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  • RI men charged in theft of AC units worth $500k Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 3:44 PM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- Police in Rhode Island say they've made arrests in a half million dollar theft of air conditioning units from a Wal-Mart store. Woonsocket police said Monday that Larry Bates Sr. and Jesse Marinaro of Johnston and Matthew Bruckschen of Woonsocket are charged with conspiracy and larceny in connection with the April theft.

  • Items from Schilling's co. shown before auction Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 2:55 PM ET

    The company is selling off all its assets in separate auctions planned for Tuesday in Maryland and next week at the company's downtown Providence, R.I., headquarters, where Schilling's team was working on the "massively multiplayer online game" that was critical for 38 Studios' success.

  • 4 college savings plans get top Morningstar honors Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 2:21 PM ET

    BOSTON-- College savings plans offered through the states of Alaska, Maryland, Nevada and Utah earned top marks from Morningstar Inc. in the company's annual update to ratings of so-called 529 plans.

  • URI professor sees 'real strength' in economy Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 1:20 PM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- A Rhode Island economist says he sees some "real strength" and possible momentum in the state's economy. University of Rhode Island Professor Leonard Lardaro said in his "Current Conditions Index" report for August that the state economy seems to be gaining momentum, along with the U.S. economy.

  • RI gas prices drop 2 cents Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 11:48 AM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- Gasoline prices in Rhode Island have dropped by two cents in the past week. Costs for fuel in Rhode Island have dropped four cents in the past month. A year ago, gas cost $3.55 a gallon in Rhode Island.

  • RI collects $4.1M through tax amnesty program Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 11:46 AM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- A tax amnesty program in Rhode Island has generated more than $4.1 million in payments from people behind on their taxes. The state Division of Taxation said Monday that it has received 1,933 applications since the amnesty period began Sept. 2.

  • Contaminated lot in Providence turned into nursery Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 3:02 PM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- A nonprofit that promotes urban ecology in part through environmental job training has transformed a contaminated lot in Providence into a nursery with 300 trees. Groundwork Providence on Friday morning marked the opening of the Hope Tree Nursery in the city's Elmwood section.

  • RI treasurer hails successful $81M bond sale Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 11:47 AM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- Rhode Island officials say a recent sale of state general obligation bonds shows investor confidence in the state. Lincoln Chafee announced Thursday the state sold $81.4 million in bonds at an interest rate below 3 percent. The bond sale comes after the state saved $7 million in April by selling bonds to refinance $122.9 million in debt.

  • Much of odd weapons cache on plane was permissible Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 10:53 AM ET

    Yongda Huang Harris, 28, was taken into custody at Los Angeles International Airport last week during a stopover on a trip from Japan, when U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers noticed he was wearing the bulletproof vest under his trench coat, along with flame-retardant pants and knee pads.

  • Highlights from the Fed's US economic survey Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 4:56 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- A Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday found that the economy grew modestly in the late summer, bolstered by solid gains in housing. The report is based on anecdotal information from the regional districts and covers the period from mid-August to Sept. 28. The region's economy expanded modestly.

  • By Soyoung Kim and Nadia Damouni and Greg Roumeliotis NEW YORK, Oct 10- McGraw-Hill Companies Inc's. McGraw-Hill, which is running the auction as an alternative to its planned spin-off of the business, wants to get more than $3 billion and could still decide against a sale if the bids fail to meet its price expectations, the people said this week.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 10- McGraw-Hill Companies Inc's. McGraw-Hill, which is running the auction as an alternative to its planned spin-off of the business, wants to get more than $3 billion and could still decide against a sale if the bids fail to meet its price expectations, the people said. McGraw-Hill, Cengage, Apollo, THL and Providence declined to comment.

  • Ex-GM vice chair joins board of steel materials company Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 11:31 AM ET

    Oct 10- Former General Motors Co Vice Chairman Robert Lutz has joined the board of a steel materials design company in which the U.S. automaker has invested, NanoSteel Co Inc said on Wednesday.

  • NEW YORK Oct. 10, 2012-- Standard& Poor's Ratings Services today lowered its ratings on three classes of commercial mortgage pass-through certificates from GMAC Commercial Mortgage Securities Inc.' s series 2001- C1 due to current and potential interest shortfalls.

  • RPT-Buyout firms, Discovery eye ProSieben units-sources Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 11:04 AM ET

    *BC Partners, EQT, Providence, Discovery showed interest* Price tag seen at up to 1.4 bln euros* Final bids due later this months By Sven Nordenstam and Arno Schuetze STOCKHOLM/ FRANKFURT, Oct 10- ProSiebenSat1.

  • RI lottery paid $377M to state in last fiscal year Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:09 AM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- The Rhode Island Lottery contributed more than $377 million to the state in the fiscal year that ended June 30. The amount is $22.8 million more than the previous year. The lottery's operating expenses for the last fiscal year were $6.2 million.

  • Buyout firms, Discovery eye ProSieben units-sources Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 8:48 AM ET

    *BC Partners, EQT, Providence, Discovery showed interest. STOCKHOLM/ FRANKFURT, Oct 10- ProSiebenSat1. Private equity firms BC Partners, EQT, Providence Equity Partners and network Discovery Communications have shown interest for the assets, according to two people, who declined to be identified as they are not authorised to speak to media.

  • *Liberum capital raises Providence resources price target to 2200 P. from 1980 P; rating buy. Reuters Station users, click. 1580.

  • Oct 10- Former General Motors Co Vice Chairman Robert Lutz has joined the board of a steel materials design company in which the U.S. automaker has invested, NanoSteel Co Inc said on Wednesday. Prior to GM, Lutz was president of Chrysler Corp, which is now controlled by Fiat, and he held executive positions with Ford Motor Co and BMW.

  • Globe, NYT tech exec named top RI digital officer Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 12:08 AM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- A technology executive for the Boston Globe and New York Times Co. has been named Rhode Island's first chief digital officer. Lincoln Chafee on Wednesday announced that Thom Guertin will start Oct. 22.