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Public education in Rhode Island is strongest in school spending and standards that ensure accountability, but weakest in K-12 student achievement, according to the 2014 edition of Education Week’s Quality Counts report. more
Companies added more workers than projected in December as U.S. employers grew more optimistic about the prospects for demand, a private report based on payrolls showed today. more
The R.I. Division of Motor Vehicles will offer extended hours during January to accommodate an anticipated influx of commercial drivers required to complete a self-certification before Jan. 31, Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee announced Tuesday. more
The South Eastern Economic Development Corporation will host two workshops on Feb. 6 in Providence to guide beginning entrepreneurs through the basic steps of starting, owning and growing a business. more
The Providence-New Bedford-Fall River metro area ranked 148th on the 2013 Milken Institute Best-Performing Cities Index, which evaluated local job growth, wages and salaries growth, and high-tech industry performance in 200 metro areas nationwide to assess the overall economic performance of the nation’s cities last year. more
The Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council will host a public forum on higher education featuring review panels of educators, analysts and policymakers both from within Rhode Island and representing national organizations. more
The 2014 Working Waterfront Festival set for Sept. 27 and 28 has been awarded a $45,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to help with production. more
Marble busts from the Vanderbilt family, which built The Breakers, the grandest summer cottage in the City by the Sea, have become a permanent fixture at the mansion, courtesy of the owner and several donors. more
Textron Inc., the manufacturer of Cessna aircraft, will boost its lineup of propeller-driven aircraft after reaching a deal to buy Beechcraft Corp. for $1.4 billion, as it seeks to counter a slump in business-jet sales. more
The Center for Marketing Research at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth is accepting requests from area businesses and organizations to perform marketing research for the semester beginning January 2014. more
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