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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...

State, RIPTA need to step up on transit

With the latest “vision” for Kennedy Plaza, Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza joins a long list of people who have come up with ideas...
Congressman James Langevin

CTE a smart investment for states

In every congressional district across the country, businesses are reporting a common problem: high-skill, high-paying jobs are open, but applicants don’t have the necessary...
MAGELLAN HEALTH INC. was approved for a $2.1 million RI Qualified Jobs Incentive Act award Tuesday,

Magellan Health granted $2.1M tax incentive; expected to add 100 jobs...

PROVIDENCE - Health management company Magellan Health, Inc., will add 100 jobs in Rhode Island later this year using a $2.1 million RI Qualified...
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