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The Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity on Thursday released its 2014 Report Card on Rhode Island Competitiveness, in which the Ocean State scored a “D” or “F” in nearly 80 percent of the measures analyzed to evaluate the state’s regional and natural economic competitiveness. more
Although the R.I. Department of Labor and Training is more commonly known for delivering unemployment benefits than placing people in jobs, expanded and continuing programming targeted to help people find work – along with two policy changes – are expected to help move those who are without a job off the unemployment rolls sooner, Director Charles J. Fogarty said. more
Four hospitals in Rhode Island will receive an additional $5.75 million in Medicare payments, the state’s congressional delegation announced Wednesday. more
The new 10 cent toll on the Sakonnet River Bridge began Monday despite protests and a damaging fire over the weekend. more
Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee today announced that he will not seek a second term as governor. more
Jobless claims in the U.S. declined last week to the lowest level since April 2006 as work on computer systems in two states caused those employment agencies to report fewer applications. more
The same federal contractor that vetted Edward Snowden, who leaked information about classified U.S. spying programs, also performed a background check that let the Washington Navy Yard shooter obtain a security clearance. more
The Rhode Island Foundation is teaming up with state economic development officials to build a plan for growing the local economy from the ideas of business leaders. more
The R.I. Division of Taxation proposed a new regulation Monday establishing a statewide arts district. more
Town councilors approved an agreement Tuesday that would require Bryant University to pay $300,000 a year for 20 years to offset the cost of police and fire calls made to the university. more
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