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CRUCIAL CREATION: Dr. Pablo Rodriguez, medical director of community relations at Care New England Health System, says forming an independent committee to plan the state’s vaccine distribution will build trust in the process. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Slow-spending R.I. has two months to disperse $900M in CARES Act...

Rhode Island officials rejoiced when they learned in March that the state would get a $1.25 billion slice of the federal coronavirus relief package....

R.I. House Republicans pick leadership; Democrats to caucus

PROVIDENCE (AP) – Republicans in the state House of Representatives said Wednesday that they've unanimously re-elected Blake Filippi as Minority Leader and Michael Chippendale...

R.I. program to provide $20M in tourism, arts relief draws criticism...

PROVIDENCE – Eight months into the COVID-19 pandemic, the beleaguered hotel industry in Rhode Island now has access to a dedicated program using federal...

Lining up for next windfall

In November 1998, Rhode Island was part of a historic settlement with the tobacco industry to pay for the health care costs of smoking...

Tearing down ‘Superman’ building is wrongheaded thinking

To the Editor: In Providence Business News’ June 7 article, “It will take investment to save ‘Superman’ tower,” Rep. Blake Filippi, R-New Shoreham, suggested the...

It will take investment to save ‘Superman’ tower

Designation by the National Trust for Historic Preservation of Providence’s iconic art deco Industrial Trust Co. building as one of America’s most-endangered historic places...
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Five Questions With Blake Filippi

Blake Filippi | Minority leader, R.I. House 1. You are the new House minority leader. How do you elevate the voices of a comparatively small...

Chamber opposes Raimondo sales tax expansion

Gov. Gina M. Raimondo has recommended an expansion of the state sales tax to include professional services associated with commercial buildings, such as landscaping,...
NEW FACE: Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio, center, speaks with Sen. Dennis L. Algiere, R-Charlestown, and Sen.-elect Jessica de la Cruz, a Republican who will represent North Smithfield, Burrillville and Glocester, during an orientation for new members in the Senate chambers at the Statehouse.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Lawmakers have returned to tackle a host of familiar issues

The General Assembly reopened Jan. 1 with a new configuration of legislators facing many of the same issues that have been circulating in the...
BEYOND BUSINESS: Associate Justice Brian P. Stern worked in the public sector before being appointed to the bench. Although he was named in 2011 to oversee the business calendar for Kent, Newport and Washington counties, he still presides over some criminal matters, including murders, outside of the business calendar. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

A 2001 court experiment in R.I. has paid off with speedier...

When Michael P. Fiore died ­powerboat racing in August 2014, his boat-building company quickly started falling apart. Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats Ltd., based in Bristol, owed...

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