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THIS GRAPH IN R.I KIDS COUNT’s latest policy brief shows that Rhode Island schools with the highest rate of participation in school breakfast programs use a combination of the federal Community Eligibility Program, which reimburses schools for providing both free breakfasts and free lunches to all students, and an "alternative breakfast service" that makes breakfast part of the school day./ COURTESY R.I. KIDS COUNT

KIDS COUNT: R.I. needs to boost student access to school breakfast

PROVIDENCE – More than four out of five Rhode Island schoolchildren aren't participating in a school breakfast program and many of those children are...

12 companies eyeing 38 Studios-type loan guarantees from EDC

PROVIDENCE – A dozen companies – half of them out-of-state businesses looking to relocate to the Ocean State – are lining up to take...

Wash Trust posts record profit in 2Q

WESTERLY – Washington Trust Bancorp Inc., parent of The Washington Trust Co., said on Monday that its second-quarter net income shot up by more...

Newport Bancorp profit declines 12.4% in 2Q

NEWPORT – Newport Bancorp Inc., the holding company for Newport Federal Savings Co., on Friday posted $439,000 in net income for the second quarter,...

John Yena appointed Bancorp Rhode Island chairman

PROVIDENCE – John A. Yena, former president of Johnson & Wales University, has been appointed chairman of Bancorp Rhode Island and its subsidiary Bank...

R.I. jobless down to 10.8%

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s jobless rate edged down a tenth of a percentage point to 10.8 percent in June, but the state lost 1,500...

Bancorp RI 2Q profit drops by a third

(Updated, July 22)PROVIDENCE – Bancorp Rhode Island Inc. said Thursday that its second-quarter profit dropped by a third to $1.82 million as it recorded...

Webster 2Q profit doubles

WATERBURY, Conn. – Webster Financial Corp. on Friday said its second-quarter profit nearly doubled compared with the year-earlier period as the bank cut back...
NARRAGANSETT BAY INSURANCE CO., based in Pawtucket, will extend offers to State Auto customers in Rhode Island and Massachusetts as of Jan. 1. /

State Auto leaving R.I. may benefit local insurance company

PAWTUCKET – A Columbus, Ohio-based insurance company’s decision to pull out of Rhode Island and reduce its offerings in Massachusetts might pay off for...

House budget a mixed bag for business

(Corrected, 3:30 p.m.)PROVIDENCE – The state's business community appears to have successfully fended off Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee’s proposal to expand the sales tax,...
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