New Bedford voters set up duel with Brockton for casino license

New Bedford voters set up duel with Brockton for casino license

NEW BEDFORD —After years of delays, the Gaming Commission will have two commercial casino proposals to weigh in southeastern Massachusetts, following a 73.3 – 26.6 win by casino proponents in New Bedford on Tuesday night.
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Funeral held for teen shot 5 times while riding his bike

Funeral held for teen shot 5 times while riding his bike

BOSTON (AP) – A 16-year-old who was shot five times and killed while he was out riding his bike has been laid to rest.

Hundreds of mourners gathered at St. Peter’s Church Thursday for the funeral mass of … Read Full Story

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Ex-Rhode Island House speaker gets 3 years for corruption

Ex-Rhode Island House speaker gets 3 years for corruption

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Former Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison for corruption, bringing to a close the federal investigation into a man once considered the most powerful person in state government.… Read Full Story

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Ex-House Speaker Gordon Fox to be sentenced for corruption

Ex-House Speaker Gordon Fox to be sentenced for corruption

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – This week’s sentencing of former House Speaker Gordon Fox marks the end of a federal investigation that brought the downfall of arguably the most powerful person in Rhode Island government.

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New Bedford casino developer meets critical deadline

New Bedford casino developer meets critical deadline

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) – Developers proposing a Foxwoods casino for the city’s waterfront have met a critical deadline set by gambling regulators.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission confirmed that KG Urban Enterprises submitted the requested documents by Tuesday’s deadline as … Read Full Story

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BankFive donates $100,000 to the BCC Foundation

BankFive donates $100,000 to the BCC Foundation

PROVIDENCE — The BCC Foundation has received a gift of $100,000 from BankFive for the John J. Sbrega Health and Science Building, its largest gift in a long history of support for the College.
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Former BankRI official charged in insider trading lawsuit

Former BankRI official charged in insider trading lawsuit

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has filed a civil lawsuit against a former Rhode Island Bank official and three of his associates alleging they engaged in insider trading.

Former Bancorp Rhode Island board member Anthony … Read Full Story

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Open forums in R.I. for people with disabilities

Open forums in R.I. for people with disabilities

PROVIDENCE —Perspectives Corporation will be hosting open forums for all people with disabilities and their families at various Rhode Island locations this month.

Perspectives is an agency that has been providing support to people with disabilities since 1977. While … Read Full Story

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Taunton Federal Credit Union collects books for local organizations

Taunton Federal Credit Union collects books for local organizations

Taunton, MA – Taunton Federal Credit Union collected over 150 books during the month of April as part of the Cooperative Credit Union Association’s Children’s Book Month initiative.

This is TFCU’s second year participating in this annual statewide drive. The … Read Full Story

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State: Man who said Holy Spirit guided him ran Ponzi scheme

State: Man who said Holy Spirit guided him ran Ponzi scheme

BOSTON (AP) – The Massachusetts secretary of state’s office says a man who told investors that the Holy Spirit guided his trading system has been charged with running a Ponzi scheme.

Secretary of State William Galvin said in a complaint … Read Full Story

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House approves raising minimum wage after heated race debate

House approves raising minimum wage after heated race debate

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – The state House of Representatives approved raising the minimum wage on Tuesday after a discussion about a bill amendment turned into a heated debate about race.

The House voted 58-13 to raise the state’s $9 hourly … Read Full Story

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Chafee to unveil presidential run, puzzling longtime allies

Chafee to unveil presidential run, puzzling longtime allies

WASHINGTON (AP) – Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee plans to formally open his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination on Wednesday, setting off on a quixotic political quest that has left even some of his closest allies … Read Full Story

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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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