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Taylor wants community involved in any talk of moving Columbus statue

PROVIDENCE – The statue of Christopher Columbus that has been vandalized twice in recent years, including over the Columbus Day weekend, has been located...
SOUTHSIDE COMMUNITY LAND TRUST has received a $600,000 federal grant to train new farmers.

Southside Community Land Trust gets $600K from feds to help new...

CRANSTON – The Southside Community Land Trust has launched a $600,000 federally funded initiative to help beginning farmers access resources, tools and training, Sen....
THE STATE has been sued by 16 Rhode Island municipalities, challenging a 2019 law that would guarantee wages and benefits for workers on expired contracts. / PBN FILE PHOTO/NICOLE DOTZENROD

Cities and towns challenge continuing-contracts law

PROVIDENCE – Sixteen municipalities on Tuesday filed a lawsuit challenging a new state law they say creates lifetime contracts. The lawsuit seeks injunctive relief from...
THE PROVIDENCE City Council is considering two ordinances that would strengthen regulation of developers and contractors. / PBN FILE PHOTO/CHRIS BERGENHEIM

Providence City Council considers tying TSAs to wage and labor requirements

PROVIDENCE – The City Council is considering legislation that will tighten requirements for developers to make sure large commercial projects are following state and...
THE BARNEY DAM in Lincoln was among the dams determined to be high hazard risk when inspected in 2018. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

38 R.I. dams pose safety risk, must be repaired

JOHNSTON (AP) – For nearly a decade, Rhode Island officials have been after the town of Johnston to repair several potentially unsafe dams. Considered high...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO wants state lawmakers to grant authority for regulators to fine National Grid Rhode Island and other utilities for poor performance. / COURTESY NATIONAL GRID

Should the state be able to fine National Grid Rhode Island...

Gov. Gina M. Raimondo says the state may be at a distinct disadvantage in trying to get National Grid Rhode Island to respond quicker...

Providence giving troubled e-scooter, e-bike programs another go, but not everybody’s...

Seemingly overnight, rentable electric bikes and scooters began popping up on Providence streets last year. The Creative Capital was in the regional vanguard of...

Loan repayment program a recruiting tool in opioid battle

A federal loan repayment program aimed at getting more health care providers to help people suffering from opioid dependency is crucial to fighting what...
STANDSTILL: John Hirschboeck, co-president of community nonprofit Alliance for a Livable Newport, argued for a six-month development moratorium in the city’s North End. He and other supporters say the city needs time to develop zoning requirements for the area, shown on the map he’s holding. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Construction moratorium divides business, Newport leaders

Newport has enacted a six-month moratorium on development in its North End, including an innovation district intended to attract companies that might diversify its...

Data alone no help to patients

Health care providers and insurers have access to more information on costs, pricing and quality of services than they sometimes know how to share...
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