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DR. JAMES MCDONALD, left, newly named interim director of the R.I. Department of Health, and Gov. Daniel J. McKee speak about the leadership transition at the department since the resignation of former Director Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott during a COVID-19 update press conference on Jan. 27. / SCREENSHOT OF PRESS CONFERENCE ON WPRI-TV CBS 12

Interim RIDOH Director McDonald doesn’t rule out permanent role

EAST PROVIDENCE – The new interim director of the R.I. Department of Health didn't rule  out accepting the job on a permanent basis when...
THE RHODE ISLAND DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH published a report on the 1,251 fatal overdoses that took place from January 2016 through June 2020 in the Ocean State, breaking down this information based on the types of jobs held by decedent, showing that 26.4% of fatal overdoses in the state took the lives of those in construction, maintenance and natural resource-related occupations. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

Report: R.I. construction workers hardest hit by fatal opioid overdose crisis

PROVIDENCE – Among all occupations in the Ocean State, construction and maintenance workers in Rhode Island continue to be hardest hit by the opioid...
THE COMEBACK: Jennifer Vinalon returned to the classroom at the University of Rhode Island’s Providence campus 10 years after she stopped pursuing a bachelor’s degree. She graduated in the spring and was a commencement speaker. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Some colleges focus on persuading older students to finish what they...

Graduating college is a milestone for many, perhaps more so in a pandemic. For Jennifer Vinalon, the diploma holds even more significance. Vinalon, 37, earned...

R.I. Office of Healthy Aging names interim director

PROVIDENCE - Michelle Szylin has been named interim director of the R.I. Office of Healthy Aging, replacing Rosamaria Amoros Jones, who submitted her letter...
COURTNEY HAWKINS has been appointed the new chief policy officer for the city of Providence, Mayor Jorge O. Elorza announced recently. / COURTESY MAYOR'S OFFICE

Hawkins, Department of Human Services director, resigns

PROVIDENCE – Courtney E. Hawkins, director of the R.I. Department of Human Services, submitted a letter of resignation Thursday. “Leading the team of hundreds of...
PRODUCT TEST: Amanda Jamieson, left, assistant professor of molecular microbiology and immunology at Brown University, holds plaque assays of GC Ink, a graphene ink developed by Graphene Composites USA Inc. that is believed to kill viruses when applied to surfaces. Brown researchers, including Delia Demers, center, and Meredith Crane, are testing the product thanks to a grant GC received from the R.I. Commerce Corp.’s Innovation Voucher Program. / COURTESY GREG SERPA

Where is Commerce headed? McKee may give R.I. agency new direction...

Amid the upheaval of the COVID-19 pandemic last June, Daniel J. McKee appeared frustrated. McKee, then Rhode Island’s lieutenant governor, took the unusual step of...

Nomination of Matos as lt. gov. heads to Senate

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island will soon have a new lieutenant governor, as Gov. Daniel J. McKee nominated Providence City Council President Sabina Matos at...

McKee: Legal marijuana a ‘small-business opportunity’

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Daniel J. McKee says he sees the legalization of recreational marijuana as a "small-business opportunity," and he is signaling that his...

McKee proposes small-business grants, recreational marijuana sales in $11.17B budget

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Daniel J. McKee on Thursday unveiled an $11.17 billion budget proposal that would provide grants to small businesses struggling amid the...

Facing pressure from business community, municipal leaders eager to end emergency...

PROVIDENCE – One year after former Gov. Gina M. Raimondo declared a state of disaster emergency over the COVID-19 pandemic, some have grown weary...

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