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WHILE RETAILERS were ravaged by mandated shutdowns during the earliest months of the pandemic, numbers have rebounded and holiday sales have been encouraging, according to industry groups. AP FILE PHOTO/JEFF CHIU

Retail sales proving immune to virus

Braving long lines, freezing temperatures and swarms of shoppers for the sake of holiday shopping holds even less appeal than usual in the midst...
DOUBLE DOSE: A panel of state legislators has been meeting to discuss plans for the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, but General Assembly leaders insist the House COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force isn't competing with a committee of vaccine advisers formed by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo. COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND SCHOOL OF MEDICINE VIA AP

Calling the shots on a new COVID-19 vaccine

A task force of state lawmakers has started meeting to discuss the COVID-19 vaccine and its distribution in Rhode Island, but House leaders say...

Brewing battle over distribution of beer, wine and liquor

The wholesale distribution of beer, wine and liquor in Rhode Island long has been managed by multiple businesses. Now, a proposed acquisition of one...

Some remain unswayed on marijuana proposal

Legalized recreational marijuana seemed like a long shot when Gov. Gina M. Raimondo proposed it as a revenue generator 10 months ago, but a...

A $29.6M price tag for security in a pandemic

The state has paid $29.6 million to construct and maintain three field hospitals that have gone unused during the coronavirus crisis, but this insurance...

Electric Boat contract a big boost for R.I.

The long-term future of thousands of Rhode Island manufacturing employees looks bright now that General Dynamics Electric Boat has secured a $9.5 billion contract...

R.I. explores play for esports

Video games aren’t just a way for teenagers to avoid their homework but a more than $1 billion industry that continues to grow despite...

Cost of R.I.’s vaccine effort unclear

Gov. Gina M. Raimondo said on Oct. 7 that she’s willing to spend “tens of millions of dollars” for the state to evaluate and...

R.I. voter mailer seeks new citizens

The oversized postcard sent to people who aren’t registered to vote in Rhode Island had an unusual question. For the first time, Rhode Island...

Fed’s loan program missing mark

Across Rhode Island and the country, the Federal Reserve’s Main Street Lending Program has not lived up to its potential. The program sought to help...

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