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GOV. DANIEL J. MCKEE'S approval rating, according to 367 respondents to Harvard University, Rutgers University, Northeastern University and Northwestern University’s 'COVID State Project' survey in January, was 34.2%, lowest among the six New England governors. / SCREENSHOT VIA WPRI-TV CBS 12

Was Gov. Daniel J. McKee right to lift the state’s indoor...

Gov. Daniel J. McKee on Feb. 11 lifted an indoor masking and proof of vaccination mandate Rhode Island had in place since mid-December. Venues with...
THE DOWNTOWN PROVIDENCE office market continues to suffer an increasing vacancy rate since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, reaching 15.85% for the fourth quarter of 2021, according to latest market figures provided by CBRE Inc. / PBN FILE PHOTO/CHRIS BERGNEHEIM

Are you concerned about the long-term effects of rising vacancy rates...

CBRE Inc. says the vacancy rate for downtown office space in Providence was 15.85% for the fourth quarter of 2021. That’s the highest rate...
GOV. DANIEL J. MCKEE during his State of the State address Tuesday proposed creating a Rhode Island Higher Ed Academy to help Rhode Islanders pursue higher education and training that may not only increase the state’s overall workforce but also put the Ocean State on a path toward long-term economic recovery. AP FILE PHOTO/STEVEN SENNE

Was Gov. Daniel J. McKee right to commit all of the...

Gov. Daniel J. McKee’s proposed $12.8 billion fiscal 2023 budget commits all of the state’s roughly $1 billion in remaining American Rescue Plan Act...
GOV. DANIEL J. MCKEE announced on Dec. 10 that 16-year-olds and 17-year-olds are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster. / AP FILE PHOTO / TED S. WARREN

Should affected businesses go ahead with COVID-19 vaccine or testing requirements,...

The U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 13 struck down a mandate from President Joe Biden's administration requiring employees at large businesses to get a...

Are proposed changes to Rhode Island’s state and congressional district maps...

Rhode Island’s Special Commission on Reapportionment on Jan. 12 approved new redistricting maps that would keep all 113 incumbent legislators in their existing districts. The...
UNDER A NEW EMERGENCY POLICY, the R.I. Department of Health allowed a state-run hospital and a privately run nursing home to allow COVID-19 positive employees into the workplace over the past weekend, Jan. 1 through Jan. 2, due to short staffing. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE, DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES, AND HOSPITALS

Should workers who are COVID-19 positive be allowed to work in...

The R.I. Department of Health on Dec. 31 began allowing medical facilities in the state to use employees who are positive for COVID-19 to...
EARLY PROTECTION: Mary Norwalk gets her flu shot from Matt Lefebvre, pharmacy manager at the CVS store on Hope Street in Providence, while Art Norwalk, Mary’s husband, looks on. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Will making primary health care available at local pharmacies and other...

Woonsocket-based CVS Health Corp. recently announced plans to establish up to 350 primary care centers across the country by the end of 2024. Each of...
THE R.I. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION will present three options for a Providence bus hub in a series of public hearings. Pictured is RIDOT Director Peter Alviti Jr. in Kennedy Plaza, where the bus depot is currently located. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Did the R.I. Department of Transportation make the right decision to...

The R.I. Department of Transportation and the R.I. Public Transit Authority have agreed to seek public feedback on three options to overhaul Providence’s downtown...
GOV. DANIEL J. MCKEE, right, announces new actions that the state of Rhode Island is taking to slow a surge in COVID-19 cases, at a news briefing at the Statehouse on Wednesday. At left is a sign language interpreter. / SCREENSHOT OF WPRI-TV CBS 12 LIVE STREAM

Do you support Gov. Daniel J. McKee’s partial indoor mask mandate?

Gov. Daniel J. McKee is reinstituting a partial indoor mask mandate that makes them mandatory in large venues but optional for small businesses, which...

Should local colleges mandate that students and staff get COVID-19 booster...

Local colleges this past summer made it clear that nearly all students – and employees in some cases – needed to be vaccinated against...

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