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JOHN MARION, executive director of Common Cause Rhode Island, says the state's legislative redistricting process is flawed and open to abuse and needs to be changed. Pictured is the R.I. Statehouse. / PBN FILE PHOTO/NICOLE DOTZENROD

Does public need more input in R.I.’s redistricting process?

The process that shifts the political landscape every 10 years with the redrawing of legislative district boundaries should include inviting more public input through...
REVENUE STREAM: Two people try their luck at video slot machines at Bally’s Twin River Lincoln Casino. Revenue generated through slot machines and table games at Rhode Island’s two casinos, in combination with lottery tickets and drawings, is one of the biggest sources of funding for the state’s $13 billion budget. / PBN PHOTO/
MICHAEL SALERNO

ALL IN with Bally’s: But how risky is R.I.’s heavy reliance...

Rhode Island has come to rely heavily on Justin Kane and other recreational gamblers like him. Kane, a Providence real estate investor, likes to blow...

Josh Saal named new R.I. housing czar

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Daniel J. McKee has appointed Josh Saal as Rhode Island's deputy secretary of commerce for housing to oversee the state’s housing...
A NEW REPORT commissioned by the R.I. Department of Revenue says the state could gain $18.5 million per year in general revenue from iGaming. This image shows a free money mobile slot game offered through Bally's Twin River Lincoln Casino. / COURTESY BALLY'S CORP.

Report: iGaming revenue would add $18.5M per year to R.I. budget

PROVIDENCE – If Rhode Islanders were allowed to use their phones and laptops to play government-regulated online slot machines, table games and poker, the...
NEXT GEN: M&G Plumbing Supply Co. owner Richard Correia, left, speaks with stock clerk Alex Knowles. Correia is of Portuguese descent but sees no need to participate in the state Minority Business Enterprise program. His father, John, emigrated from the Azores and started in the business in the 1960s. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

WHO IS A MINORITY? Some argue R.I. needs to reexamine groups...

John Correia’s thick Azorean accent made him an easy target when he immigrated to Rhode Island in 1963. He was called a “greenhorn” and accused...
MOVING ON: Pawtucket Mayor Donald R. Grebien talks with then-Gov. Gina M. Raimondo at an August 2018 press conference at Slater Mill to discuss the Pawtucket Red Sox’ decision to move to Worcester, Mass. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Faces change, differences remain

GOVERNMENT Talk about a sudden turn. For six years, the General Assembly – or at least one chamber of it – was controlled by House Speaker...
EVOLVING DISTRICT: The $20 million Providence River Pedestrian Bridge completed in 2019 is part of the changing landscape in the I-195 Redevelopment District. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ARTISTIC IMAGES

Sky has been limit for R.I. developers

REAL ESTATE Real estate has taken center stage in Rhode Island as a form of economic development. After a slow start, the long-vacant I-195 Redevelopment District...

Bally’s opens Bally Interactive technology division in Warwick

WARWICK – As Bally’s Corp. increases its focus on mobile sports betting and online casino games, the company recently celebrated the opening of its...
SUPPORT GROUP: Cranston Democrat Sen. Joshua Miller, left, and Senate Majority Leader Michael J. McCaffrey, right, introduced legislation last spring to legalize recreational marijuana, with the backing of Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio, center. It passed the Senate but died in the House. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

PLANTING THE SEED: Stakes are high as R.I. officials lay groundwork...

It’s really no longer a matter of “if” recreational use of marijuana will be legalized in Rhode Island. Now it’s more a question of...

Bally’s: Bond to R.I. remains strong

Rhode Island leaders say they’re confident that a recent bid by Providence-based Bally’s Corp. to build a $1.6 billion “flagship” casino in Chicago won’t...

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