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PROVIDENCE – State Sens. Harold M. Metts and Juan M. Pichardo, both Providence Democrats, are urging Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin to commit a portion of the $230 million in Google settlement funds received by Rhode Island to funding re-entry programs for ex-offenders. more
BOSTON – Attorney General Martha Coakley announced this month the open application period for the HomeCorps Assisting Homeowners at Risk of Foreclosure or Eviction Grant. more
NEWPORT – Neighbors of The Breakers estate in Newport are suing to block a new welcome center that’s planned for the site of the mansion, The Associated Press reported last week. more
The University of Rhode Island’s Coastal Resources Center is using a $75,000 grant from the Rhode Island Foundation to coordinate shared use of maps and data across state agencies as it helps the public prepare for the next major storm. more
Swapping rusted, green steel for the colorful lights and Art Deco-shapes of Pawtucket’s new Interstate 95 Bridge has given city leaders a boost of confidence that other neglected parts of their riverfront can be improved. more
The city this spring will once again apply for a federal transportation grant to fund a new streetcar system between Upper South Providence and College Hill, Providence officials said Friday. more
Brown University has awarded the Newport Historical Society a $10,000 grant to support work to document and interpret the university’s founding. more
Rhode Island’s combined state and federal top marginal tax rate on personal dividends income, currently 28.6 percent, ranks as the 20th highest rate in the country, according to a study published by the Tax Foundation on Tuesday. more
There’s plenty to like about the state’s new health-benefits exchange, HealthSource RI Executive Director Christine Ferguson told approximately 300 business owners, health care providers and insurance professionals at a Feb. 27 health care summit co-sponsored by Providence Business News. more
Whether it’s STEM, as in Massachusetts, or STEAM, popularized in Rhode Island, the goal of both educational acronyms and states is the same: build a more capable workforce. more
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