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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.

Electric Boat’s Davies named among 16 winners in PBN Manufacturing Awards...

PROVIDENCE – General Dynamics Electric Boat Vice President of Operations and Quonset Point Facility General Manager Sean Davies has been honored in the category...
THE WARWICK CITY Council Monday approved a $56 million bond referendum to be placed on the November ballot to finance repairs to 17 elementary and middle schools, including Warwick Vets Memorial Middle School, pictured, in the city. / COURTESY WARWICK VETERANS MEMORIAL MIDDLE SCHOOL

Warwick City Council approves $56M bond measure for school repairs

WARWICK – Voters in the city will decide in November on a bond referendum to make needed repairs to area elementary and middle schools. The...

URI health care programs to collaborate on opioid outreach campaign

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Personnel from the University of Rhode Island’s College of Pharmacy, College of Nursing and Cooperative Extension will collaborate and visit rural...

R.I. Foundation unveils 10-year plan, $1M commitment to improve public education

PROVIDENCE – Within the last two years, Rhode Island has started making the long journey to repair the public education system in the state. In...
CHRISTINA H. PAXSON, president of Brown University, received a three-year extension on her contract to lead the Ivy League school through June 30, 2025. / PBN FILE PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Brown University president Paxson receives three-year contract extension

PROVIDENCE – Christina H. Paxson will continue to lead Brown University for another five years after the Ivy League university agreed to extend her...

URI opens new $94M, 122-unit residence hall on campus

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – University of Rhode Island officials cut the ribbon on a brand new residence hall on campus Monday. Construction on the $94 million...

Burke Fund names Amanda Parker new executive director

PROVIDENCE – The John P. Burke Memorial Fund, which provides golf scholarships to local students, named Amanda Parker its new executive director, the organization...

Mass. firm SchoolWorks to conduct reviews of 22 low-performing R.I. schools

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Education has hired a Massachusetts firm to conduct reviews of multiple schools across the state that have been...
DR. LEONARD MARINO, president of Chiropractic Associates LLC, pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to tax evasion and diverting roughly $1.1 million in business revenue for his own personal use. / COURTESY U.S. DISTRICT COURT

Local chiropractor pleads guilty to tax evasion, diverting $1.1M in business...

PROVIDENCE – A Providence-based chiropractor pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to diverting more than $1 million in business revenue for his own use...
RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION CEO and President Neil D. Steinberg has had 'very preliminary' talks with local leaders about saving the Industrial Trust Co. building, also known as the 'Superman' building, according to The Boston Globe. / PBN FILE PHOTO/CHRIS BERGENHEIM

Globe: R.I. Foundation head had ‘preliminary’ talks about saving Superman building

PROVIDENCE – Discussions about potentially saving Rhode Island’s tallest – and currently vacant – skyscraper have surfaced once again. Rhode Island Foundation CEO and President...
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