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It turns out that most people who enrolled in health insurance for 2014 through HealthCare.gov didn’t bother going back to the site to shop around for better prices for 2015. That means they will pay higher premiums than necessary. It also raises a separate question: What’s the point of having options if so few people use them? more
Roger Williams University senior Willem Delventhal last summer decided to say farewell to a friend in a quirky, unconventional way, which turned into an award-winning business idea. more
It’s almost a cliche at this point – the U.S. needs to spend more on infrastructure. Other countries are running circles around us in the infrastructure department. It’s fashionable to blame this on the Republicans’ scorched-earth tactics against President Barack Obama, and on conservative distrust of government spending in general. And those are certainly factors. Problems with state and local government finances are another issue. more
Since coming to Rhode Island in 2008 after overseeing Boston’s massive Big Dig project, Department of Transportation Director Michael Lewis has steadily built a strong national and local reputation as a transportation leader. He’s overseen major infrastructure improvements, including the Iway in downtown Providence and expansion of commuter rail across the Ocean State. more
Call it the natural gas paradox: The more abundant and inexpensive the fuel becomes, the more it seems to cost New England electricity users. more
St. Mary Academy – Bay View middle school students compete in a robotics qualifying tournament on Dec. 6 at The Gordon School in East Providence. The Bay View team qualified for the First Lego League state championship, to be held Jan. 17 at Roger Williams University. The team also won first place for its research project and presentation. Clockwise from bottom left, around the practice competition board: Elizabeth Killian, Kinzie Fairman, Elizabeth Cooney, Sophia Javid, Emilie Lum, Abigail Swift, Giovanna Sgalia, Isabella DeNuccio, Brooke Nyman and Christina O’Brien. more
The Champlin Foundations awarded the University of Rhode Island three grants totaling $421,795 to purchase high-tech equipment to advance education and student learning. more
Rhode Island landed in the top 20 for the number of construction jobs it added year-over-year in November, and from October to November, according to the Associated General Contractors of America. more
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin said that the state of Rhode Island will receive $198,000 through a settlement with T-Mobile over “mobile cramming,” in which charges for third-party services on consumers’ mobile telephone bills that had not been authorized by the consumer are included. more
Personal income in Rhode Island grew 1.1 percent to $51.8 billion in the third quarter compared with $51.2 billion in the previous period, according to data released by the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis on Friday. more
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