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Five Questions With: Mehdi Hossain

Mehdi Hossain is an assistant professor of marketing at the University of Rhode Island. He obtained a $135,825 grant from the National Science Foundation...
COLLABORATIVE EFFORT: A staff member from Alert EMS gets a COVID-19 test sample from a drive-up patient at a mobile test site in Central Falls. Alert EMS staff handles the swabbing, CVS Health Corp. runs the machines that process the samples and the University of Rhode Island helps house the machines. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

NO PANACEA: Employers told COVID-19 tests won’t ensure safety in workplace

Rhode Island is a COVID-19 testing leader. At an average of nearly 3,000 tests a day, the state has among the highest rates of testing...

Lardaro: At its lowest, R.I. could use COVID-19 crisis as opportunity...

PROVIDENCE – University of Rhode Island economist Leonard Lardaro said he hopes April is the “absolute bottom” for the struggling economies of the state and...
THE UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND will close in early July the Whispering Pines Conference Center and the Environmental Education Center on the W. Alton Jones Campus, citing financial struggles.

URI to close 2 facilities on Alton Jones campus

WEST GREENWICH – The two main buildings that are part of the University of Rhode Island’s W. Alton Jones campus will close for good...
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...
DUAL HARMONY: Nicole O’Malley, left, is the founder and executive director of Hands in Harmony, which uses musical therapy to help individuals with complex medical conditions. Here, O’Malley works with longtime client Abigail Magiera, 21, of Coventry. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Hands in Harmony transitions to virtual platform

HANDS IN HARMONY, an organization founded in 2017 that treats patients using music therapy, has converted its operation from an in-person service to a...

Family therapy clinic at URI offering free sessions during pandemic

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The University of Rhode Island College of Health Science’s Couple and Family Therapy Clinic is now offering parents, children and other...
EXPERIENCED EMPLOYEES: ­Dennis McLaughlin, CEO and president of engineering and information technology company Rite-Solutions Inc. in Middletown, says employing veterans gives the company a leg up when bidding on military contracts. McLaughlin is a Navy veteran. / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Vets provide upper hand for some defense firms

The veteran-owned Rite-Solutions Inc. isn’t really a small company. The Middletown-based engineering and information technology company has about 220 employees. But as a defense contractor,...
COMMUNITY RESOURCE: Nicholas Shanos is the owner and head pharmacist at Suburban Pharmacy, a second-generation, family-owned pharmacy in Warwick. He is holding a bottle of his own hand sanitizer. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Independent pharmacy offers Rx with personal touch

Nicholas Shanos originally planned to take his birthday off from work. But that was before the new coronavirus hit Rhode Island, making Shanos’ role as...
The Current Conditions Index in Rhode Island for March 2020

Lardaro: R.I. economy may not recover for another two to five...

PROVIDENCE – University of Rhode Island economist Leonard Lardaro does not expect the state’s economy to return to where it was before the COVID-19...

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