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A SOUND MIND: Brown University research assistant Nina Lee demonstrates one of the noise monitors she installed at 140 locations around Rhode Island, from bustling cities to quiet rural communities. The ultimate goal is to establish a relationship between noise pollution and children’s health. 
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Are R.I.’s noises hurting health of our children?

Since moving to Rhode Island a little over a year ago, Nina Lee has gotten to know the state in a way few others...
CRAMPED CLASSROOM: Thornton Elementary School Principal Louise Denham sits in one of the school’s cramped classrooms. The building is more than 100 years old and is part of a plan to consolidate all four elementary schools in Johnston using a voter-approved $215 million school construction bond. 
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A financial remedy for R.I.’s aging schools

When Johnston Mayor Joseph M. Polisena visits the town’s high school, it’s a bit like taking a step into the past – and not...

Many banks consolidating jobs as economy shifts

While restaurants and retailers were laying off their workers at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, banks embarked on a hiring spree in the...
DIFFICULT DECISION: Yifei “Jerry” Hu has made the tough choice to remain in the U.S. and continue studying cognitive science at Brown University rather than return home to China, where strict COVID-19 policies and lockdowns are still in effect.
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On some campuses, Chinese students are fewer

When Yifei “Jerry” Hu arrived at Brown University last year, he knew he wasn’t going to return home – at least not for a...
LOWER EXPENSES: Daniel P. Egan, president of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Rhode Island, says state education leaders need to lower college expenses for current and future students to avoid talented high school graduates departing the region for school elsewhere and potentially staying elsewhere.
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Student loan debt forgiveness could have big impact in R.I.

With tensions heightening for many borrowers as the federal government prepares to resume student loan payments at the beginning of next year following a...
CUSTOM TREATMENT: Normand Audette, of Cumberland, had some of his lung tissue tested for biomarkers that allowed doctors to develop the most effective way to battle his cancer. Starting in 2024, such advanced testing will be covered by health insurers in Rhode Island. 
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R.I. requires insurers cover biomarker testing

Dizziness, memory loss, anxiety and a perpetually swollen left foot and ankle are among the side effects Normand Audette has experienced from taking an...

New R.I. law ensures gratuities get into the right hands

Anyone who has worked in the service industry knows how rapidly things can change from one shift to the next. One night’s tips might cover...
EASY CHARGE: A rendering provided by the R.I. Public Transit Authority shows one of the overhead systems that will enable bus drivers to pull up and charge the bus for five to nine minutes through a connection on the roof. There will be overhead connectors for multiple buses at a $6.7 million charging station to be constructed in Cranston. 
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$6.7M charging station to boost electric buses

Going electric is about to get a little easier for the R.I. Public Transit Authority. The bus agency is preparing to start construction on a...
EASY TO UNDERSTAND: Amy Qu, a recent Rhode Island School of Design graduate, presents her redesign of the fentanyl test strips as part of the Design Beyond Crisis studio course in May. The redesign is intended to make the strips easier to use for people without training. 
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Designers try to devise better safe-injection sites

In Providence and Pawtucket, harm-reduction organization Project Weber/RENEW regularly hands out test strips that can detect whether a drug sample contains fentanyl, a highly...

Bryant school will train students for science, business sides of health

BRAD CROUGH doesn’t bat an eye at the prospect of sorting through a dizzying tranche of numbers. A skilled coder with degrees in accounting and...
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