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ANXIOUS TIMES: Office vacancy rates in downtown Providence have been stable in recent months but are expected to rise this year amid ­national pressures created by rising borrowing costs and declining demand. 
PBN FILE PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

Pandemic fallout taking toll on commercial real estate

The COVID-19 pandemic has ended but the economic fallout is ongoing in some sectors of the economy, including commercial real estate. Owners and lenders invested...

The Great Grift: More than $200B in COVID-19 aid may have...

WASHINGTON (AP) – More than $200 billion may have been stolen from two large COVID-19 relief initiatives, according to new estimates from a federal...

Federal judge denies Cranston hotel giant’s $100M COVID-19 loss insurance claim

PROVIDENCE – A federal judge last week dismissed a $100 million breach of contract lawsuit filed by the Procaccianti hotel group. The Procaccianti Cos. of...
THE SETTLEMENT of a lawsuit filed by three former Barrington teachers who lost their jobs for refusing to get a COVID-19 vaccination on religious grounds will likely not set a precedent for similar cases, according to legal observers. / AP FILE PHOTO/TED S. WARREN

Fallout from settlement in Barrington COVID-19 vaccine lawsuit?

A recent settlement between Barrington Public Schools and three former teachers who were fired for refusing to get COVID-19 vaccinations will likely have little...

R.I. unemployment rate dips slightly to 3% in April

CRANSTON – Rhode Island’s seasonally adjusted unemployment in April was 3%, one-tenth of a percentage point less than March, the R.I. Department of Labor...

WHO downgrades COVID pandemic, says it’s no longer emergency 

GENEVA (AP) – The World Health Organization said Friday that COVID-19 no longer qualifies as a global emergency, marking a symbolic end to the...
EASING OUTLOOK: Panelists discuss the official end to the COVID-19 national emergency at PBN’s Spring 2023 Health Care Summit on April 6. On the panel, from left, are Kristine Campagna of the R.I. Department of Health; Jane Hayward of the Rhode Island Foundation’s Long-Term Health Planning Committee; Corey McCarty of CCA Health Rhode Island; and Dr. G. Dean Roye of Rhode Island Hospital.  
PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

PBN health summit: A ‘welcome milestone’ in pandemic

Dr. G. Dean Roye is a self-declared pessimist, always concerned about everything. But when thinking about the next few months and the state of...

A maskless step toward normalcy

As hospitals across the state make masks optional for patients and staff for the first time in three years, health care leaders feel confident...
EAGER HOST: Skyline at Waterplace hosted ticketed events during the 2018 One Providence New Year’s Eve celebration. / COURTESY SKYLINE AT WATERPLACE

City of Providence threatens to evict Skyline at Waterplace

PROVIDENCE – The city has made it clear to Skyline at Waterplace LLC, show us you are maintaining your property or you will be...

GA approves outdoor dining program to 2024, awaits McKee’s signature

PROVIDENCE – The state’s "Take it Outside" program is being extended into 2024.  A bill extending the program through Feb. 15, 2024, that was created...
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