Chief elections officer says primary might need to be sooner

Chief elections officer says primary might need to be sooner

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Rhode Island’s chief elections officer says she’s concerned there’s not enough time between the September state primary and the November general election to get ballots back from military voters overseas, and the primary may need to … Read Full Story

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Should Rhode Island’s legislature change? Lawmakers weigh in

Should Rhode Island’s legislature change? Lawmakers weigh in

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – When former House Speaker Gordon Fox was sentenced for corruption, his lawyer spoke about how difficult it was for him to maintain a career as a public servant in the state’s part-time legislature and as a … Read Full Story

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Experts: Mass. economy expanding at best rate since late 1990s

Experts: Mass. economy expanding at best rate since late 1990s

BOSTON — Massachusetts is experiencing its strongest economic expansion since the late 1990s, but growth remains concentrated in the Greater Boston region and inadequate housing production is causing home prices to rise and exacerbating longstanding cost-of-living challenges, according to area … Read Full Story

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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.
New Bedford voters’ decision pits … Read Full Story

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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.

Fox is scheduled to be sentenced… Read Full Story

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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.
“External support plays a critical role … Read Full Story

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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.

The Senate version of … Read Full Story

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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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