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(Updated, 5:30 p.m.) Fifty retired state employees and public school teachers have filed a lawsuit against the state of Rhode Island, objecting to their inclusion in the proposed class-action settlement of the state pension reform lawsuits. more
A total of 1,989 new business entities registered with the R.I. Secretary of State’s Business Services Division in the first three months of 2014, the secretary’s office announced Thursday. more
The Coastal Resources Management Council’s Ocean Special Area Management subcommittee unanimously voted Thursday to recommend approval of Deepwater Wind’s Block Island Wind Farm at a meeting at the University of Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay campus. more
A total of 64,590 people enrolled for Medicaid through HealthSource RI as of March 31, of which 42,320, or 65.5 percent, represent the Medicaid “expansion population,” or individuals newly eligible for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. The R.I. Executive Office of Health and Human Services had originally projected 51,000 Medicaid expansion population enrollments by July 2015. more
Nearly halfway through fiscal year 2014, National Institutes of Health grants to Rhode Island institutions are well short of the pace set in the previous year, according to figures on the NIH’s website. more
The city will re-launch its suspended startup investment program with smaller investments focused on only “high-growth” technology sector companies. more
A divided U.S. Supreme Court struck down decades-old limits on the total money donors can give to federal candidates and parties, issuing its biggest campaign- finance ruling since the 2010 Citizens United decision. more
The R.I. Division of Public Utilities and Carriers has approved the sale of Deepwater Wind’s cable transmission system for the five-turbine Block Island Wind Farm to National Grid for $9.5 million, according to an order by the state agency Wednesday. more
The Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity and the Taxpayers Protection Alliance released a new report Wednesday identifying nearly $225 million in non-essential government spending in Rhode Island that could be used instead to fund tax cuts and the repeal of the Sakonnet River Bridge tolls. more
President Barack Obama’s declaration that 7.1 million health-plan enrollments serve as a rebuke to critics of his signature law won’t diminish the opposition nor stop the scrutiny of the overhaul’s effect. more
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