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In a series of votes last month, the South Kingstown School Committee took several steps to address and rectify what several students said is “systemic racism” within the town’s school system.

The votes came after hours of testimony to the committee from those who said they’d either experienced or witnessed instances of discrimination or racism in the schools.

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Tourists are coming back to South County, say many local business owners and tourism officials, in ways unexpected just a few months ago.

Tracking data for various accommodations in South County shows that brand name hotels as well as vacation cottage rentals are seeing more reservations following the easing of restrictions and the start of the summer vacation season, local officials say.

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Though Rhode Island officials have applauded the state’s robust rate of testing for COVID-19 in comparison to other states, recent data shows that tests have nevertheless reached only a small fraction of those in the general population, including those in Narragansett, South Kingstown and North Kingstown.

An analysis of state-provided data on testing for the coronavirus shows only 12 percent — 9,265 — of the three towns’ combined population of 72,492 residents had tests as of a week ago for the coronavirus. The number could even be lower when repeat testing counts are removed, state officials said.