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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.

Common Cause RI makes public push for independent redistricting board

PROVIDENCE – In each of the last two years, Common Cause Rhode Island has made efforts to get legislation passed to have new legislative...

Five Questions With: Laura Galligan

Laura Galligan was recently appointed dean of Johnson & Wales University’s College of Health & Wellness. She previously served as associate dean of the...

Urban Collaborative Accelerated Program School founder dies

PROVIDENCE – Robert C. DeBlois, who founded Urban Collaborative Accelerated Program School to offer at-risk students an educational opportunity and help them avoid dropping...

Trinity Rep raises more than $60K for R.I. Community Food...

PROVIDENCE – Trinity Repertory Company raised $60,445 for the Rhode Island Community Food Bank during the theater group’s 2019 production of “A Christmas Carol,”...

CCRI, Westerly Education Center team up to offer teaching assistant course

WARWICK – The Community College of Rhode Island and the Westerly Education Center announced that the two institutions will offer a new teaching assistant...

Five former Moses Brown employees found to have engaged in sexual...

PROVIDENCE – A year-long independent investigation into alleged sexual misconduct at Moses Brown School revealed that five former school employees engaged in such activity...

RIDE, PPSD to offer teachers reimbursement for enrolling in ESL certification...

PROVIDENCE – In a joint announcement Thursday, the R.I. Department of Education and the Providence Public School District said they will offer teachers reimbursement...

Some local colleges, universities alter or suspend China study-abroad programs due...

PROVIDENCE – In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak in China, multiple local colleges and universities have taken steps to suspend or alter their...

American Lung Association: R.I. needs to do more to control tobacco

PROVIDENCE – Even though Rhode Island has taken a step to curtail the sales of e-cigarettes in the state in 2019, the American Lung...
SOPHIE GLENN LAU has been named the new head of school for Lincoln School. / COURTESY LINCOLN SCHOOL

Lincoln School names alum Lau as its new head of...

PROVIDENCE – A Lincoln School alum will be returning home to lead her alma mater. The all-girls K-12 private school announced Tuesday that Sophie Glenn...
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