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Payrolls rose in 40 states in April and the unemployment rate fell in 23 as the U.S. labor market picked up following a soft patch a month earlier. more
Foreclosure rates in the Providence-Warwick metropolitan area dipped two-tenths of a percentage point in March to 1.7 percent compared with the same period last year, according to data released Wednesday by CoreLogic. more
Encased on two sides by scaffolding, Grace Episcopal Church is undergoing a nearly $800,000 exterior renovation that will clean and restore its stonework. more
Revenue exceeded expectations for the first 10 months of the fiscal year by 3.4 percent, and by 8.8 percent for April alone, the state Department of Revenue reported Tuesday. more
Next year’s tax filing deadline will be April 18, three days later than usual, the state Division of Taxation said Tuesday. more
The R.I. State Council on the Arts on Wednesday will celebrate 10 of Rhode Island’s creative entrepreneurs and RISCA’s partnership with the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts’ Assets for Artists program. more
Consumer confidence unexpectedly increased in May from a four-month low as Americans grew more sanguine about the economy and the labor market. more
Toronto-Dominion Bank, Canada’s second- largest lender by assets, agreed to buy Nordstrom Inc.’s Visa Inc. and private-label credit-card portfolio in the U.S. as it expands purchases in North American consumer credit. more
Gasoline prices increased 4 cents in Rhode Island, and 3 cents in Massachusetts, from last week, according to AAA Northeast. more
Orders for capital equipment rose in April for a second straight month, a sign U.S. business investment could pick up in the second half of the year. more
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