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PETER ALVITI JR., director of the R.I. Department of Transportation, stands in Kennedy Plaza in Providence last year and explains where new bus stops are planned as part of RIDOT’s planned Providence Multi-Hub Bus System. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

RIDOT taps brakes on bus hub plan

After insisting for months that the proposal to split up the Kennedy Plaza bus hub had already received adequate vetting and opportunity for public...

Cities join forces to combat ATVs

Many lawmakers, business owners and residents are upset about the increasing appearance of loud, illegal all-terrain vehicles on streets around Greater Providence, but authorities...
THE STATE OF RHODE ISLAND is seeking to create a lottery system to grant six new licenses for medical-marijuana dispensaries by May 14. / AP FILE PHOTO

A lot is riding on cannabis license lottery

With Rhode Island poised to issue licenses for six new cannabis dispensaries, some applicants say the selection process will hamper the chances of experienced...

Many businesses can’t meet new PPP guidelines

The newly reopened Paycheck Protection Program sought to eliminate logistical hurdles and overly restrictive rules from its prior iteration, but some say it’s still...
DOUBLE DOSE: A panel of state legislators has been meeting to discuss plans for the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, but General Assembly leaders insist the House COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force isn't competing with a committee of vaccine advisers formed by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo. COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND SCHOOL OF MEDICINE VIA AP

Calling the shots on a new COVID-19 vaccine

A task force of state lawmakers has started meeting to discuss the COVID-19 vaccine and its distribution in Rhode Island, but House leaders say...

Brewing battle over distribution of beer, wine and liquor

The wholesale distribution of beer, wine and liquor in Rhode Island long has been managed by multiple businesses. Now, a proposed acquisition of one...

Election planning hampered by COVID-19

Several Rhode Island communities have been struggling to find poll workers for upcoming elections because many experienced workers have “retired” over worries about the...

R.I.’s name returns to spotlight

Dropping “Providence Plantations” from Rhode Island’s official documents and websites is a start, but activists and others say state leaders need to do much...
THE WAY IT WAS: Visitors tour the Breakers Mansion in Newport in a time before the coronavirus pandemic. Normally a major tourism draw, the Newport Mansions remain closed, and opening dates haven’t been announced, as of May 20. / COURTESY DISCOVER NEWPORT

Can R.I. tourism avoid summer of sadness?

From beach vacations to business conferences, travel-related tourism is the lifeblood of the state economy, generating $6.8 billion in 2018, according to a report...
HELP WANTED: Bradford Soap Works Inc. in West Warwick is one of numerous Rhode Island companies hiring even though the economy has hit the skids during the corona­virus pandemic. In this 2018 file photo, CEO and President Stuart Benton works on the packing floor with Bradford employees. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Some R.I. employers on hiring spree

Stifled as it is by the coronavirus pandemic, Rhode Island’s economy still has a pulse with some employers hiring while others are laying off...

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