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A new study released Wednesday by the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute projects 4.4 percent growth in the state’s population between 2010 and 2030. more
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin has signed an agreement with the U.S. Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs committing Rhode Island prosecutors to help train and advise prosecutors in foreign countries. more
According to a new study by the Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity, a state sales tax of 3 percent would provide the best value in terms of new jobs and state budget impact, compared with cutting the sales tax altogether. more
Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee is scheduled to go underground in a small cage elevator Tuesday to get a close-up view of progress on the Narragansett Bay Commission’s $1 billion Combined Sewer Overflow Project. more
A new study by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University shows that Rhode Island claims the lowest share nationwide of public-sector and federal contract jobs as a percentage of all nonfarm payroll jobs, with 14.3 percent of all jobs in the state falling in the public sector. more
Bank of America Corp., the second-biggest U.S. lender, agreed to pay government-backed Freddie Mac $404 million to resolve mortgage-repurchase claims. more
The R.I. Department of Environmental Management announced last week that it has extended its deadline for the submission of recreation acquisition and development grants to 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6. more
Seniors and disabled persons in Rhode Island with Medicare prescription drug plan coverage saved $7.2 million, or an average of $677 per person, on their prescription drugs in the first 10 months of 2013 through the Affordable Care Act’s Medicare discount program, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reported this week. more
Providence Mayor Angel Taveras joined Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce President Laurie White and U.S. Small Business Administration Rhode Island District Director Mark S. Hayward in launching the city’s 2013 “Buy Providence-Buy Art” holiday shopping campaign at a Wednesday morning event in Wayland Square. more
The U.S. Supreme Court will take up a challenge to part of President Barack Obama’s health-care law by companies claiming a religious exemption to the requirement that they provide birth-control coverage for employees. more
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