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New bill proposed to address surgical assistant shortage

PROVIDENCE – A new bill introduced by state lawmakers would allow people to become certified surgical first assistants through the R.I. Department of Health. Under...

RIDHS to deactivate call center on Wednesdays

PROVIDENCE – In response to continued high call volume and long wait times, the R.I. Department of Human Services announced Thursday its call center...
COMPENSATION FOR PRIVATE industry workers in the Boston-Worcester-Providence Metroplitan area increased 5.5% in the year ending December 2022 compared with 4.2% the year prior, according to data released by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics Thursday. 

BLS: Compensation costs up 5.5% in Boston-Worcester-Providence metro area

PROVIDENCE – Compensation for private industry workers in the Boston-Worcester-Providence metro area increased 5.5% in the year ending December 2022 compared with 4.2% the...

Should the General Assembly ban assault-style weapons in Rhode Island this...

Gov. Daniel J. McKee on Jan. 31 joined a host of state leaders in proposing a ban on assault-style weapons in Rhode Island. McKee, Lt....

U.S. adds a surprisingly strong 517,000 jobs despite Fed hikes 

WASHINGTON (AP) – America's employers added a stunning 517,000 jobs in January, a surprisingly strong gain in the face of the Federal Reserve's aggressive...
SEEKING CLIENTS: Robert Wheeler, co-owner of Friends of Toto Inc., a dog day care and grooming business in Pawtucket, spent $400,000 to double his business space to accommodate growing customer demand but now he must find additional customers to cover the construction costs of expansion.
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Preppin’ for RECESSION. PBN survey: Talk of a coming downturn is...

If and when the country will slip into a recession depends on who you ask, but the gloom is already settling over Rhode Island...
ROOM TO RUN: Robert Wheeler, co-owner of Friends of Toto Inc. in Pawtucket, spent $400,000 to double his business space but must now attract more customers to cover the cost. 
PBN FILE PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

It’s not if but when on recession, so get ready

Inflation and a looming recession have weighed heavily on local business owners and state leaders for months. And with good reason, as this week’s...
SUDDEN BOOST: After the national suicide and crisis lifeline changed its number to a three-digit 988, monthly calls in Rhode Island increased 53% from 313 in December 2021 to 480 in December 2022. Pictured is Matthew Latondresse, 988 clinical supervisor at the BH Link call center in East Providence. The mural was done by artist Elizabeth Jweinat, who works under the name Lizzy $our. 
 PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Number change boosts calls to R.I. crisis lifeline

A little over six months since the national suicide and crisis lifeline trimmed down its number to an easy-to-remember 988, calls have been pouring...
Matthew Santacroce / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Five Questions With: Matthew Santacroce

Matthew Santacroce | Chief, R.I. Office of Cannabis Regulation 1. How much recreational marijuana has been sold since Dec. 1? Did these initial sales numbers meet...
Robert B. Hackey

R.I. leaders need to invest in long-term care workforce

The General Assembly and Gov. Daniel J. McKee’s administration face key questions about the state’s budgetary priorities. What will Rhode Island do with its...
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