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A $500 MILLION PENSION obligation bond issue had been given the go-ahead by state legislators and Providence voters in order to ease the city's pension problems, but rising interest rates have put that bond issue in question. / PBN FILE PHOTO/CHRIS BERGENHEIM

Providence $500M bond issue to ease pension woes in jeopardy because...

Rising interest rates have thrown a monkey wrench into Providence’s plan to borrow $500 million to ease its deepening pension problems, and some say...
BREAKTHROUGH RENOVATION: The new three-story staircase required breaking through three levels of the building, which will help with wayfinding, orienting visitors to all the major-service areas and connecting the library’s two buildings. / COURTESY PROVIDENCE PUBLIC LIBRARY

Fresh Design: Providence Public Library

Providence Public Library | 150 Empire St., Providence Building owner and tenant: Providence Public Library Architect: designLAB architects Developer/General contractor: Bond Bros. Inc. Cost: $27 million Use: The Providence...

Providence Public Library schedules grand reopening

PROVIDENCE – After 18 months of construction, the Providence Public Library is preparing to show off its completed facility. The ribbon-cutting is scheduled for 10...
BAD ROADS: Local communities are responsible for keeping track of their own road-repair projects. An effort in the late 1980s to ensure consistent pavement quality for local roads failed once state funding ran out. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Bad roads should not be permanent part of Rhode Island experience

It’s not hard to find bad roads in Rhode Island, or any other state where winter settles. No local community is immune, though like...

Stonehill names new School of Business building in honor of Leo...

EASTON – Named in honor of Leo J. Meehan III, CEO and president of office-supply company W. B. Mason Co., Stonehill College dedicated its...

Senate bill would require a surety bond for tax credits

PROVIDENCE – A Cranston legislator has introduced a bill that would require developers who receive state tax credits to provide a surety bond that...
PIPE FITTER: Michael Stuba trains to become a pipe fitter for General Dynamics Electric Boat through a Westerly Education Center program put on by the Community College of Rhode Island. / PBN FILE PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD

Boost for school construction, job training

The Ocean State had its eyes on the public school system this past year, as two statewide ballot requests for funding, not to mention...

Bond announces 2 promotions

PROVIDENCE – Anthony “Tony” Bond is the new president of the civil and utility division for Bond, a building, civil, utility and energy construction...

Will 2018 be the year Rhode Island voters take a stand...

“Embarrassing,” is how R.I. Department of Education Commissioner Ken Wagner described the state of local public elementary, middle and high schools. “When I visit a...

Bill is now due for decades of neglect of public school...

After decades of neglect, the bill is finally coming due for the most-urgent repairs and upgrades needed at the state’s aging primary- and secondary-education...
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