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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...

State controller: FY 21 budget year ends $51M above expected surplus

PROVIDENCE – Higher income and sales tax revenue combined with federal emergency management reimbursements boosted the state’s fiscal 2021 surplus to $332 million as...
ADVANCED PLANNING: Arnold “Buff” Chace Jr., managing principal of Cornish Associates LP, is co-chairman of a group called the Providence Resilience Partnership, which is looking at how to better understand and prepare the city for flood risk and secure federal funding for its priorities. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

SURGE MENTALITY: Warning sounded about Providence’s widespread flood risks

Arnold “Buff” Chace Jr. was 7 years old when Hurricane Carol ravaged Rhode Island, with a storm surge that submerged downtown Providence in 12...

Excitement, confidence builds for event organizers as capacity restrictions ease

PROVIDENCE – As if recent announcements by state officials over the last couple of months outlining the return of large-scale events to Rhode Island...

R.I. allocated $64.9M from FEMA for COVID-19 response

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island has been allocated $64.9 million in federal funds to aid COVID-19 vaccine distribution efforts, Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., announced Wednesday. The...

Report warns R.I. properties could see insurance premiums spike under updated...

PROVIDENCE - More than 5,000 Rhode Island property owners would see flood insurance premiums increase 150% if federal flood programs were updated to reflect...

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...
CRUCIAL CREATION: Dr. Pablo Rodriguez, medical director of community relations at Care New England Health System, says forming an independent committee to plan the state’s vaccine distribution will build trust in the process. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Slow-spending R.I. has two months to disperse $900M in CARES Act...

Rhode Island officials rejoiced when they learned in March that the state would get a $1.25 billion slice of the federal coronavirus relief package....
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...

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