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The U.S. Senate voted to advance legislation restoring benefits for the long-term unemployed that the Obama administration has sought to revive since they expired late last year. more
(Updated, 5:40 p.m.) Newly elected House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello on Tuesday promised he would focus on tackling his “No. 1 issue, jobs and the economy.” Lawmakers elected the Cranston Democrat and attorney House speaker by a vote of 61-6 over the other nominee, Rep. Michael J. Marcello, D-Scituate. more
(Updated, 1:54 p.m.) State and federal law enforcement officials were seen entering the office and home of R.I. House Speaker Gordon D. Fox, according to WJAR-TV NBC 10, among other news outlets. more
U.S. senators reached an agreement that would restore benefits for the long-term unemployed that expired late last year and that the Obama administration has sought to revive. more
Some U.S. workers who are deemed ineligible for overtime compensation under what’s known as the “white-collar exemption” would be able to collect extra pay under revised regulations President Barack Obama plans to order tomorrow, according to a White House official. more
Lawmakers, educators, business leaders, and state and federal officials will gather on Monday to discuss workforce development and career and technical education at the R.I. Senate’s annual Economic Summit. more
President Barack Obama’s advisers said the U.S. economy is on track to strengthen and add more jobs in the next two years because many of the impediments to faster growth have subsided. more
Providence Mayor Angel Taveras announced Friday that his acting chief of staff and city director of administration Michael D’Amico will leave his position to launch a private-sector consultancy. more
The Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity on Tuesday published a report outlining specific ways the state can trim $200 million in non-essential spending to fund tax cuts in the fiscal year 2015 state budget. more
Colorado Democrat John Hickenlooper has a firm answer to other U.S. governors asking him about marijuana as source of revenue: Just say no. more
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