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NEXT GEN: M&G Plumbing Supply Co. owner Richard Correia, left, speaks with stock clerk Alex Knowles. Correia is of Portuguese descent but sees no need to participate in the state Minority Business Enterprise program. His father, John, emigrated from the Azores and started in the business in the 1960s. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

WHO IS A MINORITY? Some argue R.I. needs to reexamine groups...

John Correia’s thick Azorean accent made him an easy target when he immigrated to Rhode Island in 1963. He was called a “greenhorn” and accused...
LISA RANGLIN, president of the Rhode Island Black Business Association, criticized the state for its failure to comply with its own policies regarding contracts with minority-owned businesses during a news conference on Thursday. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. Black Business Association: R.I. failing to comply with minority-contracting policy

PROVIDENCE – State policies for contracting with minority-owned businesses have come under scrutiny amid heightened attention on racial justice issues. The Rhode Island Black Business...
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