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CASES OF COVID-19 in Rhode Island increased by 733 on Monday, the R.I. Department of Health said Tuesday. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

R.I. COVID-19 cases rise by 733, with 5 new deaths

PROVIDENCE – Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Rhode Island increased by 733 on Monday, with five new deaths, the R.I. Department of Health said...

ACLU sues state labor department director for records on facial recognition...

PROVIDENCE - The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island is taking the state labor department to court seeking access to records about facial...
CASES OF COVID-19 in Rhode Island increased by 2,220 since Nov. 24, with 12 new deaths in that time. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

R.I. COVID-19 cases rise by 2,220 since Nov. 24, with 12...

PROVIDENCE – Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Rhode Island increased by 2,220 from Nov. 24 through Sunday – including 394 cases identified on Sunday...

New COVID variant cause for concern, not panic, Biden tells U.S.

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Joe Biden called the new COVID-19 variant omicron a cause for concern but “not a cause for panic" Monday and said...

Farm Fresh Rhode Island gets $2.1M to boost farmers markets, promote...

PROVIDENCE – Farm Fresh Rhode Island has been awarded $2.1 million in federal grants to support farmers markets, promote local seafood and encourage healthy...
GOV. DANIEL J. MCKEE, left, along with Lt. Gov. Sabina Matos and Rhode Island Foundation CEO and President Neil D. Steinberg, announce Monday that $4.5 million Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act funds have been made available to eligible Rhode Island-based nonprofits helping on the frontlines with the COVID019 pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/JAMES BESSETTE

R.I. makes $4.5M in grants available to nonprofits fighting COVID-19

PROVIDENCE – Nonprofits on the front lines responding to the COVID-19 pandemic will be eligible for a much-needed financial boost to continue helping local...

Do you support a proposed bonus program for state workers that...

On Nov. 18 Gov. Daniel J. McKee’s administration and AFSCME Council 94 reached a tentative agreement on a new contract that includes two $1,500...
INTERNATIONAL GAME TECHNOLOGY PLC, the company that operates Rhode Island’s lottery has filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice, seeking a declaratory judgment on whether the company can make gambling-related transactions electronically across state lines. / PHOTO COURTESY INTERNATIONAL GAME TECHNOLOGY PLC

Lottery operator IGT sues U.S. Justice Department over ambiguity on Wire...

PROVIDENCE – International Game Technology PLC, the company that operates Rhode Island’s lottery games and slot machines, is suing the U.S. Department of Justice...
NEXT GEN: M&G Plumbing Supply Co. owner Richard Correia, left, speaks with stock clerk Alex Knowles. Correia is of Portuguese descent but sees no need to participate in the state Minority Business Enterprise program. His father, John, emigrated from the Azores and started in the business in the 1960s. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

WHO IS A MINORITY? Some argue R.I. needs to reexamine groups...

John Correia’s thick Azorean accent made him an easy target when he immigrated to Rhode Island in 1963. He was called a “greenhorn” and accused...
GETTING ­CERTIFIED: ­Dominican immigrant Pedro Mendez, right, has applied for his business, AmeriSigns, to be part of the state’s Minority Business Enterprise program. Also pictured are workers Luiyi Moreno, left, and Obdalis Csisa.  / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. needs to get with the times on minority contracting

The state historically has failed miserably in ensuring minority-owned businesses get their fair share of tens of millions of dollars in state contracts. That looked...

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