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Lt. Gov. McKee floats relief plan on his own

Lt. Gov. Daniel J. McKee is proposing using a portion of Rhode Island’s $1.25 billion in federal COVID-19 relief funds to create grant and...
CRUSH CONCERNS: Rhode Island health officials see the Crush COVID RI smartphone app as an easy way for people to track their activities for possible contact tracing. Critics see privacy issues with it.

Crush COVID app raises caution flags for some

More than 35,000 people have downloaded the Crush COVID RI phone app that’s designed to make contact tracing easier during the pandemic, but critics...
THE WAY IT WAS: Visitors tour the Breakers Mansion in Newport in a time before the coronavirus pandemic. Normally a major tourism draw, the Newport Mansions remain closed, and opening dates haven’t been announced, as of May 20. / COURTESY DISCOVER NEWPORT

Can R.I. tourism avoid summer of sadness?

From beach vacations to business conferences, travel-related tourism is the lifeblood of the state economy, generating $6.8 billion in 2018, according to a report...

Eased funeral restriction a little comfort

After nearly two months of restrictions on the size of public gatherings, Gov. Gina M. Raimondo has relented somewhat for one type of gathering:...

$58B airline bailout is troubling for T.F. Green Airport

T.F. Green Airport has become a ghost town during the coronavirus crisis, and the way the federal stimulus funding is being doled out could...
THERMAL SCREENING: Joey Cianci, a Paolino Properties employee, goes through a body temperature check in the lobby of 100 Westminster St. in Providence. Landlord Paolino Properties is requiring employees and visitors to undergo a scan from the equipment at right. / COURTESY PAOLINO PROPERTIES

Screening could be part of returning to work

The reopening of work will bring many changes, but one has already started in manufacturing plants and on construction sites and before or after...
R.I. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND TRAINING Director Scott R. Jensen says the state’s quick reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic and its transparency in releasing unemployment data has skewed how Rhode Island’s workforce appears to be faring in comparison with other states. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ RUPERT WHITELEY

R.I.’s jobless numbers standing out

Early indicators suggest the economic shutdown created by the new coronavirus may be hitting the labor force in Rhode Island harder than in most...
MANUFACTURER Hope Global temporarily closed its Cumberland facility after some workers tested positive for COVID-19.

Safeguards in place for factory, construction workers

The manufacturing and construction sectors have been deemed essential and are protected from government closure in Rhode Island during the COVID-19 pandemic, but state,...
WILLING PARTICIPANT: BayCoast Bank is one of lenders with a local presence that has begun accepting and processing applications for the U.S. Small Business Association’s Paycheck Protection Program. / COURTESY BAYCOAST BANK

Stressed R.I. employers jostle to receive SBA assistance

The rollout of federal relief ­programs offered a much-needed source of funding and of hope to small businesses struggling in the coronavirus pandemic. But securing...
HELP WANTED: Bradford Soap Works Inc. in West Warwick is one of numerous Rhode Island companies hiring even though the economy has hit the skids during the corona­virus pandemic. In this 2018 file photo, CEO and President Stuart Benton works on the packing floor with Bradford employees. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Some R.I. employers on hiring spree

Stifled as it is by the coronavirus pandemic, Rhode Island’s economy still has a pulse with some employers hiring while others are laying off...

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