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Is transparency of open records legislation too taxing for R.I. officials?

An effort afoot to strengthen the state’s 45-year-old Access to Public Records Act has rekindled public debate over what the citizenry has a “right...

R.I. still playing catchup on public records access

Government transparency was once contagious. In the years after the 1966 passage of the Freedom of Information Act, many states passed public records laws of...

McKee orders RIDOT to refund news outlets for Washington Bridge emails

The Providence Journal had to pay $450 for emails detailing last December’s sudden closure of the Washington Bridge. WPRI-TV CBS 12 was charged $300.  The...

R.I. election panel opts not to delve back into Matos signature...

That was fast. After monthslong discussion of signature fraud on Lt. Gov. Sabina Matos’ congressional campaign nomination papers, a state elections panel put the controversy...

Drama over snubs and no-shows hangs over CD1 debates 

Drama over debates in the 1st Congressional District race extends well beyond the confines of the stage.  Who gets invited – or snubbed – and...
THE REPUTATION of the state of Rhode Island has been damaged by the behavior of state officials during a visit to Philadelphia in March, but how long that damage will last is unclear. / PBN FILE PHOTO/NICOLE DOTZENROD

Will there be lasting damage from Philly fiasco?

Rhode Island’s reputation has taken a hit amid reports of a state official’s “bizarre, offensive and unprofessional actions” during a March visit to Philadelphia,...

Russolino, Flynn nominated to Coastal Resources Management Council

PROVIDENCE – Joseph Russolino and Kevin Flynn have been selected to serve on the undermanned Coastal Resources Management Council, Gov. Daniel J. McKee announced...

McKee, Neronha dispute allows inside look at budget process

A testy dispute between Gov. Daniel J. McKee and Attorney General Peter F. Neronha has spilled into the open in recent months, but some...
LT. GOV. SABINA MATOS, one of nine confirmed candidates running for the U.S. House of Representatives, feels it will take $1 million in fundraising to run a successful campaign for this special election. / AP FILE PHOTO/JOHN LOCHER

Special congressional race campaign spending expected to be lower than normal...

PROVIDENCE – The state’s 2nd Congressional District race between Seth Magaziner and Allan W. Fung had the biggest spotlight during last year’s election cycle,...
SPECIALIZED HELP: Elizabeth Boyle Eckel, chief marketing and corporate communications officer at The Washington Trust Co., says the bank decided to hire a public relations agency because of the need for sophistication and expertise in a digital age. 
PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

More companies, government groups turning to PR firms to handle marketing

Search engine optimization didn’t exist when Elizabeth Boyle Eckel started working at The Washington Trust Co. in 1991. The internet was in its infancy. Boyle...
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