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Tony Cabral picks up a pastry order from assistant general manager Ryan Deresta at Gregg’s in East Providence. Gregg's owner Bob Bacon said his four locations around the state have had problems getting chicken wings, onion rings and graham cracker crumbs for cheesecakes.

You can’t get fries with that: Supply issues are causing severe problems for restaurants in Rhode Island

Deliveries are in disarray and prices are skyrocketing, leaving business owners searching for solutions. “It has been an absolute nightmare,” said Tiffany Ting, owner of Hometown Poke in Providence. “It’s the worst it’s ever been.”

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The Rhode Island State House in Providence.

R.I. Foundation recommends spending state’s ARPA funds on housing needs, substance abuse, mental health

The state needs to correction issues residents faced long before the COVID-19 pandemic, the foundation’s president and CEO said.

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Remember Joe Mollicone? It’s going to take thousands of years for him to make good on his restitution

His outstanding balance, which includes other court fines and costs, is $12,459,926.50, according to the courts’ spokesman.

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Donna Wood lowered her 15 month-old son, Corey, who has severe disabilities, down into his stroller. Wood, Corey, and her older children are all living in a single hotel room in Warwick, R.I. They were evicted from their home in July after the landlord sold the property.

After eviction, a family struggles to avoid homelessness

“I never thought I’d be in this situation,” said Donna Wood, a single working mom. “But there’s nothing in the state that protects anybody in the situation that I’m in, even with my four children. Even with one who is incredibly disabled.”

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Rhode Island gas prices soar to highest level in 7 years

Gas is now selling for an average of $3.26 per gallon, which is 18 cents higher than a month ago and $1.14 more than one year ago.

A wraparound porch offers some of the outdoor seating at Groundswell Cafe + Bakery.

Groundswell gathers momentum

Welcome to the new Tiverton Four Corners. If your last visit was prepandemic, you may feel like Dorothy walking into Oz: Groundswell has arrived in technicolor.

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Barbara Papitto, right, and Arnell Milhouse of The Papitto Opportunity Connection  prepare to light a special Waterfire to promote and celebrate BIPOC residents, with music and performances by BIPOC in Providence, R.I. on Saturday, October 16 2021. (Photo/Joe Giblin)

Papitto Opportunity Connection wants to help transform R.I. with scholarships — and a $1m prize

The “Transform Rhode Island Scholarship” gives students of color the opportunity to lead, and to see their best ideas funded immediately

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University of Rhode Island graduate students Casey Johnson, Elizabeth Varkonyi, and Julia Viera led the Rhode Island Bombus Survey to locate 11 species of bumblebees in Rhode Island. They have found six, including the first American bumblebee in more than a decade.

American bumblebee found in R.I. after more than a decade

The once abundant American bumblebee has completely vanished from eight states, including Rhode Island.