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Since the R.I. State Police received $45 million in a multistate settlement with Internet search giant Google in the spring of 2012, the department has gotten no shortage of suggestions on how it should spend the money, according to Lt. Col. Karen Pinch. more
NORTON – Kathleen M. O’Donnell, a 1977 graduate of Wheaton College and a practicing attorney in Lowell, Mass., has been appointed to a special commission that investigates judicial misconduct, according to a report from The Lowell Sun. more
Rhode Island broke ground in 2013 when lawmakers approved a Temporary Caregiver Insurance program with the most expansive employee-disability and family leave benefits in the country. more
DARTMOUTH – The University of Massachusetts School of Law has launched a new Commonwealth Fellows program to provide an automatic $5,000 discount for incoming law students who meet key criteria. more
PROVIDENCE – The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility recently presented Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin with a 2014 Leadership Award for his extraordinary efforts to eliminate drunk driving, underage drinking and distracted driving in Rhode Island. more
BOSTON – Cardtronics Inc., the world’s largest owner and operator of retail ATMs, last month agreed to pay $1.5 million to resolve claims that it failed to comply with a previous court-approved settlement to make many of the company’s machines in Massachusetts accessible to blind and visually impaired users, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced. more
PROVIDENCE – The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island last week said it had filed a federal lawsuit against the Providence Police Department for violating the free-speech rights of protesters last year at a fundraiser in Roger Williams Park for then-candidate, now Gov.-elect Gina M. Raimondo. more
BOSTON – An amendment to a Massachusetts law set to go into effect Jan. 1 could limit small wineries’ abilities to ship directly to retailers, The Boston Globe reported last week. more
BOSTON – An Ohio-based painting company has paid more than $2 million in restitution to settle claims that it violated Massachusetts’ prevailing wage and overtime laws, engaged in unfair business practices and violated the Massachusetts False Claims Act, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced last week. more
PROVIDENCE – Sen. Leonidas P. Raptakis, D-Coventry, last week called for a study of fire service in Coventry, to determine whether the community should establish one independent fire district or a townwide fire department. more
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