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(Updated, Jan. 22, 10:02 a.m.) Between 5 and 10 inches of snow covered most of the state Wednesday morning after the overnight accumulation from Winter Storm Janus caused a number of public offices to change their hours and forced transportation delays in Rhode Island. more
In 2013, a graduate student discovered a flaw in a spreadsheet, renewing the debate about austerity and debt. Emerging economies tanked, and Bitcoin boomed. In the U.S., unemployment fell and the Federal Reserve started to scale back its bond-buying program. Research focused on inequality and jobs gap between the highly skilled and everyone else. The Affordable Care Act began. more
The R.I. Supreme Court ruled Friday that the Narragansett Indian Tribe has been harmed by the state opening table games at Twin River Casino and allowed the tribe’s lawsuit against the gambling expansion to proceed. more
As is too often the case, this year’s General Assembly session starts off with the state projecting a significant budget deficit in the coming fiscal year. What is of much greater import than what the legislature does directly on the budget, however, is what it does on these three issues: pension reform, 38 Studios and bridge tolls. more
Bank Rhode Island collected more than 665 gifts for local kids during its 16th annual “Holiday Giving Tree” program held in November and December last year. more
PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Environmental Management announced last week the permanent protection of 31 acres of forest in Hopkinton. more
PROVIDENCE – A former New York Public Library official has been selected as the Providence Public Library’s new executive director, The Associated Press reported last week. more
BOSTON – The state pension fund will receive $11.3 million this week as part of a settlement with Countrywide Securities Corp., Attorney General Martha Coakley announced. more
Rhode Island boasts 39 cities and towns and 72 separate public-safety dispatches within its 1,200 square miles. more
Forty-six years is a long time to complete a real estate development. But the transformation of the former Brown and Sharpe mill complex in Providence into the mixed-use Foundry wasn’t a run-of-the-mill construction project. Antonio Guerra purchased the property in 1968, when it had become run-down, commercially obsolete and the city around it was being emptied by the suburbs. Last month, Foundry Associates marked the start of work on the final phase of the complex’s redevelopment, construction of 196 new units to be added to the Promenade Apartments, with a celebration that also remembered Guerra, who died roughly a month earlier. more
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