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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday announced $1 million in funding for Rhode Island to improve access to treatment for opioid-use disorders. more
Rhode Island’s capital city is one of the best college towns in the nation, according to College Rank. more
Consumer confidence increased to an almost one-year high in August as Americans became more optimistic about the labor market, according to a report from the New York-based Conference Board on Tuesday. more
CVS Health Corp., Apple Inc., Facebook Inc. and General Motors Co., the first U.S. automaker to have a female CEO, are among more than two dozen companies that added their names to a White House pledge to study gender pay gaps among their employees. more
First Southwest Co., a financial planning company, on Monday filed an objection to a $25.6 million settlement between the state and two other defendants in the ongoing civil lawsuit related to 38 Studios LLC. more
Rhode Island again is one of the least tax-friendly states, according to Kiplinger’s. more
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said the case to raise interest rates is getting stronger as the U.S. economy approaches the central bank’s goals. more
The U.S. economy grew less than previously reported last quarter on lower government outlays and a bigger depletion of inventories, capping a sluggish first-half performance propped up mainly by consumer spending. more
(Updated 11:04 a.m.) A federal project to build a liquefied natural gas processing facility in Providence is not in the city’s best interest, said Mayor Jorge O. Elorza Thursday, in a statement released by his office. The mayor cited environmental concerns associated with hydraulic fracking, which he said is devastating communities located near the extraction sources of natural gas. more
U.S. Sens. Jack F. Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Reps. James R. Langevin and David N. Cicilline announced today $1,601,344 in federal funding to assist fire departments in Central Falls, Exeter and Woonsocket in purchasing new trucks and firefighting equipment. These improvements will enhance response capabilities, vehicle safety advancements and financial savings in these communities. more
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