after a stabbing at a rental property in the city this past weekend which reportedly happened as a result of an altercation at a party.  An 18-year-old man, Tyrese Poulsen, is wanted for Julian's murder.  The second suspect, 19-year-old Jamaal Reid, is wanted on charges of harboring a criminal and disorderly conduct.

>>South Kingstown School Committee Head Takes Issue With Records Requests

(South Kingstown, RI)  --  The South Kingstown School Committee on Wednesday night voted against having the court system intervene in a public records request matter.  Emily Cummiskey, the chair of the school committee, said a single person filed over two-hundred requests in the last few weeks which she called "over-the-top" and claimed were diverting resources away from properly running the school district.  Cummiskey stated in a Facebook post earlier yesterday that the individual, Nicole Solas, has been linked to a national racist group working to dismantle anti-racism in schools nationwide.  Multiple media reports indicate the public records requests were made by Solas over apparent concerns about the controversial "critical race theory" being taught in the South Kingstown district.  Instead of pursuing court action, WPRI-TV reports the school committee will try to mediate the issue on its own.

>>Rhode Island Regulators Approve South Fork Wind Farm

(Providence, RI)  --  The Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council is signing off on the South Fork Wind Farm.  The Providence Journal reports the key approval for the proposed wind farm in the Rhode Island Sound was given on Wednesday despite concerns about the potential environmental impact and effect on the fishing industry.  The wind farm, pending federal approval, will deliver electricity to Long Island, New York.

>>Drive-Through COVID Vaccination Clinic Saturday In Smithfield

(Smithfield, RI)  --  Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee is announcing a first-of-its-kind public drive-through COVID-19 vaccination clinic.  This will take place on Saturday morning at the parking garage of Fidelity Investments in Smithfield.  Appointments are recommended, but not required.  McKee says the state is trying to reach 70-percent of the population being vaccinated.  Right now, the percentage of fully-vaccinated Rhode Islanders is fifty-one-percent.

>>Boutique Hotel To Open In Downtown Providence

(Providence, RI)  --  A new boutique hotel is opening in downtown Providence later this summer.  The Beatrice, which is set in the 1887 Exchange Building on Westminster Street, will include nearly fifty rooms.  It was developed by Joseph Paolino Jr., the managing partner of Paolino Properties and the former mayor of Providence.  The hotel will also feature the Bellini Restaurant, named for the Bellini cocktail whose inventor was the great-grandfather of the restaurant owner.

>>Harvest Kitchen In Pawtucket Is Back After Pandemic Break

(Pawtucket, RI)  --  The pandemic caused a year-long closure of downtown Pawtucket's Harvest Kitchen, but the café operated by Farm Fresh Rhode Island has re-opened.  Harvest Kitchen is described as a culinary job-training program for youths ages 16-to-19 who are involved with the RI Department of Children, Youth and Families.  The café is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and closed on weekends.

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