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CONCERNS ABOUT DATA BREACHES may be contributing to user growth at Facebook decelerating.

Facebook says security breach affected about 50 million accounts

SAN FRANCISCO – Facebook Inc. said it discovered a security breach earlier this week that affected almost 50 million accounts, the latest in a...
PARTNERS HEALTHCARE and Care New England have been granted an expedited review of their proposed merger under the Hospital Conversion Act by the R.I. Department of Health.

RIDOH approves expedited review of CNE, Partners merger

PROVIDENCE — The R.I. Department of Health has granted Care New England’s joint application with Partners Healthcare of Massachusetts for an expedited review of...
A FRESH BREEZE SHOULD BLOW: Meetings of the New England Power Pool, a regional energy trade association, should be open to the public, since energy policy is being developed there at the request of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Pictured is the Block Island Wind Farm. 
 / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/ERIC THAYER

Regional power group should open its meetings to the public

Under normal circumstances, industry associations are private organizations, and as such, their gatherings do not fall under standard public-meeting access rules. But not all...
BLUE CROSS & BLUE SHIELD of Rhode Island's processes for approving coverage of services—known as utilization review—were found to be non-compliant with laws and regulations relating to coverage of mental health and substance use disorder benefits by the R.I. Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner in its first market conduct examination of the four health insurers in Rhode Island.

BCBSRI utilization review for mental health and substance-use disorder found deficient...

PROVIDENCE – Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island’s processes for approving coverage of services – known as utilization review – were found...
MUCH ­HAPPIER NOW: Smoke & Squeal BBQ owner Adam Batchelder is looking forward to the new year, when licensing requirements for food trucks will be simplified thanks to new regulations. 
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MICHAEL SALERNO

Good signs from Statehouse on business regulation in 2018

Rhode Island has a well-deserved reputation for being a high-cost, over-regulated state. And in the last decade, a number of initiatives have been tried...
VINEYARD WIND, the Massachusetts wind project to be built off the coast of Martha's Vineyard, will provide electricity at an average price of 6.5 cents per kilowatt hour in 2017 dollars over the course of a 20-year contract, significantly less than previous wind cost estimates or offerings. Above, the Block Island Wind Farm operated by Deepwater Wind, the first offshore wind farm in the United States. / COURTESY DEEPWATER

Vineyard Wind project energy costs less than from conventional sources

PROVIDENCE – Earlier this month, the wholesale price of electricity (including renewable energy certificates) to be generated by the 800-megawatt Vineyard Wind project was...
SECRETARY OF THE COMMONWEALTH William F. Galvin said the SEC’s new rules of conduct for securities broker-dealers should be more stringent, like those for investment advisers. / COURTESY MASS. SECRETARY OF THE COMMONWEALTH

Groups, officials weigh in on SEC-proposed standard of conduct for broker-dealers

PROVIDENCE – Numerous groups and officials weighed in last week on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Regulation Best Interest proposal that sets a...
3-D PRINTERS SUCH AS this one making a watch component could potentially be used to make firearms. A number of state attorneys general have filed suit to keep a Texas nonprofit from releasing plans for making guns with a 3-D printer. / BLOOMBERGER NEWS PHOTO/MICHELE LIMINA

States sue Trump administration over 3-D printed gun accord; R.I. studying...

NEW YORK – A group of states sued the Trump administration to block its legal settlement allowing a small Texas nonprofit to publish instructions...

In regulation, the small things add up fast

The pervasiveness of state-imposed regulations has been a topic of contention for years among the business community in Rhode Island.“Manufacturing employers there are...
FEEDING A NEED: The recent removal of the requirement that certain food trucks register in every municipality they operate in has the potential to grow the sector, with events such as this 2016 Food Truck Friday in Roger Williams Park happening in more places across the state. 
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MICHAEL SALERNO

Is simplifying R.I. regulatory approach finally happening?

Over-regulation is a top-of-mind complaint from nearly any businessperson, nowhere more so than in Rhode Island, where the topic has been targeted as one...
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