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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Massachusetts seeks $400M in snow relief

Massachusetts seeks $400M in snow relief

BOSTON (AP) – Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration plans to seek about $400 million in federal disaster assistance for the record-setting snowstorms that wreaked havoc on Massachusetts.

An administration official tells The Associated Press that the governor will be sending a … Read Full Story

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Plainville slots parlor scheduled to open June 24

Plainville slots parlor scheduled to open June 24

PLAINVILLE, Mass. (AP) – The first gambling facility authorized under the state’s 4-year old casino legislation is scheduled to open June 24.

Officials at the Plainridge Park Casino say their facility that features 1,250 slot machines will open … Read Full Story

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First Citizens’ Federal C.U. launches Mobile Mortgage App

First Citizens’ Federal C.U. launches Mobile Mortgage App

NEW BEDFORD — First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union has released a Mobile Mortgage App aimed at enhancing the lending experience for both their borrowers and realtor partners.
According to credit union officials, the new app offers mortgage customers a unique … Read Full Story

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RI attorney general offers advice on avoiding scams

RI attorney general offers advice on avoiding scams

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Rhode Island’s attorney general is offering advice to consumers this week to help them avoid fraud and scams.

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin will share a daily “video tip” through Twitter and his website (www.riag.ri.gov) … Read Full Story

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Honeywell to close Cranston plant by end of year

Honeywell to close Cranston plant by end of year

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) – Honeywell International Inc. has announced it will close its Cranston plant by the end of next year.

The company, which makes safety equipment at the Cranston plant, said it will phase out operations starting later this … Read Full Story

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Massachusetts man selling, shipping snow from his yard

Massachusetts man selling, shipping snow from his yard

MANCHESTER-by-the-SEA, Mass. (AP) – A Massachusetts man has found a way to profit from the several feet of snow in his yard: He’s shipping it to people in warmer climates for the bargain price of $89 for six pounds.

Kyle … Read Full Story

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Researchers tabulate the cost of war for Rhode Island

Researchers tabulate the cost of war for Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Brown University researchers say the Afghanistan and Iraq wars have cost Rhode Island more than $70 million to date, and will cost millions more.

Two new papers produced as part of Brown’s Costs of War project … Read Full Story

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Rhode Island awarded millions for home visiting program

Rhode Island awarded millions for home visiting program

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Rhode Island has been awarded more than $10.2 million in federal funding for a home visiting program to help at-risk families.

Gov. Gina Raimondo and U.S. Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse announced the funding Read Full Story

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