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Rhode Islanders weary of the barrage of statistics that have put the Ocean State dead last for unemployment for four consecutive months can now view local success stories through “Our Backyard TV,” a new 24-hour On Demand channel produced by Cox Communications in partnership with the Rhode Island Foundation. more
Court-ordered settlement talks between the state and Rhode Island public employees and retirees over cuts in pension benefits have broken down, sending the dispute to trial, both parties in the case said Friday. more
Despite a drop in Rhode Island’s unemployment rate to a seasonally adjusted 8.7 percent in March, the Ocean State again ranked as the state with the highest jobless rate in the country, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. more
The New York Times published an excellent account of how Curt Schilling bilked the taxpayers of Rhode Island out of millions of dollars to subsidize his now-defunct company, 38 Studios LLC. Unfortunately, there was something missing from the story: Schilling himself, who declined to speak to the reporter. more
Leaders of the Rhode Island Health Insurance Small Employer Taskforce are calling for greater transparency in health care provider finances following the release of national data for the top 100 most frequently billed procedures under Medicare. more
The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth has permanently appointed its current interim dean of the Charlton College of Business – Angappa Gunasekaran – as the official head of the business school. more
Rhode Island may have its credit grade cut by Moody’s Investors Service after lawmakers debated defaulting on $75 million in debt that brought a company started by former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling to Providence. more
Rhode Island demonstrated minimal improvement, and garnered mostly failing grades, in an annual Manufacturing and Logistics National Report from Ball State University’s Center for Business and Economic Research. more
The Governor’s Workforce Board was awarded a total of $810,000 to 48 Rhode Island businesses to help provide training for their workers. more
The unemployment rate for New England rose 0.1 percentage points in May to 6.9 percent, seasonally adjusted, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics announced Friday. more
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