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A U.S. nuclear submarine’s port call in Singapore last week allowed the Navy to showcase its ability to operate in shallow coastal waters after questions about the fitness of its Littoral Combat Ship for use in Asia. more
PROVIDENCE – Rep. Jeremiah T. O’Grady, D-Lincoln, has proposed setting guidelines that encourage the use of healthier cleaning products in schools. The move is intended to prevent suffering and lost school days among the many children with asthma. more
Recently there has been much discussion about the various means of public support for private historic rehabilitation and other construction projects. There has been criticism, some of it justified, of specific instances of the use of government tools – such as tax-stabilization acts – for promotion of economic activity. While this type of review is always healthy, there is a distinct danger that the larger picture will be missed. more
Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part series on Providence’s use of tax-stabilization incentives. more
David A. Darlington, the chairman of the R.I. Turnpike and Bridge Authority who has overseen the implementation of E-ZPass toll collections, the Pell Bridge improvement project and debate over the Sakonnet River Bridge toll, announced Thursday that he will step down from the board of directors effective immediately. more
The R.I. Department of Environmental Management has selected 17 projects, from among 92 applicants, to receive a total of $210,000 in funding from the Local Agriculture and Seafood Act Grants Program. more
Massachusetts economic growth slowed in the first quarter, but far outpaced U.S. GDP growth for the same period, local economy journal MassBenchmarks reported in its Current Economic Index Thursday. more
The Providence-Fall River-Warwick metro area added no construction jobs between March 2013 and March 2014, ranking the state at No. 198 among the 339 metro areas nationwide in terms of year-over-year net employment gain, according to the Associated General Contractors of America jobs report released April 28. more
The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday strengthened the Environmental Protection Agency in its drive to cut air pollution, a result critics warned would lead to costly regulations as the agency moves to curb global warming. more
Providence levied the fourth highest tax burden on commercial properties last year, down from the highest burden in the country in 2012, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and Minnesota Center for Fiscal Excellence said in a report issued Wednesday. more
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