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LIFTOFF: Jaia Robotics LLC owner Ian Estaphan Owen launches one of his company’s aquatic robots in Narragansett Bay. Newport-based Jaia could be a benefactor if the University of Rhode Island Research Foundation’s proposal to boost the blue economy is named a winner in the $1 billion Build Back Better Regional Challenge. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

EYES ON THE PRIZE: 2 key R.I. sectors could get $100M...

Ian Estaphan Owen launched a marine robotics company less than two years ago with the aim of helping combat the effects of climate change. But...
TRAINING DAYS: Brown University medical students Anthony Formicola, left, and Thi My Linh Tran talk while on duty on the labor and delivery floor at Care New England Health System’s Women & Infants Hospital in Providence.  / COURTESY CARE NEW ENGLAND HEALTH SYSTEM/RYAN PICKERING

Brown’s prescription: Will latest failed merger end the university’s bid for...

The dream, as Brown University leaders described it, included Providence’s Jewelry District filled with biotech companies spun off from discoveries made by an “integrated...
WELCOME WAGON: University of Rhode Island President Marc B. Parlange, right, welcomes a new student to campus last fall. In an effort to make the university more attractive to current and prospective students, Parlange wants to enhance the experiential learning opportunities of students and see them get internships and take advantage of opportunities to do research and learn about research. / COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND/NORA LEWIS

PREPPING FOR AN IMPACT: Parlange sees ‘crucial role’ for URI research...

(Editor’s note: This is the fifth installment in an occasional series of interviews with the state’s new wave of higher education leaders.) Marc B. Parlange...
TOP SALE: The $30 million sale of Clarendon Court, a 7-acre seaside estate located on Bellevue Avenue in Newport, in early September 2021 is the highest price ever paid for a home in Rhode Island. / COURTESY MIKE OSEAN

MANSION MANIA: Newport ‘cottages’ set sales records in 2021, but what’s...

As the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in Rhode Island in April 2020, John Hodnett worried about not only the health crisis but the effect...

HURTIN’ FOR HELP: PBN survey shows tight labor market among challenges...

Money can’t buy everything, including ­talented workers. At least that’s what Rhode Island companies are learning as business activity rebounds, but finding people to fill...
FOCAL POINT: Warwick Mayor Frank J. Picozzi stands on Conimicut Point with the Conimicut Shoal Lighthouse in the background. Picozzi wants to use some of the city’s federal COVID-19 relief funds to renovate the historic beacon.  / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Ready to spend: R.I. cities, towns have differing ideas about how...

The historic Conimicut Shoal Lighthouse at the mouth of the Providence River is far from being the shining beacon it once was, but Warwick...
MUTED REACTION: Reaction to sections of new bike lanes on Empire Street in downtown Providence, pictured, has been muted, at least so far, unlike other areas of the city such as along South Water Street.  / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

BATTLE LANES: Mobility advocates fight for space on road, but opposition...

The 8½-mile cycling route from Robert Isenberg’s ­Cranston home to his job at the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island on Providence’s East Side...

What to do with a windfall? $1B in ARPA money may...

After years of grappling with gaping budget deficits, state legislators are facing a problem in the 2022 General Assembly session unlike any they’ve seen...
BOXED OUT: French Confection owners Karen Mauprivez, left, and Xavier Mauprivez, center, help Taylor Brendlinger of Portsmouth with her order, including one of their popular Yule logs, at their Middletown bakery. Ordering specialized boxes for the cakes and other supplies has been a problem this year. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

CHAIN REACTION: Supply snags deliver blow to R.I. businesses

With cycling’s popularity surging during the COVID-19 pandemic, demand has been sky high at Providence-based outerwear company Cleverhood LLC. That’s because the company designs and...
REVENUE STREAM: Two people try their luck at video slot machines at Bally’s Twin River Lincoln Casino. Revenue generated through slot machines and table games at Rhode Island’s two casinos, in combination with lottery tickets and drawings, is one of the biggest sources of funding for the state’s $13 billion budget. / PBN PHOTO/
MICHAEL SALERNO

ALL IN with Bally’s: But how risky is R.I.’s heavy reliance...

Rhode Island has come to rely heavily on Justin Kane and other recreational gamblers like him. Kane, a Providence real estate investor, likes to blow...
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