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.

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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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Lawrence officer cleared of attack on bar patron

Lawrence officer cleared of attack on bar patron

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) – An internal investigation has cleared a Lawrence police officer who punched and pepper sprayed a woman after he said she hit him in the face outside a city bar.

Acting Police Chief James Fitzpatrick says Officer … Read Full Story

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Massachusetts roofs buckling under weight of snow

Massachusetts roofs buckling under weight of snow

BOSTON (AP) – Roofs across eastern Massachusetts are collapsing or buckling under the weight of several feet of snow, but no major injuries have been reported.

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency says it has received 74 reports of roofs collapses … Read Full Story

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Cotton Queens team up with Brandon Woods Home Care to help elders in need

Cotton Queens team up with Brandon Woods Home Care to help elders in need

DARTMOUTH — Thanks to a generous donation by the Cotton Queens of Dartmouth, in partnership with Brandon Woods Home Care, seniors in need throughout local communities will be provided with homemade pillowcases for their homes this winter. The Cotton Queens, … Read Full Story

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State works to combat tax fraud after nationwide increase

State works to combat tax fraud after nationwide increase

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Rhode Island officials are taking extra steps to combat tax refund fraud after a nationwide increase in fraudulent returns filed through TurboTax.

Tax Administrator David M. Sullivan says it may take up to five additional business … Read Full Story

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Cranston couple arrested on sex trafficking charge

Cranston couple arrested on sex trafficking charge

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – A Cranston couple have been arraigned on kidnapping and sex trafficking charges after they were pulled over for a traffic stop and a woman in the backseat showed a trooper her cell phone with the message … Read Full Story

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Lawmakers approve bill to close Massachusetts budget gap

Lawmakers approve bill to close Massachusetts budget gap

BOSTON (AP) – A day after the Massachusetts House approved a bill to close a projected $768 million state budget shortfall, the Massachusetts Senate quickly followed suit.

The Senate passed the measure on a voice vote Thursday.

The proposal closely … Read Full Story

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Massachusetts National Guard members activated

Massachusetts National Guard members activated

BOSTON (AP) – About 500 members of the Massachusetts National Guard are being activated to help deal with the aftermath of record-setting snowfall over the past two weeks.

A spokesman for the state Emergency Management Agency said Tuesday Read Full Story

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Bill would make Rhode Island 1st to raise smoking age to 21

Bill would make Rhode Island 1st to raise smoking age to 21

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – A Rhode Island lawmaker wants the state to become the first to raise the age for legal tobacco purchases to 21.

State Rep. Teresa Tanzi has introduced a bill to raise the state’s smoking age from … Read Full Story

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