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State says risk from coronavirus still low but urges preparedness - Providence Business News Department of Health issued an update Thursday on the state’s preparedness for the potential impact of the COVID-19 virus, known as the coronavirus. The department noted that risk to residents remains low and that there has been no confirmed cases of the virus in the state to date.

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R.I. Commerce Corp. authorizes credits, incentives for 6 projects - Providence Business News Has authorized incentives to encourage several employers to expand operations in the state, as well as tax credits for developers to convert vacant buildings to new apartments. The largest project is in Pawtucket, in an area known as the Conant Thread District, for the construction of a new 150,000-square-foot…

U.S. economy grew at 2.1% rate in Q4 but virus threat looms - Providence Business News WASHINGTON – The United States economy grew at an annual rate of 2.1% in the final quarter of last year, but damage from the spreading coronavirus is likely depressing growth in the current quarter and for 2020 as a whole. The Commerce Department said Thursday that the overall pace of growth in the October-December…

Providence Public Library receives $100K grant from Verizon to support digital programming - Providence Business News PROVIDENCE – Providence Public Library and its programming will be getting a large monetary boost, thanks to its technology neighbor residing across the street on Washington Street. The library has received a $100,000 grant from Verizon Communications Inc.

The Hilb Group acquires certain assets of D. F. Dwyer & Associates The Hilb Group, LLC, a Richmond, Virginia based insurance agency, announced today that it has acquired certain assets of Newport-based D. Dwyer and Associates, LLC. The D.F. Dwyer Insurance Agency was founded in 1962, by Daniel F.

Orders for U.S. business equipment jumped at start of year - Providence Business News WASHINGTON – Orders placed with United State factories for business equipment increased in January by the most in a year, representing a respite in the corporate investment slowdown that weighed on the economy last year.

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Titleist golf ball launches drive Acushnet's $121M profit in 2019 - Providence Business News FAIRHAVEN – Acushnet Holdings Corp. earned a profit of $121.1 million in 2019, a 21.2% increase year over year. The company, which oversees the Titleist brand, among other golf products, on Thursday credited product launches with boosting its 2019 results.

Pawtucket soccer project leaders express optimism, but give few details on progress - Providence Business News PROVIDENCE – Leaders involved in the $400 million soccer stadium development proposed for Pawtucket painted a rosy picture of progress at a Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce event Thursday morning, but they offered few details on what they have achieved since announcing the project in December.

Providence Journal parent posts $121M loss in 2019 - Providence Business News PROVIDENCE – Gannett Co., parent company of The Providence Journal and several other local publications, lost $121.2 million for 2019, according to the company Thursday. The company reported a profit of $18.1 million in 2018. Loss per diluted share was $1.77 for 2019, compared with a profit of 31 cents one year prior.

Newport Tour Guides & Greeters News #113: Spring and summer hiring begins The mild weather, an increase in early bookings, and a general positive business climate are helping to kick off the Spring and Summer 2020 hiring season. A number of new jobs have been posted this week - see details below - for tour guides, greeters, ticket sales, boat crews, and more.

Brian C. Jones: In an age of guilt, are we guilty of being guilty? You've probably got enough to feel guilty about without me butting in. So, sorry. But if you quit reading this, will you feel guilty about not finishing what you started? And if you keep on reading, will you feel guilty about putting off what you should be doing?

A Layman's View: For one Generation Z'er-it has taken three jobs to get by "I was one of five children, all are half-siblings from other relationships, I don't really know my biological dad and I don't talk with my mother." The 7-Eleven job put money in her pocket while attending Middletown High School, helping her buy day-to-day necessities.

R.I. Senate passes Plastic Waste Reduction Act; legislation designed to reduce use of plastic bags The Senate today passed the Plastic Waste Reduction Act that was introduced by Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio. The legislation is designed to reduce the use of plastic bags by retail establishments by offering recyclable bag options and providing penalties for violations.

Parents and advocates call for urgently needed comprehensive parentage reform – Uprise RI When Eli was born, I had no presumed parental rights. Not one. I was not his birth parent and I wasn’t able to put my name on his birth certificate before we left the hospital, ” said Dr Sara Watson. “I had to spend eight agonizing months going through a burdensome process to adopt my son….

Price Rite Marketplace to unveil 6 new store formats - Providence Business News PROVIDENCE – Price Rite Marketplace will reopen six stores in Rhode Island on Friday, following renovations that were intended to give the stores a fresh design and to accommodate new displays for more organic, private-label and fresh foods. The company announced the changes in a news release.

Five Questions With: Alyce Wright - Providence Business News Alyce Wright is a longtime sales associate with Lila Delman Real Estate who recently represented the seller of a condo closing in the Carnegie Tower. She is the real estate agent who has sold the most condos in the building, now five. She responded recently to questions posed by the Providence Business News about the…

William Warner-designed waterfront home sells for $2.9M - Providence Business News NARRAGANSETT – A 3,700-square-foot waterfront home in Narragansett has sold for $2.9 million, the Moran Real Estate Group announced this week. The house, at 51 Sea Ridge Drive, has three bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms and has views over Narragansett Bay of the Jamestown and Newport bridges.

City to host public meeting for Great Streets projects - Providence Business News PROVIDENCE – The city Department of Planning and Development will host a public meeting on March 10 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Bomes Theatre to discuss the Great Streets projects proposed for Upper South Providence, Lower South Providence, Elmwood and the West End.

American Institute of Architects opposes uniform style mandate - Providence Business News PROVIDENCE – The American Institute of Architects has issued a statement opposing a proposed uniform style mandate for federal buildings. The institute, which has local chapters throughout the U.S., including in Rhode Island, said the following on Feb.

RISD Student Designs 'Year Of The Rat' Stamp The Year of the Rat is off to a great start for Camille Chew. This spring the RISD student will be earning her MFA in printmaking and illustration and her work is on a postage stamp! Chew created the rat mask now featured on the first of the twelve stamps in this year's Lunar New Year series.

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Senate approves plastic bag ban - Providence Business News PROVIDENCE – The state Senate on Wednesday unanimously approved legislation banning plastic bags statewide. The bill, sponsored by Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio, D-Providence, prohibits retailers from carrying single-use plastic bags or nonrecycle paper bags, replacing them with reusable cloth or plastic bags with handles.

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