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TRANSPORTATION

RIPTA increases pay for drivers in effort to deal with shortage

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority has reached an agreement with its drivers’ union that officials hope will offer relief from looming service cuts.

THINGS TO DO

Best things to do in Rhode Island: Feb. 23-March 1

This week, a mac & cheese smackdown, the Rhody craft beer fest, horseback rides, a film festival, ice sculpting, and more.

COMMENTARY | LIZA BURKIN AND JAMIE PAHIGIAN

All Rhode Islanders should support modernizing our public records law to make comprehensive crash data public

The notion that road safety data should be public is not a fringe position, say advocates at the Providence Streets Coalition, and Rhode Island is increasingly an outlier in protecting it from public scrutiny.

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RI COURTS

Jury finds Woonsocket man guilty of stealing 10 cases of tequila from his employer

Brenden Phang, 25, was found guilty of stealing 10 cases of tequila worth $2,936 from Centrex Distributors, a wine wholesaler and importer in West Greenwich.

RHODE MAP

‘All That’ and a bag of quahogs

The state's new tourism marketing campaign is much cooler and far warmer than the error-ridden one rolled out in 2016.

GLOBE RI RI + RI PBS

‘I can’t leave my people in the dark’: R.I. Black Storytellers director on the power in who tells the story

On the Rhode Island Report podcast, Valerie Tutson, executive director of the Rhode Island Black Storytellers, talks about the trap of “trauma stories” and training a new generation of storytellers.

RI DEVELOPMENT

Providence mulls ban of short-term rentals, like Airbnbs, in some areas of the city

A new housing project won approval from one city board, as long as its 58 units never become short-term rentals. The city’s planning chief says that could become the new standard.

RI NEWS

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.”

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."