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ICYMI: Rhode Island was up to 15,112 confirmed coronavirus cases on Tuesday, after adding 101 new cases. The state announced 12 more deaths, bringing the total to 732. There were 188 people in the hospital, 48 in intensive care, and 31 were on ventilators.
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⚓ Most of Rhode Island’s largest cities and towns are implementing curfews, and Governor Gina Raimondo has called in the National Guard in an attempt to avoid a repeat of the dangerous scene that unfolded in Providence early Tuesday morning.
⚓ As civil unrest percolates across the country, the Globe’s editorial board calls on President Trump to stop pouring gasoline on the fire with his vitriolic rhetoric.
⚓ Ed Fitzpatrick reports that the Rhode Island Ethics Commission has given state Senator Erin Lynch Prata the okay to apply for a spot on the state Supreme Court, despite the staff’s recommendation that she should be required to wait a year after leaving office until she seeks the job.
⚓ As expected, former vice president Joe Biden won Rhode Island’s Democratic presidential preference primary on Tuesday, while President Trump easily scored a victory on the Republican side. You can see the full results here.
⚓ On the coronavirus front, Governor Raimondo on Tuesday defended Rhode Island’s response to the high number of nursing home-related deaths from the contagious disease.
WHAT'S ON TAP TODAY
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⚓ Governor Raimondo’s daily coronavirus update is at 2:30 p.m. (Note the time change.)
⚓ The House Health, Education, and Welfare Committee is scheduled to discuss the progress of distance learning with state officials this afternoon.
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