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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.

Governor Daniel McKee.

Watch live: Governor McKee is speaking about COVID-19

Governor Dan McKee is expected to appear at a press conference on Thursday to discuss the state’s COVID-19 response.

RI ARTS
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is calling for artists to apply to paint the the official portrait of the state's former governor, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo.

Get paid $50,000 to paint Raimondo’s official portrait

Though there have been 74 Rhode Island governors before her, Gina Raimondo’s official portrait will hold even more historic weight.

RHODE MAP
Vice President Kamala Harris, left, and Secretary of Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo participate in a roundtable with women-led small business owners Wednesday, May 5, 2021, in Providence, R.I.

Secretary Raimondo wants $300-a-week unemployment boost to stay in place through Labor Day

The former Rhode Island governor says fear of COVID and a lack of affordable childcare are bigger obstacles to hiring than the extra unemployment benefits.

COLUMN | DAN MCGOWAN
Sterling Clinton Spellman, founder of Incred-A-bowl Food Company, third from left, speaks with Vice President Kamala Harris after a meeting at the Social Enterprise Greenhouse, Wednesday, May 5, 2021, in Providence, R.I.

Think Vice President Harris didn’t need to visit Rhode Island? Tell that to the people who met her

The vice president spent the day with real people who run real businesses, talking about the challenges they face.

RI NEWS
A peregrine falcon with eggs and chicks atop the Superman building in Providence. This year's brood is expected to hatch soon.

Peregrine falcons on R.I.’s tallest building will hatch any time now. You can watch live

The nest, with four eggs, sits at the top of the Superman Building in Providence, and the livestream offers a good view.