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R.I. Senate passes bill extending postpartum Medicaid coverage for low-income women

PROVIDENCE – Legislation aimed at improving the health of low-income new mothers has passed in the R.I. Senate. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Maryellen Goodwin,...
NEXT GEN: M&G Plumbing Supply Co. owner Richard Correia, left, speaks with stock clerk Alex Knowles. Correia is of Portuguese descent but sees no need to participate in the state Minority Business Enterprise program. His father, John, emigrated from the Azores and started in the business in the 1960s. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

WHO IS A MINORITY? Some argue R.I. needs to reexamine groups...

John Correia’s thick Azorean accent made him an easy target when he immigrated to Rhode Island in 1963. He was called a “greenhorn” and accused...
STATUS QUO: RoseMarie Clemente, owner of Baron & Clemente Real Estate LLC, says she opposes any effort to remove Portuguese from the list of qualifying origins for the state’s Minority or Women Enterprise Business program.   / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Everybody’s Business: ‘We rally to help each other’

RoseMarie Clemente | Baron & Clemente Real Estate LLC (Editor’s note: This is the 14th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners...

GA approves bill prohibiting housing discrimination based on source of income

PROVIDENCE – The General Assembly on Tuesday passed legislation that prohibits housing discrimination against individuals that receive government assistance to pay rent. The bills, introduced...

Providence unveils historical report as part of racial reparations program

PROVIDENCE – The city is taking steps toward recognizing and remedying long-standing racial inequities experienced by Black and indigenous residents. Mayor Jorge O. Elorza on...
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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