Providence, RI – This week is officially the end of Dr. David Gifford's term as the Rhode Island Director of the Department of Health. Gifford resigned from the post back in January and is spending his last days on vacation. Before he left, Gifford met with WRNI's Health Care reporter Megan Hall to reflect on his six years at the department.
By lunch time on his last day at work, Dr. David Gifford's office was almost bare.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A consultant says Rhode Island's tourism industry is losing market share to states that do a better job promoting themselves.
Mitch Nichols says the Ocean State has great attractions, but is getting out-marketed by Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire. The Arizona-based consultant was hired by the state Economic Development Corporation.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A flood watch is now in effect for the entire state of Rhode Island. National Weather Service meteorologist Matt Doody says rain and melting snow could create issues in areas prone to flooding.
"Certainly the normal urban trouble spots and smaller streams that are normally prone to flooding," Doody says.
Providence, RI – The medical director for Rhode Island's prisons is now the interim head of the Department of Health. Governor Lincoln Chafee has named Dr. Michael Fine as the temporary replacement for outgoing director Dr. David Gifford.
Dr. Fine most recently served as the director of medical services at the Department of Corrections, but he's probably best known as the force behind Health Access RI- a program designed to offer low cost primary care to people without insurance.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – University of Rhode Island President David Dooley says he's received positive reaction from his memo sent campus-wide condemning hateful acts. Dooley was especially disturbed by a defaced poster of Martin Luther King Jr and harassment of some gay students.
Dooley says it wasn't just one act, but many over time that prompted him to send the memo. He says hateful acts are cropping up at colleges across the country. And at URI, creating a culture of civility is a primary goal.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – U.S. Senator Jack Reed says the Department of Defense needs to conduct a thorough investigation into a report that he and other dignitaries may have been subjected to propaganda techniques by the US Army while visiting Afghanistan.