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Application guidelines for the new State Cultural Facilities Grant Program are available, according to the R.I. State Council on the Arts. more
(Updated, 9:10 p.m.) An East Greenwich health and wellness program provider has been cited for nine serious violations by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for inadequately protecting its employees against exposure from contaminated needlesticks and blood-born pathogens. more
The Defense Threat Reduction Agency is investing $5.2 million for the development of a new type of vaccine against Q fever, and a local company is involved in the effort. more
(Updated, 5:40 p.m.) A package of economic development incentives proposed in the budget of Gov. Gina M. Raimondo will head to the House floor on Tuesday largely intact, with only selected modifications made by lawmakers. more
Standard & Poor’s said it may have been too optimistic in its ratings on a $330 million bond deal that was backed by tobacco lawsuit settlement payments owed to the state of Rhode Island. more
Nine individuals have been nominated to serve on the new R.I. Executive Climate Change Science and Technical Advisory Board. more
The sponsor behind legislation that would change the firefighter overtime law said he is not seeking a vote at this time, and instead will seek funding to conduct a review of staffing and overtime to see if the state could benefit from a defined workweek for public safety personnel. more
A project that will convert a vacant office building downtown into rental apartments will come with assistance from a city tax stabilization agreement that defers full taxes for 10 years, under a plan approved Thursday by City Council’s finance committee. more
Mayor Jorge O. Elorza signed a $696 million budget for fiscal 2016 on Thursday that he said takes a “major step” in addressing the city’s fiscal woes. more
The maximum weekly benefit rate for unemployment insurance will remain unchanged for the coming year, while the maximum weekly benefit rate for temporary disability insurance is increasing by $25, the R.I. Department of Labor and Training said Thursday. more
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