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(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee tells President Biden his state is ready to accept refugees from Ukraine.  A racial reparations committee is being formed by the city of Providence.  The RI Department of Environmental Management has a new website that will help outdoor recreational enthusiasts. 

>>Governor: Rhode Island Ready To Accept Ukrainian Refugees

(Providence, RI)  --  Rhode Island is ready to host refugees from Ukraine, according to Governor Dan McKee.  The governor sent a letter to President Biden on Monday saying he was shocked and saddened to witness the devastation taking place during Russia's ongoing military incursion.  McKee called it a despicable act of war which has forced hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians to flee for their lives.

>>Coronavirus Death Toll In Rhode Island: 3,412

(Providence, RI)  --  Rhode Island reported six new coronavirus deaths over the weekend.  The pandemic death toll for the Ocean State as of Monday's update was three-thousand-412.  There were one-hundred-23 new virus cases.  The Providence Journal reported on Friday that the McKee administration announced plans to close the COVID vaccination site at the Rhode Island Convention Center over the weekend as the state transitions to an endemic strategy. 

>>State Looking To Extend Providence Public Schools Turnaround Plan

(Providence, RI)  --  The Rhode Island Department of Education is seeking to extend the deadline for its Providence School District turnaround plan.  The state took over the district in 2019 following a scathing public report on its performance.  The turnaround plan was supposed to be five years, but State Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green [[ ahn-HELL-ick-uh in-FAHN-tay ]] told WPRI-TV the coronavirus pandemic caused a delay.  A progress report on the turnaround plan was given to the Rhode Island Senate Oversight Committee on Monday night. 

>>Providence Reparations Committee Announced

(Providence, RI)  --  Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza signed an executive order on Monday to form a commission focused on racial reparations.  Elorza has proposed spending 15-million dollars of the city's share from the American Rescue Plan Act.  Elorza's administration is focusing on urban renewal projects which displaced communities of color in Providence in the 1950s and 60s instead of the U.S. slavery era.  The reparations commission has three months to submit a report. 

>>Windshield Smashed By Flying Ice

(Undated)  --  A Rhode Island driver survived after a sheet of ice smashed her windshield this past weekend.  Laura Stebbins of Exeter says she was driving on the South County Trail on Saturday afternoon when the ice from another vehicle hit hers.  Stebbins told multiple media outlets the impact knocked off her E-ZPass transponder and sent pieces of glass flying.  She said police caught up with the other driver and fined them 85-dollars.

>>Rhode Island DEM Has New Consolidated Services Website

(Providence, RI)  --  The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management has launched a new website.  The DEM says the new site, called Rhode Island Outdoors, will serve as a one-stop shop for fishers, hunters and boaters who are looking to obtain licenses, permits and tags.  The website address is RIO.RI.gov. 

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