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An ambulance outside Rhode Island Hospital in Providence.

Rhode Island Hospital closes part of ER due to nursing shortage

“The recent staffing shortages from leaves of absences, daily call-outs, and resignations for travel nurse opportunities make it difficult to staff the area consistently,” said a spokeswoman.

PODCAST | Rhode Island Report
Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, left, spoke with Boston Globe reporter Edward Fitzpatrick on the Rhode Island Report podcast.

Providence Mayor Elorza on skipping the R.I. governor’s race, and what he hopes to accomplish before he leaves office

On the latest episode of Rhode Island Report, the mayor talks about his poll numbers, his plans, and whether he’ll endorse Governor Dan McKee.

RI POLITICS

East Providence clerk’s discrimination allegations rejected after review

An attorney for the city says she ‘weaponized’ complaints, and found each of her claims to be false or unsubstantiated. The Clerk said stands by her account and said the investigation was lacking.


RI POLITICS
Matt Brown, Democratic candidate for governor of Rhode Island.

R.I. Democratic official blasts Matt Brown’s candidacy for governor

“Mr. Brown surfaces during election cycles – in a vain attempt to get himself elected,” Kate Coyne-McCoy wrote. “Otherwise, he is nowhere to be found.”

COLUMN | DAN MCGOWAN
Mayor Joe Polisena works the phones in his Johnston office.

Amazon. Citizens Bank. Market Basket. The town of Johnston, R.I., is suddenly booming

With a brash mayor at the helm, the town has become one of the easiest places for developers to do business in Rhode Island.

RI POLITICS
Former secretary of state Matt Brown, left, is running for governor, and state Senator Cynthia Mendes is running for lieutenant governor atop a slate of RI Political Cooperative candidates.

Matt Brown is running for governor of R.I., heading a slate of progressive candidates

The former secretary of state joins Senator Cynthia Mendes, who is running for lieutenant governor, and as many as 50 RI Political Cooperative candidates seeking “a governing majority.”

RHODE MAP
The five Democrats running were required to file their first campaign finance reports by Tuesday.

The special Senate race in Providence is getting expensive

The five Democrats were required to file their first campaign finance reports by Tuesday; here's a look at how much this election is going to cost.

Michael Stephens, left, with Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza.

Committee eliminates police major position at center of controversy

Now that the Finance Committee has approved changing the position for a civilian — and once it receives the City Council's approval — Michael Stephens will be able to take the job.

RI POLITICS
Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee.

McKee says Rhode Island should start spending rescue plan funds

The state has about $1.1 billion in funding from the American Rescue Plan Act, and the governor is looking to spend about $100 million on housing, child care, and helping small businesses.

RI Sports
Elizabeth Beisel, of North Kingstown, training to swim to Block Island.

Weather prompts R.I. Olympian Elizabeth Beisel to call off Block Island swim again

The North Kingstown native is raising money to fund cancer research following her father’s death, but has had to postpone her fundraising swim twice.

RI POLITICS
Brett Smiley, then the director of administration, looks on as then-governor Gina Raimondo holds a press conference.

Former R.I. state official to pay fine to settle ethics complaint

Brett Smiley, a Democrat who’s running for Providence mayor, agreed to the $4,500 settlement with the state Ethics Commission Tuesday.