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Are you satisfied with compromise legislation legalizing recreational marijuana use in...

Two key General Assembly committees on May 18 quickly approved legislation to legalize the sale and recreational use of marijuana by adults in Rhode...
PUTTING CO-CEOS IN CHARGE of a proposed hospital merger between Lifespan Corp. and Care New England Health Systems could lead to conflict and the arrangement should be short-term, according to health care administration experts and local stakeholders. Care New England has been led by president and CEO James E. Fanale since 2018, while Lifespan has been headed by its president and CEO Tim Babineau since 2012. / PBN FILE PHOTOS DAVE HANSEN MICHAEL SALERNO

Are you concerned about new leadership coming to the state’s two...

In the past month, the leaders of Rhode Island’s two largest health care systems both announced plans to step down, following their latest failed...

How concerned are you that ongoing stock market volatility punctuated by...

After several down sessions the Dow Jones industrial average closed up 932 points, or 2.8%, on May 4. The S&P 500 jumped 3% and...
BATTLING BURNOUT: On April 26, union nurses and other employees at Women & Infants Hospital protested a new policy preventing front-line caregivers from taking holiday vacation time. The hospital is one of many employers dealing with pandemic-induced staffing shortages. / COURTESY WOMEN & INFANTS HOSPITAL

Are staff shortages negatively affecting your individual workload or your company’s...

While some businesses have prospered amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many more have struggled through one existential competitive or economic challenge after another. The latest...

Was a federal judge right to void a national mask mandate...

A federal judge in Florida on April 18 voided the national mask mandate covering airplanes and other public transportation. U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle...
NEW LIFE? After sitting vacant for nine years, Providence’s “Superman” building would be revived for residential and other uses under a $220 million plan that still needs some city ­approvals. / PBN FILE PHOTO/CHRIS BERGENHEIM

Do you support the $220 million, mixed-use ‘Superman’ building renovation plan?

After six months of negotiations, state leaders on April 12 unveiled a $220 million plan to turn Providence’s iconic “Superman” building into apartments, office,...
WILLEM VAN LANCKER'S new 'blue wave' design has been chosen as the winner of the RI State Plate Design Contest. / COURTESY R.I. DIVISION OF MOTOR VEHICLES

Are you glad Rhode Island’s ‘Blue Wave’ license plate will only...

State leaders in December launched the RI State Plate Design Contest to come up with a replacement for the “Blue Wave” design that has...

Are you concerned enough about another spike in COVID-19 cases to...

The Food and Drug Administration on March 29 authorized a second COVID-19 booster for everyone age 50 and older. This could allow a fourth dose...
PROGRAM PARKED: Brian Palmer is the director of training for the Teamsters Local 251 Driving School, which offers commercial driver’s license certification training through a partnership with Real Jobs RI. The program has been temporarily shuttered due to the COVID-19 pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Is union influence waning in Rhode Island?

Rhode Island remains the most unionized state in New England, but the percentage of union members among its workforce dropped from 17.8% to 15.7%...

Should the state and local communities continue providing remote access to...

An executive order issued by Gov. Daniel J. McKee allowing public government meetings to be held virtually expires at the end of the month. Government...

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