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James Bessette joined the Providence Business News as the Researcher in February 2018. Prior to joining PBN, he worked as a reporter for The Independent and as a copy editor for The Newport Daily News. He also worked as a sports reporter for Southern Rhode Island Newspapers and as news editor for The East Greenwich Pendulum. He holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Rhode Island College.

Neighborhood Health dishes out holiday fare at Amos House

COOKING UP CARE: Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island employees visit Amos House in Providence over the holiday season to prepare meals and serve...

New officers named to executive board of Big Brothers Big Sisters...

CRANSTON – A new board president was among four officers named to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island executive board of directors,...
THE AVERAGE MONTHLY student-loan debt payment in Rhode Island is $217.74, according to a study by LendEdu. / PBN FILE PHOTO/CHRIS BERGENHEIM

LendEdu: Average student-loan debt, payments in R.I., Mass. among highest in...

PROVIDENCE – If you have student-loan debt in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, your monthly payments are likely to be among the highest in the...

Ponaganset special education teacher receives Milken Educator Award

SCITUATE – A Ponaganset High School special education teacher received national recognition for her efforts Jan. 15, and a large monetary prize in the...

Five Questions With: Tina Spears

Tina Spears is the executive director for the Community Provider Network of Rhode Island, a Warwick-based organization that represents multiple providers of services and...

URI scientist part of research team receiving $1.7M grant for coral...

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Hollie Putnam, an assistant professor of biological sciences at the University of Rhode Island, is part of a research team of...

UMass Dartmouth introduces interior architecture bachelor’s program

DARTMOUTH – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth’s College of Visual and Performing Arts has introduced its new Bachelor of Science in interior architecture and design...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO announced Tuesday that Rhode Island received a $27 million grant to help with early childhood education initiatives. / PBN FILE PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

R.I. receives $27M federal grant to support early childhood education

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island has received a substantial federal grant to help with early childhood education in the state. Gov. Gina M. Raimondo announced Tuesday...
ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY'S new $13.8 million School of Engineering, Computing and Construction Management building is set to open Wednesday when students return to campus. / COURTESY ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY

RWU’s new engineering and construction management lab building to open Wednesday

BRISTOL – Engineering and computer science students returning to Roger Williams University from winter break this week will start taking classes and do lab...
TWO UNIVERSITY OF Rhode Island scientists received a $1.25 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to provide research opportunities to minority students. / COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND

Two URI scientists receive $1.25M grant to help offer research opportunities...

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The National Institutes of Health awarded two University of Rhode Island scientists a five-year, $1.25 million grant to give minority students...
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