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Raise helps some health workers

A 91-cent-an-hour pay increase for approximately 3,000 people who work directly with those with developmental disabilities in the state is welcomed, though more is...
BAYCOAST BANK, one of its Rhode Island branches shown here, is one of the few banks in the area that openly court deposits from marijuana-related businesses. The Swansea, Mass.-based community bank decided to take the step nearly a year ago as more marijuana-related businesses were opening after Massachusetts began licensing recreational marijuana dispensaries, in addition to medical marijuana dispensaries previously legalized in Massachusetts and Rhode Island./COURTESY/BAYCOAST BANK

BayCoast accepts marijuana-industry deposits

Legalizing marijuana is one thing, banking on it is another. At least one bank in the area, however, is venturing into those waters –...

To waitlist or not: It’s up to pharmacies

The independent Matt’s Local Pharmacy on East Main Road in Middletown recently had 40 doses of Shingrix, the federal government’s recommended vaccine for the...
Rhode Island health insurance officials say that while contract disputes between insurers and health care providers aren’t uncommon, they usually end with an agreement.

Standoff on health care payment rates hurts both sides

The standoff over rate increases between Southcoast Health System and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts raises a natural question: Could it happen here?Steve...
RIPTA CEO Scott Avedisian, shown at a stop at Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ RUPERT  WHITELEY

RIPTA hoping for ridership boost

Anyone who has traveled via subway in Boston understands the appeal of the CharlieCard. Plastic and digitally reloadable, easily found in a wallet, the...
FIELDS POINT on Providence’s waterfront is where National Grid Rhode Island has started construction on a natural gas “liquefaction” facility to better meet the region’s needs for electricity and heating, especially on the coldest days of the year, the company says./COURTESY/NATIONAL GRID PLC

National Grid all in on natural gas

For all the talk about renewable energy in Rhode Island, the state’s largest utility is doubling down on natural gas.Without announcements or fanfare, National...

Reduction in this year’s TAP funding leads to questions about state’s...

The recent $37 million cut to funding for the state Transportation Alternative Program has some lawmakers worried that the move sets a precedent that...
The Washington Bridge construction will involve adding an additional lane for through-traffic, removing the Gano Street exit from I-195 west and adding a new exit for East Providence, according the state Department of Transportation. / R.I. DOT

Proposed Washington Bridge changes worry residents

Proposed changes to the Washington Bridge, which carries Interstate 195 over the Seekonk River, could alter development in East Providence and traffic on the...
RI ATTORNEY GENERAL Peter Neronha says he intends to go back to the General Assembly next winter and try again to get additional state funds so his office can beef up its Antitrust Division and concentrate more on multistate litigation against companies. / COURTESY/RI ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE

Spend more, collect more from AG’s office?

R.I. Attorney General Peter F. Neronha wants to be more aggressive in pursuing consumer protection and antitrust cases against big business, but says he...

Health care delivery increasingly meets patients where they live

As more ambulatory and urgent-care clinics spring up across the region, health care providers see it as evidence the industry is evolving at a...
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