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Some candidates see edge in forming teams

Brown University political science professor Wendy Schiller can’t ever remember candidates for Rhode Island governor and lieutenant governor teaming up as though they were...
PRODUCT TEST: Amanda Jamieson, left, assistant professor of molecular microbiology and immunology at Brown University, holds plaque assays of GC Ink, a graphene ink developed by Graphene Composites USA Inc. that is believed to kill viruses when applied to surfaces. Brown researchers, including Delia Demers, center, and Meredith Crane, are testing the product thanks to a grant GC received from the R.I. Commerce Corp.’s Innovation Voucher Program. / COURTESY GREG SERPA

Where is Commerce headed? McKee may give R.I. agency new direction...

Amid the upheaval of the COVID-19 pandemic last June, Daniel J. McKee appeared frustrated. McKee, then Rhode Island’s lieutenant governor, took the unusual step of...
RIGHT APPROACH? Unlike her predecessor, Gov. Gina M. Raimondo has made heavy use of tax incentives to grow business in the Ocean State. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Commerce RI well-positioned to help state weather a recession

In her more than five years in office, Gov. Gina. M. Raimondo has transformed how the state approaches economic development, largely through a revamped...
LINCOLN D. CHAFEE has filed to run for president as a Libertarian. / AP FILE PHOTO/ JOHN LOCHAR

Lincoln Chafee files to run for president as Libertarian

Former Democratic presidential candidate Lincoln D. Chafee has filed to run for president as a Libertarian. The former governor of Rhode Island on Sunday registered...
COLLISION COURSE: Gov. Gina M. Raimondo plans to again introduce a recreational marijuana proposal, in her fiscal 2021 budget plan, despite warnings from House and Senate leaders that they won’t consider it. / PBN FILE PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Marijuana debate will signal health of Rhode Island’s legislative process

The General Assembly reconvenes on Jan. 7 with a host of potentially contentious issues to address, including a budget deficit, the state lottery contract...
SLOW BUT SURE: The Wexford Science & Technology innovation center, left, and the public park, center, being built on the former I-195 land in Providence, are early pieces of the creation of a new neighborhood in the heart of Providence.
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Development of I-195 land satisfies some, not others

The grumbling is getting louder. Why is the commission charged with overseeing the I-195 Redevelopment District’s buildout allowing so much housing? Why is the Wexford Science...

Despite false start, transformation of Jewelry District taking shape

On a recent gray, autumn afternoon, early rush-hour traffic was backing up along Point Street in the old Jewelry District in downtown Providence. Most...
HITTING THE PAVEMENT: Gubernatorial candidate Joseph A. Trillo, a former Republican state representative who has owned several manufacturing and retail businesses in Rhode Island, is running as an independent in the Nov. 6 general election. Trillo uses two buses and a truck to travel around the state and spread his message to voters.
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In a year of highly partisan politics, can independents boost political...

From his lofty perch atop the Statehouse, the Independent Man seems like a lonely soul, but he really isn’t. With spear in hand, the statue...
UNEMPLOYMENT IN Rhode Island declined 0.4 percentage points year over year and 0.1 percentage points month to month in August. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND TRAINING

Has your company added employees in the last three-and-a-half years?

Since Gov. Gina M. Raimondo took office in January 2015, the unemployment rate in Rhode Island has gone from 6.6 percent to 4 percent...

Can a onetime garbageman who served on the state’s highest court...

A onetime garbageman who became an attorney and member of Rhode Island’s highest court, Robert G. Flanders Jr. has called himself the “embodiment of...
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