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POSITIVE VIBES: According to results from the Providence Business News Summer 2017 Business Survey, local business owners are optimistic about the future of their businesses and the statewide economy, despite ongoing concerns about finding qualified workers and managing rising health care costs.  / PBN GRAPHIC/ANNE EWING & LISA LAGRECA

Strong quarterly results help fuel R.I. business owners’ faith in local...

Optimism reigns among Rhode Island business owners about the future for their businesses and the statewide economy, despite ongoing concerns about finding qualified workers...
BAKER: Paul DiBiase splits his time working part time as a pharmacist and as a baker at his new franchise, Great Harvest Bread Co., in North Kingstown. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Franchisee: Paul DiBiase

Paul DiBiase | Great Harvest Bread Co. | North KingstownThe Pitch: We make the freshest, best-tasting, 100 percent whole-wheat breads that you’ll find anywhere. Years...
A UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND research initiative measuring the ecological health of Narragansett Bay will receive $19 million from the National Science Foundation's Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research. / COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND

$19M in NSF funding awarded to URI Narragansett Bay research initiative

PROVIDENCE - Consortium for Coastal Ecology Assessment, Innovation, and Modeling, or C-AIM, a University of Rhode Island research initiative measuring the ecological health of Narragansett...
LENDING SUPPORT: Donald H. DeHayes, University of Rhode Island provost and vice president of academic affairs, says URI is sensitive to the cost of education and spends $100,000 on financial aid each year. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Tuition, fees up at Rhode Island colleges, universities

In the fall, Rhode Island’s public-college students will find their education a little more expensive. The fiscal year 2018 state budget included across-the-board tuition...
TESTING: Abigail Scro, diagnostic technician at the Roger Williams University Aquatic Diagnostic Lab, prepares to run a test to look at quantitative Polymerase chain reactions that would indicate levels of Vibrio para­haemolyticus in oysters. / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

R.I. schools promote undergrad research

If a university undergraduate is considering an advanced degree or wants to engage in discovery, what better way for them to learn than by...
CLOSING OUT: ­Arnold Bromberg, right, co-owner of Benny’s, helps Karen Weihs of Tucson, Ariz., find an LED USB desk lamp. Benny’s recently announced it is closing all 31 stores in southern New England. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ ­MICHAEL SALERNO

Benny’s closings blow to workers, economy

The Bromberg family decision to close all 31 of its iconic Benny’s stores has tugged at the heartstrings of many nostalgic Rhode Islanders who...
THE UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND received $1.4 million in scholarship funding from the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program to educate science, technology, engineering and mathematics teachers. / UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND

URI School of Education nets $1.4M in scholarships to prepare STEM...

PROVIDENCE - University of Rhode Island's School of Education is the beneficiary of a $1.4 million Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program geared to science,...
PROVIDENCE COLLEGE RANKED No. 1 for regional colleges in the nation in the 2018 U.S. News college rankings. / COURTESY PROVIDENCE COLLEGE/BOB ROWAN

Little movement in U.S. News rankings for R.I.-based schools

PROVIDENCE – Results from Tuesday’s U.S. News and World Report 2018 Best Colleges ranking show minimal improvement for Rhode Island-based schools.University of Rhode Island...
THE RHODE ISLAND Community Food Bank, a member of the nationwide network of food banks called Feeding America, suggests monetary donations are the best way Rhode Islanders can assist those in need in Texas following Hurricane Harvey. Above, Rhode Island Community Food Bank CEO Andrew Schiff helps volunteer Yve Capella stock the shelves at The Olneyville Food Center in Providence. /PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Rhode Islanders come to aid of Hurricane Harvey victims

PROVIDENCE – In the wake of what some are calling a storm for the ages, Rhode Islanders are banding together to aid those who...
AFTER FOUR YEARS leading an international team of researchers to better understand neck-pain diagnosis, prevention and treatment, University of Rhode Island physical therapy professor Peter Blanpied published his findings in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy in its July issue. /COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND

URI physical therapy professor publishes report on neck pain

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – After four years leading an international team of researchers to better understand neck-pain diagnosis, prevention and treatment, University of Rhode Island...
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