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(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: A heat wave is continuing to impact Rhode Island this week.  A shooting victim in Pawtucket has been identified as a former college football player.  A South County school superintendent who apologized after a student directory was used to send out political mailers has resigned.

>>Heat Index Predicted To Surpass 100 Again Tuesday And Wednesday

(Undated)  --  Rhode Island is bracing for another heat wave day.  The National Weather Service has the entire state under a Heat Advisory for predicted heat index values in the triple digits on Tuesday.  The official high temperature at T.F. Green International Airport on Monday afternoon was 92, but the head index reached 101.

>>Shooting Victim ID'd As Former College Football Player

(Pawtucket, RI)  --  A man who died from a shooting in Pawtucket this past weekend has been identified.  Twenty-nine-year-old Keshaudas Spence played football for Division-One Sacred Heart University from 2011 to 2014.  The Connecticut school says he was the program's all-time leading rusher.  Police reportedly found Spence suffering from a gunshot wound in a vehicle on George Bennett Highway early Saturday.  The shooting remains under investigation.

>>General Assembly Considering Several Firearm Bills

(Providence, RI)  --  Several gun-related bills are headed for votes in the full Rhode Island House and Senate as the legislative session is set to conclude on Wednesday.  One of the bills would ban anyone from possessing a gun on school grounds except for police and security guards.  Another would ban the purchase or transfer of a gun to someone who cannot legally own a firearm.  The third would require increased reporting of firearm cases by the Rhode Island Attorney General.  A fourth piece of legislation which would have created a tax credit for the purchase of a qualified gun safe was dropped on Monday.

>>Superintendent Involved In Political Mailer Controversy Resigns

(South Kingstown, RI)  --  A Rhode Island school superintendent who admitted to giving out private student information which was used to send political mailers has resigned.  South Kingstown superintendent Linda Savastano came under fire for allowing the school directory to be used for the mailers which urged students to support an 85-million-dollar infrastructure bond.  Voters rejected the bond request last month and Savastano apologized.

>>Top Doctor Resigning, CFO Placed On Leave At State Hospital

(Cranston, RI)  --  There's more trouble to report at Rhode Island's state hospital.  The top doctor at the facility is resigning, effective at the end of July, and the CFO has been placed on administrative leave.  Governor Dan McKee's office announced the shakeup on Monday but did not offer further details.  This comes after the release of a critical report from a national accreditation agency last week which focused on the hospital's operations.

>>Money Found To Keep WaterFire Going

(Providence, RI)  --  Funding is being announced to ensure that the iconic WaterFire event in Providence continues to be put on.  The Providence City Council is using three-hundred-thousand dollars in federal COVID relief money, and a matching amount is coming from Commerce RI.  Governor Dan McKee says WaterFire is an important tourist attraction that draws thousands of people to downtown Providence to support local businesses.

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06-29-2021 00:58:11

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