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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.

RI POLITICS
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.


Former Fall River mayor Jasiel Correia is accused of a slew of financial crimes.

Testimony ends in federal corruption case against former Fall River mayor

Jasiel Correia’s lawyers called only three witnesses and the judge instructed jurors that they should not be influenced by Correia’s decision not to take the stand in his own defense.

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.

CORONAVIRUS
Tom Whalen prepares meals in a Rhode Island kitchen.

Beginning Friday, R.I. business restrictions are relaxing. Here’s what you need to know

Among the changes: restaurants can increase capacity to 80 percent, bars still have to use plexiglass, and masks will still be required indoors.

CORONAVIRUS
Governor Daniel McKee.

90 percent of Rhode Island teachers, staff, and child care workers have now been vaccinated, McKee says

About 90 percent of Rhode Island teachers, school staff, and child care workers have now been vaccinated against COVID-19, Governor Dan McKee said at a Thursday press conference on the state’s vaccination effort.

CORONAVIRUS
There are 13,500 Rhode Islanders over the age of 75 years old that still haven’t received a COVID-19 vaccine, said Thomas McCarthy, the executive director of the state’s COVID-19 Response Team Thursday.

At-home vaccine clinics are coming for Rhode Islanders 75 and older

The state’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout is moving to a more-targeted approach.

RI BUSINESS
After nearly two decades, Bank of America in Rhode Island president Bill Hatfield announces he will retire this July.

Bill Hatfield to retire as Bank of America R.I. president

He has been with the company for 40 years, and has been market president since 2004.