UP IN SMOKE: White Horse Vapor employee Joey Chen shows some of the products the vape shop carries. Owner Dino Baccari said a recent statewide ban on flavored e-cigarettes forced him to close his White Horse Vapor location in Warwick. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Will stronger regs save vape shops?

White Horse Vapor expanded quickly over the past six years, growing from a single store in North Providence to three in Rhode Island and...
ROOM TO IMPROVE: Revenue from betting at the sportsbook at Twin River Casino Hotel in Lincoln, as well as at the Tiverton Casino Hotel and through a mobile app, has fallen short of Rhode Island’s projections since sports betting launched last year. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

N.Y. slow to follow R.I.’s lead in mobile sports betting

New York is unlikely to follow Rhode Island into the mobile sports betting arena anytime soon. Despite a push from state lawmakers who favor letting...
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...
REPURPOSED: 
Executive Director Kevin Brochu stands in front of the new Ocean State Community Wellness Center in North Kingstown, which until last April served as the West Bay YMCA.
PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Renovation of former West Bay YMCA borrows from Ocean State Job...

It’s well known that Ocean State Job Lot’s stores are mostly housed in repurposed buildings, but the discount retailer’s involvement in the purchase of...
IN DEMAND: Jeffrey Mello, dean of Rhode Island College’s School of Business, says the undergraduate accounting program is now one of the college’s most popular degree programs.
 / PBN PHOTO/ RUPERT WHITELEY

R.I. colleges, universities finding popularity of accounting classes growing

It’s apparently a good time to keep track of other people’s money. Demand for accounting programs in some colleges and universities across Rhode Island ballooned...
ADDITIONAL CALCULATIONS: Claire Iacobucci, right, partner and director of audit services at Providence accounting firm Kahn, Litwin, Renza & Co., speaks with June Landry, partner and chief marketing officer. Iacobucci said new reporting requirements for companies leasing assets longer than a year involve more accounting work.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Changes afoot on all companies’ balance sheets

Beginning this year, public companies are required to change the way they report leases longer than 12 months on their balance sheets, a move...
HANDS-ON TRAINING: Jill Sypole, second from left, Building Futures health initiatives manager, and Andrew Cortés, third from left, the group’s executive director, stage a training event in Providence on how to administer Narcan to someone who has overdosed.
 / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Hammer, nails… Narcan: Construction training aims to ease opioid crisis

As an industry, construction has been beset by the national opioid epidemic. In Rhode Island, a report by public-health officials found that about 20%...
NEEDING MORE: R.I. Department of Labor and Training Director Scott R. Jensen says the new federal overtime rule for salaried employees, while an improvement, doesn’t reflect “modern realities.” 
 / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Does new federal overtime rule go far enough for salaried workers?

An additional 1.3 million U.S. workers – including tens of thousands in Rhode Island – will be eligible for premium overtime pay now that...

This looks like the start of a great time for labor...

The tight labor market in the U.S. is leading to a shift in the balance of power between labor and capital, giving more leverage...
FRUSTRATION FACTOR: Brown Medicine rheumatologist Dr. Deepan Dalal, left, and David Hemendinger, the practice’s chief information officer, say the time-consuming process of filling out electronic medical records might be contributing to physician burnout. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Searching for a remedy for physician burnout

Doctor appointments are rarely fun, but the prospect of visiting with a rushed, curt physician only makes it worse.  So why are unsatisfactory interactions with...
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