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RI BUSINESS
Dr. Jack A. Elias announced last week that he would be transitioning from his post as dean of Brown University’s Warren Alpert Medical School to a position where he will be solely focused on the merger between Lifespan Corporation and Care New England.

Dr. Jack Elias on how the Lifespan-CNE merger will change the health care and business landscapes in R.I.

“As we transition to an academic health center, this is going to be a more attractive place for health care discoveries to be turned into companies, and companies to stay local and grow and develop,” he says.

RI HEALTH
Dr. Beata Nelken draws a dose of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine in Central Falls, R.I., in March.

R.I. to offer free transportation to vaccine appointments starting Monday

Residents who need a ride can contact RIPTA and provide their vaccine appointment information

RI POLITICS
The building at 1600 Division Road in West Warwick is the site of a proposed MedRecycler plant that would use high heat to convert medical waste into electricity.

R.I. attorney general calls for pause in review of medical waste-to-energy proposal

Neronha raises concerns about “untested technology” for proposed West Warwick facility that would convert medical waste into electricity.

RI NEWS
Peaceful protesters gathered on the State House steps in providence on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, to protest the killing of Duante Wright. The event was organized by Black Lives Matter RI PAC and other groups.

Armed anti-police protester arrested during peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstration in Providence

About 400 people attended the demonstration at the State House, which was in protest of the recent killing of Daunte Wright by police in Minnesota.

RI ARTS
Gillian Friedman Fox, the new executive director of the Newport Music Festival announced the 17 outdoor concerts for the Festival's 53rd season, and her debut.

Newport Music Festival announces summer 2021 schedule

The season launches July 4 with a slate of 17 performances from GRAMMY-nominated artists in a variety of genres.

CORONAVIRUS
Norah Aguirre, right, 17 of Wakefield, Rhode Island smiles after clinical nurse manager Marlene Reidl, left, delivered her first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at Hasbro Children's Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island on April 3, 2021. The FDA has recently authorized the use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children 16-years old and older.

How does the J&J COVID-19 vaccine pause affect Rhode Islanders?

The state will conduct its own review, but some residents feel wary about keeping their appointments.

Rhode Map
14RImatos  -  Providence, RI, April 14, 2021 - Sabina Matos is sworn in as Lt. Governor of the State of Rhode Island by Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea while surrounded by her family. Holding the Bible for Lt. Governor Matos is her daughter Annemarie Ward. Behind them are Patrick Ward, husband of Sabina Matos and their son Diego Matos.
(Credit:  Bob Breidenbach/Pool)

4 former Lieutenant Governors offer advice to Sabina Matos

From public health to pairing with the governor on the ballot, their advice is a reminder that the job comes with opportunities to create real change.

RI CRIME

New city recreation director accused of molesting girl in his private basketball program

Manuel “Manny” A. Nunez was was charged with three counts of first-degree child molestation and fired from his new position at the Councilman John Rollins Recreational Center.