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Over the past few years 21 states have adopted laws allowing medical use of marijuana, including Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Seven more states are considering such legislation. Those changes to the once-taboo drug’s legal status have sparked concerns among parents and physicians that the new laws could lead to an increase in the number of teens using it. more
The number of vacant, foreclosed buildings in tiny Central Falls has declined significantly, from over 300 at the height of the Great Recession to 20 or so today. more
BOSTON – Gov. Deval L. Patrick has announced $2.5 million in funding opportunities for so-called “clean energy” companies across the state, while highlighting a new partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Project Agency. more
Illegal, unhealthy and expensive: many see illegal immigrants using emergency rooms, staying in hospitals, crowding into public clinics. Their persistent factoid holds that illegal immigrants are disproportionately gobbling up health care. more
Rhode Island moved up 11 spots in a ranking of best states to retire in, compiled annually by personal finance website Bankrate.com. more
PROVIDENCE – In a 29-5 vote, the Senate has approved a bill that would amend the method by which the state assessment program would be implemented in public schools, requiring that no state assessment be used to determine a student’s ability to graduate from high school prior to the Class of 2017. more
The R.I. Department of Revenue collected $20.7 million less than expected in April, resulting in a 6 percent monthly total general revenue shortfall compared with the state’s original revenue projections, the department reported Thursday. more
PROVIDENCE – The state will receive an estimated $1.9 million to assist fishermen under a compromise reached by state fishery directors from Rhode Island, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New York and the National Marine Fisheries Service. more
WINDSOR, Mass. – A proposed natural gas pipeline expansion has drawn opposition from more than a dozen towns in the state near the potential path of the 250-mile project, The Associated Press reported. more
HealthSource RI, Rhode Island’s state-run health insurance exchange, will seek $4.6 million from the state government for fiscal year 2015, Executive Director Christine Ferguson said Thursday. more
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