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(Updated, 6:33 p.m.) Responding to the abrupt cancellation of a Wednesday press conference expected to announce details of a settlement in the state’s pension battle with public employee unions, Rhode Island legislative leaders said the only thing the General Assembly can do is “wait and see” how the settlement unfolds. more
Rep. Joseph M. McNamara, D-Warwick, has introduced legislation designed to expedite the R.I. Department of Health’s “certificate of need” process that caused pain-management company Pentec Health to stop treating its Rhode Island patients last year. 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
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
(Updated, 9:13 p.m.) HealthSource RI has received a $6.1 million grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to assist with its small-business efforts. more
The Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity on Tuesday published a report outlining specific ways the state can trim $200 million in non-essential spending to fund tax cuts in the fiscal year 2015 state budget. more
Unemployment benefits for 1.3 million people in the U.S. are poised to end Dec. 28 as Democrats failed in their last-ditch effort to extend the jobless assistance before the House adjourns tomorrow. more
The Obama administration plans to push back by a month the second-year start of enrollment in its health program to give insurers more time to adjust to growing pains in the U.S. law, a move that may stave off higher premiums before the 2014 congressional elections. more
First it was VIP bottle service. Now it’s hookahs. 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
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