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The U.S. Department of Justice entered into an interim settlement agreement on Thursday with the state of Rhode Island and the city of Providence to resolve violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act that affected roughly 200 Rhode Islanders with intellectual and developmental disabilities. more
A Rhode Island House committee will open hearings Wednesday afternoon into the state’s $75 million loan guarantee to 38 Studios, WPRO reported. more
States seeking to strengthen their economy should look to educational offerings, urges The Economic Policy Institute in a recent study, titled “A Well Educated Workforce is Key to State Prosperity.” more
(Updated, 10:50 a.m.) Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, the 19-year-old suspect wanted in conjunction with the Boston Marathon, is a registered student at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, which is currently undergoing a “controlled evacuation.” more
Gourmet Heaven on Weybosset Street in downtown Providence looks like a Manhattan deli, from the giant salad bar and steam table, to the tiny seating area perched above the shelves and wide array of chicken cutlets piled in the refrigerated counter. more
Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc will pay $10 million in fines and $3.9 million in restitution to settle two banking regulators’ claims that the lenders’ U.S. units deceived retail banking customers. more
A report released Tuesday by the American Legislative Exchange Council highlights Rhode Island and three other states as models of effective pension reform. more
(Updated, 11:30 a.m.) After the General Assembly passed a bill last week that would require Bryant University to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars annually to Smithfield in compensation for using the town’s fire, police and rescue services, Bryant President Ronald K. Machtley urged a gubernatorial veto and threatened to sue in its absence at a press conference on Sunday. more
(Updated, 1:30 p.m.) Rhode Island ranked among the worst states for business in the United States again on CNBC’s America’s Top States for Business 2013 report, earning the No. 49 slot. more
The revived Rhode Island historic-tax-credit program unveiled by lawmakers last week likely won’t help the state’s tallest vacant building, but will be in high demand for other projects, preservation advocates say. more
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