BREAKOUT SPACE: Barrington Middle School, now under construction, includes state-of-the-art classrooms and meeting spaces designed for collaborative learning. Brian Solywoda, a principal from architect Kaestle Boos Associates, stands in the breakout space with halo soffits.
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Demand for more-modern facilities driving school construction activity in R.I.

An extraordinary middle school rising in the center of suburban Barrington is a sign of things to come in Rhode Island.The massive building project...
HELPING HANDS: Erin Flaherty, left, a newly hired nurse at Kent County Memorial Hospital, practices inserting an IV as registered nurse Karen Wholey, middle, and Nurse Director Nicole Hebert offer advice. 
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Experienced nurses can be hard to find

For nearly four years, Erin Flaherty worked as a nurse in a Warwick urgent-care clinic. The job was rewarding but offered no chance of...
SMOOTH RIDE: Elijah Matthews, left, and Xavier Rivera work in central transport at Rhode Island Hospital in 2018. The job, often filled in the summer by interns, involves moving patients and equipment.
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Hospital summer programs start young interns on career path

For high school and college students, summer break doesn’t usually conjure up images of hospitals and medical offices.In the so-called “new economy” of the...

Bryant sees pluses of military service

The transition from a military to civilian workplace can be rocky, and sometimes the legitimate experience of veterans is lost in translation in interviews...
MAKING CONNECTIONS: Tyrone A. Smith, left, director of employment and housing at Operation Stand Down Rhode Island, meets with Tim Ruel, veterans employment and training specialist, and Lindsey Arigno, veterans employment specialist. OSDRI assists veterans who are seeking jobs.
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Government, nonprofits, companies help veterans surmount employment hurdles

When Elexious Dasilva was discharged from the U.S. Army last November after serving for two years, she knew she needed to find a job...
WHISTLEBLOWER COMPLAINTS: Thomas J. Enright, an attorney with Enright Law in Cranston, said the most common whistleblower complaints seem to be with health care companies and that settlements are the norm in such cases, with only about 3% going to trial.
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DAVE HANSEN

Payoff for whistleblowers can be large, but so can personal costs

After working for Rhode Island Medical Imaging Inc. for two decades, the last seven as its executive director, Wayne Arruda believed he had found...
SPORTS BETTING: Attorney Joseph Larisa, founder of Larisa Law in Providence, stands in front of the Superior Court building in Providence. Larisa is representing Dr. Daniel S. Harrop, a Providence psychiatrist who has filed a lawsuit in state Superior Court seeking to overturn state approval of sports betting unless it is approved by voters.
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For some, sports betting is not a panacea, it’s just illegal

Did Rhode Island voters approve sports betting when they agreed to allow table games at the state’s casinos?A lawsuit filed this month in state...

R.I. health care providers agree to cap spending increases at 3.2%...

Nearly a decade after Rhode Island adopted price controls for health care that appear to be working, the state is doing more to contain...
BETTER ACCESS: Following 10 other states and the District of Columbia, Rep. Camille F.J. Vella-Wilkinson, D-Warwick, has introduced a bill that would allow pharmacists to prescribe birth control, to improve women’s access to contraceptives.
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Should pharmacists prescribe birth control?

A proposal to allow Rhode Island pharmacists to prescribe birth control is intended to increase access to contraceptives by eliminating the need for a...
FRIENDLY FOODS: Gerbs Allergy Friendly Foods in Johnston was named the Rhode Island and New England Small Business Manufacturer award winner as part of the 2019 Small Business Week, May 5-11, by the U.S. Small Business Administration. From left, Mark S. Hayward, SBA Rhode Island district director; Wendell Davis, SBA regional administrator; and Sennen G. Conte, co-owner and chief financial officer of Gerbs.
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Gerbs Allergy Friendly Foods breeds seeds of success

Gerbs Allergy Friendly Foods has been named the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Rhode Island and New England Small Business Manufacturer award winner as part...
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