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THE R.I. PUBLIC Transit Authority is set to receive approximately $104.6 million as part of federal relief efforts due to COVID-19.

RIPTA slated to receive roughly $105M from federal relief bill

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Public Transit Authority will receive approximately $104.6 million from the federal government as part of its $2 trillion deal being...
RHODE ISLAND unemploymet claims due to COVID-19 continued to skyrocket Thursday. /COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND TRAINING

Unemployment claims due to COVID-19 surpass 57K in R.I.

PROVIDENCE – The number of unemployment insurance claims due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Rhode Island reached 57,725 as of Thursday, increasing by 3,754...

Consumer spending edges up slight 0.2% in Feb. but declines expected...

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans increased their spending by a modest amount in February but the expectation is that spending will be hit hard in...

R.I. banks say they are ready to weather the coronavirus storm

PROVIDENCE – Plunging stock markets. Near-zero interest rates. An economic slowdown, social distancing and self-quarantines. Any one of these alone could spell trouble for...

IT industry association warns of risk with remote work due to...

PROVIDENCE – The International Association of Information Technology Asset Managers, the professional association for IT asset management and related companies, warns against data risks...
BOOKS TO GO: Jennifer Kandarian, manager of Books on the Square in Providence, has opened a drive-up book drop at the back door for elderly patrons and others too nervous to walk inside the store during the COVID-19 pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Coronavirus pandemic deals sudden, crushing blow to R.I. businesses

Like many small businesses, Books on the Square has a manager who keeps a close eye on numbers and trends. More than three weeks...
NEEDED ALTERNATIVE: Cortney Nicolato, CEO and president of United Way of Rhode Island, says 401Gives Day on April 1, designed to offer individuals the opportunity to donate about 375 nonprofits in the state, will give organizations a needed alternative to receive funds in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

UWRI: Support those helping others

When the United Way of Rhode Island planned its inaugural 401Gives Day for April 1, the world had not yet heard of COVID-19, and...
FACE TIME: Gov. Gina M. Raimondo at one of the daily briefings she has given during the crisis. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Raimondo’s leadership, transparency earn praise

State governors are ­typically not front and center during a national crisis. But the COVID-19 pandemic spreading across the U.S. has pushed governors to...
Keith Hovan. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Five Questions With: Keith Hovan, CEO and president, Southcoast Health System...

Keith Hovan | CEO and president, Southcoast Health System Inc. 1. What measures are being taken by Southcoast Health to address the COVID-19 pandemic?...
EMPTY FEELING: Kristen Adamo, CEO and president of the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau, stands in a barren lobby at the Crown Plaza Providence-Warwick in Warwick. Cancellations due to the coronavirus pandemic have dealt the hospitality sector a severe blow. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Many R.I. hotels have checked out for now

It’s early spring, a time when people normally are planning their summer vacations. But 2020 isn’t normal, for reasons that have become distressingly obvious to...

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R.I. has first two deaths related to COVID-19; Raimondo issues stay-at-home order / Once healthy R.I. companies suddenly facing painful choices