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Pre-demolition of beleaguered Lighthouse Inn has begun in Narragansett

The vacant hotel, which is often referred to by a previous name, the Dutch Inn, has been the subject of a long running political and legal battle.

TRANSPORTATION

New lanes to ease traffic over Rhode Island’s Washington Bridge

The state Department of Transportation will open new lanes of travel in both directions on the I-195 bridge in Providence. But it will take about eight weeks for the extra lanes to be up and running.

EDUCATION

No extension for schools to spend final COVID relief funds, US education secretary says

“The intent was a recovery,” Secretary Miguel Cardona said. “Those dollars are needed now in the classrooms.”

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RI POLITICS

R.I. Senator Frank Lombardo dies after battle with cancer

The longtime Johnston Democrat, who died overnight, is remembered as "a passionate and effective representative of his constituents."

INFRASTRUCTURE

RIDOT closes Cahoone Road Bridge in Coventry due to ‘serious deficiencies’

Issues were found this week after an inspection prompted by heavy January rains. It’s not clear whether the bridge can be repaired or must be replaced, and drivers now must travel a miles-long detour on dirt roads.

COMMENTARY | LISA HILDEBRAND AND KHADIJA LEWIS KHAN

Investments in Rhode Island’s child-care infrastructure are as critical as funding roads and bridges

Child care is essential: It provides quality learning opportunities for young children, gets families to work, benefits employers, and strengthens the state’s economy.

RHODE MAP

A closer look at the merger between Rhode Island PBS and The Public’s Radio

A search for a new president, the interim CEOs, a new board of directors, a possible relocation, talk of retention bonuses, and more.

RI HEALTH

Norovirus outbreaks seen across Rhode Island, health department says

With the norovirus stomach bug making its annual rounds, the Department of Health is seeing clusters of cases in nursing homes, schools and daycare centers around Rhode Island.

COMMENTARY | PAUL A. ROSELLI

A state that values farms, forests and open space must fund land conservation

The head of a land trust in Burrillville urges all Rhode Islanders to ask elected representatives to add $16 million for land preservation to the “Green Economy” bond proposed by Governor McKee.

RHODE MAP

Providence has a teacher resignation problem

A new report says high turnover in the past 5 years is largely because of the pandemic. But anyone paying attention knows that the state takeover has decimated morale.

RI FOOD & DINING

Japanese grocery store to open in downtown Providence this spring

Maruichi Japanese Food & Deli is expected to sell hard-to-find ingredients, such as sashimi from Tokyo’s famous Toyosu Market, and Miyazaki Wagyu beef.