R.I. carbon-emissions bill would make targets mandatory

Legislation that would escalate targets for reducing Rhode Island’s greenhouse gas emissions – and provide tools for enforcement – is getting the backing of...
SHOWING OFF: Blake Banky, center, president of Newport Biodiesel, gives a tour of the company’s facility in Newport for Dennis Deziel, left, the EPA administrator for the New England region, and Karen McGuire, EPA director of enforcement and compliance assurance for New England. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

EPA lauds R.I. companies for cutting toxic releases

It takes just under 2 ounces of methanol to kill a person, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information. Newport Biodiesel Inc., a company...
ADDED BENEFIT: Luis Melo, a chef in the campus cafeteria at the Citizens Bank headquarters complex in Johnston, takes pizza out of the oven. The oven is one of several amenities the bank has included at the campus to help retain current employees and recruit new ones. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

In banking industry, tasty perks part of recruitment

Amid record-low unemployment levels, competition posed by Boston and New York, and a rapidly aging workforce, Rhode Island financial institutions are searching for the...
FINANCIAL COUNSELOR: Isabel Rodriguez is the director of financial coaching at Capital Good Fund in Providence. She estimates more than half of the company’s clients that are seeking financial counseling have student loans. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

More borrowers seek to refinance student loans

The Federal Reserve interest-rate cuts last year did more than encourage homeowners to refinance their mortgages. It has people who are paying back student...
PLANNING AHEAD: Steven Wright, an attorney specializing in family law and a partner at D’Allesandro & Wright in Providence, whose clients include older couples seeking divorces, speaks with Denise Card, a paralegal and office manager. Wright says age can bring a sense of purpose that defuses confusion or quarrels when it comes to estate planning during a divorce. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

‘Gray divorces’ putting estate planning to the test

Insurance policies, wills, trusts and assets combine to make estate planning a multilayered process. Add a divorce after decades of marriage, and the complications multiply,...
SPEAKING UP: Law student Shahily Negron-Falcon, right, president of the Multi-Cultural Law Students Association at Roger Williams University School of Law, takes part in an equity roundtable discussion on environmental justice at RWU in Bristol on Feb. 19. At left are fellow RWU law students Troy Lange, RWU law editorial board member, and Stephanie Gonzalez. / COURTESY ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW/JOSHUA GRAB

Diversity can be challenging for R.I. law firms

Bre’Anna Metts-Nixon, president of the Black Law Students Association at Roger Williams University School of Law, will graduate this year. She wants to practice...
DOULA DISCUSSION: Stacey Collins, left, asks questions of doulas Meg Bain, center, and Elyse Wilkie during a Doulas of Rhode Island gathering in North Kingstown earlier this month that allowed expectant mothers to investigate hiring a doula for delivery and postpartum services. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Doulas argue insurance proposal is about access, equity

Quatia Osorio had never heard of a doula before 2011. But after two miscarriages, the Rhode Island resident started looking into services to support her...
LIASON: Dr. Matthew Smith, a physiatrist at University Orthopedics, acts as a Medicare/Medicaid liaison for doctors. He is trying to educate his peers on value-based care. / PBN PHOTO/
MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. doctor takes role urging value-based care

Dr. Matthew Smith spends most of his time working with patients, helping them heal from painful conditions that affect muscles and bones. A physiatrist at...
HELPING HAND: Brown University graduate student Kyle Zhang has helped to coordinate an initiative to raise funds to purchase medical supplies that will be sent to China to assist hospitals that are dealing with the coronavirus outbreak. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. universities take steps to ease coronavirus fears

The epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in China is thousands of miles away from Rhode Island, but its impact is being felt locally, particularly...
TUITION-FREE: Community College of Rhode Island student Davila Jackley, left, meets with classmate William Rider. Jackley is taking advantage of the Rhode Island Promise program.
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Raimondo pushes to make tuition-free program a permanent Promise

When Davila Jackley graduates from the Community College of Rhode Island this spring, she’ll do so without having paid any tuition. Jackley, 19, is among...

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