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It’s a strange and wonderful time at Electric Boat. While most of the American defense sector contracts under federal budget cuts, the Groton, Conn.-based submarine builder is starting its largest expansion in a generation. At the company’s North Kingstown plant, Electric Boat is scaling up from 2,500 workers to potentially twice that number over the next eight years to develop the nation’s next ballistic-missile submarine. After years of cutbacks at Electric Boat, President Kevin J. Poitras is drawing on his 40 years of experience, which included the submarine arms race against the Soviet Union, to manage this new growth period. more
In the aftermath of the deadly bombing at the Boston Marathon, security is being defined, redefined and arranged, as spring takes hold in Rhode Island and civic leaders prepare for crowds expected at marathons, 5K walks, food festivals and Providence’s signature crowd-pleaser – WaterFire. more
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has communicated to investigators that he and his older brother alone were responsible for the Boston Marathon bombings and motivated by extremist Islam, according to a U.S. official briefed on the initial interrogation. more
The surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect gained more than 1,500 supporters in a campaign proclaiming his innocence on VKontakte, Russia’s most popular social network. more
Rhode Island’s congressional delegation announced Friday that the state would receive about $6.8 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The … more
The R.I. Airport Corporation and the R.I. Emergency Management Agency will hold a disaster preparedness exercise at T.F. Green Airport on Saturday, Sept. 14. more
The bar code – that series of lines marking almost everything you buy – could lead to huge savings for American taxpayers in the near future and perhaps save lives in times of conflict. more
Rhode Island first responders and Amtrak will hold a full-scale emergency response exercise on Saturday, Oct. 5. more
Electric Boat President Jeffrey S. Geiger painted a glowingly positive picture of the future expansion and employment at the shipbuilder’s North Kingstown facility, with 650 new jobs in 2014 planned to be added to the current workforce of about 2,800. more
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