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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...

Whitehouse legislation would boost mental health services for veterans

PROVIDENCE – Named in part after a Johnston native and former U.S. Marine, new legislation introduced recently by U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., aims...
HELPING HAND: Anne McDermott, Salve Regina University financial aid director, says the university has taken steps to assist students financially during the COVID-19 pandemic, including forming the Mercy Emergency Relief Fund.  / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Debtors fret over end to student loan reprieve

Kimberly Silva was a mortgage underwriter for nearly 20 years when the market crashed in 2008. That spurred her to jump into a new...

Whitehouse helps with effort to call attention to pancreatic cancer

PROVIDENCE – U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., is among a group of federal lawmakers who have drafted a resolution designating November as Pancreatic Cancer...

Beacon a lesson for hospital merger

As prospects for a merger between Rhode Island’s two hospital systems appear to grow more promising (“Lifespan, CNE Move Forward With Letter of Intent...

Providence postal workers speak out against recent cutbacks

PROVIDENCE – Members of Rhode Island’s congressional delegation joined postal workers outside the Main Post Office in Providence on Aug. 25 to speak out...
THE R.I. PUBLIC TRANSIT AUTHORITY will receive $8.9 million in federal funds to aid its procurement of 17 new fuel efficient buses, as well as to make site improvements. / AP FILE PHOTO/SUSAN WALSH

RIPTA to receive $8.9M for fuel-efficient buses

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Public Transit Authority will receive $8.9 million in federal funds to help the state replace 17 high-mileage busses with more-fuel-efficient...

Thundermist awarded $128K federal grant for telehealth program

PROVIDENCE – A federal grant awarded to Thundermist Health Center last week will help fund telehealth services at the health care provider, which has...
OUT OF POCKET: Robert Berczuk, publisher of The Jamestown Press, says the money his newspaper is losing as a result of a 33% decline in ad revenue is coming directly out of his pocket, but he has assured his staff of six that there will be no pay cuts, layoffs or furloughs. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Should newspapers be rescued by the government?

Newspaper publisher John Howell didn’t think he would ever have to lay himself off. But when COVID-19 hit the United States, that’s exactly what he...
CRUCIAL ­RESOURCE: Local news outlets such as Providence Business News are among the “essential workers” businesses and communities rely on, especially in times of crisis.

Endangered local news outlets fill essential community role

“Local news is in a state of crisis that has only been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic,” wrote a group of 19 mostly Democratic...

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