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(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: A new director has been named for the Rhode Island agency that advocates for older citizens.  A Rhode Island lawmaker proposes decriminalizing magic mushrooms.  Three NCAA Division 1 men's basketball teams from the Ocean State remain alive in March Madness. 

>>Some Snow Measured In RI Wednesday, Temperature Roller Coaster Ahead

(Providence, RI)  --  Rhode Island is climbing unsteadily into spring.  A shot of winter weather on Wednesday left about three inches of snow in Burrillville, Foster and Warwick, according to the National Weather Service.  The forecast from the weather service calls for high temperatures in the Providence area to swing between the 50s and 30s over the next seven days.

>>New Rhode Island Office of Healthy Aging Director Appointed

(Providence, RI)  --  Governor Dan McKee has announced the appointment of a new director of the Rhode Island Office of Healthy Aging.  The position is going to Maria Cimini, a former state representative with an extensive career in social work and public policy, according to the governor's office.  Cimini's most-recent position was associate director at the Rhode Island Department of Human Services.  The Healthy Aging Office director position became vacant when previous director Rose Amoros resigned amid controversy last summer. 

>>Proposal In Rhode Island Legislature To Legalize Shrooms 

(Providence, RI)  --  A Rhode Island lawmaker has proposed decriminalizing possession of magic mushrooms.  The hallucinogenic drugs are currently only legal for medical use in one other state, Oregon, which took that action in 2020.  The Providence Journal reports state Representative Brandon Potter, a Cranston Democrat, put forward the bill because he says there is evidence magic mushrooms are effective in treating mental health issues.

>>Zero New RI COVID Deaths Reported Wednesday 

(Providence, RI)  --  Rhode Island reported zero new coronavirus deaths on Wednesday.  Yesterday was the second straight day of no new virus deaths in the Ocean State.  The number of new virus cases was one-hundred-47, and the COVID patient count in Rhode Island hospitals remained below one-hundred. 

>>University Of Rhode Island Men's Basketball Still Dancing 

(Undated)  --  March Madness has arrived in Rhode Island.  The URI Rams men's basketball team, needing a conference tournament win to get to the dance, won its Atlantic 10 playoff opener in Washington, DC on Wednesday, 79-to-77 over Duquesne.  Rhody will play Richmond next on Thursday night.  Providence College, which has already punched its ticket, hosts Butler in the first round of the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden this afternoon.  Bryant University is awaiting its opening opponent in the NCAA Tourney after winning its first-ever Division 1 conference championship on Tuesday.

>>New Flights At T.F. Green 

(Warwick, RI)  --  Frontier Airlines is announcing new routes from T.F. Green International Airport in Rhode Island.  The ultra-low-fare airline will launch nonstop service between Warwick and two new destinations: Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina and its headquarters in Denver, Colorado.  The service begins in the spring and is scheduled to operate on a seasonal basis. 

>>Westerly Route 1 Project Website Launched 

(Westerly, RI)  --  A new website has been launched for the town of Westerly's development plan to revitalize the U.S. Route 1 corridor.  The website, which launched this week, is Route1Westerly.com with the number typed out.  Town officials say community engagement with the project is critical.  The Westerly Sun reports about a thousand letters were sent on Tuesday to property owners on the corridor to encourage their participation.

>>"The Gilded Age" Seeking Sporty Actors For Filming In Newport 

(Newport, RI)  --  HBO series The Gilded Age is coming back to Newport for its upcoming second season.  Several Newport mansions hosted scenes in the premiere season which aired in January.  Rhode Islanders are once-again being invited to a casting call.  The show is looking for highly-skilled tennis players who will be playing characters in a match from the 1880s.  The scenes will be filmed in May.

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