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JP MORGAN CHASE said Friday it will open 12 retail bank branches in Greater Providence and Rhode Island, with the first branch opening in June in Providence. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/SCOTT FELLS

JP Morgan Chase discloses details of R.I. plans

PROVIDENCE – JP Morgan Chase & Co. will open its first of 12 retail bank branches in Greater Providence and Rhode Island in June, the...
SHORT SELLERS have been increasing their bets that shares of Tiffany & Co. will decline following the company's holiday sales report. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/VICTOR J. BLUE

Tiffany investors brace for more blues as holiday report looms

NEW YORK - Et Tu, Tiffany & Co.?That’s the question that appears to be on investors’ minds as the upscale retailer gets ready to...

Thirsk to head Brown’s digital strategy, tech platforms

PROVIDENCE – After a nationwide search, Brown University has appointed Bill Thirsk chief digital and information officer effective Feb. 1.The announcement, which came early...
STRATEGIZING: Ocean State Job Lot officials, from left, Donna McLeod, director of recruitment; Bob Selle, chief human resources officer; Lisa Pereira, talent acquisition; and Kara Reddy, talent acquisition specialist, campus and social recruitment, conduct a strategy ­meeting.  
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Tight labor market demands competitive pay

The minimum wage increased in Rhode Island this month to $10.50 an hour, the second bump in two years.For the estimated 20,000 to 30,000...

Tax overhaul changes haven’t deterred charitable giving

For Lynn O’Marra, Blum, Shapiro & Co. PC tax principal, 2018 stands out in her nearly 25-year tenure in the industry as a memorably...
STEEL STRAWS: Brooke Finocchiaro is seated at The Nitro Bar in Providence that is owned and operated by her sister Audrey Finocchiaro. After working there for three months and being fed up with how much plastic gets used and then becomes litter, Brooke Finocchiaro started Stop Sucking RI, which sells stainless steel straws. / COURTESY STOP SUCKING RI/ALEX BRENNAN

The last straw in fight vs. plastic litter

After nearly three months working at her older sister’s coffee shop, The Nitro Bar in Providence’s West End, Brooke Finocchiaro was fed up with...

Newport business incubator lands marine-tech firm

NEWPORT – Inspire Environmental, which specializes in environmental assessments and seafloor mapping, will relocate to a new business incubator expected to open this winter...

ACLU of Rhode Island settles suit against state on behalf of...

PROVIDENCE – The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island has ended its class-action lawsuit against the state claiming its Medicare Premium Payment Program kicked people...
RIPTA WILL OFFER a free trial bus service starting Jan. 22 from Kennedy Plaza to the Quonset Business Park, making 11 stops in the park. The pilot program will run through mid-April. / COURTESY R.I. PUBLIC TRANSIT AUTHORITY

RIPTA to launch pilot bus service to Quonset Business Park from...

PROVIDENCE – A pilot program to bring bus service to businesses at Quonset Business Park in North Kingstown from Providence will begin Jan. 22,...
COLLECTION OF the 1 percent meal and beverage tax in Rhode Island in October totaled $2.4 million, an increase of $85,926 year over year. COURTESY HEMENWAY’S/LUCAS PRESTON

R.I. Oct. collection of 1% meal and bev. tax increases 3.7...

PROVIDENCE – Collection of the 1 percent meal and beverage tax in Rhode Island in October increased 3.7 percent from $2.3 million to $2.4...
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