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(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: The Red Sox lose their division series opener to Tampa Bay.  Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza says work will not stop on the road upgrade project on South Water Street.  Providence College is announcing new safety measures after several recent incidents.

>>Red Sox Lose To Rays In ALDS Game 1

(St. Petersburg, FL)  --  The Boston Red Sox lost 5-to-0 to the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League Division Series opener on Thursday night.  The series continues at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg Friday night.  First pitch is at 7:02 p.m.

>>Patriots At Texans

(Houston, TX)  --  The New England Patriots are at the Houston Texans this Sunday.  Kickoff from NRG Stadium is at 1 p.m. Eastern time.  Both teams are 1-and-3 on the season.

>>Human Case Of West Nile Reported In Rhode Island

(Providence, RI)  --  The Rhode Island Department of Health has reported its first human case of West Nile virus in 2021.  The state says the patient was a Providence County resident in their 50s who reported regular trips between RI and Massachusetts.  The last human case of West Nile in Rhode Island was in 2018.

>>Coronavirus Death Toll In Rhode Island: 2,852

(Providence, RI)  --  Rhode Island reported four new coronavirus deaths on Thursday.  The pandemic death toll for the Ocean State increased to two-thousand-852.  The state reported over 200 new virus cases yesterday.

>>Man Sentenced For Fraudulent Request For Pandemic Loan Money

(Providence, RI)  --  A Massachusetts man who was the first person in the country to be charged with fraudulent solicitation of federal pandemic relief small business loans has been sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison.  The Justice Department says David Adler Stavely of Andover admitted to conspiring with another man to get the loans for businesses they did not own, seeking over a half-million dollars.  The DOJ says Stavely faked his suicide death after his arrest and traveled to various states using false identities and stolen license plates before he was picked back up by the U.S. Marshals in July 2020.

>>Elorza Reacts To RIDOT Request Regarding South Water Street Project

(Providence, RI)  --  Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza is dismissing a directive from the Rhode Island Department of Transportation to stop a road upgrade project in a busy part of town.  RIDOT asked for the pause on the work on South Water Street over concerns whether it was compliant with an agreement on using federal reconstruction funds from 1999.  RIDOT made the request after local business owners directed their concerns to the state about the project, which has narrowed motor vehicle traffic to one lane while expanding a bicycle lane.  Elorza called the transportation department's cease-and-desist request, quote, "dubious at best."

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>>Providence College Announces Additional Safety Measures

(Providence, RI)  --  Providence College is making safety changes after several recent incidents.  Two students were reportedly ambushed while walking back from a bar.  WJAR-TV reported late last month there was a peeping tom incident at an all-girls' dorm at PC.  Among the changes the college is making is the addition of a public safety officer patrol to residence halls.  A late-night shuttle service is also being made available for students who travel to the surrounding Providence neighborhood.

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10-08-2021 02:56:07

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