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Topic: rhode island

Dean Jha has become a national voice during the pandemic, contributing to COVID-19 analysis and advising policymakers and officials.

Metro, News, Science & Research

Dean Ashish Jha selected for incoming Governor McKee’s COVID-19 Advisory Group

February 17, 2021 0 comments

Dean of the School of Public Health Ashish Jha will serve as part of Rhode Island Lieutenant Governor Daniel McKee’s COVID-19 Advisory Group.

Rhode Island unveils age-based vaccination distribution plan

Metro, News

Rhode Island unveils age-based vaccination distribution plan

February 3, 2021 3 comments

In December, more than 40 interest groups and businesses — representing groups ranging from school bus drivers to librarians — wrote letters to the Rhode Island Department of Health regarding COVID-19 vaccine distribution.

A former venture capitalist, Raimondo is the first woman to serve as governor of Rhode Island, a position she has held since 2015.

Metro, News

Raimondo discusses China, census, climate change during Senate committee confirmation hearing

January 27, 2021 0 comments

“I know the pain that losing a job can cause a family,” Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo said in her opening statement during her Senate confirmation hearing for the role of Secretary of Commerce in the Biden administration…

Shekarchi, who recently took over the position of Rhode Island House Speaker,  plans to restructure House committees and work on existing legislation.

Metro, News

Speaker Shekarchi speaks on house reforms, legislative priorities, representatives, students weigh in

January 27, 2021 0 comments

Representative K. Joseph Shekarchi hopes to prioritize more collaboration among House members and technologically adapt to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

R.I. environmental initiatives persevere in face of pandemic

Metro, News

R.I. environmental initiatives persevere in face of pandemic

November 20, 2020 0 comments

For the Rhode Island state government, response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been an “all hands on deck” operation since the initial outbreak in spring of 2020, according to Terrence Gray, deputy director for environmental protection at the R.I. Department of Environmental Management.

State Representative-elect David Morales MPA ’19 plans to push for affordable healthcare, housing and Green New Deal legislation in the RI state house.

News, University News

Guided by grassroots advocacy, David Morales MPA’19 will now enter R.I. State House

November 20, 2020 0 comments

Just under one year ago, David Morales MPA’19 was in the midst of organizing a protest for climate justice with Sunrise Rhode Island. Now, he’s the District 7 state representative-elect, and he has no plans to stop advocating for progressive causes. 

Ocean State sees record voter turnout as R.I. expands forms of voting

Metro, News

Ocean State sees record voter turnout as R.I. expands forms of voting

November 6, 2020 5 comments

More than 500,000 Rhode Islanders voted in the 2020 general election, eclipsing the state’s previous all-time record for voter turnout in 2008. 

Rhode Island’s name will no longer include “plantations” after a referendum passed to remove the word on Tuesday, ending a decade-long push.

Metro, News

Rhode Island changes state name to remove ‘Providence Plantations’

November 5, 2020 2 comments

Successfully ending a campaign that began over 10 years ago, a referendum to remove “Providence Plantations” from the state name of Rhode Island passed on Tuesday with a vote of 52.9 percent approval, according to the Rhode Island Board of Elections.

Biden wins R.I., AP projects

Metro, News

Biden wins R.I., AP projects

November 3, 2020 0 comments

Former Vice President Joe Biden was projected to be the winner in Rhode Island’s presidential race by the Associated Press, presumptively granting Biden the state’s four votes in the Electoral College.

Rhode Islanders ramp up mail-in, early voting days ahead of election

Metro, News

Rhode Islanders ramp up mail-in, early voting days ahead of election

October 30, 2020 0 comments

With just four days until Election Day, more than 250,000 Rhode Islanders have already cast their ballots, including more than 136,000 by mail and another 115,000 through early voting, according to official data.