Friday, January 28, 2022



Many states unprepared for broadband windfall

The federal government is pouring billions of dollars into expanding broadband internet access. But it’s at the state level where the financial rubber meets...
THE RHODE ISLAND PUBLIC TRANSIT AUTHORITY will stop accepting paper passes beginning on Jan. 15. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

RIPTA to bus riders: Paper passes won’t work starting Jan. 15

PROVIDENCE – The state’s public transit system is going paperless, the R.I. Public Transit Authority announced on Monday. Starting Jan. 15, paper passes of any...
SAMUEL KAPLAN, right, clinical research assistant for Lifespan Corp., tests the Bubbler while Dr. Gregory Jay, a professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and Division of Engineering at Brown University, looks on. COURTESY LIFESPAN CORP.

Brown, R.I. Hospital researchers see potential in ‘Bubbler’ for COVID-19 tests

PROVIDENCE – A new breathalyzer-style test for COVID-19 that’s been dubbed the “Bubbler” was developed recently by a team of researchers from Brown University and...

DLT to roll out new UI Online unemployment insurance platform

CRANSTON – The R.I. Department of Labor and Training will begin launch of its new unemployment insurance platform in December, beginning with a small,...

SENEDIA seeking companies to host interns and temporary employees

MIDDLETOWN – The Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance is seeking companies to host interns or temporary workers, beginning in January. The town of Middletown,...

Cox Business honors first responders with holiday dinners, charity donations

WEST WARWICK – Cox Business, the commercial division of Cox Communications Inc., recognized seven Rhode Island fire departments in its inaugural Cox Business First...

IGT earns World Lottery Association recertification for operations

PROVIDENCE – International Game Technology PLC announced that its lottery operations have been recertified by the World Lottery Association for the WLA’s Corporate Social...

Gorbea unveils online tool to compare proposed redistricting maps

PROVIDENCE – Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea on Friday unveiled an online tool to compare current and proposed state legislative district boundaries side...
IN THE CARDS: Navigant Credit Union offers “instant issue” banking cards to members at its branches, but Timothy J. Draper, senior vice president of marketing, says Navigant and other financial institutions have seen shipments of new cards from vendors slow because of a chip shortage. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Financial institutions brace for chip shortage

Fewer choices at car dealerships and barren Best Buy shelves are the most obvious signs of the global semiconductor chip shortage – new motor...

Vaccine app step up from paper cards

Rhode Island is on the right track with its plans for a voluntary proof-of-vaccination cellphone app, despite some officials’ hypersensitivity to it being even...

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