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With an uptick in walk-in customers and orders for Mother's Day, flower shops in Rhode Island are seeing a boost to their businesses, which were hard hit during the pandemic.

As pandemic eases, florists’ businesses blossom again in Rhode Island

Cancelled weddings have been rescheduled, and Mother’s Day offers a much-welcomed boost.

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Ousainou Faal, 18, of Providence laughed with clinical nurse manager Marlene Reidl after he received his first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at Hasbro Children's Hospital in Providence.

The cities and towns that are vaccinating the most young people in Rhode Island

It has been nearly three weeks since Rhode Island made everyone age 16 and over eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, and we know that 581,000 residents of all ages have received at least one shot since December.

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Tom McCarthy, executive director of the state's COVID-19 response, addresses the media at the weekly COVID-19 press conference in Providence on April 29.

From supporting US forces in Afghanistan to running Rhode Island’s COVID-19 response

How Thomas McCarthy, the executive director of the state’s COVID-19 Response Team, took the lessons he learned through multiple tours of duty and applied them to the pandemic.

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Governor Daniel J. McKee has launched a series of "Rhode Island 2030 Community Conversations"

Rhode Island 2030: Governor McKee gathers ideas for how R.I. can spend federal funds

State could bolster its economy by focusing on clean energy and life sciences, strategist says.

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The Rhode Island State House.

House passes bill to boost Rhode Island’s minimum wage

The rate would rise from $11.50 to $15 per hour over four years, bringing it in line with neighboring states.

RI HEALTH
A man holds his vaccination reminder card after having received his first shot at a pop-up vaccination.

Bill would prohibit vaccine passports in Rhode Island

Colleges and universities have announced they’ll require proof of having received the COVID-19 vaccine. One lawmaker want to be sure other industries don’t follow suit.

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Major Michael Urso, left, and Col. Brendan Doherty, both formerly from the Rhode Island State Police, pose for a photo during the premiere of movie “Vault” in 2019.

Former head of Rhode Island State Police gets new gig: Lobbyist

Brendan P. Doherty has worn a lot of hats. Some people may be surprised by his latest one.

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A surfer in front of the Towers in Narragansett, Rhode Island.

The fight over a 10-foot swath of sand along Rhode Island’s shoreline

The House and Senate are currently considering legislation that would decriminalize trespassing along the mean high tide line. But the House Speaker is not convinced.