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Rhode Island ranks among the worst states for transparency of government spending data, according to a study by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund released Tuesday. Rhode Island’s overall score of 62 out of a possible 100 earned the state a grade of D+ and ranked Rhode Island as the ninth least-transparent state in the country. more
Fewer Rhode Island children are dropping out of high school and more than ever have access to quality health care, but close to 20 percent of the state’s children live at or below the poverty line, according to the 2014 Factbook released Monday by Rhode Island Kids Count. more
Mayor Jon Mitchell last week said that $100,000 of the city’s Community Development Block Grant money will go towards a renovation intended to create a fishing museum in the city, Southcoasttoday.com reported. more
The United Regional Young Professionals Organization recently completed an end-of-year fundraising campaign alongside Project Smile resulting in the donation of $75, collection of several boxes full of stuffed animals and increased awareness for Project Smile’s efforts. more
The week of March 31 to April 4 marked Education Awareness Week in Rhode Island. It is a collaboration between Junior Achievement and Teach For America to highlight the work that our teachers and schools are doing to educate and inspire our students, the future leaders of our state. We do this by inviting community leaders to take on difficult and innovative work as guest teachers in classrooms. more
Rhode Islanders weary of the barrage of statistics that have put the Ocean State dead last for unemployment for four consecutive months can now view local success stories through “Our Backyard TV,” a new 24-hour On Demand channel produced by Cox Communications in partnership with the Rhode Island Foundation. more
The first annual 5K Run/Walk for Dr. T’s Kids will be held Sunday, April 6, at Goddard Park in honor of the late Dr. Robert B. Trivett. more
Granite Telecommunications LLC has donated $4,322 to the Gary “Cooter” Hopkins Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund after employees participated in Jeans Days. more
The first Junior Achievement Titan Challenge in financial literacy awarded scholarships to top winners at the end of March. more
GTECH Corp. contributed $86,641 to the United Way of Rhode Island as part of its launch of its annual “Live United” campaign. more
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