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  • September 08, 2011
    By David Scharfenberg

    Providence Journal sister paper, the Dallas Morning News, has laid off 38 employees in the face of declining advertising revenue. Both papers are owned by Dallas-based A. H. Belo. From the Dallas Business Journal:

    The Dallas Morning News laid off a reported 38 employees on Tuesday as the paper's parent company, A.

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  • September 07, 2011
    By David Scharfenberg

    The Providence Journal, which has been slow to innovate in recent years, is making moves.

    A half-page ad in today's paper trumpets the company's venture into the Groupon-style deals market. And newsroom employees got their first taste of the paper's new web site today over coffee and pastries in the grand Art Deco auditorium on the paper's fourth floor.

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  • September 07, 2011
    By David Scharfenberg

    The Obama Administration dealt environmentalists a major blow last week when it announced it was blocking an important new air pollution rule that had come under fire from Republicans and business interests.

    The administration said the nation couldn't afford the rule, which would lead to significant new costs for business, in tough economic times.

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  • September 07, 2011
    By David Scharfenberg

    I've spent the last several days talking with some of Rhode Island's brightest minds on where we are 10 years after 9/11. It was quite an undertaking - and helps to explain my spotty blogging of late. The interviews will appear in this week's Phoenix. But I'll offer one, here, that we weren't able to include in the paper.

    Eric Hirsch, a sociology professor at Providence College, is best known for his work tracking the state's homeless population.

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  • September 02, 2011
    By David Scharfenberg

    Congressman David Cicilline, in a letter to President Obama ahead of his highly anticipated jobs speech next week, calls for an investment in manufacturing:

    Nationally, the manufacturing sector has been a bright spot even during these trying economic times. If this vital economic engine is to be sustained, we must continue our investments in programs that help manufacturers compete in a global economy, retool to be more efficient and effective businesses, and retrain the workforce so that skill sets utilized in declining sectors can be transferred to those that are expanding.

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  • September 01, 2011
    By David Scharfenberg

    The state's Board of Regents shot down a proposed Cranston charter school today, by a 7-1 vote, after a heated debate that pitted Cranston Mayor Allan Fung and the state's school reform movement against the Cranston school committee and teachers unions.

    Fung and the reformers said the proposed school, a so-called "mayoral academy," was a vital step toward improving education for the most at-risk students.

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