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ADVOCATES for bus riders will be keeping close tabs on the person the R.I. Public Transit Authority hires to lead the agency now that Scott Avedisian has resigned. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ MICHAEL SALERNO

Next RIPTA chief will have many challenges to navigate through

Public transit advocates have been adamant that the next CEO of the R.I. Public Transit Authority be someone outside the state’s political sphere who...
SPEAKS WITH AUTHORITY: 
House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi talks before a joint legislative commission on plastic bottle waste before its meeting in December. Shekarchi has given caution signals about this year’s budget process because of a cloudy fiscal picture ahead. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Uneasy money: Worries about returning to deficits hang over General Assembly

The warning flags have been raised: Rhode Island legislators are about to return to reality. After two years of massive surpluses, state budget officials are...

Questions raised over who should get ‘social equity’ cannabis licenses

After months of delays, Rhode Island’s cannabis market cleared crucial hurdles when the R.I. Cannabis Control Commission and Cannabis Advisory Board got off the...

Advocates want to change these 4 things in the state cannabis...

CRANSTON – With infused drinks, charcuterie, and the blasting beats of Drake, a group of over three dozen industry advocates, leaders, and lawmakers gathered...

RIPTA eyes doubling the number of bus shelters 

Bus riders could have new, state-of-the art covered bus stops as the R.I. Public Transit Authority eyes replacing – and adding more – bus...

Activists call on Senate to ask questions of new cannabis board...

PROVIDENCE – A small group of social justice advocates gathered in front of the Statehouse Thursday to call on the Senate to use a...
ROUGH ROAD: State Rep. David Morales has introduced one of the bills that would prohibit car insurers from using criteria such as ZIP codes, income, education levels and occupations to set premiums for policyholders. The measure has faced stiff opposition from the insurance industry. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Measures on car premiums struggle to gain traction

When state Rep. David Morales submitted legislation in February that would prohibit auto insurance companies from using any information other than driving records when...

Community groups call for state to quit stalling on bicycle, transit...

PROVIDENCE – Advocates are pressuring state leaders to put the pedal to the metal on expanding public transit and bicycle paths across the state. Nearly...

Protestors urge state regulators to deny winter energy rate hikes

WARWICK – Utility shutoffs. Homelessness. Even death. These were among the dire predictions that local residents, advocacy groups and lawmakers warned would result from increases...

City zoning board to decide if asphalt paving company can continue...

PROVIDENCE – You don’t need waterfront access to make asphalt. Yet for the last three years, a Providence paving contractor has rented a section of...
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