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Accountants, actuaries, politicians and union leaders are scheduled to meet on Friday to discuss the looming Rhode Island crisis related to public pensions and other post-employment benefits at a seminar dubbed “The Gathering Storm.” more
Sweeping visions of hotels, shops and restaurants lining Providence’s industrial waterfront appear dead following the sale of the Promet Marine Services ship-repair yard on Allens Avenue to an international scrap-metal recycler. more
EpiVax Inc. has received a $600,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health through the Small Business Innovation Research program to improve a vaccine for the H7N9 avian influenza virus. more
Pending Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s signature, Rhode Island will establish a new advisory council to oversee local pension plans, which together are underfunded by more than $2 billion. more
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston President Eric Rosengren said the central bank should act to bring down “stubbornly, and unacceptably, high” joblessness that’s been stuck near 9 percent or above since April 2009. more
A change in accounting standards that will require governments to start disclosing the amount of unfunded pension and retiree benefits on yearly balance sheets could put new pressure on public officials to step up payments on these plans, according to speakers at a conference organized by Donoghue Barrett & Singal P.C. and the Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns. more
(Updated 10:22 a.m.) A.T. Cross Co. could qualify for up to $1.9 million in state incentives through a move to The Foundry complex in Providence and an expansion of its workforce. more
Editor's note: This is the third of a four-part series exploring how well Rhode Island cities and towns are funding municipal pension and benefit plans and the public-policy ramifications. Leading up to the financial crisis of 2008, cities … more
Lifespan Physician Group Inc. and Coastal Medical are among approximately 2,900 primary care practices nationwide participating in Comprehensive Primary Care Plus, a public-private partnership through the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services designed to provide better access to quality health care at lower costs. more
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