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Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin has directed $250,000 from Rhode Island’s share of the 2007 settlement of a Clean Air Act lawsuit to support the repair of Portsmouth’s broken 1.5-megawatt wind turbine. more
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced Wednesday that Rhode Island will receive $1.2 million as its share of a multistate settlement with GlaxoSmithKline LLC to resolve allegations that the company violated state consumer protection laws by misrepresenting its asthma drug Advair and antidepressant drugs Paxil and Wellbutrin. more
Providence teachers missed on average about 13 days in the school year, slightly more than cities’ national average of 11 days for absenteeism, according to a report released Tuesday by The National Council on Teacher Quality. more
President Barack Obama is proposing cuts in greenhouse-gas emissions from the nation’s power plants by an average of 30 percent from 2005 levels, a central part of his plan to fight climate change that also carries political risk. more
(Updated, 3:26 p.m.) The city has filed a federal lawsuit against Santander Bank alleging that the financial institution ​discriminated against the city’s minority communities by refusing to make prime mortgage loans ​as required by the Fair Housing Act, according to a press release from Mayor Angel Taveras. more
Rhode Island and seven other states aiming to get more than three million zero-emission vehicles on the road in the next decade, unveiled steps to help achieve that goal including harmonizing consumer incentives and encouraging fleet purchases. more
Rhode Island will receive more than $2.7 million to clean up properties in Pawtucket, Providence and Westerly that have been designated “brownfields,” where expansion or redevelopment is prevented due to hazardous pollutants or contaminants, the state’s congressional delegation announced Wednesday. more
Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLC, Britain’s largest state-owned lender, plans to cut hundreds of U.S. jobs while shrinking its mortgage-trading business ahead of stiffer capital rules. more
French President Francois Hollande’s government said General Electric Co. improved its proposal for Alstom SA’s energy business as Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Immelt pledged to create new jobs, softening its stance on the U.S. company’s takeover plans. more
Reversing her announcement last week that Rhode Island’s state-run health insurance exchange would require $4.6 million in the state budget for fiscal year 2015, HealthSource RI Executive Director Christine Ferguson said Tuesday that state funding would no longer be necessary after a clarification of the federal government’s role in the exchange. more
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