Economist: RI needs job boost in health, education

Economist: RI needs job boost in health, education

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – An economist from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston has told Rhode Island planners that boosting the growth of education and health care might be the best bet for higher employment.

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Baker set to take state’s top office

Baker set to take state’s top office

BOSTON (AP) – With a month to go before he’s sworn in as Massachusetts’ 72nd governor, Republican Charlie Baker is facing an array of challenges – from narrowing a stubborn racial achievement gap in the schools to assuming oversight of … Read Full Story

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BankFive promotes six employees

BankFive promotes six employees

FALL RIVER — BankFive recently promoted six staff members in recognition of their superior service and commitment to the Bank and its customers.

Melissa A. Vincent has been promoted to Vice President, Office Manager – Swansea Office. A long-time veteran … Read Full Story

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Greater New Bedford Community Health Center recognizes outstanding employees in awards ceremony

Greater New Bedford Community Health Center recognizes outstanding employees in awards ceremony

 NEW BEDFORD —  The Board of Directors of the Greater New Bedford Community Health Center recognized five outstanding employees in 2014.

Those recognized include Maria Arruda, a medical assistant who feels “the smallest gesture can change a person’s life;”  … Read Full Story

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Massachusetts school demos ‘active shooter’ system

Massachusetts school demos ‘active shooter’ system

METHUEN, Mass. (AP) – Massachusetts school and police officials have unveiled a new system that can detect and track a gunman if the threat ever strikes.

Methuen grammar school was the site of the Tuesday demonstration that simulated a gunman … Read Full Story

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Raimondo names 13 to transition committee

Raimondo names 13 to transition committee

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Gov.-elect Gina Raimondo has filled out the rest of her transition team, which includes the Republican leader in the Rhode Island Senate and a few union leaders.

The Democrat announced 13 members of the committee Thursday.… Read Full Story

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Sen. Warren tapped for Democratic leadership post

Sen. Warren tapped for Democratic leadership post

BOSTON (AP) – U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is being given a top Democratic leadership post.

Warren, who first won election to the Senate just two years ago, has been tapped by Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada to serve as strategic … Read Full Story

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Cranston reaches labor pacts with school workers

Cranston reaches labor pacts with school workers

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) – Cranston’s School Committee and school bus drivers, mechanics and professionals such as electricians and plumbers have agreed to three-year labor contracts.

The Providence Journal reports that the tentative agreement for drivers and mechanics calls for pay … Read Full Story

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State income tax rate could fall to 5.15 percent

State income tax rate could fall to 5.15 percent

BOSTON (AP) – Massachusetts taxpayers are looking at a likely cut in the state’s income tax rate – a cut that will also contribute to an anticipated $325 million gap in the state budget.

Secretary of Administration and Finance Glen … Read Full Story

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Coakley concedes defeat for Massachusetts governor

Coakley concedes defeat for Massachusetts governor

BOSTON (AP) – Republican Gov.-elect Charlie Baker says he’s ready to roll up his sleeves and get to work after defeating Democrat Martha Coakley in one of the closest gubernatorial elections in recent state history.

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Mass. beefing up security in wake of general terror threats

Mass. beefing up security in wake of general terror threats

Massachusetts public safety agencies are beefing up security at public buildings and locations around the state, including Logan Airport, as a response to recent violence both domestic and abroad, including the attack last week in Ottawa at Canada’s capitol.

The … Read Full Story

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Ford recalls 205,000 SUVs for fuel tank leaks

Ford recalls 205,000 SUVs for fuel tank leaks

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) – Ford is recalling about 205,000 SUVs in cold-weather states and parts of Canada to fix gas tanks that can rust, leak and cause a fire.

The recall affects Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX vehicles from the … Read Full Story

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Fung goes on offense in 2nd televised debate

Fung goes on offense in 2nd televised debate

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Republican Allan Fung went on the offensive Tuesday in the second of three televised debates in Rhode Island’s gubernatorial race, and Democrat Gina Raimondo accused him of playing politics with people’s pensions.

Fung, Raimondo … Read Full Story

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In Massachusetts, a race for governor, redemption

In Massachusetts, a race for governor, redemption

BOSTON (AP) – For Democrat Martha Coakley, the governor’s race in Massachusetts is more than just a contest for the state’s top political office. It’s also a quest for political redemption.

Four years ago, Coakley, the state’s attorney general, crushed … Read Full Story

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How to pick a college? Data crunchers hope to help

How to pick a college? Data crunchers hope to help

WASHINGTON (AP) – For many high school seniors, fall means deciding where to apply for college and maybe visiting a guidance counselor. Data crunchers hope to help.

The popularity of social media sites and advancements in the ability to analyze … Read Full Story

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Jury weighs evidence in Brockton witness slay case

Jury weighs evidence in Brockton witness slay case

BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) – A jury is scheduled to continue deliberating in the murder trial of a Brockton man charged with gunning down a witness in another homicide case.

Jurors in Brockton Superior Court are expected to continue deliberations Read Full Story

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Democrat takes on Cianci for Providence mayor

Democrat takes on Cianci for Providence mayor

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – The man taking on former mayor and twice-convicted felon Buddy Cianci in the race for mayor of Providence is a Harvard-educated law professor who grew up poor, the son of Guatemalan immigrants.

Democrat Jorge Elorza has … Read Full Story

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Raimondo, Fung spar over leadership in TV debate

Raimondo, Fung spar over leadership in TV debate

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Democrat Gina Raimondo and Republican Allan Fung went after each other’s leadership and decision-making in the first televised debate of the Rhode Island governor’s race, while voters also got an introduction to a wild-card Moderate Party … Read Full Story

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