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ADVOCATES for bus riders will be keeping close tabs on the person the R.I. Public Transit Authority hires to lead the agency now that Scott Avedisian has resigned. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ MICHAEL SALERNO

Next RIPTA chief will have many challenges to navigate through

Public transit advocates have been adamant that the next CEO of the R.I. Public Transit Authority be someone outside the state’s political sphere who...
VENUE VIEW: A rendering of what the Tide­water Stadium in Pawtucket is supposed to look like when completed in 2025. At the top of the image is a mixed-use building that has been proposed for Phase 1B, as well as a pedestrian bridge across the Seekonk River to structures that would be part of Phase 2.

Betting on Rhode Island FC. Will it pay off?

A lot is resting on the shoulders of Khano Smith. Smith is the first coach and general manager of Rhode Island FC, responsible for laying...
BATTLE TESTED: ­Margaux Morisseau, co-chair of the Rhode Island Coalition for Payday Reform, has been fighting against payday lenders and the lobbyists for years, and she feels the momentum is swinging her group’s way now. 

Activists won’t abandon payday lending fight

It has not been a lucky year for Georgina Paulino. The Westerly resident’s partner was injured and is out of work. The care of...

Noncitizens now eligible for R.I. driver’s licenses

PROVIDENCE – Under newly enacted legislation, residents who are not citizens can now obtain a driver's license. The legislation, which Gov. Daniel J. McKee signed...
WILL IT WORK? State Rep. Karen Alzate is the primary sponsor of one of two bills that would mandate a 32-hour workweek for certain businesses in Rhode Island. There’s not much support for it. 

32-hour workweek law? Not much support in R.I.

In an effort to find and retain workers in a tight job market, some companies have toyed with the idea of converting to a...
ROUGH PATCH: Rhode Island College nursing student Mel “Rising Dawn” Cordeiro says some frustrating experiences after transferring from the Community College of Rhode Island sometimes left her questioning if it was worth the trouble.

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,...
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