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Brown University is among the 50 best-rated and most affordable colleges for international students, according to a new study of U.S. News and World Report data compiled by college rankings website Great Value Colleges. more
Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc would benefit the most among U.K. lenders from a rise in interest rates as it retreats from investment banking, according to analysts at Sanford C. Bernstein Ltd. more
The Massachusetts House and Senate on Wednesday approved raising the state’s minimum wage to $11 per hour over the next three years, the Associated Press reported. more
Applications for unemployment benefits in the U.S. rose to 317,000 last week, holding below this year’s average and signaling sustained progress in the labor market. more
The General Assembly on Wednesday passed the Renewable Energy Growth Program bill, establishing a 160-megawatt, five-year program to finance solar and other distributed generation projects and earning praise from the New England Clean Energy Council. more
U.S. states are set to increase spending at the slowest pace since the recession ended five years ago, reflecting wariness about the recovery. more
Small businesses would be able to write off capital purchases more quickly under a $73.1 billion tax reduction passed Thursday by the U.S. House of Representatives. more
The Washington Trust Co. collected approximately 10,000 pounds, or more than five tons, of peanut butter during its 14th annual Washington Trust Peanut Butter Drive to benefit the Rhode Island Community Food Bank and other food pantries across the state. more
Gilbane Building Co. has named Michael McKelvy its new president and chief operating officer, the first non-family member to hold that position since the company’s founding in 1873. McKelvy joins Gilbane as William J. Gilbane Jr., who has served as president and COO since 2004, prepares to transition into a new role as the company’s vice chairman. more
Duffy & Shanley’s public relations team has won four awards through The Publicity Club of New England’s annual Bell Ringer Awards, announced June 9. more
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