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PRECISE CUTS: Bert Lima, shop supervisor at The Beck Cos., operates the robotic saw jet from BACA Systems. It allows precise cuts and details in the stone countertops and pieces that Beck manufactures.
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Robots seen complementing, not replacing, workers

Manufacturers in Rhode Island who are looking for greater efficiency and productivity are turning to automated machines and programmable robots, but the technology creates...

URI needs own board of trustees

There is no question, the University of Rhode Island is not like the Community College of Rhode Island, nor even Rhode Island College. Yet...
UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND President David M. Dooley appeared before the House Finance Committee Monday in support of legislation that would create a URI board of trustees. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Do you think that the University of Rhode Island should have...

University of Rhode Island President David M. Dooley went before the General Assembly recently to argue that URI needs an independent board of trustees...
UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND President David M. Dooley appeared before the House Finance Committee Monday in support of legislation that would create a URI board of trustees. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Dooley testifies for bill to create URI board of trustees

PROVIDENCE – University of Rhode Island President David M. Dooley told lawmakers Monday that URI urgently needs its own board of trustees, arguing that...
THE CURRENT CONDITIONS Index value in April was 58, marking economic expansion. URI economist Leonard Lardaro said despite the expansion, the indicators showed slowing economic momentum in the state. / COURTESY LEONARD LARDARO

Lardaro: R.I. April CCI shows economic expansion but also weakening momentum

PROVIDENCE – The Current Conditions Index for Rhode Island in April had a value of 58, according to University of Rhode Island economist Leonard...
SALVE REGINA UNIVERITY students Caroline McNeil, left, and Lindsay Wright work in Assistant Professor Heather Axen's lab at Salve's Department of Biology and Biomedical Sciences./COURTESY SALVE REGINA UNIVERSITY

URI-based biomed research network gets $20M grant

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The National Institutes of Health has awarded $20 million to the Rhode Island Institutional Development Award of Biomedical Research Excellence, or...
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HIGHWAY RELOCATION: Shown at right are the East Side parcels of developable land in the 40-acre Interstate 195 Redevelopment District of Providence. The district was created after the original Interstate 195, seen at far left, was federally relocated more than 10 years ago.
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Despite questions, I-195 District on course

When Robert Davis, a longtime real estate lawyer, joined the board of the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission in 2015, he’d talk to potential developers...

Toray Plastics announces membership in Sustainable Packaging Coalition

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Toray Plastics (America) Inc., maker of polyester, polypropylene and other films for packaging, announced it has joined the Sustainable Packaging Coalition,...
STOREFRONTS: Journeyman glazer Michael Bennacchia of Chandler Architects works on the interior storefronts during renovation of the Empire Street wing of the Providence Public Library.
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Training at heart of PPL’s new mission

The Providence Public Library, the grand dame of Rhode Island’s public libraries, is just a shell of its former self … literally.Last fall the...
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Five Questions With Rainer Lohmann

Rainer Lohmann | Professor, University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography1. In 2017 you were picked to direct a national Superfund research...
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