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(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: Two men were shot and killed in Providence this weekend.  Former governor Gina Raimondo visits Rhode Island to promote President Biden's jobs plan.  The New England Patriots have wrapped up their preseason.

>>Two Deadly Shootings This Weekend In Providence

(Providence, RI)  --  There were two fatal shootings in Providence this weekend.  Both happened overnight Saturday.  Police say a 25-year-old man was killed at the Revel Lounge on the Lower South Side.  The club has been shut down by the city with a licensing board hearing scheduled for Monday.  A 23-year-old man was reportedly shot and killed at a Cumberland Farms store on Branch Avenue.  Authorities do not believe the shootings are related.  They are both being investigated as homicides, the 17th and 18th of the year in the capital city.

>>Gina Raimondo Visits Rhode Island To Promote Biden Jobs Plan

(Pawtucket, RI)  --  U.S. Commerce Secretary and former Rhode Island governor Gina Raimondo visited the Ocean State on Friday.  Raimondo was at the Boys and Girls Club in Pawtucket with members of RI's congressional delegation to promote President Biden's "Build Back Better" jobs plan.  The Republican National Committee released a statement that was critical of Raimondo's visit, accusing the Biden administration of attempting to shift the focus away from the crisis in Afghanistan.  Raimondo expressed her condolences to the U.S. military members who died in last week's attack in Kabul and told reporters, "we will continue to work as hard as we can to meet the mission and continue the evacuations."

>>Patriots Beat Giants In Final Preseason Game

(East Rutherford, NJ)  --  The New England Patriots are finishing the 2021 NFL preseason with a perfect record after a 22-to-20 win over the New York Giants on the road Sunday evening.  The Pats went 3-and-0.  The league shortened the preseason by one game and increased the number of regular season games from 16 to 17 this year.  Cam Newton only saw limited action last night, which is leading pundits to predict him as the Week 1 starter.  Mac Jones notched his first and only passing touchdown of the preseason versus the Giants, going 10 for 14 and picking up 156 yards.  The Patriots open the regular season at home versus the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, September 12th at 4:25 p.m.

>>Tree Damage Cleanup In State Park Continuing

(Charlestown, RI)  --  The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management says extensive storm damage is keeping Burlingame State Campground in Charlestown closed until at least Tuesday.  The DEM says about one-hundred-fifty trees came down during Tropical Storm Henri.  The state agency's acting director says crews are checking all campsite areas for dangerous hanging limbs and leaning trees.

>>Blue Cross Blue Shield Mandating Employee COVID Vaccinations

(Providence, RI)  --  Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island is mandating the COVID-19 vaccine for its employees.  A deadline to submit proof of vaccination is set for November 1st.  Blue Cross Blue Shield RI employs about 750 people.  The mandate includes those are working remotely.

>>Hasbro Children's Hospital Offering COVID Antibody Treatment

(Providence, RI)  --  Hasbro Children's Hospital is now offering monoclonal antibody treatment to fight COVID-19.  The FDA recently approved the use of the treatment for children twelve and older.  Hasbro is providing the infusion to outpatients only.  Director of pediatric infectious diseases Dr. Michael Koster says kids are eligible if they themselves have gotten COVID or if their parents have.

Jim McCabe/djc           RI)
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