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Consumer spending rose less than forecast in March, wrapping up the weakest quarter in a year for the biggest part of the U.S. economy even as incomes accelerated. more
Worker pay in the U.S. rose as forecast in the first quarter, showing the steady drop in unemployment has yet to prompt employers to sweeten paychecks. more
As part of the first stage of its three-year, $12 million grant initiative, United Way of Rhode Island has awarded $3.1 million in grant funding to 31 organizations to fund 41 programs throughout the state. more
MIY Story Studio, short for Make It Yours, opened Thursday on Westminster Street to encourage workers and residents to share their thoughts about Rhode Island as part of a new statewide tourism campaign. more
Lifespan has formed an independent physician association that it says will better serve patients and streamline their care. more
Outreach efforts by U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Department of Corrections director A.T. Wall have led to “Road Map to Reentry: Community Workforce Development,” a summit geared toward educating Rhode Island business owners, employers and hiring managers about the financial incentives and benefits of hiring ex-offenders. more
Rhode Island ranked 48th nationally – or third worst in the nation – for jobs and opportunity in March, according to a new study released Thursday by the Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity. more
A $107 million development project slated to bring power to-and-from Block Island has hit a snafu this week, as the utility company heading the venture has rejected a request from the town for a “large sum” of money in exchange for granting an extension of time for the project. more
A report published by the Institute for Research on Higher Education at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education ranked Rhode Island as the 48th least affordable state to attend college, the university announced Wednesday. more
Aspen Aerogels Inc. CEO and President Donald R. Young received a 20.5 percent pay hike in 2015, to $3.47 million from $2.88 million. more
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