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The Lifespan health system announced a new tobacco use policy on Monday under which its employees who use tobacco products will pay a $600 annual surcharge to their medical benefits. more
The National League of Cities coalition has selected Providence as one of eight cities nationwide to receive a two-year grant of up to $260,000, building on previous funding that supported the development of a city outreach campaign to enroll children and families in RIte Care, the state’s Medicaid-managed care program for low-income families. more
U.S. stocks advanced, after the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index posted its biggest weekly loss in three months, on an increase in takeover activity and better-than-forecast earnings from Citigroup Inc. more
The University of Massachusetts on Monday announced $865,000 in grants under the President’s Science and Technology Initiatives Fund to support seven faculty research projects ranging from climatology and wind energy to health care and laser technology. more
Modest gains in economic momentum in May hold promise for Rhode Island this summer, University of Rhode Island economist Leonard Lardaro said in his latest Current Conditions Index, but as usual that is only part of the story for the Ocean State. more
The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth has raised $1.5 million for the expansion of the Charlton College of Business, securing an additional $3 million donation from the Charlton Trust for the $15 million project. more
Providence Business News has announced the winners in its third annual Healthiest Employers recognition program. The 32 finalists, which were chosen based on scores in six wellness categories by Healthiest Employers Inc., which does similar surveys across the nation. more
General Dynamics Corp., the Pentagon’s No. 3 contractor, raised its full-year profit forecast while second-quarter sales declined in a slumping defense market. more
R.I. Superior Court Judge Michael A. Silverstein has approved the state’s $4.37 million settlement with the law firm Moses Afonso Ryan Ltd., denying objections by a number of other defendants in the 38 Studios lawsuit who challenged the constitutionality of the proposed settlement. more
The Northeast regional Consumer Price Index rose 1.9 percent on a nonseasonally adjusted basis during the 12 months ended in June, a somewhat less significant increase than the 2.1 percent jump in consumer prices nationally, according to a report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. more
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