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BRETT SMILEY announced Wednesday that he will step down as director of the R.I. Department of Administration as soon as Gov. Gina M. Raimondo is confirmed as President Joe Biden's commerce secretary. / COURTESY BRETT SMILEY

R.I. administration chief Smiley to step down

PROVIDENCE – R.I. Department of Administration Director Brett Smiley on Wednesday announced that he will step down from his post once Gov. Gina M....
CHANGING WORKPLACE: Joe Morais, project leader at the Pawtucket Department of Public Works, is one of hundreds of city workers who will be filing for unemployment one day a week because Pawtucket is shutting down services on Fridays to save money. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

BUDGET CRUNCH: Revenue is down, deficit is up, and R.I. still...

Pawtucket Mayor Donald R. Grebien never thought he’d have to close down his city on Fridays to save money, but in the absence of...

Twin River may lay off workers at Rhode Island casinos

PROVIDENCE (AP) – Rhode Island's two casinos could lay off more than 1,300 workers combined in September, according to documents filed with state labor...
COLLABORATIVE EFFORT: A staff member from Alert EMS gets a COVID-19 test sample from a drive-up patient at a mobile test site in Central Falls. Alert EMS staff handles the swabbing, CVS Health Corp. runs the machines that process the samples and the University of Rhode Island helps house the machines. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

NO PANACEA: Employers told COVID-19 tests won’t ensure safety in workplace

Rhode Island is a COVID-19 testing leader. At an average of nearly 3,000 tests a day, the state has among the highest rates of testing...
NEW ARRANGEMENTS: Newport Yachting Center Office Manager Leanne Arsenault, left, is no longer using her regular office desk. Now she greets visitors from a makeshift desk at the door with a plexiglass shield. At right is Carter Fisher, Newport Yachting Center dock master. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Office alterations: Pandemic reshaping the workplace as employees begin returning

The community candy dish in the office is gone. So is the team lunch, the over-the-desk conversation and people ­rushing into a crowded elevator. As...

Twin River Worldwide Holdings donates $25K to education fund

PROVIDENCE – Twin River Worldwide Holdings Inc. has donated $25,000 to the Fund for Rhode Island Public Education to be invested in teacher pipeline...

Twin River picks Wexford building for new HQ

PROVIDENCE – Twin River Worldwide Holdings has entered into a letter of intent to occupy 12,000 square feet on the sixth floor of Wexford...
MARC CRISAFULLI, president of Rhode Island operations for Twin River alleged in a letter to the R.I. Senate that Gina M. Raimondo's Chief of Staff Brett Smiley threatened Twin River with consequences if it did not accept the proposed IGT lottery extension. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Twin River says Raimondo’s chief of staff threatened company over IGT...

PROVIDENCE – Twin River Worldwide Holdings Inc. has released a letter written by Twin River Executive Vice President Marc Crisafulli that claims Gov. Gina...
TWIN RIVER announced the addition of Scientific Games to its proposed partnership to run the Rhode Island lottery. Above, Marc Crisafulli, the president of Rhode Island operations for Twin River Worldwide Holdings. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Twin River adds Scientific Games to proposal for lottery contract

PROVIDENCE – Twin River Worldwide Holdings Inc. has added Scientific Games Corp. to its proposed bid to wrest away the lucrative Rhode Island lottery...
LOCAL EMPLOYEES: Robert K. Vincent, right, chairman, IGT Global Solutions Corp., speaks with Jay Gendron, chief operations officer, lottery, at the company’s Providence offices. IGT currently holds a contract for the state’s lottery, which requires the company to have 1,000 Rhode Island-based employees. IGT is attempting to renew the contract with the state for a 20-year term through 2043. Of the 1,000 IGT employees now required in Rhode Island, only 60 or so are needed to serve the state’s lottery contract, Vincent said.  

IGT vs. Twin River: Can both win?

Two of Rhode Island’s largest public companies are involved in a bitter dispute that has the potential to upend the state’s budget. The source...

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