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BOSTON – Shell Oil Co. will pay $4 million to resolve allegations that it received reimbursement payments from a Massachusetts state fund for environmental-cleanup projects despite receiving payments from its insurers for the same gas station sites, announced Attorney General Martha Coakley. more
The city has started the second year of work in its $40 million road re-surfacing project. Funded with a voter-approved bond in 2012, the road project completed 32 miles of repaving last year and began this year’s work Wednesday on Moses Brown Street in the Wayland Square neighborhood. more
WEST WARWICK – Cox Communications said last week it would cut as many as 234 jobs from its residential customer-service call center in West Warwick, potentially reducing the size of its workforce in Rhode Island by nearly 20 percent. more
BOSTON – Massachusetts could face another drug-lab crisis if it doesn’t put significant reforms in place, including the creation of an independent audit process, the Boston Bar Association said in a report released last week, according to The Associated Press. more
(Updated, 5:34 p.m.) A Superior Court judge ordered state and public employee union representatives back into mediation on Monday after 61 percent of eligible police officers and retirees voted to reject the proposed settlement of the state’s pension lawsuit. more
PROVIDENCE – State Sens. Harold M. Metts and Juan M. Pichardo, both Providence Democrats, are urging Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin to commit a portion of the $230 million in Google settlement funds received by Rhode Island to funding re-entry programs for ex-offenders. more
The R.I. Department of Revenue collected $27.6 million less than expected in March, meaning the monthly total general revenue of $305 million fell 8.3 percent short of the $333 million originally projected, the department reported Tuesday. more
To the Editor, The legalization of the sale of marijuana in Colorado is producing more than $2 million dollars of new tax revenue each month. Rhode Island and other states may soon follow suit and legalize marijuana (“Marijuana legalization would be very bad news for his dealer,” March 3, 2014). However, marijuana, like tobacco, can be very harmful to children. The sale of these products should be regulated to keep them out of the hands of children. more
The cost to emit carbon dioxide in the U.S. Northeast rose by one-third this month after the region’s cap-and-trade program revised its rules to cut the supply of permits, Bloomberg News reported. more
BOSTON – The Mass. Securities Division is calling on 401(k) plan administrators to report how many companies have shifted to a lump-sum matching contribution once a year, a change that can undermine worker savings, Bloomberg News reported last week. more
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