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(Updated, Jan. 22, 10:02 a.m.) Between 5 and 10 inches of snow covered most of the state Wednesday morning after the overnight accumulation from Winter Storm Janus caused a number of public offices to change their hours and forced transportation delays in Rhode Island. more
The R.I. Senate on Tuesday unveiled an action plan, called “Rhode to Work,” intended to spur legislation that will tackle Rhode Island’s jobs crisis. more
The Governor’s Workforce Board has made available $700,000 to Rhode Island businesses for “incumbent worker training.” All Ocean State for-profit or nonprofit businesses that contribute to the Job Development Fund can apply for grants, which range in size from $5,000 to $40,000 and which must be matched by the company. more
According to a new state report, Rhode Island’s commercial health-insurance carriers increased their primary care spending by 37.2 percent between 2008 and 2012. more
Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee proposed an $8.5 billion fiscal 2015 budget on Wednesday that freezes tuition at public colleges and extends the state historic-tax-credit program. Chafee delivered the budget proposal along with his final State-of-the-State address that focused on education and infrastructure. more
U.S. state revenue isn’t rising fast enough to keep up with the cost of funding pensions, health care and public works projects, underscoring financial strains that persist during the economic recovery, according to a report. more
Electric Boat President Jeffrey S. Geiger painted a glowingly positive picture of the future expansion and employment at the shipbuilder’s North Kingstown facility, with 650 new jobs in 2014 planned to be added to the current workforce of about 2,800. more
HealthSource RI Executive Director Christine Ferguson delivered a message to members of the R.I. House of Representatives Thursday afternoon: The state’s exchange is a national success story, even as challenges remain for her agency in implementing the Affordable Care Act. more
The R.I. Supreme Court ruled Friday that the Narragansett Indian Tribe has been harmed by the state opening table games at Twin River Casino and allowed the tribe’s lawsuit against the gambling expansion to proceed. more
Redeveloping the South Street Power Station into a combined Brown University administrative office building and Rhode Island College/University of Rhode Island advanced nursing education center emerged as one of the top priorities at The Providence Foundation’s annual meeting. more
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