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(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: Three new COVID deaths reported in Rhode Island over the weekend.  Several convictions are tossed in the federal case against former Fall River, Massachusetts mayor Jasiel Correia [[ JAY-seel core-RAY-uh ]].  Rhode Island-based CVS is hiring 25-thousand people across the U.S.

>>Coronavirus Death Toll In Rhode Island: 2,815

(Providence, RI)  --  The state of Rhode Island reported three new coronavirus deaths over the weekend in its Monday update.  The pandemic death toll increased to two-thousand-815.  Nine-hundred new virus cases were reported for the Ocean State.

>>Judge Tosses Eight Convictions For Former Fall River Mayor

(Boston, MA)  --  A federal judge is throwing out eight of the convictions handed down by a jury against former Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia [[ JAY-seel core-RAY-uh ]].  The judge on Monday ruled the wire fraud and tax convictions related to a smartphone app Correia was developing were not supported by the evidence.  Correia will be sentenced Tuesday on the 13 remaining convictions related to the extortion of marijuana companies seeking to do business in the southeastern Massachusetts city.  Prosecutors have asked for an 11-year sentence, while the defense feels three years is adequate.

>>North Attleboro Firefighters Recognized For Saving Life On Flight

(North Attleboro, MA)  --  A group of current and retired members of the North Attleboro Fire Department were honored on Monday for saving a man's life on an airplane.  Those who received letters of commendation were Fire Chief Christopher Coleman, captains George McKinnon and Josh Langille, lieutenant Scott Langille, retired firemen Jeff Badger and Rich McDonagh, and Foxboro firefighter/paramedic Cory Shepardson.  The group was on a flight from Boston to Chicago last Thursday when another passenger become unresponsive with a possible seizure.  The individual was revived and transported to a local hospital.  North Attleboro town manger Michael Borg said the firefighters were on their way to a vacation, but first responders are never truly off-duty.

>>CVS Is Hiring

(Woonsocket, RI)  --  CVS is announcing a plan to hire 25-thousand people during a one-day national career event on Friday.  That includes over two-hundred jobs in the company's home state of Rhode Island.  CVS is looking to hire pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, nurses, and retail store associates.  The new employees will help the company respond to the needs of their communities during the colder weather months as flu season ramps up.

>>Rhode Island Gas Price Update

(Undated)  --  Rhode Island gas prices have barely budged in several months.  The current average in the Ocean state is three dollars and seven cents, according to RIGasPrices.com.  The national average is three-nineteen.

>>Blue-Green Algae Bloom In Coventry

(Coventry, RI)  --  The Rhode Island health and environmental management departments are reporting a toxic blue-green algae bloom in Johnson's Pond in Coventry.  People are being urged to avoid contact with the area also known as Flat River Reservoir.  The state has ten other cyanobacteria advisories that are still active.  The list can be viewed at DEM.ri.gov.

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