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HOMELESSNESS
Elizabeth took her daughter one Saturday and left her abusive partner of the last 13 years. She finally decided, she said, that it was wrong to have to get permission from him to visit her parents, or to go to the store or the bank. But that was at the end of June, and being on disability with a fixed income of $560 a month, she's now homeless.

She took her daughter and ran from an abusive relationship. Now they’re homeless

Women like Elizabeth who leave domestic abuse situations are only finding temporary housing, and many are forced into homelessness when they have nowhere else to turn.

RI NEWS
A firefighter holds his hand to his forehead as he stands amidst the rubble at the scene of a deadly fire at The Station nightclub in West Warwick, R.I. Friday, Feb. 21, 2003.

Owners of The Station nightclub finally discuss the deadly 2003 fire: ‘We certainly played a role. But the systems failed.’

After nearly 20 years of silence, Jeffrey and Michael Derderian are speaking out. ‘It’s not a redemption tour,” Jeffrey Derderian tells the Globe. “It’s about the truth”

INFRASTRUCTURE
The new bike path on South Water Street in Providence.

R.I. will not try to stop the South Water Street bike lane project

The state Department of Transportation had raised concerns about the project, which was carried out by the city at a cost of about $300,000.

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In this Sept. 9, 2021 photo provided by auctioneer Morton & Eden Ltd., a rare 17th century one shilling coin is displayed above a metal box containing other coins, at the auction house, in London. Morton & Eden Ltd. says the extraordinarily rare coin, with a face value of just pennies when it was minted in mid-17th century New England, could sell for the equivalent of about $300,000 when it's put up for auction in London next month.

Rare silver coin made in Colonial New England could fetch $300,000 at auction

The silver one shilling coin was made in Boston in 1652, and is one of about 40 known to still exist, a Rhode Island coin expert says

TECHNOLOGY
In this Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021, photo Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo poses for a photograph with her Bulova watch. As President Joe Biden's de facto tech minister, Raimondo is tasked with ensuring the United States will be the world leader in computer chips. The lowly computer chip has become the essential ingredient for autos, medical devices, computers, phones, toys, thermostats, washing machines, weapons, LED bulbs, and even some watches. But there is a global shortage, creating a drag on growth and fueling inflation on the cusp of the 2022 elections.

Gina Raimondo is trying to save US jobs, 1 computer chip at a time

The U.S. Commerce Secretary and former Rhode Island governor is the face of the Biden Administration’s push to end the computer chip shortage.

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Rhode Island Governor Daniel J. McKee spoke to Boston Globe reporter Edward Fitzpatrick for the Rhode Island Report podcast.

McKee defends state contract with ILO Group, outlines 2030 vision

The governor responds to Matt Brown’s criticism on Johnston’s Amazon warehouse deal, saying, “We negotiated the very best agreement in the country.”

A total of 165 Rhode Islanders have written letters welcoming Afghan evacuees to the state as part of the "Dear Rhode Island" program launched by Jessica David and the What Cheer Writers Club.

‘Dear new Rhode Islander. Welcome!’

Rhode Islanders wrote 165 letters for Afghan evacuees, describing such things as the salty ocean air and tangy Italian food.

HOMELESSNESS
Carmen Vargas walks past a mountain of belongings including clothes and tents, as she walks back to he tent that she has lived in for 8 months. She does not know where she will live now, she said. The homeless encampment on Fuller Street in Providence has been partially bulldozed, leaving only one couple left living in their tent as of Oct. 21, 2021.

City orders Providence homeless encampment to vacate by Nov. 1

Though the city is trying to find shelter for the homeless people living in the West End lot, but the public safety commissioner admitted: “We don’t have a specific place right now.”

ECONOMY

Single-family home sales in Rhode Island slow in 3rd quarter, though prices continue to rise

The median price of single-family homes was a record high of $385,000, but the number of closes was down 8.4 percent.

RI BUSINESS
Chris Michalak, who has worked in the health care sector for years, is the new CEO of Virgin Pulse. He will be primarily based out of the company's office in Providence, Rhode Island.

Virgin Pulse’s new CEO on the wellness company’s plans -- and a new acquisition

CEO Chris Michalak talks about acquiring Welltok, a patient engagement company, and Virgin Pulse’s commitment to growing in New England.

HOMELESSNESS
Donna Wood lowers her 15 month-old son, Corey, who has severe disabilities back down into his stroller inside the hotel room where she and her four children are currently staying.

Advocates help raise money for R.I. family struggling to avoid homelessness after eviction

A GoFundMe has raised several thousand dollars to help the working single mom and her children, who were evicted after their landlord sold the home they’d lived in for five years