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(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: Friday is another extreme heat day for Southern New England.  A federal lawsuit filed over a water use dispute in Rhode Island will be heard in a different state because the local judges are recusing themselves.  Drivers are continuing to get relief at the gas pump.

>>Another Steamer On Friday, Not As Hot This Weekend

(Providence, RI)  --  The National Weather Service has a Heat Advisory in effect for all of Rhode Island except Block Island until 8 p.m. Friday.  The weather service is forecasting heat index values up to one-hundred degrees today.  People are being urged to avoid sun exposure or strenuous outside activities.  High temperatures for the Providence area this weekend are forecast right around 90 degrees.

>>Johnson's Pond Lawsuit Moved Out-Of-State

(Coventry, RI)  --  Federal judges in Rhode Island are recusing themselves from hearing a lawsuit filed over the Johnson's Pond water usage controversy in Coventry.  Soscia [[ SO-shuh ]] Holdings is suing the Rhode Island government for a new law which requires owners of dams to get state permission to adjust water levels.  WPRI-TV reports the federal lawsuit is being moved to New Hampshire because the three Rhode Island judges know people that live near the pond.  A temporary restraining order against the new law that was filed by Soscia last month was rejected.

>>Bridge At South Attleboro Train Stop To Be Torn Down

(South Attleboro, MA)  --  The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority commuter rail station in South Attleboro, Mass is coming back to life.  Channel 12 reports construction will begin in the fall to re-open the station that closed in February 2021.  The T station's pedestrian bridge has to be demolished and replaced.  This comes as the Providence-Stoughton Line also gets ready to add a new stop in Pawtucket.

>>Owner Of Former Prison Has A Vision

(Cranston, RI)  --  A proposal has been made to tear down a former Rhode Island prison.  According to The Providence Journal, this is the medium-security prison in the Howard Industrial Park in Cranston.  The owner who purchased the nearly-century-old prison in a 2020 auction would like to see a warehouse or manufacturing facility go up in its place.  The project has earned several early rounds of approval from the city.

>>Gas Prices Continue Inching Downward

(Undated)  --  Rhode Island gas prices dropped a dime this week.  GasBuddy reports the current average price in the Ocean State is four dollars, 32 cents.  The national average has dipped down to almost four dollars even.  A number of factors are driving the cost down, including many Americans curbing their driving habits once the price climbed past five dollars.  That, along with the release of U.S. emergency oil stockpiles, helped cool demand.

>>New Medicare Law

(Providence, RI)  --  The Rhode Island governor has signed a new law which impacts the state's Medicare program.  The new requirement is that Medicare supplement policies must be offered to all patients regardless of age who are eligible by reason of disability, including end-stage renal disease.  The bill targets Rhode Islanders who are overwhelmed by the cost of dialysis and rely on Medicare to fund their treatments.

Jim McCabe/jb  NH)


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