State Senate approves performance-based funding for colleges

State Senate approves performance-based funding for colleges

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – The state Senate wants to tie some state aid for public colleges to the schools’ performance.

The National Conference of State Legislatures says 30 states allocate some funding to colleges based on metrics, such as the … Read Full Story

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Massachusetts Senate passes $38 billion state budget

Massachusetts Senate passes $38 billion state budget

BOSTON (AP) – The Massachusetts Senate passed a $38 billion state budget early Friday that lawmakers say makes critical investments in local aid, education, economic development and services for vulnerable residents of the state.

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Eversource seeks rate drop that could save $25 per month

Eversource seeks rate drop that could save $25 per month

Average residential customer could saveabout $25 per month

BOSTON (AP) – Ever-source has requested an electric rate decrease from Massachusetts regulators that if approved could cut household electric bills in a large portion of the state an average of 20 … Read Full Story

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Police open substation at Cranston Housing Authority manor

Police open substation at Cranston Housing Authority manor

 CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) – A Rhode Island housing complex known for criminal activity has some new tenants – the police.

The tallest building in Cranston, the 13-story Knightsville Manor, is the new location for a police substation. Officers at … Read Full Story

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House removes insurance penalty from headlights rule

House removes insurance penalty from headlights rule

BOSTON (AP) – The Massachusetts House has voted to soften the impact of a new state law that requires motorists to turn their headlights on whenever they are operating their windshield wipers.

Under a state budget amendment approved unanimously on … Read Full Story

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USS Constitution closed for repairs, to partly open in June

USS Constitution closed for repairs, to partly open in June

BOSTON (AP) – The world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat is closing to visitors as it heads to dry dock in Boston for repairs.

The three-masted frigate USS Constitution is nicknamed Old Ironsides. It closedon Monday. It’s slated to … Read Full Story

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Lean year for New England cod ahead as shutdown looms

Lean year for New England cod ahead as shutdown looms

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – Catch limits set to take effect this week will take a bite out of an industry that dates back to America’s colonial past: New England cod.

The stricter quota on cod taken from the Gulf of … Read Full Story

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RI man sentenced to prison for 4 DUI arrests in 48 hours

RI man sentenced to prison for 4 DUI arrests in 48 hours

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – A Cumberland, Rhode Island, man will serve time in prison for driving drunk four times in fewer than 48 hours.

Fifty-three-year-old John Lourenco was sentenced Monday to two years in the Rhode Island Adult … Read Full Story

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State to receive nearly $174,000 for housing for veterans

State to receive nearly $174,000 for housing for veterans

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Rhode Island will receive nearly $174,000 in federal funding to provide housing to homeless veterans.

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed announced Sunday that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs Supportive … Read Full Story

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Church linked to Robert’s Rules is named national treasure

Church linked to Robert’s Rules is named national treasure

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) – The First Baptist Church in New Bedford, Massachusetts, known for a former member who developed Robert’s Rules of Order, has been named a national treasure.

The designation by the National Trust for Historic Preservation will … Read Full Story

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Former RI governor’s presidential hopes shocks colleagues

Former RI governor’s presidential hopes shocks colleagues

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – From his former deputy, to a top aide, to lawmakers with whom he worked, no one knew Lincoln Chafee had presidential ambitions.

The former Rhode Island governor shocked many, if not all, of his former colleagues… Read Full Story

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State to receive federal funding for emergency preparedness

State to receive federal funding for emergency preparedness

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Rhode Island has been awarded approximately $7 million in federal funding for emergency preparedness.

Gov. Gina Raimondo and the congressional delegation announced this week that the state will receive a total of $7,046,001 from the U.S. … Read Full Story

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Ex-candidates fined $2.2M for late campaign finance reports

Ex-candidates fined $2.2M for late campaign finance reports

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Nearly 300 ex-candidates and political action committees collectively owe the state $2.2 million in fines for not filing campaign finance reports on time.

The Associated Press examined a newly released Rhode Island Board of Elections report … Read Full Story

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Local healthcare and home care workers fight for higher pay

Local healthcare and home care workers fight for higher pay

NEW BEDFORD —Home care and healthcare workers gathered March 30  at New Bedford Senior Center to push for a $15 an hour minimum wage.

The workers, members of Local 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, were joined at the community forum y … Read Full Story

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First Citizens’ appoints John P. Santos, III as Vice President of Commercial Lending

First Citizens’ appoints John P. Santos, III as Vice President of Commercial Lending

FAIRHAVEN — First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union recently announced the appointment of John P. Santos, III to the position of Vice President of Commercial Lending for the entire Southcoast and surrounding areas.

Santos will be responsible for creating, developing and … Read Full Story

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Stat/Southcoast EMS chosen to provide 9-1-1 ambulance coverage for Volvo Ocean Race

Stat/Southcoast EMS chosen to provide 9-1-1 ambulance coverage for Volvo Ocean Race

DARTMOUTH — Stat-Southcoast EMS, a provider of emergency and non-emergency medical transportation and related services through the SouthCoast and Rhode Island region, has been selected as the ambulance provider for the prestigious Volvo Ocean Race when the competition reaches Newport.… Read Full Story

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Rhode Island unemployment rate drops to 6.3 percent

Rhode Island unemployment rate drops to 6.3 percent

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – The unemployment rate in Rhode Island in February dropped to 6.3 percent, the lowest rate in more than seven years.

Rhode Island has had one of the worst unemployment rates in the nation for years.

The … Read Full Story

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Massachusetts pension board urged to push for diversity

Massachusetts pension board urged to push for diversity

BOSTON (AP) – Massachusetts’ pension board is considering using its shareholder muscle to press companies to include more women and racial minorities on their corporate boards.

A committee of the Pension Reserves Investment Management Board, which oversees state’s $61 billion … Read Full Story

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