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(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: The superintendent of the Bristol-Warren School District is resigning after he set a new school start date to avoid conflict with a religious holiday.  A new contract has been announced for public school teachers in Providence.  A deadline is being set for the feds to pursue the death penalty against a Providence man accused of a Boston woman's murder.

>>Bristol-Warren School Superintendent Resigns Amid Start Date Controversy

(Bristol, RI)  --  The controversy over starting the school year in the middle of Rosh Hashanah in the Bristol-Warren district has taken another turn.  Superintendent Dr. Jonathan Brice, who overrode the school board to move the start from September 7th to the 8th, has resigned, stating he wants to spend more time with his family.  Some Rhode Island schools start classes at the end of August; Providence starts on September 9th, the day after the three-day Jewish holiday.  EastBayRI.com reports a Bristol-Warren School Committee member motioned to start the school year on the 9th at a meeting on Monday, but that the motion failed.

>>Tentative Contract Agreement Announced For Providence Teachers

(Providence, RI)  --  A tentative contract agreement has been reached between the state of Rhode Island and the Providence Teachers Union.  Details are being withheld pending a ratification vote from the union.  Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza said he eagerly awaits to see the details, but that anything less than a "transformational contract" will sell Providence schoolchildren short and he called that unacceptable.

>>Coronavirus Death Toll In Rhode Island: 2,738

(Providence, RI)  --  The state of Rhode Island reported one new coronavirus death on Tuesday.  The pandemic death toll in the Ocean State has increased to two-thousand-738.  There were sixty-five new virus cases reported in Rhode Island yesterday to increase the pandemic total to 153-thousand-168.

>>Deadline Set For Death Penalty Pursuit In Jassy Correia Murder Case

(Boston, MA)  --  The Providence Journal reports a judge on Tuesday gave federal prosecutors a September 10th deadline to decide if they will seek the death penalty against the Providence man accused of a fatal kidnapping.  Louis Coleman allegedly abducted Jassy Correia outside of a Boston nightclub in February 2019.  Correia's body was found in the trunk of a vehicle driven by Coleman in Delaware.  The federal judge in Boston yesterday said Attorney General Merrick Garland's moratorium on federal executions does not stop prosecutors from being able to seek the death penalty.

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>>Warwick Man Sentenced For Sex Crime With Teen

(Providence, RI)  --  A Warwick man is being sentenced to federal prison for illicit sexual conduct.  The Justice Department says Charles Morancey, now 45 years old, befriended a 15-year-old girl from Hopkins, Michigan, drove to her location, and took her back to Rhode Island where they engaged in sexual activity back in 2019.  Morancey received an eleven-year sentence.

>>Power Outage In Westerly

(Westerly, RI)  --  Much of Westerly experienced a short power outage on Tuesday afternoon.  The Westerly Sun reports the outage was caused by a transformer malfunction during equipment upgrade work being done by National Grid.  Power was out for about 75-hundred customers for less than an hour.

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