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OFFERING ­ALTERNATIVES: Scott Kirmil, owner of the Diego’s restaurants in Rhode Island, displays the recyclable food containers his eateries use, a year before a ban on Styrofoam containers goes into effect. Opponents of the ban say small restaurants will have to bear additional costs. 
PBN PHOTO/DAVID HANSEN

Restaurants preparing for ban on Styrofoam containers

On one of his rare days off last summer, Scott ­Kirmil, owner of six Rhode Island eateries, with plans for a seventh, was sitting...
OUTREACH PREP: Emergency physician Dr. Rebecca Karb, third from left, speaks with health officials and House of Hope Community Development Corp. outreach workers before going to meet with homeless clients.
PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

Amid housing shortage, access to care wavers

Sitting next to a campfire in a homeless encampment in a wooded area in Providence, emergency room physician Dr. Rebecca Karb found herself looking...

Raimondo signs $1-an-hour minimum-wage increase

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo on March 10 signed legislation increasing the minimum wage to $11.50 an hour starting Oct. 1. The signing took...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO signed legislation that will increase the state minimum wage to $11.50 starting Oct. 1. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Raimondo signs $1-an-hour minimum-wage increase

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo on Tuesday signed legislation increasing the minimum wage to $11.50 an hour starting Oct. 1. The signing took place...
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