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BOSTON – Massey Energy Co. agreed to a $265 million settlement of a class-action lawsuit that alleged that the coal-mining company misled investors, including Massachusetts’ pension fund, The Associated Press reported last week. more
TOKYO – Gov. Deval L. Patrick last week announced a partnership between Massachusetts-based Desalitech and Japan’s Toyo Engineering Corp. that will “introduce environmentally responsible and highly economical water and wastewater treatment solutions to Japanese, East Asian and international markets.” more
In 2004, while testifying before the R.I. Joint Oversight Committee for Healthcare, I suggested that subscribers were largely responsible for out-of-control health care costs. I struck a nerve, because the next day The Providence Journal announced, “Blue Cross blames subscribers for cost increases.” more
As bad an idea as merging of the two state education boards was last year – something done at the behest of General Assembly-passed legislation – will the new board’s decision to create two new governing councils over K-12 and higher education be an effective fix to the initial mistake? more
The R.I. Science & Technology Advisory Council is now accepting proposals for its 2014 Collaborative Research Grant Awards program. more
Unemployment benefits for 1.3 million people in the U.S. are poised to end Dec. 28 as Democrats failed in their last-ditch effort to extend the jobless assistance before the House adjourns tomorrow. more
Congressional negotiators are touting a U.S. budget accord that will ease the long-criticized automatic spending cuts for the next two years, remove the risk of a government shutdown and cut the deficit by $23 billion. more
The city of Providence announced the launch Tuesday of ProvSmart, a new online plan-review and permit-application system expected to improve turnaround times for local builders and developers. The online permitting system is a key component of Mayor Angel Taveras’ “Putting Providence Back to Work” economic-development plan. more
Rhode Island has joined seven other states, including Massachusetts and Connecticut, in petitioning the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to require states upwind of the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions to reduce air pollution generated within their borders. more
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin has filed an amicus brief with the U.S. District Court in support of the Massachusetts lawsuit against the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration seeking to reverse a federal regulation that reduces ground-fishing allotments by 77 percent. more
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