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R.I. allocated $4.2M from feds to support victims of crime

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island has been allocated $4.2 million in federal funds to support victims of crime, Sens. Jack Reed, D-R.I., and Sheldon Whitehouse,...

SENEDIA to host virtual Defense Innovation Days event in August

PROVIDENCE – With last year’s event canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and this year’s event set to be virtual, the Southeastern New England...

7 nonprofits receive $546K from feds for security upgrades

PROVIDENCE – Seven faith-related nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island have been given $546,710 in federal grants to upgrade their physical security to defend against...
OPENING THE DOOR: Frederick Reinhardt, CEO and president of Greenwood Credit Union, says the Warwick credit union started providing services to cannabis-related businesses in part because of safety concerns over operating a large all-cash enterprise. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Lack of banking hinders R.I.’s cannabis sector

The cannabis industry may be expanding in Rhode Island, but these types of businesses still struggle to find financial institutions that will provide financing...

Editor’s Choice: Whitehouse to discuss American Rescue Plan

EDITOR’S CHOICE Whitehouse to discuss American Rescue Plan SEN. SHELDON WHITEHOUSE, D-R.I., will discuss the American Rescue Plan and how it will affect small businesses...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO signs an executive order on Monday authorizing Lt. Gov. Daniel J. McKee to oversee and manage the fiscal year 2022 state budget. / COURTESY R.I. OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

Raimondo resigns; McKee sworn in as governor

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo was easily confirmed as U.S. secretary of commerce in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday. Hours later she resigned...
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...

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