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Economic Activity

Service industries slow in February, ISM finds

TEMPE, Ariz. – The Institute for Supply Management today said its index of non-manufacturing business fell to 54.3 in February from its January reading...

Central banks appear unlikely to cut rates

The selloff that has roiled the world’s markets for the past week has some investors hoping the central banks will react by loosening interest...

Woonsocket lead program wins ‘green’ rating

WOONSOCKET – The city’s financial assistance program for lead-related repairs in older housing has won the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s highest...
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U.S. banks earn record profits for 6th year

The U.S. banking industry broke earnings records in 2006 for the sixth year in a row, but much of that profit occurred at the...
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Tapping the power of biofuels

Though it has been virtually unavailable this winter, “bioheating” oil – a blend of diesel and oil refined from vegetable oil, recycled cooking grease...
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DEM seeks violator fine hikes

The R.I. Department of Environmental Management is seeking passage of several pieces of legislation that would substantially increase the potential penalties for environmental, hazardous-waste...

State signs phase-one lease<br> for Quonset Gateway

The Quonset Development Corporation last week approved changes to the proposed Gateway project, including some made in response to concerns raised by residents and...
URI PRESIDENT Robert L. Carothers is concerned that employers are pushing colleges to focus too narrowly on job skills. /

On what skills should colleges focus?

The state’s colleges and universities are under increasing pressure from the state and the business community to produce graduates who are ready for the...

Luxury home plans use several ‘green’ concepts

The Carnegie Abbey Club in Portsmouth has drawn plenty of attention for its luxury facilities and the 21-story tower and “cottages” being built on...

Judge’s ruling doesn’t end<br> debate over lead verdict

A year after a state jury found that lead paint was a public nuisance in Rhode Island and the Sherwin-Williams Co. and two other...
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