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BOSTON – Gov. Deval L. Patrick last week signed into law legislation that will make “targeted investments” in the state’s technology infrastructure in an attempt to increase access to broadband for underserved areas. more
Mark Stewart has a vision to make “extreme customer service” the priority of the restructured Rhode Island Small Business Development Center. more
The leading Democratic candidates for governor of Rhode Island agree on many key policy points, but not on how a political campaign should be financed. more
Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee has trumpeted the potential of Canadian hydropower to supply so-called clean electricity to the New England, and he is not alone. Solar and wind power also have been targeted for growth. But no matter the source, the region needs more than renewable energy to meet its needs. more
Rhode Island’s landfill has about 24 more years of life left in it, but a new push to recycle stained, worn and damaged clothes and other textiles may help stretch out that life a little longer. more
The plan by New England governors to finance new natural gas pipelines and electrical transmissions lines with charges on energy bills has been thrown into uncertainty. more
BOSTON – A lobbying firm will pay $100,000 to resolve allegations it profited from an inappropriate contingency-fee agreement with a Brighton, Mass., hospital, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced last week. more
BOSTON – Gov. Deval L. Patrick this month signed a new economic-development package to provide training to ensure the workforce meets the needs of employers, and also invest in the state’s Gateway Cities to promote development across the state. more
BOSTON – Massachusetts added 13,800 jobs in July for a total of 3,422,100 jobs, while total unemployment edged up 0.1 of a percentage point to 5.6 percent from the June rate, the Mass. Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development said. more
PROVIDENCE – The Municipal Road and Bridge Revolving Fund, a cost-saving program designed to provide a predictable funding source for local road and bridge improvements, benefited nine Rhode Island municipalities and 16 projects, generating $785,000 in savings in fiscal 2014. more
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