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Assistant US Attorney Zachary Cunha, who is being recommended as the next US Attorney for Rhode Island.

Biden nominates Zachary A. Cunha as R.I.’s top federal prosecutor

If confirmed by the U.S. Senate for the four-year term, he would take over from Richard Myrus, a career prosecutor who’s serving in an acting role

Demonstrators gathered for an anti-vaccine-mandate protest in front of the Staten Island University Hospital in Aug. 16, 2021. Monday is the COVID-19 vaccination deadline for New York State health care workers. Thousands of refusers have failed to meet it.

NC hospital system fires 175 workers due to a vaccine mandate

A North Carolina-based hospital system announced Monday that roughly 175 unvaccinated employees were fired for failing to comply with the organization's mandatory coronavirus vaccination policy, the latest in a series of health-care dismissals over coronavirus immunization.

Health care worker Sharon Domaine prepares a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster shot at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale in the Bronx on Monday, Sept. 27, 2021. Tens of thousands of health care workers in New York appeared to be risking their jobs by defying a state mandate to receive a dose of a coronavirus vaccine by Monday, setting up an early test for similar employer mandates across the United States.

Facing deadline, more NY health care workers vaccinate

Thousands of health care workers in New York faced with either getting the COVID-19 vaccine or losing their jobs received at least one dose as the statewide mandate neared, according to state figures.

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Roger Williams University has been named the new home of the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program, which is one of 28 in the US that are part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Estuaries Program.

Roger Williams University brings on official EPA estuary as official partner

Roger Williams University was chosen after an “exhaustive selection process” that stretched over six months.

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce and former Rhode Island governor Gina Raimondo, left, greets Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed before a hearing before the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies of Senate Appropriations Committee in May 2021.

It’s a big day for Senator Reed and Secretary Gina Raimondo in Washington, D.C.

The R.I. senator will lead a hearing at 9:30 a.m. on the Biden administration’s sloppy military withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the commerce secretary is speaking about the infrastructure bill.

Facebook groups promoting ivermectin as a COVID-19 treatment continue to flourish

Facebook has become more aggressive at enforcing its coronavirus misinformation policies in the past year. But the platform remains a popular destination for people discussing how to acquire and use ivermectin, a drug typically used to treat parasitic worms.

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine doses at a pop up vaccination site at Hammons Field in Springfield, Missouri.

Pfizer, BioNTech submit initial data for shot in young US kids

Pfizer Inc. and partner BioNTech SE said they have submitted initial data to US regulators about the use of their COVID-19 vaccine in children ages 5 to 11, one step closer to bringing shots to school-age kids.

COLUMN | DAN MCGOWAN
Providence City Councilwoman Nirva R. LaFortune

She might be Providence’s next mayor. You should probably learn her name

Providence Councilwoman Nirva LaFortune qualifies as a top-tier candidate in this crowded race because she has a message that is likely resonate in a very blue city and a realistic path to victory.