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(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: Five new COVID deaths were reported in Rhode Island this weekend.  Governor Dan McKee provides an update on the state hospital.  The all-time leading rusher for the New England Patriots has died.

>>Coronavirus Death Toll In Rhode Island: 2,778

(Providence, RI)  --  The Rhode Island health department updated the state's coronavirus stats on Tuesday covering all of Labor Day weekend.  There were five new deaths reported in the Ocean State to raise the pandemic death toll to two-thousand-778.  About nine-hundred new virus cases were reported.

>>Eleanor Slater Hospital Receives Accreditation

(Providence, RI)  --  Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee said on Tuesday that Eleanor Slater Hospital has received accreditation from the Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Health Care Organizations.  The Joint Commission over the summer had issued a preliminary denial based on a number of concerns.  McKee said on Tuesday hospital staffers and others addressed the issues which included culture of care and physical building problems on the campuses in Cranston and Burrillville.  McKee also said he expects that Rhode Island will be able to start billing again for Medicaid.  Billing was halted in 2019 because Eleanor Slater fell out of compliance with the federal government's reimbursement rules.

>>Providence Murder Suspect In Custody

(Providence, RI)  --  A suspect in a Providence murder has turned himself in.  Quelon Page is accused of a fatal shooting in the capital city's Olneyville section in May.  Page was arraigned on Tuesday and is being held at the ACI.

>>Sam 'Bam' Cunningham Passes Away

(Inglewood, CA) - Former New England Patriot Sam "Bam" Cunningham has died.  The team's all-time leader in rushing yards was 71.  Cunningham was the MVP of the 1973 Rose Bowl for the University of Southern California and was selected 11th overall in that year's draft by the Pats.  He played ten seasons for New England.  Bam Cunningham was the brother of former NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham.

>>Election Held For New Lincoln Town Administrator

(Lincoln, RI)  --  A new town administrator was chosen in a special election in Lincoln on Tuesday.  Philip Gould, a Lincoln police captain, came out on top in a six-candidate field which also included state Senator Thomas Paolino.  Previous town admin Joseph Almond stepped down to join Governor McKee's administration earlier this year.

>>Grand Opening In New Location For North Smithfield's Beef Barn

(North Smithfield, RI)  --  The iconic Beef Barn restaurant in North Smithfield has moved to a new location.  The original business, with its notable red silo, was on Greenville Road for 50 years.  A grand opening was held at the new spot about two miles away on Industrial Drive on Monday.  A vacant barn was renovated and includes the original silo.

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