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WITH CARE NEW ENGLAND HEALTH SYSTEM looking to make a merger or acquisition deal, new legislation approved by the General Assembly adds new rules in order for such a transaction to be approved. Pictured is Care New England's Women & Infants Hospital in Providence. / COURTESY WOMEN & INFANTS HOSPITAL

Will R.I. legislation on hospital mergers, acquisitions scare off suitors?

The state review process for buying or selling hospitals in Rhode Island is going to get tougher under newly approved legislation. Meanwhile, one of the...
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...

When will recreational cannabis be legalized?

While Rhode Island leaders say they want to legalize recreational marijuana and reap the revenue-generating benefits – particularly with neighboring states already taking those...

Senate passes legislation calling for legalization of marijuana

PROVIDENCE – The Senate passed legislation on Tuesday at Rhode Island College’s Sapinsley Hall by a 29-9 vote that would legalize, regulate and tax...

Bill would make temporary tax break on unoccupied residential units permanent

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Senate has approved legislation that will make permanent tax exemptions that apply to residential properties that are under construction or...
A FEW TRAVELERS make their way through the security line in the terminal at T.F. Green Airport. Airport officials hope legislation to change the name of the airport will help boost the number of passengers who come through the state's largest airport. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Can name change give T.F. Green a lift?

After three years of trying to change the name of T.F. Green Airport in Warwick, state aviation officials may finally get their wish. Officials such...
THE R.I. AIRPORT CORP. said that it "fully supports" legislation introduced in the R.I. General Assembly to change T.F. Green Airport's name to Rhode Island T. F. Green International Airport. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

RIAC backs T.F. Green name change

WARWICK – The R.I. Airport Corp. announced on Tuesday that it supports legislation introduced in both chambers of the General Assembly to rename T.F....

Bill introduced to add employment, pension, community impact review to Lifespan-CNE...

PROVIDENCE – A proposal by a state legislative leader would expand the required state review of the proposed merger between Lifespan Corp. and Care...
BUDGET TALK: Rep. Marvin L. Abney, D-Newport, chairman of the House Finance Committee, speaks during discussions before a full House vote last month on the $12.75 billion 2020-2021 state budget. House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi has said Abney will continue as finance chairman in the 2021 session. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Pandemic, progressives, new House leadership could put twist on contentious issues

The 2021 legislative session is shaping up to be another severe departure from the norm, with a temporary change of venue for both chambers,...
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY has passed a bill that would guarantee that state law regarding driver's licenses and work authorization will continue to apply to DACA recipients, regardless of federal policy. / PBN FILE PHOTO/NICOLE DOTZENROD

General Assembly passes legislation to protect DACA recipients in R.I.

PROVIDENCE – The General Assembly passed legislation Friday that would continue to protect undocumented immigrants that came to the United States as minors. The legislation...

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