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ALL OF RHODE ISLAND as well as Massachusetts and Connecticut are under a Winter Storm Warning from the National Weather Service, which expects 10-15 inches of snow to fall on the region, with localized accumulation of up to 18 inches. / COURTESY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

Latest nor’easter set to dump 10-15 inches of snow on R.I.

PROVIDENCE – Mother Nature is targeting New England, once again.For the third time in less than two weeks, a significant nor’easter is expected to...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO and Lt. Gov. Daniel J. McKee are not entirely in agreement over the response of National Grid Rhode Island to the recent storms. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO / COURTESY TOWN OF CUMBERLAND

Did National Grid do a good job restoring power to the...

While the official responses to the speed and effectiveness of National Grid Rhode Island are contradictory – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo thinks the utility...
ROUTE 37 IS scheduled for $76 million in safety upgrades, for which officials recently secured $20 million in federal funding. / COURTESY RIDOT

R.I. congressmen, Raimondo announce $20M for Route 37 upgrade

PROVIDENCE - Gov. Gina M. Raimondo and Rhode Island's congressional delegation announced a $20 million federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant Tuesday that will...
PUBLIC RESPONSE to National Grid Rhode Island's storm preparedness was mixed. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/DANIEL ACKER

National Grid, Raimondo differ with McKee on utility’s response to March...

PROVIDENCE — National Grid Rhode Island has restored electric service to most of the initial 150,000 who lost power during the March 2 nor’easter,...
RHODE ISLAND General Treasurer Seth Magaziner says his renewed strategy of moving nearly $500 million out of hedge funds and into more "traditional investments for growth and stability" has contributed to the state pension fund's robust growth, which earned about $255 million in January, representing a 3 percent return net of fees. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Rhode Island pension fund earns $255M in January

PROVIDENCE – The state pension fund earned $254.8 million in January, representing a 3 percent return net of fees.The $8.6 billion fund outperformed both...
LOOKING AHEAD: David L. DeQuattro, right, managing principal of Providence-based RGB Architects, looks at building plans with Martin Holland, job captain. DeQuattro anticipates an increase in construction business in the Ocean State in 2018. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Business owners see reasons for optimism, despite high health care costs...

Despite signs business growth could be slowing in the Ocean State, the private sector is bullish about 2018 and is looking to hire at...
FIRST CLIENT: Evanisio Oliveira, left, owner of Universal Cleaning LLC, shakes hands with Thomas Lent, president and CEO of Thielsch Engineering, which owns Creative Environment Corp. Lent was Oliveira’s first client when he started his cleaning business. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

No contract? No problem for Universal Cleaning

The last couple years have been a whirlwind for Evanisio Oliveira and his burgeoning company Universal Cleaning LLC.A year ago, he took a leap...
MANY ROLES: Tuni Schartner, owner of TS Consulting, chief marketing officer of The Mill at Lafayette and director of The Hive co-working space, still finds time with her dog Homer. / PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

‘Economic gardener’ Schartner an R.I. small-business booster

Tuni Schartner is an energetic facilitator and unapologetic cheerleader in growing the state’s economy, especially in southern Rhode Island, where she lives and works.Having...
HOPEFUL: Adam Batchelder, owner of Smoke & Squeal BBQ food truck and a U.S. Marine Corps Reserve veteran, hopes a law passed last July requiring 3 percent of state government contracts be awarded to businesses owned by military veterans will boost his business. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Military veteran business owners feel new state contract bill not enough

As of mid-2017, Rhode Island-based military-veteran business owners may have an easier time bidding for state government contracts, or so the General Assembly hopes.A...
CONSISTENT TAXATION: R.I. Division of Taxation Administrator Neena Savage talks with R.I. Department of Revenue spokesman Paul E. Grimaldi. She says taxing software as a service would allow for consistent taxation of the use of software regardless of how it is delivered or used. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Raimondo eyes tax on cloud-based services

(Corrected at 11:25 a.m. to replace T-shirt reference in 11th paragraph with microwave.)Does your business use Office 365? Do you pay for TurboTax’s...
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