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Matt Bower joined Providence Business News as the Copy Editor in November 2016. Prior to joining PBN, he was a reporter and production assistant for the Warwick Beacon, Cranston Herald and Johnston Sun Rise at Beacon Communications in Warwick, R.I., and was a reporter for the Warwick Daily Times and Kent County Daily Times in West Warwick, R.I. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa.
Rhode Island is the 20th best state for starting a new business. Wyoming is the best and Hawaii is the worst, according to a GOBankingRates study. / COURTESY GOBANKINGRATES

Report: R.I. 20th best state to start a business

PROVIDENCE - Rhode Island ranks 20th best on a list of the best and worst states to start a business, according to GOBankingRates.com, a...
U.S. SEN. Jack F. Reed said the approximately $1.9 million federal grant will allow Rhode Island hospitals "to conduct clinical trials that will have a major impact on the future of children’s health in Rhode Island and across the nation." / COURTESY OFFICE OF U.S. SEN. JACK F. REED

R.I. Hospital receives $1.9M to study early childhood development

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island Hospital will receive $1,877,090 in federal funding from the National Institutes of Health as part of the Environmental Influence on...
RHODE ISLAND received $216,697 in awards from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in an effort to increase the number of mental health providers and substance abuse counselors in the state.

Brown, RIC to share $216K for mental health training programs

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island received $216,697 in awards from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in an effort to increase the number...
TRUTH IN Accounting reports Rhode Island is one of 40 "Sinkhole States," meaning they don't have enough assets to cover their debts. / COURTESY TRUTH IN ACCOUNTING

Report: R.I. taxpayer burden ranks 36th in U.S.

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s debt ranks 36th in the nation, with a taxpayer burden of $14,200, according to Chicago-based Truth in Accounting, a nonprofit...
RHODE ISLAND ranked 47th in the U.S. in highway performance by the nonprofit Reason Foundation. Shown is the 6-10 connector, just south of Westminster Street in Providence, showing the temporary braces put in by R.I. Department of Transportation 15 years ago. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ MICHAEL SALERNO

Report: R.I. ranks 47th in U.S. for highway performance

PROVIDENCE – Reason Foundation published its 22nd annual Highway Report on Thursday ranking all 50 states in terms of overall highway performance and cost...
DR. TIMOTHY J. Babineau, president and CEO of Lifespan, said, “We are proud to be building a partnership with one of the leading cancer centers in the United States.” / COURTESY LIFESPAN

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute partners with Lifespan to advance treatment, expand research

PROVIDENCE – Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Lifespan have signed a memorandum of understanding to form a partnership in an effort to advance treatment and...
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