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THE ANNENBERG INSTITUTE at Brown University released Wednesday a report showing that public school districts have only spent about one-third of the $650 million-plus in federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds.

Annenberg report: R.I. public schools slow in spending COVID-19 relief funds,...

PROVIDENCE – As of last June, public school districts across Rhode Island have spent about one-third of federal COVID-19 relief funds to help local...

R.I. COVID-19 cases increased by 1,437 last week, with 9 deaths

PROVIDENCE – Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Rhode Island increased by 1,437 from Sept. 4-10, with nine new deaths, the R.I. Department of Health...
CHANGING NEEDS: Laurie White, president of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, says business grants should be targeted differently as challenges for businesses shift over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Pandemic relief programs still have aid available

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses in the hard-hit arts and hospitality industries were forced to shutter. But drawing from state grant funding, Brooklyn...
SOUNDING THE ALARM: Daniel Egan, president of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Rhode Island, says local schools need to be “aggressive in managing the decline in the number of high school graduates in the coming years.” / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Enrollment ‘headwinds’ coming for local colleges

Colleges and universities in Rhode Island will need to find creative ways to draw in promising students in the face of a steep enrollment...

R.I. names new COVID-19 stimulus director

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Administration has hired a new director to oversee the state’s disbursement of federal COVID-19 stimulus funds. Dorothy Z. Pascale,...
COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES across Rhode Island, including Roger Williams University, pictured, have overall kept COVID-19 under control on their campuses during the fall semester despite the growing community-wide surge. / COURTESY ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY

Despite communitywide COVID-19 surge, colleges have kept virus under control on...

PROVIDENCE – As college students across Rhode Island are preparing for their fall semester final exams, local colleges have generally passed one very important...
CHANGING WORKPLACE: Joe Morais, project leader at the Pawtucket Department of Public Works, is one of hundreds of city workers who will be filing for unemployment one day a week because Pawtucket is shutting down services on Fridays to save money. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

BUDGET CRUNCH: Revenue is down, deficit is up, and R.I. still...

Pawtucket Mayor Donald R. Grebien never thought he’d have to close down his city on Fridays to save money, but in the absence of...
THE R.I. DEPARTMENT of Environmental will begin accepting applications for a total of $3.1 million fisheries assistance funding starting Sept. 14.

DEM to accept applications for $3.1M in fisheries assistance

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Environmental Management on Friday said it will begin accepting applications for a total of $3.1 million available for...
THE U.S. SENATE is poised to vote on a trimmed-down Republican coronavirus relief package, according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. / AP FILE PHOTO/J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE

McConnell: Senate to vote on ‘targeted’ virus aid

WASHINGTON (AP) – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, under pressure from GOP senators in tough reelection races, said Tuesday the Senate would vote on...

Cities, towns irked by lack of aid, withholding of revenue

As government coffers shrink, financial tensions between Rhode Island municipal and state leaders are growing. The Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns recently criticized...
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