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$63.8M in facilities projects proposed in R.I.

PROVIDENCE – The Office of Health Systems Development at the R.I. Department of Health this month received six “certificate of need” applications for a...
REVENUE FROM Newport Grand has fallen short of projections, so state officials are eager to see the facility expanded and revamped. /

Newport zoning can’t stop Grand plan

A Superior Court judge has ordered the City of Newport to stop trying to block an expansion of Newport Grand and issue the required...
IS IT ADVERTISING? Lawyer Jon Pincince says he uses his blog, above, to keep up with current events, not to attract clients. But he has gotten business because of the exposure. /

Regulators in quandary over lawyers’ blogs

Wakefield attorney Jon Pincince says he keeps a blog on Rhode Island legal issues, court cases, laws, legislation, social issues and political issues mostly...

Consumer unit reaches out to R.I. businesses

It's hard enough running a small business, and it's harder in Rhode Island, with its relatively high taxes and high benefits and utilities costs,...
DAVID AND MARK EXTER, of S & W Television & Appliance Co., are taking on the big retail stores like Wal-Mart and Best Buy, not only with their prices, but with the personal touches the big stores can't provide. /

Who’s afraid of the big-box stores?

S & W Television & Appliance Co. BUSINESS TYPE: Independent appliance retailer OWNER: Mark Exter LOCATION: 2735 Pawtucket Ave., East Providence EMPLOYEES: Seven full-time, two part-time (including owner) YEAR FOUNDED: 1946 ANNUAL...

Seekonk storyteller wins spoken-word Grammy

SEEKONK – Bill Harley, a children's book author, storyteller, humorist and performer, has won his first Grammy Award, in the Best Spoken Word Album...

Hasbro Inc. posts record $230.1M profit for 2006

PAWTUCKET – Hasbro Inc. has posted record annual profits of $230.1 million in 2006, up 8.5 percent from $212.1 million in 2005. The company credited...

GateHouse Media completes <br>purchase of JRC papers

FAIRPORT, N.Y. – GateHouse Media has completed its acquisition of seven newspapers in southeastern Massachusetts from the Journal Register Co., at a final price...

R.I. economy continues to expand in December

KINGSTON – The latest analysis by Leonard Lardaro, a professor of economics at the University of Rhode Island, shows the state’s economy continued to...

R.I. awards $500,000+ for jobs partnerships

CRANSTON – The Governor's Workforce Board last week awarded its second round of industry partnership grants, totaling more than $500,000, to engage "high-wage, high-growth"...
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