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UNWELCOME FEELING: Erik Christiansen, Rhode Island College history professor and faculty union president, says the college has undergone changes in the last decade, not all for the better.
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SCHOOL DAZE: RIC searches for identity amid severe enrollment drop

Erik Christiansen didn’t know much about Rhode Island College when he agreed to take a job teaching history there in 2010. The Maryland native quickly...
TOMÁS ÁVILA TOOK OVER as associate director for the R.I. Office of Diversity, Equity and Opportunity last August. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Is help on the way for R.I.’s Minority Business Enterprise program?

THE STATE IS STILL STRUGGLING to overcome decades of dysfunction around tracking and enforcing its laws for contracting with minority-owned businesses, even after a...

R.I.’s ban on happy hours questioned

After nearly three decades devoid of after-work drink specials, a push to legalize happy hour in Rhode Island is brewing again. Rep. Karen Alzate, D-Pawtucket,...
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...

R.I. falls short of minority, women contracting requirement

PROVIDENCE – The state failed to meet its own minimum requirements for contracts and purchases awarded to women- and minority-owned businesses in fiscal 2020,...

CNE psychiatrist to be honored for support of Colombian American culture

PROVIDENCE – A Care New England Health System psychiatrist is being honored for his work in supporting Colombian American culture. Dr. Alvaro Olivares will receive...

McKee opposes GA bills taxing high-income earners

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Daniel J. McKee on Tuesday said he opposes legislation in the General Assembly that would raise personal income taxes on the...

Bill would require landlords to verify rental units are suitable for...

PAWTUCKET – Rep. Karen Alzate, D-Pawtucket, has introduced a bill that would require landlords of rental housing to obtain a certificate of rental suitability...
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