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(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: Rhode Island gas prices have reached a new record.  Providence is dropping its COVID-19 vaccine mandate for the remaining few city workers who have not complied.  The head of the Rhode Island Health and Human Services Department is resigning.

>>Rhode Island Gas Price Average About Four And A Quarter 

(Undated)  --  The average Rhode Island gas price as of overnight Tuesday was four dollars and 23 cents, according to RIGasPrices.com.  The state average, as well as the national average of four-15, are new records, and prices are expected to continue increasing due to the Russian war in Ukraine.  To relieve the pain at the pump, President Biden is considering easing sanctions on Venezuela, who along with Russia is a major oil producer.

>>Providence No-Longer Requiring Remaining Unvaccinated To Get COVID Shots 

(Providence, RI)  --  The city of Providence is adjusting its coronavirus vaccination policy for the remaining few employees who have not gotten the shot.  Ninety-five percent of the municipal workforce is vaccinated, according to WPRI-TV.  Those who are not can instead comply with the mandate by getting weekly virus testing.  The Providence Journal reports the capital city's police department stood to lose about thirty officers for non-compliance with the requirement to get vaccinated as of late February.

>>Coronavirus Death Toll In Rhode Island: 3,419

(Providence, RI)  --  Rhode Island reported two new coronavirus deaths this past weekend.  The pandemic death toll in the Ocean State as of Monday's update was three-thousand-419.  The number of new virus cases was about three-hundred-fifty.  There were less than one-hundred COVID patients counted in Rhode Island hospitals.

>>RIPTA CEO, Former Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian Injured In Crash

(Warwick, RI)  --  Former Warwick mayor and current head of the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority Scott Avedisian [[ AV-uh-DEE-zhin ]] was reportedly injured in a motor vehicle accident over the weekend.  The solo rollover crash happened Sunday night on Warwick Neck Road in Warwick.  Avedisian was taken to Rhode Island Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, according to Warwick police.  The crash is under investigation.  The RIPTA CEO has not been cited or charged.

>>Fire Destroys House In Central Falls

(Central Falls, RI)  --  A fire destroyed a multi-family home in Central Falls on Monday afternoon.  WPRI-TV reports two firefighters who responded to the house on Barber Avenue were treated for heat exhaustion.  The Rhode Island Fire Marshal told the news station the cause was electrical.  The fire started on the first floor from lithium batteries inside a device that was plugged in.  The Red Cross is assisting the four adults and two children who were displaced.

>>RI Health And Human Services Secretary Stepping Down 

(Providence, RI)  --  Rhode Island Health and Human Services Secretary Womazetta Jones is resigning.  Jones was appointed by former governor Gina Raimondo in 2019.  The Chicago native says she is leaving for family reasons.  Governor McKee's office says an interim secretary will be named before Jones departs on May 1st.

>>Patriots Release Linebacker Kyle Van Noy

(Foxboro, MA)  --  The New England Patriots are moving on from a two-time Super Bowl champion.  The Pats have released linebacker Kyle Van Noy.  The 30-year-old was set to earn about seven-and-a-half-million dollars against the salary cap this upcoming season.  Van Noy signed a two-year deal with the Patriots last March after a previous three-year stint with the team.

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