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RICHARD DUMONT, owner of R.N.D. Builders in Seekonk, had to drop everything to serve a year-long tour in Iraq with the R.I. Army National Guard. Above, he works on a house his company is building in Cumberland. /

Paying a price for their service

Richard Dumont was in the process of building two houses and one home addition in November 2003 when he received notification of his deployment...
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Bills would narrow gaps in premiums

An alliance of businesses and consumer advocates is pushing for a major overhaul of Rhode Island’s small-group health insurance market, promoting legislation that would...

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...

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...
STATE REP. Patricia A. Serpa, D-West Warwick, is lead sponsor of the House measure. /

Should R.I. pharmacists be allowed<br> to give routine shots?

Saying they want to make it easier for elderly Rhode Islanders to get their immunizations, several legislators have proposed a bill to allow pharmacists...

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...

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...

Citing controversy, Wal-Mart<br> abandons bank plan

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has scrapped plans to open its own bank, ending a two-year controversy that roiled financial-services companies that feared direct competition from...
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