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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.

Out-of-state donors play significant role in R.I.’s 2nd District campaign

R.I. General Treasurer Seth Magaziner rushed out to an early, commanding lead in raising campaign money in the race for Rhode Island’s 2nd Congressional...

Pacheco named new CEO and president of Special Olympics Rhode Island

EDWIN R. PACHECO, formerly the interim executive director of external relations and communications at Rhode Island College who was also a state representative and...

Editor’s Choice: Taunton Chamber to hold 36th annual golf tournament

EDITOR’S CHOICE Taunton Chamber to hold 36th annual golf tournament THE TAUNTON AREA Chamber of Commerce will hold its 36th annual Golf Tournament, hosted by Segregansett...

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ADAM BUSH has been named the next president for Providence-based education nonprofit College Unbound. / COURTESY ADAM BUSH

Bush named College Unbound’s new president

PROVIDENCE – There is a leadership change at College Unbound. The local education nonprofit announced Thursday that Adam Bush, the organization’s co-founder and provost, has...
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