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STATE LEADERS ARE in a good financial position with a $610 million surplus projected for fiscal 2023, but some say a lot of that money is because several state agencies have been understaffed and overworked. / PBN FILE PHOTO/CASSIUS SHUMAN

Some R.I. officials say job vacancies a big part of projected...

The projected $610 million budget surplus awaiting the General Assembly and the administration of Gov. Daniel J. McKee has been the subject of speculation...
CLASS LEADER: Middle school teacher Jana Gasboro helps a student at St. Mary’s Home for Children in North Providence. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Social-service organizations finding ways to stay essential, even in hard times

Providing essential services to those with disabilities can be challenging in the best of times. But as the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted life for many people,...
BELIEVING IN CHANGE: Day One Executive Director Peg Langhammer continues to advocate for systematic changes as to how Rhode Island addresses sexual assault and abuse. / COURTESY PEG LANGHAMMER

Langhammer has been making a difference in society since day one

PBN BUSINESS WOMEN AWARDS 2020 CAREER ACHIEVER: Peg Langhammer | Day One PEG LANGHAMMER was always driven to make a difference. She grew up in the...
NEW DESIGN: The staff at Loft LLC, an industrial design company, has recently pivoted its work to designing and building contactless COVID-19 testing trailers for use by the National Guard. From left, Scott Noh, product design; Jeanette Numbers, co-founder; Nari Shin, designer/textile specialist. In the background is David Baker, director of engineering. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Startup shake-up: Entrepreneurs scramble to revamp business plans

Like many college seniors, biomedical student Abbie Kohler and engineering student Greg Fine were disheartened to have their final semester suddenly cut short and...

R.I. leaders grapple with $200M budget deficit

Rhode Island has a budget deficit, again. By definition, a structural deficit is a persistent budget situation in which revenues are growing slower than expenditures....

Rhode Island Training School implements action plan to ensure safety

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island Training School Executive Director Kevin McKenna has stepped down from his position following a July 26 altercation there that sent...
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