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RI EDUCATION
The Providence School Department headquarters.

Providence teachers vote in favor of new union contract

The agreement ends a year-long standoff between the district’s nearly 2,000 teachers and state Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green, who has controlled Providence schools since 2019.

RI CRIME

Neglect contributed to near death of 11-month-old from Providence

Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families reports near fatality in July 14 incident.

RI EDUCATION
27RIGovernor Daniel McKee   -  Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee addresses the media at the weekly COVID-19 press conference. in Providence, R.I., Thursday, April 29, 2021. Gretchen Ertl for The Boston Globe.

African heritage and history curriculum bill signed into law in Rhode Island

“The inclusion of African heritage and history in Rhode Island curricula is long overdue,” Governor Dan McKee said.

RI BUSINESS
Dr. Stephanie Graff is the new director of breast oncology at the Lifespan Cancer Institute.

Could Rhode Island become the next cancer research hub?

With plans to apply for a NCI designation, a partnership between Brown University and local hospitals could attract funding and patients to the greater Providence area.

A healthcare worker administers a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to a resident at the Jordan Valley Community Health Center in Springfield, Missouri, US.

Some in Missouri seek COVID shots in secret to avoid conflicts, doctor says

Even as the more contagious delta variant drives a surge in infections, the COVID-19 vaccination effort has become so polarized in Missouri that some people are trying to get shots in secret to avoid conflicts with friends and relatives, a doctor there said.

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem visits the U.S. border with Mexico on Monday, July 26, 2021, near McAllen, Texas.

South Dakota’s Noem doesn’t plan to ratchet up vaccine push

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem says she has no plans to ratchet up her messaging to urge people to get a COVID-19 vaccine, even as Republican leaders across the country try to persuade vaccine skeptics to roll up their sleeves and take the shots in response to a new, more contagious variant that has sent caseloads soaring in some parts of the country.

RI NEWS
J.R. Pagliarini, president of Graphene Composites Ltd., has ice water dumped on his head during the CEO Soak, an ALS Association fundraiser, outside the Wexford Innovation Center in  Providence on Thursday, July 29, 2021.

Providence CEOs get soaked for new ALS fundraiser

The reimagined Ice Bucket Challenge, now called the CEO Soak, has raised millions for research worldwide.

RI HEALTH
The Eleanor Slater Hospital in Cranston, R.I.

Committee urges McKee to mandate COVID vaccines for staff at Eleanor Slater Hospital

Fewer than half of the workforce at the Rhode Island state-run hospital have been vaccinated against COVID-19 so far.