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FAMILY MEETING: Andrew Torrado, left, and Luis C. Torrado, second from left, speak with their father, Luis A. Torrado, president of L. A. Torrado Architects Inc. in Providence. Torrado’s sons are project managers at the company.

An architect with designs on boosting minority firms

(Editor’s note: This is the 30th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each will be asked their views...
SUDDEN BOOST: After the national suicide and crisis lifeline changed its number to a three-digit 988, monthly calls in Rhode Island increased 53% from 313 in December 2021 to 480 in December 2022. Pictured is Matthew Latondresse, 988 clinical supervisor at the BH Link call center in East ­Providence.

Number change boosts calls to R.I. crisis lifeline

A little over six months since the national suicide and crisis lifeline trimmed down its number to an easy-to-remember 988, calls have been pouring...
UNWELCOME FEELING: Erik Christiansen, Rhode Island College history professor and faculty union president, says the college has undergone changes in the last decade, not all for the better.

SCHOOL DAZE: RIC searches for identity amid severe enrollment drop

Erik Christiansen didn’t know much about Rhode Island College when he agreed to take a job teaching history there in 2010. The Maryland native quickly...
RETURN TO THE ROSTRUM: Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio takes his place at the front of the Senate chambers on Jan. 3, the first day of the 2023 General Assembly session. It’s a position Ruggerio has held since 2017. 

Surplus of question marks: Decisions on tax cuts, housing policies, education...

No one would blame the General Assembly leadership if it breathed a little easier in the 2023 legislative session. After all, the top Democratic leaders...

PBN’s most-read stories of 2022

From developments with the potential to reshape the landscape of Providence and a steady stream of million-dollar home sales across Rhode Island, to ongoing...

R.I. receives $5.5M for broadband improvements

PROVIDENCE – Almost 50,000 families in Rhode Island, or around 12% of all households, do not have internet connection, according to state data. Meanwhile, the...

Make R.I. part of Biden job growth

Kudos to Community College of Rhode Island President Meghan L. Hughes for reminding two national power brokers of their local and regional roots during...
ELIZABETH M. TANNER was appointed the state's commerce secretary by Gov. Daniel J. McKee in June at a time when the future of his administration was uncertain because of upcoming elections. Now that McKee has won the election, it appears Tanner will have more time to oversee the direction of R.I. Commerce Corp. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Election over, business community ready for action from R.I. Commerce

Some in the Rhode Island business community have high expectations that R.I. Commerce Corp. will soon be taking a clear, swift path of action...
TAKING CONTROL: Providence Mayor-elect Brett Smiley says striking new payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreements with many of the city’s nonprofit institutions is one of the most important tasks his administration will undertake next year. 

DECISIONS, DECISIONS… Simmering financial issues await Mayor-elect Smiley

Brett Smiley is no stranger to Providence City Hall. In 2015 and 2016, he was chief operating officer for Mayor Jorge O. Elorza. On...

McKee administration formally appeals ruling against truck tolls

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Daniel J. McKee's administration on Wednesday filed a formal notice that it is appealing a federal judge's order to shut down...
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