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HOUSE SPEAKER Nancy Pelosi of Calif., accompanied by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., left, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Md., right, and other bipartisan legislators, signs the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act after it passed in the House on Capitol Hill, Friday, March 27, 2020, in Washington. The $2.2 trillion package will head to head to President Donald Trump for his signature. / AP FILE PHOTO/ANDREW HARNIK

House passes $2.2T rescue package, rushes it to Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) – Acting swiftly in an extraordinary time, the House rushed President Donald Trump a $2.2 trillion rescue package Friday, tossing a life...
DEVIN FERBERG (left) and Jason Rider (right) are computer store technicians at The Right Click, an IT service company now offering pay-what-you-can services to clients. / COURTESY THE RIGHT CLICK

Stepping Up: The Right Click shifts to pay-what-you-can IT services for...

PROVIDENCE – As an IT service and computer repair company, The Right Click had an easier time than some transitioning to virtual work. The problem...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO on Friday praised the continued cooperation of Rhode Island residents in efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. / COURTESY OF GOVERNOR'S OFFICE

Identified COVID-19 cases in R.I. rise to 203

PROVIDENCE – The number of identified COVID-19 cases in Rhode Island has reached 203, Gov. Gina M. Raimondo said Friday afternoon, an increase of...
TWENTY-SEVEN local nonprofits received $1.2 million in grants from the United Way of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Foundation's COVID-19 Response Fund.

27 nonprofits receive $1.2M in support from COVID-19 Response Fund

PROVIDENCE – Twenty-seven nonprofits will share $1.2 million in crisis-response grants from the United Way of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Foundation’s COVID-19...
SPECIAL DELIVERY: Perella’s Ristorante chef-owner Lou Perella not only cooks the food but is now delivering it, here to CJ Audet-Kelly. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

How much has your job or business changed in response to...

Tens of thousands of Rhode Islanders have been suddenly forced out of the workforce, due largely to government restrictions on businesses and the size...
CHARLIE BAKER has asked all visitors to the state to self-quarantine for 14 days. The Massachusetts tax deadline has also been delayed to July 15. Above, a man exits a subway station in the Seaport District, in BostonMany people are working from home while many businesses have closed indefinitely because of the coronavirus, leaving portions of the city nearly empty. AP FILE PHOTO/ STEVEN SENNE

Baker asks visitors to self-quarantine; taxes delayed

BOSTON (AP) – Gov. Charlie Baker said Friday he is asking visitors arriving in Massachusetts to self-quarantine for 14 days as the state tightens...
THE UNIVERSITY OF Rhode Island, pictured, and Roger Williams University are not allowing students from New York to return to campus to move out in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. / COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND

URI, RWU: Students from N.Y. should stay away from campus

PROVIDENCE – At least two Rhode Island-based colleges are both not allowing students from New York to return campus Friday to move their belongings...
THE R.I. PUBLIC Transit Authority is set to receive approximately $104.6 million as part of federal relief efforts due to COVID-19.

RIPTA slated to receive roughly $105M from federal relief bill

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Public Transit Authority will receive approximately $104.6 million from the federal government as part of its $2 trillion deal being...
RHODE ISLAND unemploymet claims due to COVID-19 continued to skyrocket Thursday. /COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND TRAINING

Unemployment claims due to COVID-19 surpass 57K in R.I.

PROVIDENCE – The number of unemployment insurance claims due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Rhode Island reached 57,725 as of Thursday, increasing by 3,754...

Consumer spending edges up slight 0.2% in Feb. but declines expected...

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans increased their spending by a modest amount in February but the expectation is that spending will be hit hard in...

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