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Feds may release $4.4M to Slater fund on audit

U.S. Treasury officials are satisfied the Slater Technology Fund did not spend federal funds recklessly and may be eligible to receive the bulk of...

One year in, still confusion on caregiver-leave law

Rhode Island broke ground in 2013 when lawmakers approved a Temporary Caregiver Insurance program with the most expansive employee-disability and family leave benefits in...

How hard is it to spend $230 million?

Since the R.I. State Police received $45 million in a multistate settlement with Internet search giant Google in the spring of 2012, the department...

Sims Metal at home on waterfront

Bill Huling, director of New England operations for Sims Metal Management, stepped back as another dump truck banged off the roll-on scales, reversed up...
GETTING THE CALL: A report from Brown University’s Taubman Center recommends consolidating municipal 911 services across Rhode Island. Above, a 911 dispatcher works at the Scituate call center. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Report supports dispatch service consolidation

Rhode Island boasts 39 cities and towns and 72 separate public-safety dispatches within its 1,200 square miles. For some, the state’s intimate scale and...
COSTS LESS: Foundry Associates partner Tony Thomas says new Promenade Apartments units are about 300 square feet smaller than older ones. / COURTESY FOUNDRY ASSOCIATES

Tax-stabilization deals needed to make eyesores useful

Forty-six years is a long time to complete a real estate development. But the transformation of the former Brown and Sharpe mill complex in...

Oppenheimer funds fighting tobacco bond refinancing

When American tobacco companies settled a landmark lawsuit over the harmful health effects of their products 16 years ago, many state and local governments...

Assembly leaders favor tax cuts for retirees

These could turn out to be golden years for Rhode Island retirees. Fresh off passing an estate tax cut over the summer targeted to wealthy...
GOOD CATCH: Workers pack bags of Jonah crabs for shipment at Rome Packing in East Providence. Jonah crab is fetching about 85 cents per pound, an improvement over 50 cents per pound five years ago. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Make room calamari, crabs are moving in

Calamari may have company. Another ocean-dwelling species, crab, has scuttled into a prominent position in the Rhode Island seafood scene, providing a welcome boost for...
GROWING TRENDS: Gerald McGraw Jr., CEO of the Thomas C. Slater Compassion Center, in the main retail room. The center plans to increase growing capacity. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Compassion centers eye expansion

When Rhode Island lawmakers voted to legalize medical marijuana in 2005, then nonprofit medical dispensaries four years later, it put the state among the...

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