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CHANGING NEEDS: Laurie White, president of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, says business grants should be targeted differently as challenges for businesses shift over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Pandemic relief programs still have aid available

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses in the hard-hit arts and hospitality industries were forced to shutter. But drawing from state grant funding, Brooklyn...
SOUNDING THE ALARM: Daniel Egan, president of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Rhode Island, says local schools need to be “aggressive in managing the decline in the number of high school graduates in the coming years.” / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Enrollment ‘headwinds’ coming for local colleges

Colleges and universities in Rhode Island will need to find creative ways to draw in promising students in the face of a steep enrollment...

Economically, COVID-19 checks are questionable

The $1,400 direct checks to people are the most expensive and perhaps most popular part of the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package signed by...
COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES across Rhode Island, including Roger Williams University, pictured, have overall kept COVID-19 under control on their campuses during the fall semester despite the growing community-wide surge. / COURTESY ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY

Despite communitywide COVID-19 surge, colleges have kept virus under control on...

PROVIDENCE – As college students across Rhode Island are preparing for their fall semester final exams, local colleges have generally passed one very important...
CHANGING WORKPLACE: Joe Morais, project leader at the Pawtucket Department of Public Works, is one of hundreds of city workers who will be filing for unemployment one day a week because Pawtucket is shutting down services on Fridays to save money. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

BUDGET CRUNCH: Revenue is down, deficit is up, and R.I. still...

Pawtucket Mayor Donald R. Grebien never thought he’d have to close down his city on Fridays to save money, but in the absence of...
THE R.I. DEPARTMENT of Environmental will begin accepting applications for a total of $3.1 million fisheries assistance funding starting Sept. 14.

DEM to accept applications for $3.1M in fisheries assistance

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Environmental Management on Friday said it will begin accepting applications for a total of $3.1 million available for...
SAVINGS EATEN AWAY: Chicago Alderman Tom Tunney, inside the main Ann Sather restaurant in Chicago, estimates he’s put $250,000 of his own money into running his three restaurants. / AP PHOTO/CHARLES REX ARBOGAST

Owners tap into savings to withstand pandemic

NEW YORK – When the coronavirus outbreak forced cruise lines to cancel trips to Alaska, it wiped out Midgi Moore’s tour business, leaving her...

Cities, towns irked by lack of aid, withholding of revenue

As government coffers shrink, financial tensions between Rhode Island municipal and state leaders are growing. The Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns recently criticized...
ROHDE ISLAND HOSPITAL has received $25.4 million in federal funds in a recent round of CARES Act funds distribution aimed at offsetting costs of caring for coronavirus patients. The hospital was one of five in the state to receive funds in the most recent disbursement. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND HOSPITAL

5 R.I. hospitals receive $71.3M for COVID-19 costs

PROVIDENCE – A combined $71.3 million of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act funds has been disbursed to five Rhode Island hospitals, the...
RHODE ISLAND will receive $4.7 million in additional Community Development Block Grants to offset the economic impacts of COVID-19. / AP FILE PHOTO/CAROLYN KASTER

R.I. to receive $4.7M more to fight COVID-19 impacts

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island will receive another $4.7 million in federal Community Development Block Grants related to combat the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic,...

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