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JAKE BISSAILLON, recently elected to the R.I. Senate, has been named the new CEO for Justice Assistance. / COURTESY JAKE BISSAILLON

Justice Assistance names R.I. Sen. Bissaillon new CEO

CRANSTON – Justice Assistance has found its successor for its soon-to-be retiring founding CEO, and the organization’s new leader is a familiar face around...

How late Sen. Majority Whip Maryellen Goodwin influenced policy after her...

A black tarp covering an empty Senate desk and a vase of white flowers perched atop served as a visual reminder of the late...

R.I. Senate passes bill requiring insurers to cover biomarker cancer testing

PROVIDENCE – Legislation requiring all Rhode Island health insurance plans to cover biomarker testing for cancer treatment has passed the R.I. Senate. Sponsored by Sen....

R.I. Senate passes bill extending postpartum Medicaid coverage for low-income women

PROVIDENCE – Legislation aimed at improving the health of low-income new mothers has passed in the R.I. Senate. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Maryellen Goodwin,...

Providence City Council backs pension obligation bond

PROVIDENCE – A pitch to borrow more than $500 million to funnel into the city’s pension system now rests with state lawmakers, after receiving...

Bills advance Providence pension obligation bond idea, with higher borrowing limit

PROVIDENCE – Legislation introduced in both chambers of the General Assembly last week would let the city borrow up to $750 million to shore...
HELPING STUDENTS: Angelo Garcia, founder and head of school at Segue Institute for Learning in Central Falls, with eighth graders, from left: Marvin Gonzalez, Christian Beaton and Kimberly Ortega. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Charter school debate rekindled by legislation

Angelo Garcia’s plans to expand Segue Institute for Learning began the day after the school first opened 12 years ago. Garcia, Segue’s founder and head...

Nursing home staffing bill passes R.I. Senate

PROVIDENCE – Legislation requiring a set number of hours of daily care for nursing home residents and a pay raise for certified nursing assistants...
AT HER EXPENSE: It’s been three years since Barbara Baker was diagnosed with colon cancer. While her treatment was successful, it has cost her thousands of dollars and counting. / PBN PHOTO/ RUPERT WHITELEY

Cancer patients finding costs are overwhelming

Barbara Baker went to Rhode Island Hospital in 2017 for a routine colonoscopy and was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer. “I had to put...

R.I. Senate passes bill requiring coverage of colorectal screening

PROVIDENCE – Legislation requiring insurers to provide full coverage for colorectal cancer screening passed the R.I. Senate on Thursday, and is now bound for...
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