State Department of Revenue

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Providence Journal business writer Paul Grimaldi is leaving the newspaper to become the public information officer for the state Department of Revenue, effective November 30.

Grimaldi has delivered daily and in-depth reporting on a host of business stories -- most notably the 38 Studios saga -- since he came to the ProJo in 2002, so his departure marks a blow to Fountain Street.

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Casino gambling just like in Las Vegas is scheduled to begin Wednesday at Twin River in Lincoln.

The one-time dog track has become the first venue ever in Rhode Island to offer table games thanks to voters, who approved the change to stave off competition from new casinos proposed for Massachusetts.

Gambling is a major part of the state budget, and to better understand how games like blackjack and roulette will affect the budget, Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison sat down with Paul Dion from the State Department of Revenue.