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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...
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.” 

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...
DIALOGUING: Robert Samuels, director of the University of Rhode Island counseling center, talks with Ashley O’Hearn, a graduate student trainee at the center. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Students’ mental health a concern for colleges

Leaving home for what may be the first time and settling into an apartment or dormitory without parents or siblings can be exhilarating for...
INTEGRATED CLASS: Coach Paul Rao, left, and coach Michael Diorio, right, work with students in an integrated physical education class at Mount Pleasant High School in Providence.   

Birch School revamps vocational program for intellectually disabled students

Providence officials are hoping a recent court decision puts to rest the tarnished history of the Harold H. Birch Vocational School. In 2013, the U.S....

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