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STATE OFFICIALS have awarded 12 local nonprofits $120,000 in grants from its new RI Gives Vax Challenge vaccine incentive program. / AP FILE PHOTO/TED S. WARREN

R.I. Gives Vax Challenge awards $120K to 12 local nonprofits

PROVIDENCE – For the second time this week, local nonprofits became beneficiaries of grants thanks to more people getting vaccinated against COVID-19. Gov. Daniel J....

McKee signs bill allowing eateries to continue outdoor dining

PROVIDENCE (AP) — Gov. Daniel J. McKee has signed into law legislation allowing restaurants to continue to use COVID-19 modifications, including outdoor dining and...

R.I. COVID-19 cases rise by 84, with no new deaths

PROVIDENCE – Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Rhode Island increased by 84 on Thursday, with no new deaths, the R.I. Department of Health said...

Mass. House OKs sports betting bill but fate in Senate uncertain

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts House lawmakers have overwhelming approved a bill to legalize sports betting in the state, but it's fate in the state Senate remains...

CRMC chairwoman resigns

PROVIDENCE – The chairwoman of a council of state coastal regulators has resigned amid increasing scrutiny over its decisions and makeup of the appointed body. In...

R.I. continuing unemployment claims increase by nearly 700 last week

PROVIDENCE – The number of people collecting weekly continuing unemployment benefits in Rhode Island increased by 693, to 59,520 last week, the R.I. Department...

Some economists think the pandemic-fueled national recession lasted just two months,...

The National Bureau of Economic Research’s Business Cycle Dating Committee on July 19 said the pandemic-fueled national recession lasted just two months, ending in...

Westport Point home sells for $3.65M, $1M over list price

WESTPORT – A single-family home in Westport Point has sold for $3.65 million, the fourth-highest single-family home sale in more than 20 years for...
JOYFUL ENDEAVOR: Providence College President the Rev. Kenneth R. Sicard remembers being impressed with the Dominican friars when he was a PC student. It drew him to their community.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

PC president looks to market Friars’ brand on national level

(Editor’s note: This is the first installment in an occasional series of interviews with the state’s new wave of higher education leaders.) The Rev. Kenneth...
WORK SITE: Amy Grzybowski, future director of a planned higher education center in northern Rhode ­Island, visits the building in downtown Woonsocket that will be converted into the center by late 2021 or early 2022. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Downtown Woonsocket getting a higher-ed boost

The workforce in southern Rhode Island got a helping hand in getting crucial training when the state opened the Westerly Education Center four years...

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