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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
Court-ordered settlement talks between the state and Rhode Island public employees and retirees over cuts in pension benefits have broken down, sending the dispute to trial, both parties in the case said Friday. more
Unemployment in Rhode Island slid one-tenth of a percentage point in May to a seasonally adjusted 8.2 percent, down from 8.3 percent in April, the R.I. Department of Labor and Training reported Thursday. Last month also represented the first time since April 2013 that the state’s civilian labor force improved on both a month-over-month and year-over-year basis. more
An assessment of the 38 Studios LLC moral obligation bond debt service conducted by SJ Advisors concluded that failure to repay the bonds would probably result in a downgrade of Rhode Island’s bond rating to “junk bond” status. more
At the Foundry complex in Providence, owners are poised to fill the remaining vacant portions of the historic former Brown & Sharpe Mill with luxury apartments. more
New England’s unemployment rate was unchanged in August at 5.9 percent, but Rhode Island still had the highest jobless rate among the six states at 7.7 percent. more
A nearly $4 million federal grant has been awarded to the Central Falls School District for a “restorative justice” project on how to make schools safer. more
The beleaguered Central Coventry Fire District filed for bankruptcy Tuesday after firefighters and the Chafee administration failed to reach an agreement despite months of negotiations to fix the district’s financial woes. more
The unemployment rate for November dropped three-tenths of a percentage point to 7.1 percent from 7.4 percent a month ago, according to the R.I. Department of Labor and Training. more
It turns out that most people who enrolled in health insurance for 2014 through HealthCare.gov didn’t bother going back to the site to shop around for better prices for 2015. That means they will pay higher premiums than necessary. It also raises a separate question: What’s the point of having options if so few people use them? more
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