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Economy
9:07 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Local store owners mark special day

PROVIDENCE, RI – Saturday is National Small Business Saturday, a day to draw attention to the importance of locally-owned businesses.

President of the North Central Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, Deborah Ramos says this year the Chamber will offer a shuttle connecting stores in North Scituate, North Providence, and Johnston.

"The shuttle bus will loop around and make those three stops. And then also during that visit we will be making a brief stop for a small for a light lunch. All for ten dollars."

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Economy
8:48 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Busy travel weekend begins

Economy
9:29 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Varying estimates of the RI holiday shopping season

PROVIDENCE, RI – The head of the Rhode Island Retail Federation has a pessimistic view of holiday sales in the Ocean State. While the National Retail Federation is predicting a robust four percent growth in holiday sales, Paul DeRoche, director of the Rhode Island Retail Federation, expects it to be half that locally. "The economy is slow. Consumer confidence is not that great. So I think we'll have about a 1.5% to 2% growth over last year."

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Economy
9:28 am
Mon November 19, 2012

The need for food rising in RI

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Rhode Island Community Food Bank is out with its annual hunger report. Rhode Island now outranks Maine for having the highest level of food insecurity in New England.

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Economy
9:15 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Federal money for airport improvements

PROVIDENCE, RI – An infusion of 110 million in federal dollars will help to extend the main runway at T.F. Green Airport over the next five years. The money will also pay to mitigate noise and improve safety standards at the airport.

Senator Jack Reed was joined by local and state officials in announcing the availability of the money. Reed calls it an important step for improving one of the state's big economic generators.

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Economy
9:31 am
Tue October 16, 2012

RI Foundation fronts $1M to Make It Happen

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Rhode Island Foundation has rolled out a list of projects it would like to see worked on as part of its Make It Happen initiative. Hundreds of leaders in business, health care, the arts and other industry brain stormed for two days last month on ways to turn around the state's economy.

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Economy
5:50 am
Tue October 2, 2012

RI and MA gas prices still relatively high

Gas prices continue to climb
Photo: RIPR file

PROVIDENCE, RI – Gasoline prices are up in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts; although the prices are slightly better in Massachusetts.

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Economy
6:08 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Hundreds of needy veterans at Operation Stand Down

PROVIDENCE, RI – Some 500 veterans are expected to converge on to Diamond Hill Park in Cumberland this weekend for Operation Stand Down. The camp gives at-risk veterans a chance to tap into some much-needed services.

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Economy
8:22 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Unemployment numbers improve slightly

Economy
6:29 am
Thu September 20, 2012

RI ponders creating more affordable housing

Affordable housing in Pawtucket
Photo by: Flo Jonic

PROVIDENCE, RI – State Treasurer Gina Raimondo is lending her support to ballot question 7, which would allow the state to borrow 25 million dollars for affordable housing. The funds would be matched five fold in grants and donations from other sources.

Backers of the measure feel confident it will pass.

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