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The Newport, Westerly and Providence school systems were named Monday as the initial districts in Rhode Island for the P-Tech initiative, designed to allow public school students to receive workplace training and a community college education while attending high school. more
(Updated, 11:18 a.m., Dec. 22) Drug overdoses took the lives of 247 people in Rhode Island last year, according to statistics released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. more
The nearly 93-acre Eugene Chase Farm has been acquired on Prudence Island by the state Department of Environmental Management, in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, The Nature Conservancy and Prudence Conservancy. more
The Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank has completed a refinancing of the Pawtucket Water Supply Board’s bonds, a move that will save customers $9.8 million in future debt service. more
DESIGNxRI has unveiled recipients of the Providence Design Catalyst grant program, in which 17 city businesses will receive up to $35,000 each. more
Representatives of the R.I. Commerce Corporation told state lawmakers Thursday that the agency has not dispersed any new loans or awarded financial incentives created in the fiscal 2016 budget, but has laid the groundwork for evaluating applications for state assistance. more
The unemployment rate in Rhode Island continued to move toward the national average in November, as it fell one-tenth of a percentage point from October’s rate to 5.2 percent, compared with the national 5 percent rate, according to figures released by the state Department of Labor and Training on Thursday. more
(Updated 4:30 p.m.) Providence received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s fourth annual report assessing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality in 408 cities across the country. more
A University of Rhode Island research team has received $227,850 in National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration funding to examine the effects of climate change on Atlantic fisheries. more
The Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the first time in almost a decade in a widely telegraphed move while signaling that the pace of subsequent increases will be “gradual” and in line with previous projections. more
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