Sunday, April 18, 2021



THE STATE has had a total of 53,971 claims for unemployment benefits as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND TRAINING.

R.I. unemployment increases to 53,971 due to COVID-19

PROVIDENCE – Unemployment claims rose again in Rhode Island on Wednesday but by a smaller number than in previous days this week. The total...
MASS. GOV. Charlie Baker has odered schools and non-emergency child care programs in Massachusetts to remain closed through the end of April. / AP FILE PHOTO/BEN GARVER/THE BERKSHIRE EAGLE

Gov. Baker extends Mass. school closures through end of April

BOSTON (AP) – Gov. Charlie Baker is ordering schools and nonemergency child care programs in Massachusetts to remain closed through the end of April...
RHODE ISLAND unemployment was 3.7% prior to the sharp increase in the number of unemployed due to the threat of the coronavirus

R.I. unemployment rises to 3.7%; Feb. numbers prior to most COVID-19...

PROVIDENCE - The unemployment rate in Rhode Island was 3.7% in February, a 0.3 percentage point increase year over year. The figures predate much of...
U.S. JOBLESS CLAIMS more than quadrupled the previous record set in 1982, hitting 3.3 million last week. / AP FILE PHOTO/JOHN LOCHER

U.S. jobless claims soar to record 3.3 million as layoffs jump

WASHINGTON (AP) – Nearly 3.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week – more than quadruple the previous record set in 1982 –...
THE R.I. STUDENT Loan Authority is opening up an opportunity for non-federal loan borrowers to apply for a two-month relief period from making loan payments.

RISLA: Student-loan borrowers can apply for 2-month payment relief

WARWICK – The R.I. Student Loan Authority is offering borrowers with non-federal student loans the opportunity to apply for a two-month relief period during...

Highlights of Congress’ economic relief plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Partial highlights of a roughly $2 trillion package to rush aid to businesses, workers and a health care system slammed by...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO said that as of Wednesday afternoon, the state has seen 132 cases of COVID-19. / PBN FILE PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

R.I. COVID-19 cases increase by eight to 132; Raimondo touts stimulus...

PROVIDENCE – The number of confirmed Rhode Island cases of COVID-19 reached 132 on Wednesday, an eight-case increase from the day before, Gov. Gina...
THE CITY of Newport is telling out-of-state visitors to self-quarantine themselves for two weeks after arrival, particularly from areas hard-hit by the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19./R.I. DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM.

Coastal towns tell out-of-state visitors to self-quarantine

NEWPORT – Coastal towns that have a large number of second homes are increasingly asking – or ordering – out-of-state visitors to self-quarantine after...
CONGRESS AND the White House have reached an agreement on a $2 trillion deal to fight the impacts of COVID-19. / AP FILE PHOTO/CAROLYN KASTER

White House, Congress agree on $2 trillion virus rescue bill

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House and Senate leaders of both major political parties announced agreement early Wednesday on an unprecedented $2 trillion emergency...
CVS HEALTH’s Aetna is waiving patient payments for hospital stays tied to the coronavirus. Specifically, the company said many of its customers will not have to make co-payments or other forms of cost sharing if they wind up admitted to a hospital in the insurer’s provider network. / AP FILE PHOTO/RICHARD DREW

Aetna waives patient payments for coronavirus hospital stays

One of the nation’s biggest health insurers is waiving patient payments for hospital stays tied to the coronavirus. CVS Health’s insurer Aetna said Wednesday that...

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