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NEW TAX LEGISLATION could make buying sugary soft drinks costlier in Rhode Island, leading to debate over the measure’s potential positive effects on health and negative effects on the economy. / PBN FILE PHOTO/NICOLE DOTZENROD

Should Rhode Island lawmakers OK a special tax on bottled and...

Legislation under consideration in the R.I. House and Senate would add a 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks such as soda, sports drinks, energy drinks,...

Should Providence create a new public-safety office for initial responses to...

A new report says Providence could cut costs and improve services by creating a public-safety department to coordinate and respond to social service-related needs. The...

Is Gov. Daniel J. McKee’s plan to tax forgiven Paycheck Protection...

In a shift from previously announced policy before he became governor, Gov. Daniel J. McKee has proposed taxing forgiven Paycheck Protection Program loans greater...
BOB BURKE, owner of Pot Au Feu in downtown Providence, covered his restaurant in plywood on Friday ahead of planned demonstrations. / PBN FILE PHOTO/NANCY LAVIN

Are you comfortable visiting Providence to shop, eat or explore the...

Has Providence become less safe to visit in the past year? Not according to crime statistics. Nearly every category of crime dropped dramatically in 2020,...
SUMMER SOCIAL: Attendees gather at Shaidzon Beer in South Kingstown for a networking event held by the Southern Rhode Island Young Professionals. The group will team up with others around southern New England for the annual Statewide Summer Social on July 10 at Sons of Liberty Spirits in South Kingstown. / COURTESY SOUTHERN RHODE ISLAND YOUNG PROFESSIONALS

When will you feel comfortable attending in-person business and networking events?

Rhode Island will make COVID-19 vaccines available to people in their 50s by April 5 and to those in their 40s the following week. It...

Do promised benefits from a proposed medical-waste treatment plant in West...

MedRecycler-RI wants to build a medical-waste treatment plant in West Warwick. Up to 70 tons of blood, needles and other medical human and animal...

Is Providence on the right track with plans for a $140M...

Providence officials on March 10 unveiled new plans for a $140 million redesign of Kennedy Plaza and surrounding areas. Planned changes include relocating six bus...
DELIVERY MAN: Lt. Gov. Daniel J. McKee meets with Kim Fortier, co-owner of Me Too Preschool in Woonsocket, as part of his effort to get businesses to apply for the Restore RI grant programs. He is also delivering face masks. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

How can Rhode Island’s new governor, Daniel J. McKee, most help...

Gov. Daniel J. McKee begins his 22-month term as governor sorting through a host of priorities, starting with the state's ongoing distribution of COVID-19...
TEAM EFFORT: Lifespan’s Dr. Francois Luks, left, and Care New England’s Dr. Stephen Carr meet in 2018 with parents Emily and Brian Hess, of Attleboro, as Emily holds her infant son, Selwyn. The doctors had operated on Selwyn in utero as part of the Fetal Treatment Program, a collaborative initiative of CNE and Lifespan. The boy at right is another one of the Hess’ children. / COURTESY LIFESPAN CORP.

Will Rhode Island benefit from the planned merger between Lifespan Corp.,...

Lifespan Corp. and Care New England Health System on Feb. 23 announced plans to merge into an integrated academic health system with Brown University. Their...

Should Rhode Island shift its COVID-19 vaccination strategy to match states...

Lt. Gov. Daniel J. McKee, who is set to become Rhode Island’s next governor, on Feb. 15 issued a rebuke of the state’s COVID-19...

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