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THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR and Training announced the results of two workplace fraud cases against two companaies that resulted in $1.3 million in civil penalties and nearly $1 million in back wages for about 200 workers.

DLT announces $1.3M in civil penalties for 2 workplace fraud cases

CRANSTON – The R.I. Department of Labor and Training announced the outcomes of two fraud cases investigated with the Underground Economy and Employee Misclassification...
SIGN OF THINGS TO COME: A trailer park on Matunuck Beach Road in South Kingstown was flooded by the extreme weather brought by Superstorm Sandy in 2012. / PBN FILE PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD

Raimondo calls for action plan to prepare for impacts of climate...

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo on Friday called for a statewide action plan to better prepare Rhode Island for the impacts of climate...
LENDING SUPPORT: Donald H. DeHayes, University of Rhode Island provost and vice president of academic affairs, says URI is sensitive to the cost of education and spends $100,000 on financial aid each year. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Tuition, fees up at Rhode Island colleges, universities

In the fall, Rhode Island’s public-college students will find their education a little more expensive. The fiscal year 2018 state budget included across-the-board tuition...
CLOSING OUT: ­Arnold Bromberg, right, co-owner of Benny’s, helps Karen Weihs of Tucson, Ariz., find an LED USB desk lamp. Benny’s recently announced it is closing all 31 stores in southern New England. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ ­MICHAEL SALERNO

Government can help, but businesses control job growth

In her weekly video address heading into Labor Day weekend, Gov. Gina M. Raimondo touted the significant job gains in the state since she...

Report: R.I. schools need $627.5M fix

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Education 2017 State of Rhode Island Schoolhouses report forecasts $627.5 million in high-priority construction and repairs needed to...
NORWEGIAN AIRLINES, which is running ads on public transit buses in Dublin, Ireland, would be eligible for reimbursement for the campaign under the Air Service Development Fund program. / PBN PHOTO/MARK S. MURPHY

Four new airlines at T.F. Green to share $3.4M in state...

PROVIDENCE – Four airline carriers that have established new routes out of T.F. Green Airport will receive a combined $3.4 million in public marketing...
POPULAR RACE: Boats skim the water during the Team Vestas Wind In-Port Race in Newport at the Volvo Ocean Race in May 2015. The race contributes to making Newport an attractive touring destination.   / COURTESY VOLVO OCEAN RACE/AINHOA SANCHEZ

Eighteen months after the ‘Cooler & Warmer’ debacle, does R.I....

When Portsmouth-based Rail Explorers USA, which offers unusual tours on recumbent bicycles along abandoned rail lines, got some national press in late July, business...
HIGHER COST: Tom Saccoccia is the owner of Sak’s Centredale Liquor and Wine Cellar in North Providence. He says his customers have noticed the higher cost of a pack of cigarettes, now $8 to $11.50, following the state’s increased cigarette excise tax.  / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

R.I.’s raised cigarette tax choking store sales, sending customers to Mass.

In the minds of many convenience-store owners, Rhode Island gave Massachusetts a gift in August when it increased the cigarette excise tax by 50...
THE RHODE ISLAND Community Food Bank, a member of the nationwide network of food banks called Feeding America, suggests monetary donations are the best way Rhode Islanders can assist those in need in Texas following Hurricane Harvey. Above, Rhode Island Community Food Bank CEO Andrew Schiff helps volunteer Yve Capella stock the shelves at The Olneyville Food Center in Providence. /PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Rhode Islanders come to aid of Hurricane Harvey victims

PROVIDENCE – In the wake of what some are calling a storm for the ages, Rhode Islanders are banding together to aid those who...
DIFFICULT TO DUPLICATE: The hoopla surrounding the Volvo Ocean Race’s stop in Newport in 2015 was an easy sell. The challenge for the state going forward is how to lift the entire Rhode Island tourism industry through its coming new marketing ­campaign.  / COURTESY VOLVO OCEAN RACE/AINHOA SANCHEZ

Marketing the state for tourism deserves serious attention

The front page of this week’s issue of PBN shows the wild scene on the water around Fort Adams State Park during the 12-day...
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