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With her denial last week on the motion to dismiss the state-worker lawsuit filed to overturn changes made to public-employee pension plans, Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter has tipped her hand as to how the trial itself will go once it begins in September (hint: it looks like she will rule in favor of the unions). But more importantly, she has added fuel to the argument that the case should be shifted to federal court. more
Middletown-based Rite Solutions has an issue with companies that are no longer small being “grandfathered” in when it comes to competing for U.S. Department of Defense contracts. The 14-year-old company has 125 employees and specializes in submarine-combat-systems software development and does work mainly for the U.S. Navy. more
With a dozen words, President Barack Obama offered a campaign argument that he’s counting on to turn his health-care law from a liability into a winner for the November elections. more
U.S. House Republicans are showing no sign that they’ll move forward legislation the Senate passed restoring benefits for the long-term unemployed. more
General Treasurer Gina Raimondo said last week that it would be “catastrophic” for Rhode Island to lose the legal challenge over the state’s pension overhaul, The Associated Press reported. However, she has a ‘‘high degree of confidence’’ that won’t happen. more
Gov. Deval L. Patrick this month announced an economic-development package that extends business incentives to innovative companies, invests in the state’s Gateway Cities program and provides other workforce-training tools. more
Rep. Lisa P. Tomasso, D-Coventry, has introduced legislation that would make changes to the state’s medical-marijuana laws. more
Two Massachusetts-based companies that allegedly misled consumers about the quality of their public water supply must refrain from using deceptive advertisements to promote the sale of expensive home water-filter systems, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced last week. more
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