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News Minute: Here is the latest Rhode Island news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. EDT

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The fourth nor'easter in three weeks is beginning to move into southern New England. Meteorologists say Massachusetts will see its heaviest snowfall in the overnight hours before tapering off Thursday afternoon. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says 4 to 9 inches of snow is expected to fall in the city. The storm has dumped more than a foot of snow in some places in the Northeast and left tens of thousands of homes and businesses without power.

BOSTON (AP) - A longtime television personality who played a beloved clown had died, according to family. WCVB-TV says 89-year-old Frank Avruch, who played Bozo the Clown from 1959 to 1970, has died. Avruch was a contributor to the station for over 40 years as a host of "Man About Town," and "The Great Entertainment." He died Tuesday at his Boston home from heart disease, and is survived by his wife Betty, two sons Matthew and Steven and several grandchildren. "We will miss him greatly," the family says.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A tragic disease is one of the leading causes of death in the state. The Alzheimer's Association reports the disease is the fifth leading cost of death in Rhode Island, up from sixth in 2013. Over 23,000 residents are currently living with the disease, with an expected increase of 4,000 in the next seven years. The estimated Medicaid cost for Rhode Islanders with dementia and Alzheimer's over the age of 65 in 2018 is $438 million.

WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) - A superintendent is apologizing for closing schools in his district for winter storm conditions that never arrived. WJAR-TV reports Westerly Superintendent Mark Garceau posted on social media, saying he feels he made an incorrect choice, inconveniencing parents and students. Snow was scheduled to begin in Westerly at 8 a.m., and Garceau made the decision to shut down schools Tuesday night. The National Weather Service has scaled back its snowfall forecast in southern New England.

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