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INNOVATORS Q&A
Dr. Amy Nunn is a professor at Brown University and executive director of the Rhode Island Public Health Institute.

How a tax on sugary drinks could help address public health and hunger in R.I.

Dr. Amy Nunn, a Brown University professor and executive director of the Rhode Island Public Health Institute, says beverage companies are targeting low-income communities in the state.

RI POLITICS
An image from the Bonnet Shores Fire District website

In the Ocean State, a legal dispute centers on voting rights and beach cabanas

The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island blasted the Bonnet Shores Fire District for limiting voting rights to those who own more than $400 worth of property.

Northeast Region Leaders
A new high-speed Acela train pulls into Union Station in Washington in June, 2020. Testing for prototypes of the train is underway in the Northeast Corridor and at a federal facility in Pueblo, Colo.

A North Atlantic Rail network would support the economy, climate, and equity

This high-speed line would also serve as the spine of a new regional network of fast, frequent, reliable rail services.


RI ARTS
Providence designer Jess Abernethy, in black, smiles to the crowd at the end of her runway show at the StyleWeek Northeast fashion show at the Capital Grille in Providence on June 10, 2021.

R.I. fashion designer Jessica Abernethy returns to the runway

“After this past year, this whole collection was about spring and a re-awakening,” she said.

RI BUSINESS

Rhode Island extends gambling deal by 20 more years

The deal boosts revenue, keeps jobs in the state and will spur development, the governor said as he signed the bill on Friday.

CORONAVIRUS
Rhode Island Governor Daniel McKee.

Rhode Island’s pandemic state of emergency extended through July

The state of emergency first went into effect in March 2020, and was due to expire June 10.

RI NEWS
11RIELORZA  - Mayor Jorge Elorza of Providence speaks to the media after visiting an encampment in the city’s west end Friday. (Brian Amaral/Globe Staff)

Elorza visits homeless encampment in Providence, pledges compassionate solution

The people living in the abandoned plot in the city’s west end had been ordered by police to leave the area by Friday.

THINGS TO DO
Juneteenth Flag

What to do in Rhode Island to celebrate Juneteenth 2021

From the third annual Juneteenth celebration at Roger Williams Park to a documentary screening in Bristol, here are some events to consider as you celebrate

RI BUSINESS
Amber Jackson, founder of the Black Leaf Tea and Culture Shop in Warren, R.I.

Black-owned businesses and POC-owned companies in Rhode Island

A guide to the Black-owned and POC-owned retail shops, restaurants, gyms, fashion, beauty brands and more across Rhode Island.

Rhode Map
Congressman David Cicilline speaks during an event in Providence in May 2021.

Unemployment fraud hit one of Rhode Island’s congressmen

The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training reported that 43 percent of claims turned out to be suspected and confirmed fraud during the pandemic.

RI ARTS
A collection of children's books

Recent books by Black authors in Rhode Island

Memoir, poetry, fiction, and even books for children published over the past year, with a few more titles expected this summer.