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(Corrected, 4:20 p.m.) Nearly five years after the U.S. economy first spiraled into recession, the local construction industry, like much of Rhode Island’s labor force, is still struggling to get to its feet. more
Oshean Inc., a nonprofit group formed to develop communications infrastructure in Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts, announced the completion Friday of Beacon 2.0, a high-speed fiber-optic network connecting more than 100 schools, hospitals, libraries and government agencies. more
(Updated, Feb. 3, 10:42 a.m.) Bryant University President Ronald K. Machtley on Friday said the university will establish a School of Health Sciences within the year that will be anchored by a graduate physician assistant program set to start in January 2015. more
CUMBERLAND – Civic Builders last month announced the closing of financing and start of construction on the 40,000-square-foot charter school for Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy. more
TripAdvisor, an online site for all things travel, has 132 reviews posted for Nick’s on Broadway in Providence. The comments range from “exquisite and elegant” to “mediocre” and “yummy brunch – worth the wait.” more
The Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council will host a public forum on higher education featuring review panels of educators, analysts and policymakers both from within Rhode Island and representing national organizations. more
Fluency in Spanish is in demand in Rhode Island’s health care sector, though training and additional pay are limited, even among some of the state’s top employers in the industry. more
Catherine Sama, professor of Italian and film media and head of the Italian section at the University of Rhode Island, recently won a National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellowship. She plans to create the first fully annotated translation of European painter Rosalba Carriera’s correspondence for a book series dedicated to women writers from the 14th to 18th centuries. more
NEW YORK – Fitch Ratings last week announced it assigned an “AA” rating to two bonds to be issued by the University of Massachusetts Building Authority on behalf of the University of Massachusetts. more
DARTMOUTH – Assistant biology professor Robert Drew of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth has been awarded the National Science Foundation CAREER award, which recognizes young, on-the-rise faculty members within their respective fields of education and research. more
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