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Wickford PR firm specializes in preparedness

Eric Cote had no idea when he and partner Ken D’Ambrosio set out to start a communications firm eight years ago that they’d develop...

Bills would lift cap on renewable-energy credit

A pair of bills now before the General Assembly would lift the caps on state personal income tax credits given to Rhode Island residents...

U.S. banks reap profits from China connections

Citizens Financial Group and Bank of America are among a vanguard of large U.S. banks that have bought stakes in Chinese banks and forged...
BILL FOULKES, the new leader of the Center for Design and Business, wants the center to become a resource for companies worldwide. /

New chief brings global vision<br> to Center for Design and Business

The new Center for Design and Business reflects less of a restructuring by newly hired executive director Bill Foulkes, he says, than a “dramatic...

Spring arrives, tourism blooms, say state officials

In the upcoming tourism season, Providence will have 500 more hotel rooms than last year, and Newport will have a new historic inn, a...
NOT ONLY will the new music center bring their now-scattered educational programming under one roof, Philharmonic officials say, but the added space could triple enrollment. /

Philharmonic raising $12M for school,

With a new location for all its music education programming, the Rhode Island Philharmonic is hoping to triple the enrollment at its Music School...

CVS to offer internships to 1M urban, rural youth

Aiming to encourage young people to consider careers in pharmacy, CVS Corp. said last week that it will expand an internship program for disadvantaged...

Building a bright future for the old Polish Home

It’s been a long time since the Polish National Home, at 66 Chaffee St. in the heart of Olneyville, was a vibrant social...

Lead-paint case heading to state Supreme Court

The state’s years-long legal battle with paint manufacturers over the ravages of lead paint is going to continue in the R.I. Supreme Court, just...
JOBLESS RATES (in percents) from 2000 through last month are shown for Rhode Island, in gray, and the nation, in black.  /

State’s jobless rate drops<br> below U.S. average again

For the first time since 2005, Rhode Island’s unemployment rate has fallen below the U.S. average, declining by three-tenths of a percentage point to...
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