WHISTLEBLOWER COMPLAINTS: Thomas J. Enright, an attorney with Enright Law in Cranston, said the most common whistleblower complaints seem to be with health care companies and that settlements are the norm in such cases, with only about 3% going to trial.
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Payoff for whistleblowers can be large, but so can personal costs

After working for Rhode Island Medical Imaging Inc. for two decades, the last seven as its executive director, Wayne Arruda believed he had found...
SPORTS BETTING: Attorney Joseph Larisa, founder of Larisa Law in Providence, stands in front of the Superior Court building in Providence. Larisa is representing Dr. Daniel S. Harrop, a Providence psychiatrist who has filed a lawsuit in state Superior Court seeking to overturn state approval of sports betting unless it is approved by voters.
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For some, sports betting is not a panacea, it’s just illegal

Did Rhode Island voters approve sports betting when they agreed to allow table games at the state’s casinos?A lawsuit filed this month in state...

R.I. health care providers agree to cap spending increases at 3.2%...

Nearly a decade after Rhode Island adopted price controls for health care that appear to be working, the state is doing more to contain...
BETTER ACCESS: Following 10 other states and the District of Columbia, Rep. Camille F.J. Vella-Wilkinson, D-Warwick, has introduced a bill that would allow pharmacists to prescribe birth control, to improve women’s access to contraceptives.
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Should pharmacists prescribe birth control?

A proposal to allow Rhode Island pharmacists to prescribe birth control is intended to increase access to contraceptives by eliminating the need for a...
FRIENDLY FOODS: Gerbs Allergy Friendly Foods in Johnston was named the Rhode Island and New England Small Business Manufacturer award winner as part of the 2019 Small Business Week, May 5-11, by the U.S. Small Business Administration. From left, Mark S. Hayward, SBA Rhode Island district director; Wendell Davis, SBA regional administrator; and Sennen G. Conte, co-owner and chief financial officer of Gerbs.
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Gerbs Allergy Friendly Foods breeds seeds of success

Gerbs Allergy Friendly Foods has been named the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Rhode Island and New England Small Business Manufacturer award winner as part...
LUNCH PICKUP: Dweight Davidson, left, of Ashland, Mass., gets his lunch every day at Ocean State Sandwich on Westminster Street in Providence. Owner Eric Handwerger hands it to him in a plastic bag. Soon, Handwerger will have to eliminate his use of plastic bags, as Mayor Jorge O. Elorza has signed an ordinance approved by the City Council banning single-use plastic bags at retail locations in the city.
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Providence latest to ban plastic bags

Ocean State Sandwich Co., a downtown Providence restaurant, uses the ubiquitous, pale white, single-use plastic bags for most takeout customers.But owner Eric Handwerger and...
SECURING SENIORS: Michael Vieira, left, certified aging-in-place specialist, and Justin Oakley, occupational therapist and home safety specialist, combined their expertise to create Oakley Home Access, a company that offers advice on home adjustments for people living with mobility issues, as well as builds and installs specialized equipment to make home life easier and safer.
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Making homes safe, livable for seniors

Justin Oakley and Michael Vieira share a work history that dates back decades.As 16-year-old entrepreneurs, they sold quahogs door to door in the Narragansett...

Four SBA Rhode Island winners also tops in region

Four winners of the 2019 U.S. Small Business Administration awards for Rhode Island also took top honors for the New England region.They included:• Small...
CONDO CONVERSIONS: Tom Knight, left, concierge at the 903 Residences at Providence Place, delivers a package to General Manager Walter Pastor. For the past six months, rental units at the residential building in Providence have been going through a conversion to condos, with nearly 40 sold so far.  
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903 Residences apartments undergoing conversion to condos

Timing is everything in real estate, and sometimes it isn’t on the developer’s side.The 903 Residences at Providence Place, which opened as apartments in...
POTENTIAL GROCERY STORY: Pictured is the construction site of a six-floor housing project at 78 Fountain St. in Providence, where developers Cornish Associates and Nordblom Co. would like to see a grocery store occupy the ground floor.  
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Will downtown Providence ever get a supermarket?

Downtown Providence is known as the central political and cultural district of Rhode Island. Among those who live and work there, it’s also known...
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