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SCAM STOPPERS: Lee H. Vilker, head of the criminal division at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Rhode Island, helps prosecute people ­accused of defrauding others through investment schemes. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

In some investor scams, warning flags are waving

As a federal prosecutor, Lee H. Vilker deals with not only criminal defendants but the victims of those crimes. Vilker, head of the criminal division...

Winter electric rate hikes approved despite protest

WARWICK – Historic electric rate hikes will prevail despite controversy, with state regulators approving the proposed rate increases Friday. The R.I. Public Utilities Commission’s 3-0...

How should the state respond to Rhode Island Energy’s request to...

Blaming rising demand for natural gas, inflation and the war in Ukraine, Rhode Island Energy has proposed raising winter electric rates by an average...

McKee urges state regulators to offset proposed cost hikes to winter...

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Daniel J. McKee is the latest state official to sound the alarm over skyrocketing winter electric rates. In a letter shared publicly...
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...
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...

Settlement greenlights National Grid sale to PPL

PROVIDENCE – The final obstacle in the sale of Rhode Island’s primary utility business has been cleared, with the R.I. Office of the Attorney...

AG demands records on RIPTA data breach

PROVIDENCE – The state’s top legal officer is ordering the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority and UnitedHealthcare to turn over documents showing what they...
AT A SECOND public comment meeting on the proposed Lifespan Corp. and Care New England Health System merger, many participants voiced concerns that the integrated health system, which would include Brown University, would monopolize the state's health care.

Monopoly concerns dominate second Lifespan-CNE public comment meeting

PROVIDENCE – Throughout a two-hour meeting held on Wednesday on the proposed Lifespan Corp. and Care New England Health System merger, many attendees raised...

Lifespan-CNE merger draws concerns, support at first public comment meeting

PROVIDENCE – Providers, health care executives, union representatives and members of the public weighed in on the proposed merger between Lifespan Corp. and Care...
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