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(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: A hurricane or tropical storm is expected to impact Southern New England by the end of the weekend.  Rhode Island's governor has passed a mask mandate for schools.  Some are criticizing Providence police for the latest use-of-force incident that's being investigated, while others are saying the focus should be on what led to the chaotic moments.

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>>Henri Expected To Become Hurricane On Approach To New England

(Undated)  --  The National Weather Service is tracking Tropical Storm Henri [[ awn-ree ]] to move over Southern New England Sunday evening.  The weather service says the system is forecast to track near Cape Cod and the Islands or just offshore.  There will be the potential for damaging winds, flooding rainfall and storm surge flooding.  Henri is expected to strengthen into a hurricane on the way up the Atlantic coast, but it's not clear yet if it will still have hurricane status by the time it gets here.

>>Rhode Island Governor Passes Mask Mandate For Schools

(Providence, RI)  --  Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee has issue an executive order mandating masks in all schools this fall.  McKee said Thursday masks are needed in schools until more students can be vaccinated against the coronavirus.  Rhode Island is the 14th U.S. state to pass such a mandate and the second in New England, after Connecticut.

>>More On Latest Providence Police Use-Of-Force Incident

(Providence, RI)  --  The latest Providence police use-of-force incident is once-again polarizing the community.  Two officers were suspended after an incident that started the night of July 8th when three juveniles allegedly drove around the capital city firing BB guns at people.  Police pursued the teens before they crashed in the Olneyville neighborhood.  In body camera footage released this week, officers are seen throwing punches and one of the suspended policemen, Domingo Diaz, is seen spitting in front of an arrested suspect who is on the ground.  The Black Lives Matter Rhode Island Political Action Committee is planning a rally for the repeal of the Law Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights on Friday.  Meanwhile, the Providence police union is asking the public to take into consideration the alleged terrorizing of the city to which police were responding.

>>Medical Examiner: Man Handcuffed By Prov Officers Died From Drugs

(Providence, RI)  --  The state medical examiner says the death of a man who was handcuffed by Providence police in May was drug-related.  Police responded to a park where Joseph Ventre of Warwick was reportedly causing a disturbance.  Police said they detained Ventre after a small struggle, and he was later pronounced dead at Rhode Island Hospital.  The medical examiner concluded his death was caused by the toxic effects of methamphetamine and methadone.  The Rhode Island Attorney General's Office is continuing to review the matter.

>>Patriots Blank Eagles On Road In Second Preseason Game

(Philadelphia, PA)  --  The New England Patriots are 2-and-0 in the 2021 NFL preseason after a 35-to-nothing shutout over the Philadelphia Eagles in Philly Thursday night.  Cam Newton started at quarterback for the Patriots and went eight-for-nine passing for 103 yards and a touchdown.  Rookie quarterback Mac Jones was 13-of-19 for 146 yards.  The Pats' final preseason game is Sunday, August 29th at the New York Giants.

>>More West Nile Mosquitoes Reported

(Providence, RI)  --  The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is alerting the public about three more mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile virus.  The samples were collected in East Providence and in Warren.  Zero mosquitoes have tested positive for triple-E virus.

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08-20-2021 01:10:15



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