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(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: A heat wave is set to impact Southern New England for the rest of the week.  The Providence City Council held an emergency meeting last night to address an uptick in violence, with a focus on illegal ATV and dirt bike riders.  The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority says it has suffered a cyberattack.

>>High Heat And Humidity To Close Out Workweek

(Undated)  --  A heat wave is coming to Greater Providence.  The National Weather Service says it might crack 90 degrees today, then daily high temperatures in the 90s will last through Saturday.  The weather service is predicting oppressive-to-dangerous heat and humidity the next three days.

>>Providence City Council Emergency Meeting Focuses On ATV, Dirt Bike Riders

(Providence, RI)  --  The Providence City Council held an emergency meeting Tuesday night regarding a late-summer crime wave.  The focus of the meeting was illegal off-road vehicle riders in the capital city streets.  In one of the recent incidents, a woman was pulled from a car and beaten by a group of people on ATVs and dirt bikes.  Police Chief Hugh Clements said the Providence Police Department is accepting help from the Rhode Island State Police to combat the issue.  Clements said the number of officers on his force has fallen below the minimum level.

>>RIPTA Addressing Cyberattack 

(Providence, RI)  --  The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority says it suffered a cyberattack last week, according to a report from WPRI-TV.  The attack disrupted passengers' ability to pay for rides using the Wave smart-fare system, which utilizes a card or cellphone.  But it has not stopped the buses from running, according to RIPTA CEO Scott Avadisian.  Channel 12 reports RIPTA drivers have been instructed to allow any passengers with the Wave app on board, even if it is not functioning.

>>Rhode Island Requiring Vaccines For All Healthcare Workers

(Providence, RI)  --  Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee on Tuesday announced all staff at state-licensed healthcare facilities must get vaccinated against COVID-19 or they will face additional regulations.  The deadline for full vaccination is October 1st.  Those who do not comply must be tested for COVID twice a week and wear a mask on the job.  Lifespan and Care New England, the state's largest two hospital groups, announced employee vaccine mandates last month.

>>Citizens Bank Closing Branch In Downtown Prov HQ

(Providence, RI)  --  Citizens Bank is closing the branch inside its downtown Providence headquarters.  A spokesperson tells the Providence Business News the closure of the branch at One Citizens Plaza will happen in November.  The spokesperson says the action was taken because of the renovation of the bank's Kennedy Plaza branch a half-mile away.

>>West Nile Virus Detected In Mosquito From Attleboro

(Attleboro, MA)  --  West Nile virus has been detected in a mosquito in Attleboro, Massachusetts.  The Mass Department of Public Health is warning people in the area to take precautions against mosquito bites.  The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management said Tuesday all of the most-recent samples obtained from statewide mosquito traps tested negative for West Nile and Eastern Equine Encephalitis.  

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08-11-2021 00:34:10



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