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Changes to gun laws being considered by the General Assembly have generated strong reactions on both sides of the debate, reflecting the national controversy heightened by the shooting massacre of 20 children and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. more
Riding the coattails of the federal Affordable Care Act, Rhode Island lawmakers are considering major steps to eliminate “gender rating” in the state’s health-insurance industry. The practice, which has been called everything from “discriminatory” against women to “simply data-driven,” could be eradicated in the Ocean State by 2015, under a Senate-passed bill. more
During pretrial discovery in litigation, an organization must produce witnesses to testify on its behalf at depositions. Officers and managers often consider depositions to constitute an inconvenience to business operations, as witnesses must adjust their work schedules for several hours and perhaps entire workdays to answer questions under oath at a lawyer’s office. more
It’s no secret that Rhode Island’s economy has been struggling for years and that much of our woes are self-inflicted: High taxes and too much regulation have put a burden on businesses that have driven them to either initially open or eventually relocate across one of our borders. more
The R.I. Attorney General and the R.I. Department of Health will hold a public informational meeting regarding the proposed affiliation of The Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island and Care New England on Tuesday, June 11. more
The Rhode Island Foundation held its annual meeting last week, and among many of the standard attributes of such a gathering, the foundation highlighted three initiatives that reflect a stepped-up engagement in the state’s public life. more
A proposal in the General Assembly is designed to combat long-running water-shortage issues across the south of the state, but unanswered questions and entrenched interests make consideration of the bill, much less enactment, less than a sure thing in the last month of the legislative session. more
The St. Joseph’s Day salmonella outbreak that sickened 66 people and killed two in 2011, allegedly from a batch of bad zeppoles, was a turning point for food-safety inspection in Rhode Island. more
Rhode Island House Democrats have backed off a plan to move business permitting functions of two state environmental agencies under the authority of a proposed state commerce office. more
A new type of flu vaccine developed at the U.S. National Institutes of Health outperformed existing products in animal tests, possibly paving the way for a new generation of vaccines. more
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