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The Rhode Island Department of Corrections' Maximum Security Facility in Cranston.

Marathon work shifts — and massive overtime payments — soar at R.I. state prison

Correctional officers earn plenty of overtime pay for working quads — 32-hour shifts during which they aren’t supposed to sleep. But managers, inmates, and even officers are concerned about the health and safety risks.

PODCAST | RHODE ISLAND REPORT
Representative Karen Alzate, chairwoman of the Rhode Island Legislative Black and Latino Caucus, speaks to Boston Globe reporter Edward Fitzpatrick during the Rhode Island Report podcast.

Black and Latino caucus leader calls for R.I. to include minority-owned businesses

On the Rhode Island Report podcast, Representative Karen Alzate talks about the group’s legislative priorities.

RI EDUCATION
01/26/2018 Boston Ma -Angelica Infante-Green (cq) during her Elementary and Secondary Education School Commissioner interview. She is one of the finalist. Jonathan Wiggs /Globe Staff Reporter:Topic.

In vote of confidence, Governor McKee says he wants to extend Education Commissioner Infante-Green’s contract

Governor Dan McKee said for the first time Wednesday that he would like Infante-Green to remain in her current position after her deal expires next April, a significant vote of confidence for a leader who has clashed with the Providence Teachers Union and state lawmakers for most of the last year.


Around 50 people gathered outside the Duval County School Board building in Jacksonville, Fla., in support of having mandatory masking of teachers and students.

Some Florida school districts defy DeSantis, require masks

Despite a ban by Gov. Ron DeSantis, two Florida school districts have decided to require masks when children return to classrooms because of dramatic rises in coronavirus infections, with the state leading the country in hospitalizations.

Victor Suero, 34, is treated for COVID-19 at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, July 23, 2021. Doctors and nurses in the Florida hospital thought the onslaught of coronavirus admissions had ended.

Florida hospitals fighting to get oxygen with ‘hands tied’

Florida hospitals are struggling to get oxygen due to a rise in Covid-19 cases attributable to the Delta variant and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s decision not to declare another state of emergency.

RI Crime
The Providence Public Safety Complex in Providence, RI.

ATV and dirt bike riders drag woman out of her car and beat her while stopped at a traffic light in Providence

Council President John Igliozzi on Wednesday said he would schedule a special meeting next week to “urgently address this unacceptable outbreak of violent crime” in Providence.

A healthcare worker administers a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in Missouri.

COVID variants: What you need to know about Delta, Gamma, Lambda, and more

The recent surge in COVID cases due to the Delta variant has created confusion and raised questions about how variants could change the global response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Demonstrators gather during a protest against mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations for healthcare workers in front of Saint Mary Mercy Livonia Hospital in Livonia, Michigan, U.S., on Saturday, July 24.

Most unvaccinated Americans believe coronavirus vaccine a greater health risk than the disease, poll finds

More unvaccinated adults in the United States view the coronavirus vaccine as a greater risk to their health than the disease caused by the virus itself, a poll found.

Rhiannon Alexander, 34, from Bradford receives a Covid 19 vaccination as circus performers look on during a staged photo at a new ‘Pop Up’ vaccination centre in the Big Top of Circus Extreme in Shibden Park on July 31.

Vaccination reduces risk of getting Delta symptoms by 60 percent, study finds

Vaccines in England were 60 percent effective at preventing symptomatic cases of COVID caused by the Delta variant, researchers reported Wednesday, a figure lower than most previous estimates that scientists nevertheless said ought to be interpreted cautiously.

WEATHER
The National Weather Service in Norton, Mass., has issued a flash flood watch for parts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Flash flood watch in effect in Rhode Island, up to 4 inches possible

Block Island, Bristol, Newport, northwest and southeast Providence, and other areas are expected to be hit hard Wednesday night.

RI POLITICS
Governor Dan McKee with Lieutenant Governor Sabina Matos outside the Rhode Island State House in March.

McKee signs bills on equal pay, women’s health, health insurance in R.I.

The new pay equity law combats wage discrimination based on race, religion, sexual orientation, age, and several other characteristics.