RI governor: Prepare for possible dangerous weather event

RI governor: Prepare for possible dangerous weather event

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo says the state is continuing its preparations for what she says could be “a very severe and dangerous weather event.”

The state is under a blizzard warning beginning 7 p.m. Monday … Read Full Story

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Gov. Baker confirms $765M shortfall in state finances

Gov. Baker confirms $765M shortfall in state finances

BOSTON (AP) – The state’s budget deficit for the current fiscal year is projected at $765 million, and more spending cuts will be needed to help close the gap, Gov. Charlie Baker said Tuesday after crunching the numbers with senior … Read Full Story

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United Airlines could outsource up to 2,000 airport jobs

United Airlines could outsource up to 2,000 airport jobs

CHICAGO (AP) – United Airlines is considering cutting up to 2,000 jobs at 28 airports around the country — including TF Green in Rhode Island — and hiring a contractor to do the work

The airline needs to make sure … Read Full Story

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Reward offered in Taunton bank robbery

Reward offered in Taunton bank robbery

TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) – The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to the conviction of the man who fired a shot from an assault rifle during a Christmas Eve bank robbery in Taunton.

The round struck … Read Full Story

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JC Penney to close Providence mall site before end of year

JC Penney to close Providence mall site before end of year

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Department store chain J.C. Penney Co. has notified owners of the Providence Place mall that it will close its outlet before the end of the year.

Management at the Providence store began notifying employees this week.… Read Full Story

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Raimondo inaugurated as Rhode Island’s 1st female governor

Raimondo inaugurated as Rhode Island’s 1st female governor

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Democrat Gina Raimondo made history Tuesday as she was sworn in as the state’s first female governor, and she vowed to usher in an era of new politics and new ideas.

Raimondo said in her inaugural … Read Full Story

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US survey: Rhode Island tops nation in marijuana, drug use

US survey: Rhode Island tops nation in marijuana, drug use

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – A government study says Rhode Islanders use marijuana and illicit drugs at the highest rates in the United States.

The Providence Journal reports that the National Survey on Drug Use and Health says 14 percent of … Read Full Story

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Mechanics Cooperative Bank supports the Masonic Angel Fund and local children in need

Mechanics Cooperative Bank supports the Masonic Angel Fund and local children in need

TAUNTON — Mechanics Cooperative Bank recently made a $5,000 donation in support of The Masonic Angel Fund and the American Freemasons through the King David Lodge in Taunton.

Established in 1998, the Masonic Angel Fund has helped countless children, providing … Read Full Story

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Mechanics Cooperative Bank donates $2,500 to Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Mechanics Cooperative Bank donates $2,500 to Society of St. Vincent de Paul

TAUNTON —  Mechanics Cooperative Bank’s Executive Leadership Team recently made a $2,500 donation to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and their local fuel assistance program. The funds will help support more than 25 local families in Taunton and … Read Full Story

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“Volunteers Bring Holiday Cheer to Brandon Woods”

“Volunteers Bring Holiday Cheer to Brandon Woods”

NEW BEDFORD — Christmas Carolers from area day cares and schools entertained residents at Brandon Woods of Dartmouth Skilled Nursing and Rehab Center.

The young brought holiday cheer, dressed as Santa’s reindeer, singing nostalgic favorites and bearing homemade gifts for … Read Full Story

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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.

The Providence Journal reports that … Read Full Story

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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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