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THE RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION and Gov. Daniel J. McKee jointly announced Monday that they are launching the $150,000 initiative to help enhance the growth and support of minority-owned businesses across Rhode Island. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION

R.I. Foundation, McKee administration launch $150K initiative to support minority-owned businesses

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Foundation and Gov. Daniel J. McKee jointly announced Monday that they are launching the $150,000 initiative to help enhance...
R.I. STATE OFFICIALS announced Thursday that proposed legislation regarding unemployment insurance is in the works to help people get back to work in the Ocean State. The state also announced that a new website,, is live to help job seekers gain employment. / AP FILE PHOTO/ NAM Y. HUH

McKee backs bill allowing UI recipients to earn more

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Daniel J. McKee on Thursday trumpeted new legislation he hopes will bring people who have been unemployed for an extended period...
NEW TAX LEGISLATION could make buying sugary soft drinks costlier in Rhode Island, leading to debate over the measure’s potential positive effects on health and negative effects on the economy. / PBN FILE PHOTO/NICOLE DOTZENROD

Should Rhode Island lawmakers OK a special tax on bottled and...

Legislation under consideration in the R.I. House and Senate would add a 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks such as soda, sports drinks, energy drinks,...

Jones to serve as interim director of BHDDH

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Daniel J. McKee announced on Friday that Sec. Womazetta Jones will be immediately deployed to serve as interim director of the...
BRYANT UNIVERSITY will not apply for continued funding for its Confucius Institute on campus once the institute's contract expires. / COURTESY BRYANT UNIVERSITY

Bryant University not applying for continued funding for Confucius Institute

SMITHFIELD – Bryant University President Ross Gittell and Vice President for International Affairs Hong Yang, director of the university's Confucius Institute, jointly announced Monday...
THE RHODE ISLAND Public Expenditure Council's new report Monday, titled 'How Rhode Island Compares,' states that Rhode Island overspends on K-12 education compared to the rest of the U.S., while underspends on higher education.

RIPEC: R.I. comparatively underspends on higher education, but overspends on K-12

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council on Monday released a report how the Ocean State compares to the United States and New...
BRETT SMILEY announced Wednesday that he will step down as director of the R.I. Department of Administration as soon as Gov. Gina M. Raimondo is confirmed as President Joe Biden's commerce secretary. / COURTESY BRETT SMILEY

R.I. administration chief Smiley to step down

PROVIDENCE – R.I. Department of Administration Director Brett Smiley on Wednesday announced that he will step down from his post once Gov. Gina M....

KMS Solutions, LLC Awarded $50.8 Million Support Services Contract for Program...

On January 25, 2021, KMS Solutions, LLC was awarded a $50.8 million, five-year contract to provide Program Management, Systems Engineering, and Technical Assistance (SETA)...
THE REACTION TO Gov. Gina M. Raimondo being selected as President-elect Joe Biden's secretary of commerce has been mostly positive. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Raimondo’s Cabinet appointment garners mostly positive reaction from local leaders

PROVIDENCE – Elected and politically tied officials, company executives and nonprofit leaders on Friday offered both congratulations and criticism to Gov. Gina M. Raimondo...
PLENTY ON HIS PLATE: Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza is not only leading the city government through the COVID-19 pandemic, but he’s also signed an executive order to start a truth-telling and reparation process for Black and Indigenous people. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Fixing racial injustice, failing schools remain priorities in Providence

Mayor Jorge O. Elorza has been in office since 2015, but after being reelected in 2018, he is now term-limited and cannot run for...

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