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OFFICE ADVOCATE: R.I. Public Defender Collin Geiselman says he’s asking legislators to add $600,000 more in the R.I. Office of the Public Defender’s fiscal 2025 budget to raise the wages of staff attorneys as a recruitment and retention tool.
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Understaffed public defenders struggling to cover cases

R.I. Public Defender ­Collin Geiselman is accustomed to attorneys on his staff leaving to take higher-paying positions at private law firms, but now he’s...
MORE MONITORS? The city of Providence already has traffic cameras such as these at Chalkstone Avenue and Raymond Street keeping an eye out for motorists running red lights. Other cameras capture images of speeders. Now the Smiley administration wants the ability to enforce traffic noise automatically. 
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A sound idea? Providence considers noise cameras along roads

If given the green light, Rhode Island’s most populous – and maybe the loudest – municipality will be the first in the state to...
ANOTHER WORLD: Thomas ­Walters IV gives a virtual headset a try while his father, Thomas Walters III, looks on at the Youth Innovation STEAM Hub  event launched by the nonprofit Winner’s Circle XR Academy Inc. in Providence on Jan. 20. 
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Why hasn’t VR become a key tool in classroom?

One day, students will start a class by jumping into an avatar and strolling into a digital replica of their classroom. But we are...
MEAL TIME: ­Students at Nathanael Greene Middle School in Providence eat lunch in the school’s cafeteria.  Providence Public School District schools have offered breakfast and lunch at no charge since 2019 under the federal Community Eligibility Provision. 
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Governor’s plan to offer more free school meals is not enough,...

Food insecurity in Rhode Island in 2023 surged 30% year over year, according to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. And compared with 2019,...
CANCER FIGHT: Dr. Wafik El-Deiry, right, director of the Legorreta Cancer Center at Brown University, is one of the doctors pushing to get a National Cancer Institute designation for the center and is seeking help from state leaders. 
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Funding, data sharing needed for R.I. to advance cancer innovations

When Dr. Wafik El-Deiry, one of the nation’s top physician-scientists and oncologists, came to Rhode Island in 2019, he was eager to help the...
A PERFECT PLACE: Daniel DeCiccio, chief technology officer at X-ray technology company Research Instruments Corp., works at the company’s lab on Promenade Street in Providence. The location is a great match for its needs, executives say. 
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R.I. in need of lab space even as demand drops

Just outside of downtown Providence, life sciences startup Research Instruments Corp. is developing a technology that Chief Business Officer Keith Bisogno calls the “replacement...
FINDING FUNDS: RIHub Managing Director Annette Tonti, third from left, speaks with, from left, Natalie Hogan, chief operating officer at DataRobot; Lindsay Kuhn, founder at Wingspans; and Trisha Ballakur, co-founder and chief technology officer of Pointz, at RIHub in Providence. Tonti says it’s especially difficult for women entrepreneurs to raise funding.
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Funding tough to access for women, minorities

Throughout her more than 30 years as a Rhode Island-based entrepreneur and innovator, Annette Tonti has started multiple businesses and raised tens of millions...
CATCHY 
CAMPAIGN:
Molly Moran-Ogren, left, chair of the R.I. Seafood Marketing Collaborative, meets with her team, Jordyn Kastlunger, fisheries marketing specialist at the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, and Nick Celico, Roger Williams University School of Law intern.
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PR effort raising profile of local fish on menus

More Rhode Island restaurants and fish markets are taking part in an effort to promote fresh, locally caught seafood than three years ago, according...
OFFERING ­ALTERNATIVES: Scott Kirmil, owner of the Diego’s restaurants in Rhode Island, displays the recyclable food containers his eateries use, a year before a ban on Styrofoam containers goes into effect. Opponents of the ban say small restaurants will have to bear additional costs. 
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Restaurants preparing for ban on Styrofoam containers

On one of his rare days off last summer, Scott ­Kirmil, owner of six Rhode Island eateries, with plans for a seventh, was sitting...
VESTED INTEREST: Gina Lalli, senior loan officer at Shamrock Home Loans, hopes interest-rate cuts will come in 2024 to spur some home sales activity. New mortgage applications in November were 20% lower than they were a year earlier.
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Real estate industry ready for some rate cuts

While many real ­estate agents are dream sellers, Gina Lalli, senior loan officer at Shamrock Home Loans in Newport, often has to give buyers...
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