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(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: National Grid is continuing to restore electricity in Rhode Island after a tropical storm knocked out power on Sunday.  Rhode Island Republicans are speaking out against the Democratic governor's latest coronavirus emergency order.  The Ocean State reported four new COVID deaths this past weekend.

>>National Grid Continues To Restore Power In RI After Henri

(Undated)  --  National Grid was still reporting 13-thousand power outages in Rhode Island as of overnight Tuesday.  The number of outages initially reported from Tropical Storm Henri [[ awn-REE ]] on Sunday was 75-thousand.  The majority of customers still without electricity are in the southern part of the state.  National Grid says to expect full service restoration by Wednesday.

>>RI Republicans Blast Latest COVID Order

(Providence, RI)  --  Republican lawmakers in Rhode Island are challenging Democratic Governor Dan McKee's new executive order extending the coronavirus state of emergency.  The state Senate GOP caucus issued a statement Monday claiming that last week's order by McKee is an end-run around restrictions the legislature placed on the governor's powers earlier this year.  Minority Whip Jessica de la Cruz called on the General Assembly to immediately reconvene and cancel it.

>>Glocester Committee Takes Action On State Mask Mandate

(Glocester, RI)  --  A Rhode Island school district is pushing back against the state's COVID-related mask mandate.  The Providence Journal reports the Glocester School Committee voted on Monday to pursue litigation against the state Council of Elementary and Secondary Education over a vote last week to require the masks.  The committee says the education board's vote possibly violated open meeting laws.  The Glocester committee also voted to allow "conscientious objections" to the rule.

>>Coronavirus Death Toll In Rhode Island: 2,757

(Providence, RI)  --  Rhode Island reported four new coronavirus deaths over the weekend.  The updated pandemic death toll for the Ocean State is two-thousand-757.  The number of new virus cases reported in RI was five-hundred-77 to increase the pandemic total to 160-thousand-329.

>>Providence Man Charged With Fatally-Stabbing Roommate

(Providence, RI)  --  A Providence man is being charged in connection to a fatal stabbing.  Marcus Huffman Jones was arrested for murder on Saturday.  The stabbing was reported at an apartment on Superior Street in the city's West End last Thursday.  The victim was a roommate of Jones, identified as Kenneth McClain, who reportedly died from his injuries over the weekend at Rhode Island Hospital.

>>Shellfishing Closure In Westerly

(Westerly, RI)  --  The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is announcing a temporary shellfishing closure because of the effects of Tropical Storm Henri.  The closure is in effect until further notice at Westerly's Winnapaug Pond.  Officials say intense rainfall and coastal flooding could have caused an influx of contaminants.  The DEM says to expect updated results from water samples from the pond later this week.

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08-24-2021 01:24:09



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