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Here’s what keeps R.I.’s business leaders awake at night

From education and workforce development to taxes and business rankings, members of Rhode Island’s business community agree state leaders have a lot of issues to address in the coming years.

Meet the powerful new business group at the center of R.I.’s hot-button issues

The Partnership for Rhode Island is comprised of 12 members whose companies pay $100,000 a year to be part of the group.

DOT disputes critics who say it slashed bike and pedestrian budget

Director Peter Alviti Jr. says that while DOT plans to cut the Transportation Alternatives Program to about $120 million, the state will end up with $200 million in bike and pedestrian work over the next decade because it’s now doing that kind of work as part of larger road and bridge projects.


Man accused of shooting Providence police officer held without bail

A man accused of shooting a Providence police officer in his bulletproof vest Friday afternoon was ordered held without bail on 10 new gun charges and violating his bail on two other cases involving illegal guns.

Sailing community mourns death of trailblazer Sandra Tartaglino

As one of the few female skippers of Formula 18s, a popular class of two-person catamaran sailboats, Tartaglino competed at some of the highest levels of sailing.

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Twin River just took a big hit in the stock market. Here’s why

Shares for Twin River – which owns both of Rhode Island’s casinos – fell nearly 12 percent Monday.

Insurers’ lawyer says Nathan Carman made unsafe changes to boat

A lawyer for two insurance companies said Tuesday that Nathan Carman made unsafe alterations to his boat before setting off on a “fateful voyage” three years ago with his mother, then lied about where the boat sank after he was the sole survivor.

Why many employees feel devalued even in booming job market

Economic research, government data, and interviews with workers sketch a picture of lagging wages, eroding benefits and demands for employees to do more without more pay.

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Remember the Providence giving meters? They aren’t raking it in.

It has been nearly two years since Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza launched the PVD Gives program in an attempt to curb panhandling, urging residents to donate spare change to 10 orange giving meters that were installed in high pedestrian-traffic areas around the city.

Lottery games: Will R.I. win or lose in $1 billion contract decision?

Questions about IGT’s proposed 20-year contract extension are swirling in the summer heat, fanned by a phalanx of well-paid lobbyists and public relations professionals.

Woman dies after sailboat and motorboat collide off Newport

A 60-year-old woman died Sunday when she was thrown from a two-person catamaran sailboat participating in a regatta after the vessel and a powerboat collided near Newport Bridge in Rhode Island.