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WAS THE BANKRUPTCY filing of Purdue Pharma a way the owners of the company, the Sackler family, could protect their personal fortunes from the effects of the more than 2,000 lawsuits that have been filed against the company and the Sacklers? / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/GEORGE FREY

Did the Sackler family take money out of Purdue Pharma for...

When Purdue Pharma LP filed for bankruptcy on Sept. 15, it was in no small measure to blunt the effects of the more then...
REALLY NOT NEEDED? The proposed natural gas-fired power plant in Burrillville was rejected over the summer by state regulators after the company proposing to build it, Invenergy, could not prove to the state Energy Facility Siting Board that it was needed. Now a study by the Rocky Mountain Institute questions whether nearly all plants across the nation such as this will be economically feasible at all within a decade and a half, thus supporting more investments in renewable energy. / COURTESY INVENERGY LLC

Should Rhode Island – or any state – be permitting new...

A study released Sept. 9 said that by 2035 it will be more expensive to operate 90% of natural gas-fired power plants being considered...
The Washington Bridge construction will involve adding an additional lane for through-traffic, removing the Gano Street exit from I-195 west and adding a new exit for East Providence, according the state Department of Transportation. / R.I. DOT

Is it a good idea to permanently close the Gano Street...

Nevermind that the R.I. Department of Transportation announced that it was seeking federal help to realign the on and off ramps for Interstate 195...
PURDUE PHARMA and its owners, the Sackler family, are offering to settle more than 2,000 lawsuits against the company related to the opioid epidemic for $10 billion to $12 billion. Who should receive the settlement money? / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/GEORGE FEY

Who should be paid with settlement money from opioid medication producers?

On Aug. 26 an Oklahoma judge ordered health care giant Johnson & Johnson to pay the state $572 million for costs incurred in the...
A GOOD BET? TWIN RIVER WORLDWIDE HOLDINGS is challenging the contract that Gov. Gina M. Raimondo and the General Assembly reached with International Game Technology that ties the company and 1,100 jobs to Rhode Island until 2043 while providing the technology that is used by all channels of gaming overseen by the R.I. Lottery. / PBN FILE PHOTO/STEPHANIE ALVAREZ EWENS

Is the 20-year extension of IGT’s contract to provide technology to...

When Gov. Gina M. Raimondo and leaders of the General Assembly announced a proposal to extend International Game Technology PLC’s contract to provide technology...
NORWEGIAN AIRLINES, which is running ads on public transit buses in Dublin, Ireland, would be eligible for reimbursement for the campaign under the Air Service Development Fund program. / PBN PHOTO/MARK S. MURPHY

Is Norwegian Air canceling its trans-Atlantic flights from T.F. Green Airport...

When Norwegian Air announced that it was going to fly to Europe from T.F. Green Airport, it heralded a new day for Rhode Island...
NEW MEDIA INVESTMENT Group has agreed to purchase Gannett for $1.38 billion. New Media owns and operates the Providence Journal. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ARTISTIC IMAGES

Are you worried that The Providence Journal parent company’s acquisition of...

New Media Investment Group Inc., the parent company of The Providence Journal, has agreed to purchase Gannett Co., the publisher of USA Today, among...
FORMER PROVIDENCE CITY COUNCIL President Luis A. Aponte pleaded no contest to a charge of embezzlement Monday. As part of his plea, Aponte was required to resign from his position on the Providence City Council. Aponte resigned as president in 2017. / PBN FILE PHOTO

Why did it take so long for former Providence City Councilman...

In May 2017, former Providence City Councilman Luis A. Aponte was indicted for misuse and embezzlement of campaign funds. Soon after he resigned as...
CARPIONATO GROUP has proposed a $100 million, mixed-use redevelopment of the Newport Grand site that would replace the former casino with hotels, apartments, office and retail space. / COURTESY CARPIONATO GROUP

Do you think the Carpionato Group’s plans to build a $100...

On July 23, the Carpionato Group proposed using the Newport Grand casino site for a $100 million mixed-use development, calling it “Newport North End.”...
URI PRESIDENT David Dooley earned $426,333 in compensation from the university during 2018. Does his salary fit expectations and performance for his office? / PBN FILE PHOTO/ MICHAEL SALERNO

Is URI President David M. Dooley’s salary too large, too small...

In a field that more and more pays its chief executives for fund-raising and politics as well as more traditional administrative duties, public-university presidents...
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