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Economy
7:26 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Lardaro: "What a bizarre situation RI finds itself in"

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PROVIDENCE, RI – University of Rhode Island Professor of Economics Leonard Lardaro has released his monthly report on the state's economy. Lardaro says the July numbers show both good news and bad news.

"What a bizarre situation Rhode Island finds itself in the acceleration in activity that everyone here had been so eagerly awaiting has already occurred and is in the process of disappearing!" Those are the words used by Professor Lardaro in summarizing the start of the third quarter.

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Economy
8:56 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Central Falls gets high financial praise

PROVIDENCE, RI – Moody's is taking a shine to Central Falls' plan to dig itself out of bankruptcy. The bond rating agency released a report that applauds the city's five-year plan.

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Economy
9:11 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Rhode Island housing market showing some good signs

Providence city condo skyline
Photo: RIPR file

PROVIDENCE, RI – The data is mixed on Rhode Island home sales, but the news is mostly good for single home sales.

The Rhode Island Association of Realtors reports that home sales were 22 percent higher in July over the same month last year. In addition although the median price was down, it was down just 1 percent. The Association says this means prices are beginning to stabilize.

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Economy
10:21 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Rhode Island's unemployment rate edged down slightly in July

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PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island's unemployment rate edged down slightly in July.

Rhode Island's jobless rate dipped slightly from 10.9 percent in June to 10.8 percent in July. It was the third consecutive monthly decrease and the lowest rate since May 2009.

Some 60-thousand Rhode Islanders remain out of work, the lowest number in three years.

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Economy
3:39 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

RIPEC: RI sluggish economic growth so far in 2012

PROVIDENCE, RI – A new economic report finds there is more grim news on the Rhode Island economy. The business-backed Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council says the state's economic growth slowed significantly in the first half of the year.

The report also says there appears to be no relief in the short term. RIPEC research director Ashley Denault says a low-skilled workforce coupled with uncertainty about continuation of the Bush tax cuts is causing businesses to hold back on hiring.

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Economy
12:53 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Gas prices keep on climbing across the region

PROVIDENCE, RI – Gas prices continue to rise in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts, that's according to the weekly survey of gas prices out of AAA Southern New England.

A gallon of regular unleaded jumped seven cents in the Ocean State, now costing on average $3.75 a gallon. That's 21 cents more than what drivers were paying last month, and a nickel above the national average.

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Economy
8:18 am
Tue August 14, 2012

And the winner is -

PETER FARRELLY AND MICHAEL CORRENTE AT RIIFF 2006
PHOTO: COURTESY OF RIIFF

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Rhode Island International Film Festival is now officially over. The Festival reports a record-breaking year in attendance for ticket buyers and filmmakers.

RIIFF Executive Director George Marshall says "It's simply been an incredible year for us."

The Film Festival showed 200 films, from 51 countries, from 32 states. Those 200 were culled from 4700 submissions. During the Festival 28 world premieres were held.

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Economy
9:31 am
Fri August 10, 2012

The Bottom Line: federal health care reform

PROVIDENCE, RI – This week's "The Bottom Line" is a re-airing of a July 6th interview with Claflin Company CEO Ted Almon regarding federal health care reform. It was recorded just after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Health Care Law. RIPR's Dave Fallon hosts.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you. news@ripr.org.

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Economy
8:06 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Block Island one step closer to a wind farm

SEAGULL OVER RI WATERS
PHOTO: RIPR FILE

PROVIDENCE, RI – A proposed wind farm off Block Island has passed a major regulatory hurdle.

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Economy
9:02 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island's federal legislators are home getting a firsthand look local businesses. The Department of Environmental Management is reporting that mosquitoes trapped at the end of July tested negative for West Nile Virus and and Eastern Equine Encephalitis. These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you. news@ripr.org

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