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THE U.S CONSUMER FINANCIAL Protection Bureau has reached a settlement with Freedom Debt Relief. CFPB alleges Freedom violated federal telemarketing rules by charging advance fees and failing to inform customers of their rights to funds they deposited with the company. / COURTESY AQUANIS

Freedom Debt Relief agrees to pay $20M in restitution to settle...

PROVIDENCE – The nation’s largest debt settlement services provider, Freedom Debt Relief LLC, has agreed to pay $20 million in restitution to affected consumers...

Financial-exploitation protections for seniors, disabled approved by GA

PROVIDENCE – Certain individuals would be required to report cases of suspected financial exploitation of people age 60 or older and of younger people...

Lawmakers approve consumer protections for student-loan servicing practices

PROVIDENCE – Lawmakers approved the Student Loan Bill of Rights to protect Rhode Islanders through new consumer protections and oversight of student-loan servicing practices,...
RECENT IMPROVEMENTS: HealthSource RI Director Zachary W. Sherman speaks with Robin Dionne, HSRI chief public affairs officer. Sherman said recent improvements to the HSRI for Employers program include technology advances that have allowed HSRI to connect employers with ancillary products to supplement health and dental plans.
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HSRI: Stable but will it ever cover costs?

Soon after the state established HealthSource RI in 2014, it was recognized as one of the nation’s most successful health-benefits exchanges in meeting enrollment...

Bill would streamline financial regs for companies using blockchain

PROVIDENCE – Legislation has been introduced to streamline financial regulations for technology companies that assist customers with financial transactions using blockchain.House Majority Leader K....

R.I. businesses wary of legalizing marijuana

Gov. Gina M. Raimondo sees millions of dollars in new state revenue from legalizing recreational marijuana use but business owners don’t want it to...
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Rhode Island Foundation President and CEO Neil D. Steinberg will deliver the keynote address at the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce’s 28th annual Chamber Dinner at the Twin River Casino Hotel in Lincoln on Feb. 6.
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Editor’s Choice: Steinberg to speak at NRI Chamber dinner

EDITOR’S CHOICE Steinberg to speak at NRI Chamber dinner THE NORTHERN RHODE ISLAND Chamber of Commerce will hold its 28th annual Chamber Dinner, which...
LICENSE TO SELL: Adam Batchelder, right, owns food truck Smoke & Squeal BBQ. He serves Elena and Bob Given, of Mansfield, biscuits, pickled watermelon rind, and mac and cheese. Batchelder says he’ll welcome the chance to get a single statewide license next year. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

DBR streamlining regs to aid businesses

If you regulate it, businesses will come … and tell you how to better manage the industry, which fines and processes are outdated, which...
LOOKING AHEAD: David L. DeQuattro, right, managing principal of Providence-based RGB Architects, looks at building plans with Martin Holland, job captain. DeQuattro anticipates an increase in construction business in the Ocean State in 2018. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Business owners see reasons for optimism, despite high health care costs...

Despite signs business growth could be slowing in the Ocean State, the private sector is bullish about 2018 and is looking to hire at...

Liberty Mutual fined $30K for underpaying claims for R.I. drivers

CRANSTON – Dozens of Rhode Island drivers whose vehicles were totaled in crashes were underfunded by Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, WPRI-TV CBS 12 reported...
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