ICYMI: Rhode Island was up to 25,076 confirmed coronavirus cases on Friday, after adding 133 new cases. The test-positive rate was 1.4 percent. The state announced one new death, bringing the total to 1,118. There were 96 people in the hospital, seven in intensive care, and seven were on ventilators.
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Will President Trump win Johnston? Can Barbara Ann Fenton-Fung unseat House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello? Who’s going to be the next mayor of Cranston?
With the general election just four weeks away, we’re giving you the chance to pick the winners of 61 races and one statewide ballot question, including the race for president, every mayoral matchup, and all of the contested seats in the General Assembly.
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We ended up with nearly 800 submissions for the primary contest, so our goal is top 1,000 entries this time around. The top 10 finishers will get a Rhode Map tote bag, and to up the ante a little bit, first place gets a $100 gift card to Frog & Toad, second place gets a $50 gift card, and third place gets a $25 gift card.
Feel free to vote early and often. And make sure you encourage your friends to fill out the form as well.
THE GLOBE IN RHODE ISLAND
⚓ Speaker Mattiello isn’t the one on trial this week, but Ed Fitzpatrick writes that his political future might be at stake depending on how political operative Jeff Britt’s case shakes out.
⚓ Amanda Milkovits reports that a new study shows health care costs increase up to 20-fold in the first six months after a gunshot injury versus the six months before.
⚓ This week’s Ocean State Innovators Q&A is with Rebecca L. Twitchell, president and