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DOCTOR IS IN: Dr. Francesca Beaudoin works on her computer in an exam room inside CODAC Behavioral Healthcare’s new mobile treatment unit for opioid addiction.
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1st mobile unit deployed in R.I.’s addiction fight

John Hayes literally has a front-row seat to the widening demographics of opioid addiction. He’s a driver of CODAC Behavioral Healthcare’s new mobile clinic, a...
A SOUND MIND: Brown University research assistant Nina Lee demonstrates one of the noise monitors she installed at 140 locations around Rhode Island, from bustling cities to quiet rural communities. The ultimate goal is to establish a relationship between noise pollution and children’s health. 
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Are R.I.’s noises hurting health of our children?

Since moving to Rhode Island a little over a year ago, Nina Lee has gotten to know the state in a way few others...
CRAMPED CLASSROOM: Thornton Elementary School Principal Louise Denham sits in one of the school’s cramped classrooms. The building is more than 100 years old and is part of a plan to consolidate all four elementary schools in Johnston using a voter-approved $215 million school construction bond. 
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A financial remedy for R.I.’s aging schools

When Johnston Mayor Joseph M. Polisena visits the town’s high school, it’s a bit like taking a step into the past – and not...

Many banks consolidating jobs as economy shifts

While restaurants and retailers were laying off their workers at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, banks embarked on a hiring spree in the...
DIFFICULT DECISION: Yifei “Jerry” Hu has made the tough choice to remain in the U.S. and continue studying cognitive science at Brown University rather than return home to China, where strict COVID-19 policies and lockdowns are still in effect.
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On some campuses, Chinese students are fewer

When Yifei “Jerry” Hu arrived at Brown University last year, he knew he wasn’t going to return home – at least not for a...
LOWER EXPENSES: Daniel P. Egan, president of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Rhode Island, says state education leaders need to lower college expenses for current and future students to avoid talented high school graduates departing the region for school elsewhere and potentially staying elsewhere.
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Student loan debt forgiveness could have big impact in R.I.

With tensions heightening for many borrowers as the federal government prepares to resume student loan payments at the beginning of next year following a...
DANGER AHEAD? A police officer directs traffic away from River Street in West Warwick during widespread flooding in April 2010 while firefighters evacuate residents. Following flood insurance rate changes in October, about 10% of homeowners in the state have dropped their coverage. 
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Homeowners urged to revisit flood insurance following new FEMA rate formula

A fully paid-off home may seem to be a symbol of financial stability. And in many ways, it’s undoubtedly a vital safety net. “It’s wealth...
CUSTOM TREATMENT: Normand Audette, of Cumberland, had some of his lung tissue tested for biomarkers that allowed doctors to develop the most effective way to battle his cancer. Starting in 2024, such advanced testing will be covered by health insurers in Rhode Island. 
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R.I. requires insurers cover biomarker testing

Dizziness, memory loss, anxiety and a perpetually swollen left foot and ankle are among the side effects Normand Audette has experienced from taking an...

Cybersecurity must be part of company culture

Locking your front door on your way out is a mindless act, performed daily to protect your home and prevent break-ins. Yet there are...

Schools, attorneys divided on Biden’s proposed sweeping Title IX changes

When then-President Barack Obama rocked the education world with his “Dear Colleague” letter in 2011, Kara Larsen wasn’t paying much attention. The revolutionary guidance on...
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