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Bill requiring safe storage of firearms set to become law in...

BOSTON (AP) – A bill that would require the safe storage of firearms in Rhode Island has been approved by lawmakers and is awaiting...

House passes $13.9B fiscal 2025 budget

PROVIDENCE – House lawmakers on Friday voted 69-5 to approve a $13.9 billion state budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.  The spending...

Fall River names new school superintendent; committee member quits in protest

FALL RIVER – The city has a new superintendent of schools, following a contentious vote that's also left the school committee with a sudden...

Weekapaug home in Westerly sells for $6.8M, highest since 2020

WESTERLY – A 4,527-square-foot home in the town's Weekapaug neighborhood sold for $6.8 million, making it the most expensive home sold in that area...
FALVEY INSURANCE GROUP employees wear sailor hats on Thursday during the festive Providence Business News 2024 Best Places to Work Awards ceremony at the Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

PBN recognizes 2024 Best Places to Work in festive atmosphere

WARWICK – Two insurance companies, a construction company and an automotive and travel services agency were recognized among 67 honorees in Providence Business News’...

U.S. employers added a robust 272K jobs in May

WASHINGTON (AP) – America's employers added a vigorous 272,000 jobs in May, accelerating from April and a sign that companies are still confident enough...
OCCUPANTS WANTED: Raymond Goff, Burrillville’s planning director and economic development coordinator, visits the entrance to the town’s commerce park, which has remained mostly unused for many years. Town officials are hoping to change that. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

SETTING SITES HIGHER: Will $40M initiative aimed at creating more pad-ready...

When Burrillville officials unveiled plans to create a second industrial park in the rural town in the early 2000s to bring in jobs and...
ADDED ACCOUNTABILITY: Providence City Council President Pro Tempore Juan Pichardo sponsored an ordinance that will regulate short-term lenders operating in the city, requiring them to register, pay a $250 fee and provide financial data to Providence authorities upon request.
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Payday lenders facing battle on a local level

Fed up with their inability to get laws changed on the state level, advocates seeking to rein in so-called “payday lenders” operating in Rhode...
PART OF THE FAMILY: Eddi Alcantar, left, with his mother, Maria Alcantar, in Tuxpan Taqueria in Central Falls. They are just some of the members of the Alcantar family who run the Broad Street eatery. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Everybody’s Business: Sweet taste of success came quick at Tuxpan Taqueria

(Editor’s note: This is the 45th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each will be asked their views...
CASH-ONLY CROP: Some of the products for sale at the cannabis retail store called Mother Earth Wellness in Pawtucket. Despite the Biden administration’s move to recategorize cannabis as a less-dangerous controlled drug on the federal level, it won’t do much to persuade banks to enter the sector. 
PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Pot regulation proposal leaves banking problem

The Biden administration’s move to reclassify marijuana as a less-dangerous controlled drug was hailed as a monumental step in reshaping national policy. But it...
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