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On Wednesday, Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin alerted consumers to an ongoing identity theft scam. The scam consists of a telephone call informing a consumer that a medical alert system has been ordered and subsequently soliciting information from the consumer, including credit card numbers or Medicare card numbers. more
Rhode Island is set to receive a $1.06 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor as part of $58 million in funding awarded to 30 states for expanded training for dislocated workers, the agency announced Wednesday. more
Ed Markey defeated Republican Gabriel Gomez in the Massachusetts special U.S. Senate election yesterday, as state Democrats overcame low voter turnout to avert a repeat of an embarrassing loss in a similar race three years ago. more
The New England Association of Chiefs of Police awarded the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Department of Public Safety the award for community policing. more
A bipartisan group of U.S. senators plans today to introduce a proposal to replace Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac with a new government reinsurer. more
The U.S. Supreme Court put new limits on lawsuits claiming on-the-job harassment, throwing out a case filed by a black catering worker who said a colleague slapped her and used racial epithets. more
The General Assembly gave final passage to legislation that will lead the state in implementing consistent environmental standards for wetlands and septic systems, the state’s lawmaking body announced on Thursday. The process will also enable the contribution of local input in environmental policy decision-making. more
Standard & Poor’s Rating Services announced Thursday that R.I. Economic Development Corporation revenue bonds issued for 38 Studios LLC, former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling’s failed videogame company, will not be affected by the state’s decision to openly consider defaulting on the bonds, reported Reuters. more
The House Finance Committee approved an $8.2 billion Rhode Island budget for fiscal 2014 unveiled by Democratic leaders Tuesday night that forgoes a corporate tax-rate cut sought by Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee, but includes the first state payment for the failed 38 Studios LLC loan guarantee. more
Raytheon Co., the world’s largest missile maker, is challenging a Pentagon plan to use a Lockheed Martin Corp. anti-ship weapon and is asking for a chance to offer an alternative. more
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