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(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: Multiple people are hospitalized after a police chase and crash in Attleboro, Massachusetts Wednesday night.  COVID deaths and cases are increasing in Rhode Island.  The Ocean State's largest hospital system is announcing a new visitor policy.

>>Crash After Shooting, Police Chase In Attleboro

(Attleboro, MA)  --  A shooting in Attleboro turned into a police chase and car crash Wednesday night.  Someone in an SUV allegedly fired shots at parked cars on James Street at around 8:30 p.m.  The SUV reportedly drove off from an officer's attempt to pull them over and crashed into another vehicle on County Street.  Multiple occupants, including the three shooting suspects, were taken to the hospital.

>>Ruling Issued On Fall River Officer-Involved Shooting 

(Fall River, MA)  --  A police-involved shooting in Fall River last month was justified, according to the Bristol County Massachusetts District Attorney.  Police responded to the residence of Anthony Harden for a previous domestic violence incident.  Harden reportedly attempted to stab an officer during a struggle and a second officer, who was not identified, fatally shot him.  The D.A.'s office said the use of force complied with Fall River Police Department policy.

>>Two Bank Robberies In Downtown Providence

(Providence, RI)  --  There were two bank robberies in as many days earlier this week in downtown Providence.  The Citizens Bank on Kennedy Plaza was hit on Monday.  Then on Tuesday, it was the Santander on Financial Plaza.  Police say the robberies are not connected.

>>Coronavirus Death Toll In Rhode Island: 3,015

(Providence, RI)  --  Rhode Island reported nine new coronavirus deaths on Wednesday.  The pandemic death toll in the Ocean State increased to three-thousand-15.  There were over 14-hundred new virus cases.

>>RI University Delays Semester Start; More Schools Requiring Booster Shots

(Undated)  --  Salve Regina University in Newport is delaying the start of the spring semester by one week because of coronavirus concerns.  Classes at Salve will now begin on January 17th.  Meanwhile, Rhode Island appears to trending towards having its institutions of higher learning require booster shots for next semester.  Joining the list are Bryant University and the Rhode Island School of Design.

>>Lifespan Requiring Vaccination Or Negative COVID Test For Most Visitors

(Providence, RI)  --  Lifespan is requiring proof of COVID vaccination or a negative virus test for hospital visitors.  The new policy takes effect next Monday.  The test has to be a PCR that was administered within 48 hours.  There are several exceptions to the new policy, including end-of-life visits.  Lifespan's network includes Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children's Hospital.

>>Woonsocket Directing ARPA Money To Shelter, Feed Homeless 

(Woonsocket, RI)  --  The city of Woonsocket is directing American Rescue Plan Act money to homeless services after a public outcry.  The Providence Journal reports the City Council on Monday authorized spending seventy-thousand dollars to house the local homeless at the Woonsocket Motor Inn for the winter.  Another fifty-grand goes to the New Beginnings soup kitchen.  Members of the public criticized the city last month for spending ARPA money on items including a synthetic ice rink and upgrades to the city council chambers instead of what they said was a more-pressing issue.

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Jim McCabe/nf     RI) MA) 
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