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(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: Forecasters are watching for remnants of Hurricane Ida to potentially soak Southern New England.  Governor McKee's new chief of staff has a history that includes the 38 Studios controversy.  A new law allows Rhode Island children to take sunscreen to school and put it on themselves.

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>>Potential Flooding From Ida Remnants Before Dry Holiday Weekend

(Undated)  --  Rhode Island is under a Flash Flood Watch from the National Weather Service Wednesday afternoon until Thursday afternoon.  The weather service says parts of Southern New England could see a half-foot of rain from the remnants of Hurricane Ida during that time frame.  Sunny skies are in the forecast for Labor Day Weekend.

>>Coronavirus Death Toll In Rhode Island: 2,770

(Providence, RI)  --  The state of Rhode Island reported one new coronavirus death on Tuesday.  The pandemic death toll for the Ocean State increased to two-thousand-770.  Rhode Island reported nearly three-hundred new virus cases yesterday.

>>Police Standoff At Warwick Hotel

(Warwick, RI)  --  Four people were arrested after an hours-long police standoff at a Warwick hotel on Tuesday. Authorities reportedly located several stolen vehicles parked at the Motel 6 on Jefferson Boulevard.  The suspects that were arrested were staying in rooms there.  Crisis negotiators were brought to the scene after two men who had two young children with them refused to come out.  They eventually surrendered peacefully.  The children were taken to Hasbro Hospital for an evaluation.

>>Suspect Sought In Providence Homicide From May

(Providence, RI)  --  The Providence Police Department is searching for a suspect in a homicide from earlier this year.  Thirty-one-year-old Quelon Page is wanted for a fatal shooting on Pope Street on May 14th.  The victim, Tyriek Grundy, was reportedly shot inside a parked car.  Page should be considered armed and dangerous.  He could still be in Providence and police say he also has ties to West Warwick, Central Falls, Pawtucket and Lincoln.

>>New McKee Chief Of Staff A Name From 38 Studios Aftermath

(Providence, RI)  --  The new chief of staff for Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee had involvement in the infamous 38 Studios debacle.  Antonio Afonso was a lawyer who advised the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation on its 75-million-dollar loan to former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling's video game company in 2010.  Bankruptcy was declared by 38 Studios two years later.  Afonso and his law firm paid a four-million-dollar settlement to the state of Rhode Island.  McKee defended Afonso at a press conference on Tuesday and said he has already been a valuable part of his administration as the deputy chief of staff.

>>New Law Lets RI Kids Take Sunscreen To School

(Providence, RI)  --  A new law to note in Rhode Island as school begins this month.  The bill signed by the governor this summer will allow children to possess and apply sunscreen products at school.  The law supersedes state regulations that prohibit anyone other than a school nurse from administering medications.  State Senator Joshua Miller, one of the sponsors of the legislation, says kids are taught about the importance of sunscreen, so it sends a confusing message if they are not allowed to apply it at school.  Under the new law, children in kindergarten through fifth grade need to bring a note from their parent or guardian.

>>Patriots Release Cam Newton, Starting Job Goes To Mac Jones

(Foxboro, MA)  --  The Mac Jones era is under way for the New England Patriots.  The 2021 first-round draft pick will be the team's starting quarterback after the release of Cam Newton on Tuesday.  In his only season for New England, the former NFL MVP Newton played 15 games last year, passing for a career-low eight touchdowns but picking up a dozen rushing TDs, the most since his rookie campaign.

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