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Legislation calls for locally administered forgivable loan program to help new...

PROVIDENCE – If you started a small business after Feb. 15, 2020, you are out of luck when it comes to getting in on...

Five Questions With: Sandra J. Pattie

Sandra J. Pattie is retiring in May from her position as CEO and president of BankNewport. She has served nine years in this leadership...

R.I. COVID-19 cases rise by 758 over weekend, with 4 new...

PROVIDENCE – Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Rhode Island increased by 758 from April 16 through Sunday, with four new deaths, the R.I. Department...

Health insurers partner with cities, organizations to increase vaccinations

PROVIDENCE – Health insurance companies are actively partnering with community organizations, state agencies and cities to help vaccinate people who are at high risk...
THE R.I. DEPARTMENT of Health on Friday reported another 417 positive cases of COVID-19 in the state. / R.I. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

R.I. Department of Health reports 417 more positive cases of COVID-19

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island had 417 more positive cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, according to new data published by the R.I. Department of Health...
PRODUCT TEST: Amanda Jamieson, left, assistant professor of molecular microbiology and immunology at Brown University, holds plaque assays of GC Ink, a graphene ink developed by Graphene Composites USA Inc. that is believed to kill viruses when applied to surfaces. Brown researchers, including Delia Demers, center, and Meredith Crane, are testing the product thanks to a grant GC received from the R.I. Commerce Corp.’s Innovation Voucher Program. / COURTESY GREG SERPA

Where is Commerce headed? McKee may give R.I. agency new direction...

Amid the upheaval of the COVID-19 pandemic last June, Daniel J. McKee appeared frustrated. McKee, then Rhode Island’s lieutenant governor, took the unusual step of...
SPANNING THE GAP: Magdalena Andreozzi, founder of Grands Flourish Inc., says many of the grandparents her organization supports lost contact when many group functions switched to online-only after the COVID-19 pandemic struck. Now Andreozzi is using a grant to get those people reconnected. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Crisis exposes depths of the ‘digital divide’ 


When Magdalena Andreozzi moved workshops offered by her nonprofit online during the COVID-19 pandemic last summer, she expected some bumps in the transition. After all,...
PREPPING FOR A FIGHT: Kevin Millonzi, owner of Millonzi Fine Catering in West Warwick, says his insurance claims for losses related to COVID-19 have been turned down. Now he’s ready to sue. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Businesses failing to get pandemic-related payouts

Kevin Millonzi has “viral” coverage as part of his business-interruption insurance, but that didn’t save the West Warwick caterer from getting rejected when he...
IN GOOD HANDS: Jennifer Beaugh, right, pharmacy supervisor at The Miriam Hospital, hands a dose of COVID-19 vaccine to Dr. Karen Tashima at a clinic at The Miriam. Tashima is overseeing a clinical trial of the COVID-19 vaccine that hasn’t yet received U.S. government approval.  / COURTESY LIFESPAN CORP.

R.I. plays role in making new COVID-19 vaccines

What seemed like an epic race for an effective COVID-19 vaccine has produced several options that have people rolling up their sleeves across Rhode...
NEXT CHALLENGE: Panelists discuss the region’s rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine during the PBN Health Care Summit on April 8. Clockwise from top left is Dr. Karen Tashima, who directs clinical trials for Life­span Corp.; Dr. Kirsten Anderson, from Aetna/CVS Health; moderator PBN Editor Michael Mello; Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the School of Public Health at Brown University; Christopher Palmieri, CEO and president of Commonwealth Care Alliance; and Peter Marino, CEO of Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island.

‘Hesitancy’ will be next snag with vaccinations

Rhode Island will soon hit a tipping point in COVID-19 vaccinations – a point at which there will be more vaccine available than the...

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