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To celebrate National Marina Day, a handful of Rhode Island boating companies will offer a day of powerboat lessons in Newport on Saturday, June 8 in an endeavor to make boating more attractive to local residents of all skill levels. more
Construction spending in the U.S. climbed in April, as private projects rose and public spending slumped. more
Richline Group Inc., a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., announced an agreement in principle to acquire the Honora brand, the largest importer of freshwater cultured pearls in the United States. more
(Updated Tuesday, June 25, 3:40 p.m.) Providence Business News has changed the way our PBN.com visitors access news and information on the site. Beginning at noon Monday, we moved to what is known as “metering,” a model of accessing online content that is used by The New York Times, the Financial Times and other popular publications. more
Using alternate measures, Rhode Island’s state unemployment average could be considered 9.8, 10.2, 11 or 16.7 percent, according to a report released Friday by the R.I. Department of Labor and Training. more
At its annual meeting Wednesday evening, the Rhode Island Foundation presented its three annual awards to Rhode Islanders “who have shown tremendous leadership and dedication to improving out state and the quality of life for others through their philanthropy and community engagement,” according to a release. more
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded $2 million in grants to assist extremely low-income people and families in Rhode Island who are living with HIV/AIDS. more
More than 16,500 properties in the Ocean State are at risk of storm surge damage, according to an annual report from real estate-data firm CoreLogic. Of those 16,722 at-risk Rhode Island properties, 3,899 were described as being at “extreme risk” of hurricane-related storm surge damage. more
The Providence metropolitan area ranked No. 22 on the annual American Fitness Index, a list that ranks the country’s 50 largest metro areas using indicators such as access to health care, smoking and obesity rates. more
Consumer confidence rose in May to the highest level in almost six years as a rising stock market and property values helped lift Americans’ outlook on the economy. more
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