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Mary MacDonald joined the Providence Business News as a staff writer covering Government, Development, Real Estate and Manufacturing in December 2014. She previously was a correspondent for The Boston Globe and Telegram & Gazette, an editor at Patch/AOL, and a staff writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University, and a master’s degree in secondary English from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Winter wonderland or disaster?

When does a blizzard progress from a costly storm to a legitimate disaster? Rhode Island will soon find out. The damage wreaked by the January...

Giving new ?life to worn ?castoffs

Industrial remnants have become raw materials for two sisters, whose interior-design gallery, Silver Hippopotamus, makes beautiful objects out of worn castoffs. Beth Scanlon Melfi, an...
UNIFIED APPROACH: Nurses participate at an informational picket outside Women & Infants Hospital in Providence. The District 1199 Service Employees International Union says the hospital is hiring traveler nurses at a time when local candidates are seeking jobs. / COURTESY SEIU

Rx is needed for hospital disputes

(Updated, Feb. 23, 6:10 p.m.) All has not been well between labor and management at Rhode Island's two largest hospitals in recent weeks, with unions...

January passenger traffic up nearly 2% at Green

(Updated 8:49 a.m. to reflect corrected U.S. Airways numbers) WARWICK – January passenger traffic increased at T.F. Green Airport for the first time in...
THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES has awarded $10.2 million to Rhode Island to expand access to home health visitation to benefit mothers and infants in at-risk families.

U.S. HHS sending $10.2M to R.I. for home health visit expansion

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island will receive $10.2 million in federal funds to expand the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting program. Originally created...
STEFAN PRYOR, center, the newly confirmed commerce secretary, has announced two new appointments for the R.I. Commerce Corporation, as Gov. Gina M. Raimondo, left, prepared the introduction for her first budget to the General Assembly with the next month. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Raimondo administration adds two to Commerce Corp. leadership

PROVIDENCE – Two new state government appointees will focus on economic development efforts at the R.I. Commerce Corporation. Stefan Pryor, the new commerce secretary,...
RICHARD BACCARI II is taking over as president and CEO of Churchill & Banks Companies LLC, a position previously held by his father. / COURTESY CHURCHILL & BANKS COMPANIES LLC

Richard Baccari II taking over at Churchill & Banks Companies

PROVIDENCE – Richard P. Baccari will step down as president and CEO of Churchill & Banks Companies LLC, turning over the operations to his...
A SEPTEMBER 2014 shot of the space Tinker Bristol is transforming. / COURTESY FACEBOOK

Bristol incubator gets $50K R.I. Foundation grant

BRISTOL – The Rhode Island Foundation has awarded a $50,000 grant to nonprofit manufacturing incubator Tinker Bristol, which aims to facilitate a community-based approach...
THIS OFFICE BUILDING AT 32 Custom House St. in downtown Providence will be renovated into rental apartments, with street-level commercial space, possibly a restaurant. The City Council will be asked to approve tax incentives for the proposed rehabilitation. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MARY MACDONALD

Tax incentives requested for rehab of vacant Custom House Street building

PROVIDENCE – The City Council will be asked to approve tax incentives for the proposed rehabilitation of a vacant, five-story building on Custom House...
PETER ALVITI JR. WILL be nominated as the new director of the state Department of Transportation, according to Gov. Gina M. Raimondo. / COURTESY GOVERNOR'S OFFICE

Lewis out at RIDOT, Alviti in to lead department

PROVIDENCE – The state Department of Transportation will be the latest state agency with new leadership. Peter Alviti Jr. will be nominated as the...

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