More than 200 Rhode Islanders to be paid for HSBC settlement

More than 200 Rhode Islanders to be paid for HSBC settlement

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Rhode Island officials say homeowners who were victims to banking giant HSBC’s abusive lending practices may be eligible for relief under a mortgage abuse settlement.

The Providence Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1PFjJjj) that 222 Rhode Island … Read Full Story

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Clean energy effort moves forward with New England proposals

Clean energy effort moves forward with New England proposals

Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut have plenty of proposals to consider as they look for enough additional electricity for tens of thousands of homes to meet their clean energy goals.

Dozens of submissions will need to be vetted in coming … Read Full Story

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Mass. bill seeks disclosures on travel voucher ads

After a constituent approached her about a mailing he received, a Fall River representative wants state laws updated to require disclosures in air travel offers sent through the mail.

Rep. Carole Fiola recently testified in favor of a bill that … Read Full Story

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Broad agreement to end detox for women in prison

Broad agreement to end detox for women in prison

Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday afternoon will sign into law a bill ending the practice of civilly committing women to a correctional facility in Framingham.

The bill (H 3956) satisfies many of the aims of a … Read Full Story

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With Baker set to file budget, state finances seen as tight

With Baker set to file budget, state finances seen as tight

BOSTON (AP) – The annual months-long debate over how Massachusetts should spend billions in taxpayers’ money begins anew on Beacon Hill in the coming days, with predictions of yet another tight year for state finances.

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker is … Read Full Story

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State to invest in small businesses, promote local food

State to invest in small businesses, promote local food

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – The state is offering grants to small businesses to increase the competitiveness of Rhode Island products and help local farmers and food partners grow their businesses.

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is awarding $380,000 … Read Full Story

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Absentee ballots available for state’s presidential primary

Absentee ballots available for state’s presidential primary

BOSTON (AP) – Massachusetts voters who won’t be around for the state’s presidential primary on March 1 can begin requesting absentee ballots.

Secretary of State William Galvin says voters can request absentee ballots in person at their local … Read Full Story

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UMass-Dartmouth gets interim chancellor

UMass-Dartmouth gets interim chancellor

BOSTON (AP) – Former Muhlenberg College President Peyton Randolph Helm has been named interim chancellor at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth.

UMass President Marty Meehan said in a statement Monday that Helm has proven leadership abilities and a record … Read Full Story

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Fall River issues citywide parking ban

Fall River issues citywide parking ban

Fall River — A citywide parking ban which will go into effect in the city of Fall River at 12:01 AM on Saturday, January 23, until further notice, due to the storm forecast to hit the area, announced Mayor Jasiel … Read Full Story

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Providence ranks among top 5 cities for income inequality

Providence ranks among top 5 cities for income inequality

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – The Brookings Institution think tank says Providence had one of the largest income gaps in the country in 2014, according to Census data it analyzed.

The top 5 percent of earners in Providence made 15 times … Read Full Story

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Lawmaker proclaims 2016 as the ‘Year of the Veteran’

Lawmaker proclaims 2016 as the ‘Year of the Veteran’

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – A state lawmaker is proclaiming 2016 as the “Year of the Veteran” in Rhode Island.

Other states and cities have previously designated years to honor veterans.

Rep. Robert Lancia, a former Navy chaplain, plans to hold … Read Full Story

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MR.I. Rep. Namara submits legislation that would establish a Student Loan Bill of Rights

MR.I. Rep. Namara submits legislation that would establish a Student Loan Bill of Rights

STATE HOUSE — Rep. Joseph M. McNamara (D-Dist. 19, Warwick, Cranston) has introduced legislation that would establish a Student Loan Bill of Rights in Rhode Island.

The proposed legislation (2016-H 7081) would authorize the creation of the … Read Full Story

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Rhode Island taps former US official as innovation chief

Rhode Island taps former US official as innovation chief

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – A former technology director at the U.S. Department of Education is returning home to Rhode Island to become the state’s first chief innovation officer.

Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo said Monday she tapped Richard Culatta to improve … Read Full Story

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Q&A: Healey looking forward to her second year in office

Q&A: Healey looking forward to her second year in office

BOSTON (AP) – Attorney General Maura Healey, a political newcomer, surprised many in 2014 by winning the second most influential statewide office in Massachusetts. But the Democrat’s true test began after she was sworn in last January and faced a … Read Full Story

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Immigrant advocates raise concerns over real ID compliance

Immigrant advocates raise concerns over real ID compliance

BOSTON — The interim registrar of motor vehicles told lawmakers that a bill designed to bring Massa-chusetts into compliance with the federal Real ID Act would not prevent anyone from obtaining a license, but advocates for the immigrant community disagreed.… Read Full Story

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Baker declines to sign GOP letter on Syrian refugees

Baker declines to sign GOP letter on Syrian refugees

BOSTON (AP) – Gov. Charlie Baker has declined to sign a letter from other Republican governors asking President Barack Obama to suspend efforts to resettle Syrian refugees in the U.S.

A spokeswoman for Baker said Friday the governor … Read Full Story

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House gives initial OK to hands-free cellphone bill

House gives initial OK to hands-free cellphone bill

BOSTON (AP) – A bill that would require hands-free cellphone use by Massachusetts drivers has been given preliminary approval by the state House of Representatives.

The measure was advanced on Tuesday without debate. It still has several more … Read Full Story

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Gov. Baker: No more Syrian refugees in Massachusetts

Gov. Baker: No more Syrian refugees in Massachusetts

BOSTON (AP) – Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says he’s opposed to allowing more Syrian refugees into Massachusetts in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris.

The Republican said Monday the safety and security of the people of Massachusetts are … Read Full Story

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