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NEW BEDFORD – Attorney General Martha Coakley has sued a chrome business located in Seekonk for collecting payment for services they did not provide after the firm allegedly solicited consumers with promises of metal-restoration services for rare and antique automobiles. 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
PROVIDENCE – Rep. Joy Hearn, D-Barrington, this month filed legislation aiming to put an indefinite halt on an administrative provision requiring companies issuing biweekly paychecks to recertify with the state every four years. more
Time has proven the initial guiding document between Deepwater Wind and the state – the Joint Development Agreement, or JDA – ambitious, with a host of unmet target dates. more
Mayor Angel Taveras and Cranston Mayor Allan W. Fung have renewed their partnership through Workforce Solutions of Providence/Cranston, announcing the launch of a series of eight job fairs geared toward specific industries. more
Leonard R. Bradley Jr. was recently appointed by Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee to the R.I. Code Consistency Council, which is tasked with examining the fire, building, elevator and other related state codes for consistency. The council is expected to present its findings and recommendations to the Senate housing and municipal government committee by March 31. more
To the Editor: As the unemployment picture gets worse in Rhode Island, some in government are actually making it harder to find work. At the urging of labor unions, some state and federal officials are trying to make it more difficult to hire independent contractors. more
The R.I. Department of Environmental Management and the Rhode Island Food Policy Council are accepting applications for Local Agriculture and Seafood Act grants, designed to help farmers and local seafood businesses promote and market their Rhode Island-grown products. more
Providence Mayor Angel Taveras announced Thursday the launch of a program to reimburse small businesses in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods for storefront improvements. more
Fitch Ratings affirmed its “AA” rating and stable outlook on Rhode Island in light of last week’s announcement that a settlement reached between the state and public employee unions on pension reform would increase Rhode Island’s unfunded pension liability by $232 million. more
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