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WORTH THE RISK? Even Mark A. Male, executive vice president of the Independent Insurance Agents of Rhode Island, sometimes finds himself wondering if he should pay for flood coverage on his South Kingstown house that isn’t in a high-risk area. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Study: More R.I. properties face greater flood risk

Mark A. Male’s South Kingstown home is at minimal risk of flooding, at least according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s flood plain maps. Even...

Flood risk too costly to ignore

Rhode Island has so far escaped what has been a very active hurricane season, but the danger of flooding is a fact of life...
RAW SHORTAGE? A worker at Outdoor Research in Seattle handles filter material for face masks the company produces. A key challenge for N95 mask manufacturers racing to meet spiking demand is scarcity of meltblown textile. / OUTDOOR RESEARCH VIA AP/GERARDO VILLALOBOS

Scarcity of raw material squeezes N95 mask makers

FRESNO, Calif. – White House officials say U.S. hospitals have all the medical supplies needed to battle the deadly virus, but front-line workers, hospital...
THREE RHODE ISLAND fire departments have been allocated $5.9 million in federal funds to hire 24 firefighters. /. AP FILE PHOTO/CAROLYN KASTER

R.I. fire departments to receive $5.9M from feds to hire 24...

PROVIDENCE – Three Rhode Island fire departments will receive $5.9 million in federal funds to hire 24 new firefighters, the R.I. congressional delegation announced...

DLT to disburse augmented FEMA unemployment payments in Sept.

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Labor and Training said that it will begin disbursing funds to unemployed workers from the Federal Emergency Management...

Government contractors face special challenges

While some industries grapple with slowdowns, many government contractors in Rhode Island and elsewhere have geared up during the pandemic. From military and intelligence...
LOADING UP: Ric Wild, executive director at the Good Neighbors Inc. food pantry in East Providence, loads bags of food into a vehicle while volunteer Elaine Fredrick fills boxes. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

STARVING FOR HELP: Needy flock to R.I.’s overwhelmed food pantries

IT'S COMMON for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center Executive Director Heather Hole Strout to see adults and the elderly seeking food at...

CareLink working to decontaminate N95 masks for nursing, group homes

EAST PROVIDENCE – CareLink, an East Providence-based nonprofit network of health care providers for seniors, has begun coordinating access to decontamination services for N95...
THE PROVIDENCE Fire Department received a $750,000 award from FEMA to purcahse a new heavy-rescue truck for its fleet. / BLOOMBERG NEWS PHOTO/ZACH GIBSON

Providence Fire Department gets $750K from feds for heavy-rescue truck

PROVIDENCE – The Providence Fire Department was awarded $750,000 in federal funds for a new heavy-rescue truck, the R.I. congressional delegation announced Wednesday. The funds...
THE FEMA disaster recovery centers set up in Westerly and Middletown after Hurricane Sandy will close permanently on Friday.

Feds grant $4.2M to R.I. fire departments

WARWICK – Following up on previous federal support for Rhode Island fire departments to  train, equip and recruit firefighters, the state’s congressional delegation announced...

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