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RHODE ISLAND'S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE increased to 4% in March, according to the R.I. Department of Labor and Training. /AP FILE PHOTO / NAM Y. HUH

R.I. unemployment rises again, to 4% in March

CRANSTON – March's 4% state unemployment rate marks the sixth consecutive monthly increase. The seasonally adjusted rate is one-tenth of a percentage point higher...
STATE EDUCATION OFFICIALS have opened applications for $3.8 million in Learn365 grants through May 3.

$3.8M in Learn365 grants now available

PROVIDENCE – Another $3.8 million in state grants to help expand out-of-school learning in communities across Rhode Island is now available for municipalities and...
THE PROVIDENCE CITY Plan Commission on Tuesday gave final approval for construction of a new Frank D. Spaziano Middle School on Eastwood Avenue. / COURTESY TECHTON ARCHITECTS

2 Providence school projects progressing; one plan gets final approval

PROVIDENCE – Plans to construct two new school buildings in the city are moving forward, with one project receiving final approval from the city’s...
A FORMER ASSISTED LIVING facility in Central Falls will be converted into 30 affordable housing units for at-risk women and children as part of a partnership between the city, the Central Falls Children's Foundation and the Papitto Opportunity Connection. / COURTESY PAPITTO OPPORTUNTY CONNECTION

Central Falls collaborates with local nonprofits to create 30-unit affordable housing...

CENTRAL FALLS – A former assisted living facility within the city will soon be transformed into temporary affordable housing for at-risk women and their...
PVDFEST WILL BE HELD on Sept. 6-7 and return to downtown Providence this year. / COURTESY FIRSTWORKS

PVDFest returns to downtown Providence Sept. 6-7

PROVIDENCE – The city’s largest outdoor arts and culture celebration will once again be held in early September. Additionally, the festivities will return to a...
THE CITY OF NEWPORT will receive $5 million in federal funds to support repairs to its Cliff Walk, which partially collapsed in 2022. Rhode Island is expected to get more than $32 million in federal funding to finance 29 community projects across the state. / COURTESY SALVE REGINA UNIVERSITY VIA AP

Cliff Walk repairs part of expected $32M from Congress for R.I....

PROVIDENCE – The state is expected to receive more than $32 million in federal funding to support 29 community projects across Rhode Island, including...
THE R.I. EXECUTIVE OFFICE of Health and Human Services and Gov. Daniel J. McKee announced Tuesday that 10 organizations offering home stabilization services received $650,000 in grants.

State awards $650K to 10 nonprofits offering home stabilization services

PROVIDENCE – Ten local nonprofits offering home stabilization services received $650,000 in state grants from two programs to make investments in staffing, professional development...
U.S. REP. GABE AMO, D-R.I., announced Tuesday that R.I. Housing and Mortgage Finance Corp. and the North Providence Housing Authority will receive $586,431 in combined federal funding to help homeless veterans and their families find permanent housing. / COURTESY GABE AMO

2 R.I. housing authorities receive $586K to help veterans secure housing

PROVIDENCE – Two local housing authorities will receive $586,431 in combined federal funding to help homeless military veterans and their families find permanent housing. U.S....
ANIKA KIMBLE-HUNTLEY, R.I. Commerce Corp.'s chief marketing officer, says it will be a collective effort by state officials and residents alike to help further promote Rhode Island to prospective visitors. /PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Kimble-Huntley: ‘All That’ tourism campaign counting on residents’ help

PROVIDENCE – Boosting tourism by selling Rhode Island as having and being “All That” will need residents and local tourism leaders backing up recently...
THE RHODE ISLAND Public Transit Authority and the Amalgamated Transit Union Division 618 agreed to a new deal that increases hourly pay rates for bus drivers to $25.33 per hour. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

RIPTA, bus drivers union agree to 16.7% hourly pay increase

PROVIDENCE – Bus drivers with the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority will see a 16.7% increase in their hourly pay rate, effective this week. RIPTA’s...
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