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Rhode Island rings around the world

(Updated at 2:30 p.m. to clarify connection to Montauk boats in 6th paragraph.)There has been a lot of talk recently about rings – of...

Opioid plans must have many facets

While it is simple to group the thousands of drug-overdose deaths that have come to Rhode Island as a piece of the opioid crisis,...
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP has issued his proposal for infrastructure investment that shifts much of the funding from federal to local, state and private investment. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/OLIVIER DOULIERY

Trump introduces infrastructure proposal, local impact unclear

PROVIDENCE – The new infrastructure bill out forth by President Donald Trump this week proposed a $200 billion, 10-year federal investment that the White...
JANET L. COIT, director of the R.I. Department of Environmental Management, highlighted the benefits of $3 million in matching grants that DEM made to 15 municipalities to develop or renovate recreational facilities. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Raimondo, DEM announce $3.7M in brownfield cleanup and redevelopment funds

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo joined with the R.I. Department of Environmental Management to announce $3.7 million in grants for the cleanup and...
THE SOLAR FOUNDATION is a Washington, D.C. nonprofit focused on the national solar industry./ GRAPHIC COURTESY THE SOLAR FOUNDATION

Report: Rhode Island solar jobs declined in 2017

PROVIDENCE – The number of solar jobs in Rhode Island fell 9.5 percent to 1,064 during 2017, according to a national report released Wednesday.The...
STATE ENERGY COMMISSIONER Carol Grant says the new Block Island Wind Farm, above, and the state’s energy-efficiency programs will help the state reach Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s goal of generating 1,000 megawatts of renewable energy by 2020. / COURTESY DEEPWATER WIND

Raimondo sets new energy goal for end of summer

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo announced Monday that she has directed her energy team to collaborate with state utilities to issue a Request For...
DEALS WORTH MAKING: Gov. Gina M. Raimondo and Jeffrey S. Bornstein, right, senior vice president and chief financial officer for General Electric Co., faced the media following the announcement of GE Digital’s plans to bring 100 jobs to Providence.  / PBN FILE PHOTO/ MICHAEL SALERNO

Poll: Raimondo among governors with lowest approval, while Baker has highest...

PROVIDENCE – While Gov. Gina M. Raimondo continues to have a lead in fundraising for her re-election run, according to a recent Morning Consult...
SELLING R.I.: Jesse Saglio, right, the new president and chief operating officer of R.I. Commerce Corp. at a recent public meeting of the agency’s board. He says Commerce will step up its focus on helping local and small businesses this year. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

New Commerce RI President Jesse Saglio promises ‘more of the same’...

Since October 2015, Jesse Saglio, 46, has been a key behind-the-scenes player at R.I. Commerce Corp., most recently serving as managing director and head...
CHARLES J. FOGARTY, the R.I. director of elderly affairs, announced his retirement after four decades of public service. / COURTESY STATE OF RHODE ISLAND

Charles J. Fogarty announces retirement after decades-long public service career

PROVIDENCE – Charles J. Fogarty, the R.I. Director of Elderly Affairs, on Friday announced his intention to retire later in 2018.Fogarty began his career...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO has proposed 15 new cuts to what she called duplicative and unnecessary fees and procedures for several small business sectors. /PBN FILE PHOTO/ELI SHERMAN

Raimondo proposes eliminating certain fees and procedures for small businesses

PROVIDENCE – In addition to the previously announced $500,000 proposed increase to small business loans to double the number of small loans in the...
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