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(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: The National Weather Service says there is still much uncertainty about an upcoming potential winter storm.  People want the state of Rhode Island to charge a man with murder for a fatal crash on I-95 over the holidays.  A Pawtucket cigar lounge has been temporarily closed after a deadly shooting.

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>>No Snow Total Predictions Yet From National Weather Service 

(Boston, MA)  --  The National Weather Service is not yet ready to make snow measurement predictions for a potential major winter storm in Southern New England this weekend.  As of Tuesday night, the weather service said there was still too much uncertainty.  In addition to heavy snow, forecasters say the storm could cause coastal flooding and beach erosion.

>>Coronavirus Death Toll In Rhode Island: 3,263

(Providence, RI)  --  Rhode Island reported ten new coronavirus deaths on Tuesday.  The pandemic death toll for the Ocean State increased to three-thousand-263.  There were over 13-hundred new virus cases.  The number of COVID-19 patients at Rhode Island hospitals as of yesterday's report was four-hundred-sixty.

>>State Pressed To Charge Rhode Islander With Murder For NYE Crash

(Cranston, RI)  --  Public pressure is continuing for the Rhode Island Attorney General's Office to file a murder charge in connection to a fatal New Year's Eve crash.  A rally held outside the A.G.'s office last weekend sought the upgraded charge against Aramis Segura of Charlestown.  Segura is accused of causing a crash on Route 95 in Warwick that killed a 17-year-old girl driving the second vehicle, Olivia Passaretti, who was from East Greenwich.  Segura is currently charged with driving to endanger, death resulting.  When asked if a murder charge could be added, Attorney General Peter Neronha told WJAR-TV on Tuesday his office is approaching this case the same way it looks at every significant case, and that he did not want to rule anything in or out.

>>East Providence Hiring Social Worker For Emergency Responses

(East Providence, RI)  --  East Providence is becoming the first Rhode Island municipality to hire a social worker to help police and other first responders during emergencies, according to a report from The Providence Journal.  The city is currently searching for someone to hire for the position, which is being funded by money from the American Rescue Plan Act.  East Providence Mayor Bob DaSilva says it's possible a second social worker will be paid for by the opioid distributor settlement that was announced by the state on Tuesday.

>>Pawtucket Cigar Bar Closed Following Fatal Shooting 

(Pawtucket, RI)  --  The Fab City Cigar Lounge in Pawtucket has been closed following a deadly shooting.  Police believe the shooting that killed one person and injured another outside the lounge on Newport Avenue Monday stemmed from a fight inside the business.  The Pawtucket Board of License Commissioners voted on Tuesday to shut down the bar until February 9th, at which time there will be another hearing.

>>RIPTA Says Wave App Issues Fixed 

(Providence, RI)  --  The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority says it has resolved issues with its fare payment mobile phone app.  Earlier this week, RIPTA said it became aware that some passengers were unable to properly use the Wave app.  WPRI-TV reports RIPTA announced Tuesday that all features were fully-functional.  The transit agency recently shifted to a paper-free fare system.

>>P-Bruins Lose To Utica 

(Utica, NY)  --  The Providence Bruins got shut out in Utica on Tuesday night.  The Comets won the game 4-to-0.  This season, the top six teams in the American Hockey League Atlantic Division will make the playoffs.  The P-Bruins are in fourth place after last night's loss.

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01-26-2022 02:59:05

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