Hospitals Hire Temp Workers In Anticipation of Strike

Lifespan, Rhode Island’s largest hospital network, has hired more than 1,000 nurses and other replacement workers for Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital in anticipation of a possible strike Monday.

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Scott Indermaur

This I Believe New England: Persistence

Life is both fragile and unpredictable. That we know. No doubt all of us have dear friends and relatives whose lives changed in a flash as a result of a serious accident or health trauma. Or maybe it's our own lives that pivoted without even a moment's notice.

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The humidity might finally be breaking as thunderstorms roll through Tuesday. But the storms may do more than cool things off.

“The main threat that we’re looking at is some flooding,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Lenore Correia. “There’s a lot of rain associated with these storms so it will downpour really quick. And we’re looking at some possible flooding especially in those urban areas.”

The Service has issued a flash flood watch for Rhode Island and parts of Massachusetts, including Bristol County.

Amos Winter

A MIT engineer has developed a lightweight, prosthetic foot that can be tailored to each patient that will cost less than prosthetics  on the market now.

After he was approached by Jaipur Foot, an artificial limbs manufacturer in India, Amos Winter, associate professor of mechanical engineering at MIT,  said he realized there was no way to anticipate an amputee’s walking behavior just by looking at the mechanical design of a foot. 


CVS Health is the latest company to fend off charges of racism.


Elisabeth Harrison

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, D-RI, in a blistering attack on President Donald Trump, called the president’s handling of his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, “disgraceful.”

Said Reed, “At times, Trump sounded more like Putin’s press agent than president of the United States. Some of his comments could have come straight from a Russian disinformation operation. The propaganda, dissembling and denials fit right into Russia’s hybrid operations against us.”


The Rhode Island Chapter of the National Organization for Women has announced endorsements for RI legislative campaigns. The women’s rights organization says in a news release that the endorsements reflect five primary goals: advancing abortion rights; promoting economic justice; ending violence against women, securing LGBTQ rights and ending racism.

Fane Organization / Dante Bellini

The proposal for a new skyscraper in Providence’s jewelry district is scheduled for a public hearing Wednesday. The city Ordinance Committee is the next group to take up the plan.

The proposal is designed for a vacant piece of land, where a highway used to cross downtown. The problem? The area is only zoned for buildings up to 100 feet tall.

The 46-story building in the proposal would be much higher than that. The New York based developer, the Fane Organization, is seeking a zoning change for up to 600 feet.

Time always seems to speed up in summer, right? It'll be August before we know it, then September, and the political milestones of November and January won't be far behind. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column, Your tips and comments remain welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. (Program note: I'm taking some time off, so TGIF will return later this month.) Here we go.

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Rhode Island politics is once again enveloped in the economic rating game. Some national rankings show the state’s economy to be doing well, while others don’t. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay is skeptical of all the rankings, ratings and lists.

The CNBC business network recently ranked Rhode Island at 45 out of 50 on its 2018 list of the top states for business. Business Insider's web site put Rhode Island much higher, stating it has the ninth best business climate in the country.


The union representing nurses and other workers at Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital has announced plans to strike in 10 days -- on July 23rd -- after its members rejected a three-year contract offer. 


Speaking at the U.S. District Court in Concord on Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a surge in federal enforcement efforts around synthetic opioids.

Sessions said he's sending an additional prosecutor to ten districts across the country that've been hardest hit by the opioid crisis. New Hampshire is one of them. 

"Our goal is to reduce crime, reduce fentanyl, reduce deaths in this country," Sessions said. "We are not going to stand by while deaths continue to go up."


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