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HOMELESSNESS
A homeless encampment in Providence is removed by city workers on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022.

Providence removes homeless encampment near Moshassuck River

City Public Safety Commissioner Steven M. Paré said city police and public works crews were on site Friday morning, and say the encampment was empty at the time

POLITICS
Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

University of Rhode Island revokes honorary degrees for Michael Flynn, Rudy Giuliani

“Revoking these honorary degrees reinforces our values and allows us to lead with truth and integrity,” URI President Marc Parlange said.

RHODE MAP
Dr. Megan Ranney is one of seven health professionals who will help Governor McKee find an interim and a permanent director of the Rhode Island Health Department.

Here’s who will help Governor McKee pick a new health director

With RI Health Director Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott set to depart next week, Governor Dan McKee has asked seven health professionals to advise him on his search for an interim and a permanent director.

RI HEALTH
Debra Quinton, left, is the nurse supervisor and director of First Connections at Family Service of Rhode Island, and works with Jackie Mallette, occupational therapist early intervention, on a CPR course for infants.

One of R.I.’s most critical programs for newborns is at risk of folding

"It’s absolutely terrifying what is happening in front of my eyes," said Debra Quinton, director of First Connections.

N.H. musher’s dog killed in crash on Alaska highway

A dog team led by Jaye Foucher of New Hampshire was training for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog when her team was struck Wednesday on the Parks Highway near Willow, about 75 miles north of Anchorage, Alaska State Troopers reported.

RI BUSINESS
The ambulance bays at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence.

Unionized employees, community members voice concerns over Lifespan-Care New England hospital merger

“I’m terrified by the impacts of this merger," said one nurse. "We need guarantees that services will not be eliminated.”

RI HEALTH
Rhode Island Hospital in Providence

Lifespan making plans for having to deny or withdraw advanced care

Staffing shortages spurred by burnout and lucrative travel nursing jobs are forcing hospitals to close units even as waiting rooms overflow.

RI HEALTH
Tom McCarthy, deputy director of the state health department, stepped down on Thursday.

Deputy Director Tom McCarthy steps down from R.I. health department

The deputy director of the state health department is stepping down just a week after state health director Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott resigned.