(Undated) -- Here is the latest news: Nine new COVID deaths reported in Rhode Island over the weekend. The Cranston City Council holds a special meeting with new license plate-reading surveillance cameras on the agenda. The founder of the Newport Jazz Festival has died.
>>Coronavirus Death Toll In Rhode Island: 2,802
(Providence, RI) -- The state of Rhode Island on Monday reported nine new coronavirus deaths over the weekend. The pandemic death toll for the Ocean State increased to two-thousand-802. Nearly one-thousand new virus cases were reported.
>>Johnston School Closed Due To COVID Cases
(Johnston, RI) -- A Johnston school will be closed Tuesday because of a number of COVID cases. WJAR-TV reports this is affecting Winsor Hill Elementary School. The Johnston superintendent says contact-tracing will be conducted today, and that Winsor staff will let families know what the plan is for the rest of the week.
>>Cranston City Council Meeting Held On License Plate-Scanning Cameras
(Cranston, RI) -- The Cranston City Council held a special meeting Monday night regarding the use of license plate-reading cameras. The program, which is currently in a trial run, has come under fire from the ACLU over privacy concerns. Channel 10 reports most councilors expressed support for continued usage at last night's meeting. The police chief of Pawtucket, one of the other cities which has implemented the cameras, recently told her city council that the surveillance tech has already resulted in several stolen vehicles being recovered and arrests being made.
>>Dryer Fire At Providence Hotel
(Providence, RI) -- There was a fire in the basement of a Providence hotel on Monday night. It happened at the Hilton on Atwells Avenue at around 6:30 p.m. Firefighters were reportedly able to contain the blaze to an industrial dryer in the basement, but smoke escaped through the laundry chute into the hotel, causing a guest to report trouble breathing. That person was treated by first responders on-scene and declined a trip to the hospital. Other guests were asked to briefly shelter in place while crews ventilated the building.
>>George Wein, Newport Jazz Festival Founder, Has Died
(New York, NY) -- Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein [[ ween ]] is dead at the age of 95. Wein, who also co-founded the Newport Folk Festival, passed away Monday in New York City. Both events started in the 1950s. The Jazz Festival returned this year with reduced-capacity for attendance after the coronavirus pandemic forced it to be canceled in 2020.
>>Paramedics Credited With Saving RI State Police Superintendent
(South Kingstown, RI) -- The South Kingstown Town Council honored several first responders on Monday who arrived for a medical emergency involving the head of the Rhode Island State Police. Colonel James Manni says he was doing yard work on July 23rd when he was stung multiple times by a swarm of yellow jackets. South Kingstown paramedics Sarah Peet and Keith DeCesare, as well as EMS captain Frank Capaldi, were able to revive Superintendent Manni, and he had sought to have them recognized.
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