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Approximately 36.1 million Americans will travel from home during Memorial Day weekend, an increase of 1.5 percent over last year’s 35.5 million travelers, AAA Southern New England estimates. more
Financial advice and ratings website GoBankingRates.com has identified Citizens Bank as the best bank in the nation for baby boomers, based on its excellent customer service and accessibility, as well as its planning services and bank accounts designed for older customers. more
General Electric Co., seeking approval from France’s government for its $17 billion Alstom SA energy bid, is in early-stage talks with nuclear-plant maker Areva SA and other French companies about asset sales or partnerships, people familiar with the matter said. more
U.S. stocks rose, following the first back-to-back weekly losses since January for the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, as Internet and small-cap shares extended a rally after a selloff. more
Gas prices dropped a penny in Rhode Island and Massachusetts this week, but Rhode Island’s average remained greater than national gasoline prices, according to the weekly survey by AAA Southern New England. more
In a new report released Monday by the national nonprofit Rural School and Community Trust, Rhode Island ranks as the third-highest-scoring state in the country for its rural education programs. more
The Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council on Monday released a report outlining a suggested performance management framework for evaluating the regulatory agency responsible for overseeing the state’s banking sector. more
Rhode Island added 1,300 construction jobs in the month of April, an 8.1 percent increase over the same month last year, ranking the Ocean State sixth in the country for highest percentage of construction jobs gained year over year, the Associated General Contractors of America reported. more
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin has approved the hospital conversion application for a joint venture between CharterCare Health Partners and Prospect Medical Holdings. more
Rhode Island’s unemployment rate remained the highest in the country in April despite a drop to 8.3 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. more
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