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Is priority vaccine list overcrowded?

Educators and child care employees are poised to become a COVID-19 vaccination priority for Rhode Island, which raises a question for everyone else in...
THE HOTEL HIVE PROVIDENCE project on Westminster Street is one of the projects that has received a tax break from the city. The development is on hold due to the pandemic, with the developer considering asking for an extension on deadlines in agreements with the city. / COURTESY ABDO DEVELOPMENT

Do proposed changes to city’s policy on tax breaks threaten development?

Tax breaks are one way the city of Providence has persuaded developers to build or rehabilitate properties, but a proposal to overhaul the terms...

Pandemic magnifies mall woes

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the consumer shift to online shopping, and the strain is being felt more acutely at mall retailers because of...
SOME RHODE ISLANDERS who qualify for the COVID-19 vaccine have struggled to get appointments to receive shots. / COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND SCHOOL OF MEDICINE VIA AP

Many in R.I. frustrated by vaccination registration system

The absence of a central registry in Rhode Island for the coronavirus vaccine has led to confusion and frustration among people who now qualify...

Many businesses can’t meet new PPP guidelines

The newly reopened Paycheck Protection Program sought to eliminate logistical hurdles and overly restrictive rules from its prior iteration, but some say it’s still...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO is introduced as President Joe Biden's commerce secretary nominee in a screenshot of the event earlier this month.

Has Raimondo’s blueprint worked for R.I.?

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo says the economic-development initiatives her administration has enacted in Rhode Island will serve as a blueprint for the...

R.I. looks to expand workplace tests

Rhode Island is trying to double the number of daily tests taken for COVID-19, in part by encouraging more employers to adopt surveillance testing. Manufacturing...
SOME OBSERVERS say the differences in sales-tax policies among the states create a burden on retailers that have to navigate the varied tax requirements when they do business in other states. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Cross-border differences in sales-tax policy create headaches

The rise of interstate e-commerce is magnifying long-standing differences in sales-tax laws among various states, forcing retailers with far-flung customers to adhere to 50...
BLOCK ISLAND BUSINESSES had feared tourism would be decimated when the COVID-19 pandemic arrived last spring, but it turns out the 2020 season wasn’t as dreadful as officials thought it might be. PBN FILE PHOTO/CASSIUS SHUMAN

Down year is OK for Block Island

Block Island’s tourism-dependent business owners entered the summer fearful of the damage the COVID-19 pandemic would do to their livelihoods, but most report that...
THE FIRST SHIPMENT of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine is unpacked at Rhode Island Hospital on Dec. 22. / COURTESY LIFESPAN CORP./BILL MURPHY

R.I. groups make arguments for vaccine priority

The highly anticipated rollout of the first vaccines for COVID-19 has begun in Rhode Island, but the order of those inoculations is under scrutiny. The...

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